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History of Badminton

Badminton’s origins date back thousands of years. It is thought sports played with a shuttlecock and racquets developed in ancient Greece around 2000 years ago, but can also be traced to India and China.

The modern game of badminton takes its name from Badminton House which was the  home of the Duke of Beaufort in the English county of Gloucestershire. In 1873 the Duke of Beaufort introduced to his guests this game called badminton at Badminton House at one of his lawn parties.The first set of written rules appeared in 1877 and was introduced by the Bath Badminton Club. The first national organising body was established in 1893.
Further detailed reading can be found at wikipedia:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Badminton


Badminton is now scored to 21 points which started in 2006 during the Thomas/Uber Cup.

Singles game

  • Consists of the best of 3 games.
  • The side first to score 21 points shall win.
  • A point can only be added when a rally is won.
  • If tied at 20-20 the side which gains a two point lead first shall win that game.
  • If tied at 29-29 sudden death to 30 shall apply.
  • The winning side shall serve first in the next game.
  • When the 11th point is reached both players get a 60 second break.
  • A 2 minute break is allowed between first and second games and another 2 minute break between the second and third game.
  • Other rules shall remain the same.

For Doubles

  • ONE SERVICE only for each side.
  • Same scoring as singles game apply.
  • Court positioning when serving in the doubles game.
  • In a Doubles match between A&B against C&D. If A&B win the toss and decide to serve. A will serve diagonally to C. A shall be in the right hand court as the scores are EVEN.
    If A&B win the rally then the score is 1 – 0 to them. A then moves to the left hand court as the score is now ODD.A now serves diagonally to D. Note that C&D have maintained their original court positions on serve.
  • If C&D now win the rally, the score will now be 1-1. D will now take over to serve as the score is ODD and he is on the left hand court.
  • And so on…
Only swap positions with your partner when, you or your partner win the point on your side. Stay where you are when you lose a rally. Serve on left for odd scores and right for even scores.