Badminton is a net sport similar to tennis and volleyball. It has been played since the 19th century and was invented as a lawn game in England, according to HomeFurnish.com. Badminton can be learned and played in the same afternoon. The key equipment for badminton is a net, two badminton racquets and a shuttlecock, also called a birdie.
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The traditional badminton court is 20 feet wide and 44 feet long, although the size of the court can be modified to fit the space available, particularly if the net is set up in a backyard. The net is 5 feet high and divides the court into two halves. Teams of one or two can play on each side of the net. Each side of the court is also divided in half to form four quadrants on the entire court, which is important for when the shuttlecock is served. The serve ends when the shuttlecock touches any part of the ground, whether in bounds or out-of-bounds. Each team wants to prevent the shuttlecock from landing in bounds on the side of the court they are defending.
Serving and Hitting
Serves begin from the far boundary line on the court. Teams take turns hitting the shuttlecock over to the other side of the net. The birdie must also travel diagonally to land in the opposing quadrant. After the serve, the birdie is hit back and forth by teams until the birdie hits the ground.
Points are only awarded if the team that wins the rally is also the serving team. If the receiving team wins a rally, no points are awarded but the receiving team becomes the serving team. Games typically go up to either 11 or 15 points. Fifteen is the common score to reach in men's games. It is customary to play three games to determine who wins a match in a best-of format.