Badminton Rules (Rules and Regulations of Badminton)

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Badminton is the fastest racket sport in the world. In order to develop your skills and to enjoy the game, you must be aware of its rules and regulations. The rules for singles and doubles vary. These rules are made by BWF (Badminton World Federation) . BWF  is the governing body of badminton. All of the Badminton Rules (Rules and Regulations of Badminton) as determined by the Badminton world federation are explained below.


The  object of the game

The basic object of the game is to hit the shuttle with your racket so that it may pass over the net and land in your opponent’s half of the court. You must hit the shuttle only once (this applies for both singles and doubles). Your opponent also has the same goal, to hit the shuttle over the net so that it lands on your side of the court.
When the shuttle has touched the ground, the rally is over. Badminton is not like tennis or squash. You must win the rallies to gain points. You also win rallies when your opponent faults, for example if he hits the shuttle outside the court, or the shuttle fails to pass over the net. So if you think that the shuttle is going to land outside of the court then you should let it fall, if you hit it instead then the rally will continue.
Some of you may have played or seen other people playing badminton on beaches and other outdoor places, that’s fine if you want to play it as a casual game. But if you want to be competitive and want to improve your game and play on higher levels then you must play the game indoors because the shuttle’s flight is affected by the slightest wind disturbances.

Scoring System

  • A match  consists of three games.
  • Each game consists of 21 points.
  • At 20 all, the side that scores 2 consecutive points will win .
  • If the scores ties at 29 all, then the side that scores the 30th point will win the game.
  • The side winning the game gets to serve first in the next game.

Intervals during the game

  • An interval of 60 seconds is given when a side has scored 11 points (this applies for both singles and doubles).
  • When the game ends, an interval of 2 minutes is allowed before starting the next game.

Change of endscourts

  • Sidescourts are changed after the game has ended (for the first two games).
  • During the third game the sides are changed when the leading score reaches 11.


A toss is made before the start of a match. The side that wins the toss chooses either between serving first or the side of the court.


  • The serve  is done diagonally in badminton.
  • The point of contact of the shuttle with the racket must be below the waist line of the player that is serving.
  • The shuttle must land within the receiver’s court.

Serving rotation in Singles

  • At love all (0 – 0) when the score of both the players is even, the player will serve from the right side of the court.
  • When the score is odd, the player will serve from the left side of the court.
  • If a server wins a rally a point will be added to his score and he will serve from the alternative court.
  • If the receiver wins a rally he will gain a point and become the new server. If his points are even then he will serve from the right and if his points are odd the he will serve from the left.

Serving rotation in Doubles

Serving in doubles is a tiny bit complex than serving in singles, but the basic concept is the same. BWF has explained them in an amazing way so that everyone can understand them easily.

  • A side has only one service.
  • If the server wins the really then he will serve the next point from the alternative court.
  • If the receiver wins the rally then the receiver will serve.

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According to the BWF, following are considered as faults.

  • If the shuttle lands outside the boundaries of the court.
  • If the shuttle hits the net and fails to land on the other side of the court.
  • If the shuttle passes from under the net.
  • If the player touches the net during the rally either with his body or the racket.
  • The shuttle touches the body or the dress of the player during the rally.
  • If the player hits the shuttle when it is still in the opponent’s side of the court. In other words, hitting the shuttle before it has crossed the net.
  • Hitting the shuttle twice.
  • If the shuttle is caught or flung in the racket.
  • If a player tries to distract his opponents.
  • If a player offends his opponent by abusive language or cheering or by gestures.
  • If during service, the shuttle is caught on the top of the net and stays there.
  • If the player keeps on making faults such as offending or distracting his opponents then the umpire can make the player forfeit the points and even the game if he continues to do so.


Lets are called by the umpire to halt the play. In case of no umpire, then the player calls the Let. When a Let is called, the last service shall not count and the player who has served shall serve again.

  • If the shuttle is caught on the top of the net and remain suspended there (except for service).
  • If the shuttle has passed over the net and gets caught in the net and remain suspended (except for service).
  • If during the service, both the receiver and server are faulted at the same time.
  • If both the line judge and the umpire are unable to make a decision whether the shuttle has landed inside or outside of the court.
  • If the shuttle disintegrates during the rally, meaning that the base gets separated from the feathers.
  • If a service court error occurs.

All of these rules and regulations are made by the BWF, it is the governing body of badminton all over the world. You can visit the site of BWF  to learn more about the sport.

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