Basic Rules


Badminton is a volleying game played over a net on a rectangular court involving a shuttlecock.

Badminton Court

Rallies begin with an underarm serve and points can be scored by landing the shuttlecock in your opponent’s court; or by forcing your opponent to hit the shuttlecock out of the court area; or by forcing your opponent to hit the shuttlecock into the net; or by striking your opponent’s body with the shuttlecock. A typical match consists of the best of 3 games of 21 points. A point is scored every time there is a serve. The side winning a rally adds a point to its score.

Badminton has five disciplines (men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, mixed doubles) and can therefore be played as an individual or team sport. The sport involves a combination of physical, technical, tactical skills and is undoubtedly the fastest racket sport in the world, with smashes recorded above 400km/h when played at the highest level.

Badminton is a safe, fun, low impact sport for children. Badminton is equally accessible to both girls and boys. People of all abilities can be successful in developing skills which will allow them to play badminton for life. On a social level, boys and girls / men and women can play, train and compete together. Badminton is accessible for people with a disability.

For further Rules & Regulations of the sport, please visit the Badminton World Federation website: