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Simplified Badminton Rules

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Scoring System

  • A match consists of the best of 3 games of 21 points.

  • Every time there is a serve – there is a point scored.

  • The side winning a rally adds a point to its score.

  • At 20 all, the side which gains a 2 point lead first, wins that game.

  • At 29 all, the side scoring the 30th point, wins that game.

  • The side winning a game serves first in the next game.

Interval and Change of Ends

  • When the leading score reaches 11 points, players have a 60 second interval.

  • A 2 minute interval between each game is allowed.

  • In the third game, players change ends when the leading score reaches 11 points.

Singles

  • At the beginning of the game (0-0) and when the server’s score is even, the server serves from the right service court. When the server’s score is odd, the server serves from the left service court.

  • If the server wins a rally, the server scores a point and then serves again from the alternate service court.

  • If the receiver wins a rally, the receiver scores a point and becomes the new server. They serve from the appropriate service court – left if their score is odd, and right if it is even.

Doubles

  •  A side has only one Service.

  • The service passes consecutively to the players as shown in the diagram below.

  • At the beginning of the game and when the score is even, the server serves from the right service court. When it is odd, the server serves from the left court.

  • If the serving side wins a rally, the serving side scores a point and the same server serves again from the alternate service court.

  • If the receiving side wins a rally, the receiving side scores a point. The receiving side becomes the new serving side.

  • The players do not change their respective service courts until they win a point when their side is serving.

If players commit an error in the service court, the error is corrected when the mistake is discovered.

In a doubles match between A & B against C & D. A & B won the toss and decided to serve. A to serve to C. A shall be the initial server while C shall be the initial receiver.

Course of action / Explanation

Score

Service from Service Court

Server & Receiver

Winner of the rally

 

 

Love All

Right Service Court. Being the score of the serving side is even.

A serves to C A and C are the initial server and receiver.

A & B

A & B win a point. A & B will change service courts. A serves again from Left service court. C & D will stay in the same service courts.

1-0

Left Service Court. Being the score of the serving side is odd

A serves to D

C & D

C & D win a point and also right to serve. Nobody will change their respective service courts.

1-1

Left Service Court. Being the score of the serving side is odd.

D serves to A.

A & B

A & B win a point and also right to serve. Nobody will change their respective service courts.

2-1

Right Service Court. Being the score of the serving side is even.

B serves to C

C & D

C & D win a point and also right to serve. Nobody will change their respective service courts.

2-2

Right Service Court. Being the score of the serving side is even.

C serves to B

C & D

C & D win a point. C & D will change service courts. C serves from Left service court. A & B will stay in the same service courts.

3-2

Left Service Court. Being the score of the serving side is odd.

C serves to A

A & B

A & B win a point and also right to serve. Nobody will change their respective service courts.

3-3

Left Service Court. Being the score of the serving side is odd.

A serves to C

A & B

A & B win a point. A & B will change service courts. A serves again from Right service court. C & D will stay in the same service courts.

4-3

Right Service Court. Being the score of the serving side is even.

A serves to D

C & D

 

Note that this means:

* The order of server depends on the score odd or even same as in singles.

* The service courts are changed by the servicing side only when a point is scored. In all other cases, the players continue to stay in their respective service court from where they played previous rally. This shall guarantee alternate server.

 

Source: IBF (http://www.internationalbadminton.org/simplify_rule.html)

 

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