Badminton Rules and Regulations

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Badminton is one of the fast-growing sports across the world.

It is an indoor sport played using a racket, shuttlecock (also known as a birdie), and a net.

This sport is governed and looked after by BWF (Badminton World Federation).

And all the rules and heads are implemented by this federation, which is applied in international tournaments and in friendly and domestic matches.

Also, this sport becomes more interesting and amazing when you know all its basic rules and regulations.

So let's explore some of its rules:

Rules and Regulations

Each and every match begins with a toss.

The toss winner gets the chance to choose whether he would like to serve first.

And the player who loses the toss gets the chance to choose the side of the court.

A badminton game holds three sets of 21 points each, and the players have to score more than their opponent to win the set.

The one who wins two sets out of these three wins the match.

And during the whole match, players have to follow some rules and regulations which BWF implements.

So now take a look at these rules:

· A player cannot perform a service or begin the match until his opponent is ready.

· The feet of both players must be stable and should not touch the boundaries of the court while performing a serve.

· If you miss the shuttle while serving, then relax. It will not be counted as a fault.

· But if you try to serve again, it will be counted as a fault.

· You are not allowed to carry the shuttlecock for longer with the help of your racket.

· A player is not allowed to hold the racket near the net area and disturb his opponent.

· Also, a player is not allowed to hit the shuttle before it crosses the net and enters his court.

Faults in Badminton

· If a server serves above his waistline, it will be a fault.

· The feet of a server must be on the court while performing a serve.

· In case your body touches the net, it is also counted as a fault because rather than the shuttle, nothing should touch the net, including your racket.

· While serving, if the shuttlecock does not land on the right side of the opponent court, it is counted as a service fault.

· A player must be stable while serving.

· If any player double-hit the shuttle.

· Players are also not allowed to obstruct their opponent during the match.

· Hit the feathers of the shuttlecock first.

· If any serve or shot is played under the net or out of the boundaries.

Scoring System

· Every badminton match holds three sets of 21 points.

· The players score a point if any service is made.

· The side that wins a rally scores a point.

· At 20 all, the side which scores 2 points first wins the match.

· And at 29 all, the side that scores the last point wins the match.

· The side that wins the game gets the chance to serve first in the next match.

Change of ends and interval

· If any player leads with 11 points, then the players get 60 seconds interval.

· And after each set, players are allowed 2 minutes of break time.

· When players enter the third set, and the score reaches 11 points, they are supposed to change their ends.

Badminton Rules for Singles

· The game begins with a score of 0-0, and when the score of the server is even, he has to serve from the right side of the court. While if his score is odd, then he needs to serve from the left side of the court.

· In case the server wins a rally, then he scores a point and again gets the chance to serve.

· And in case the receiver wins the rally, then he becomes the new server.

Badminton Rules for Doubles

· A side has only one "set."

· If the score of the server is in even digits, then he needs to serve from the right side of the court, whereas if his score is odd, then he needs to serve from the left side of the court.

· If the serving side wins a rally, then they score a point and get the chance to serve again from the alternate service court.

· And if the receiver side wins the rally, then they become the new server.

· The players do not change their service court until they score a point while they are serving.


Let's are those calls that are made by the referee and the players to pause the game for a short period.

These temporarily can be made for various reasons like:

· If any player gets injured while playing.

· In case the shuttle breakdown or fall apart during the match.

· Or the shuttlecock is stuck in the net.

· When the referee is unable to make his decision.

· If the server serves before his receiver gets ready.

Final Words

These badminton rules and regulations are made by BWF, which are applied in each and every tournament, from junior championships to Olympics.

But have you ever wondered that BWF must also implement some rules and regulations for kids (6-11 years old), which can help them in learning and enhancing their game from the very beginning?

In many cases, I have seen that the net height varies a lot for these kids, and they face a lot of difficulties while serving.

And after a lot of research, I couldn't find any such rules which could help to bring badminton to the kid's level instead of bringing kids to badminton level.