Badminton Rules: How to Play Badminton (part 2)

Winning the Game

You must reach 21 points before your opponent to win a game. If the scores are tied at 20-20 then the victory belongs to the player who manages to get two clear points ahead. If the points are still tied at 29-29, the winner of the set is the player who scores the next point. To winning the overall game, you must win at least 2 out of the 3 sets played.

Rules of Badminton

  • A game can be played with two (singles) or four (doubles) players.
  • An official match has to take place indoors on the proper court dimensions, which are 6.1m by 13.4m. The net is put through the middle of the court and set at 1.55m.
  • A player can score a point only if the shuttlecock hits within the opponent’s court’s parameters. If the shuttlecock hits the net or lands out, a point is awarded to the opponent.
  • Players must serve across the net to their opponent. If your first serve goes out, your opponent wins the point.
  • A game will start with a toss to determine which player can serve first and which side of the court the opponent wants to start from.
  • It is a fault and their opponent receives the point if a player touches the net with any part of their body or racket.
  • It is also a fault if a player distracts their opponent deliberately, the shuttlecock is hit twice or caught in the racket then flung, or the player infracts with the laws of badminton.
  • Each game is umpired by a referee sitting on a high chair to overlook the game.
  • The game has only two rest periods, including a 90-second rest coming after the first game and a 5-minute rest after the second game.
  • If a player continuously breaks the laws, the referee can dock that player of points.