What are the basic rules of badminton?

What are the basic rules of badminton?


  • A match consists of the best of three games of 21 points.
  • The player/pair winning a rally adds a point to its score.
  • At 20-all, the player/pair which first gains a 2-point lead wins that game.
  • At 29-all, the side scoring the 30th point wins that game.
  • The player/pair winning a game serves first in the next game.

What are the rules for serving in singles and doubles?

The serve should always be done underarm and below the server’s waist. An overarm serve is against the basic rules of badminton, and would be considered a fault. At the start of the game, the score is (0-0). You cannot randomly choose your side as you wish.

What happens if you lose a point in badminton?

If you win the point then you get to serve or carry on serving. If you lose the point then the opponent gets to serve or carries on serving. A game of Badminton is the first to 21 points with a clear two-point lead. This means if it’s 20-20 then to win you have to be two points ahead of the other player.

What are the rules for serving in badminton?

Serving is crucial in Badminton, much like Tennis it’s the only shot you have full control over. You have the shuttlecock in your hand and are able to start the rally, it’s a big advantage but there are a lot of rules around serving so I’ve made a handy checklist of the essential rules.

What happens when you hit the shuttlecock in badminton?

You and the opponent hit the shuttlecock back and forth over the net. When the shuttlecock hits the floor the point is over. The winner adds one point to their score. The game is over when the first player gets to 21 with a two-point lead.

When do you change sides in a badminton match?

In a full match, you play the best of three games to 21. After each game, you change sides of the court and if you reach the third game then you swap sides one last time when the first person reaches 11 points. This is the basics of scoring, to learn more read our article on Badminton rules scoring. Serving, how to serve and where to serve from