is a really fun indoor and outdoor game. It is very
similar to tennis and the major difference between
them is that badminton is played with a 'shuttlecock'.
Also you never bounce a shuttlecock as you do in
tennis. The rules are pretty similar and so is the
court. Two players will go one-on-one and hit the
shuttlecock with their racquets between each other
and over a net which divides the court in half.
If one of the players cannot face the shuttlecock
and it falls to the
ground then the other player gets the point.
DO YOU NEED ?
You need to concentrate on 3 areas before playing
badminton. Equipment, Players and Location.
There are two essential requirements in badminton.
The racquet and the shuttlecock.
Racquet : This is a device similar to a
tennis racquet but is smaller in dimensions and
much lighter. The majority of racquets are made
from aluminium or graphite. Most people claim that
the lighter the racquet the better but that is a
matter of personal opinion.
The racquet's frame and handle should not be longer
than 26 ¾ inches. The hitting surface is
flat and is made up of crossed strings which are
generally made out of a synthetic material. Sometimes
people use natural materials like gut for string
but that is not very common.
Shuttlecock : It is very unique to badminton
and is basically a cork with feathers stuck in it.
It is very light and is heavier on the cork side
so when it falls to the ground, it would be cork-down.
Most players start with plastic shuttles since they
last longer and are quite cheap. The feather shuttlecocks
however have 16 feathers fixed to the cork. They
may vary in length from 2.5 inches to 2 ¾
each shuttle should be the same length. One should
take care that the tips of the feathers should form
a circle. Otherwise the shuttlecock might not fly.
The base of the shuttlecock should be an inch in
diameter and should be covered by a very thin layer
of leather. The total weight should be 4.74 to 5.5
grams to allow it to fly smoothly and sail through
(pack of 12)
The above prices are indicative prices and
may vary according to the quality / brand
As in tennis there should be 2 players as a minimum
and a maximum of 4 for doubles. The aim of the game
is to find out which team can make the maximum number
of points before the other.
Your child can play badminton in a rectangular court
with a net across the middle. The court looks quite
like the tennis court, except for the net which
is placed higher. The ground is also demarcated
with chalk lines like tennis. The main rectangle
is divided into 2 equal halves by the net and the
half courts are further divided into equal halves
by horizontal chalk lines. The outer 2 halves are
vertically divided into 2 squares to differentiate
the right and left side of the court. All serves
are made from the right side of the court.
LET'S PLAY !
Before your child starts playing badminton it is
very important to know just how to hold the racquet.
It is essentially held in a V-shape with four fingers
positioned at 45 degrees to the thumb. Your child
must pay attention to the poise and manner in which
the hand hits the shuttlecock since that makes all
the difference. The wrong style of strokes could
mean your child getting frustrated with the game
and losing interest.
The scoring system is a lot simpler than tennis
in which the players are to reach a target of 11
in the case of a women's match and 15 in case of
men. The match starts at 0-0 and if the player who
serves wins the point then the score turns into
1-0. He continues to serve as long as he wins but
if he loses then the shuttlecock goes to the opponent
to serve. Whoever reaches the target first wins.