Badminton uses lingo and terminology specific to the sport, including alley, backcourt, balk, carry, clear, drive, fault, flick, kill, hairpin shot, racket, shuttlecock, smash and wood shot. Badminton terms include let, love, match, net shot, overhead, point and rally. International rules and vocabulary are standardized by the Badminton World Federation, which is the international governing body recognized by the International Olympic Committee. Badminton has been an Olympic sport since 1992.Continue Reading
The Washington Post explains that an alley, in Badminton, is a 1.5-feet-wide extension of the sideline, which creates a wider court for doubles play. Likewise, the back alley is between the back-boundary line and long-service lines for doubles. The short-service line is 6.5 feet from the net, and all serves must go over this line to be considered legal.
A balk, or feint, is an illegal move designed to deceive the opponent of a serving team while the shuttlecock is served. A carry denotes an illegal tactic in which the shuttlecock is held on the racket, and then slung by a player.
The shuttlecock is the object hit by players over the net. Traditionally, a shuttlecock is made of 16 goose feathers attached to a goat-skin-covered cork tip. Modern shuttlecocks are plastic with rubber tips. Also known as a bird or birdie, the shuttlecock weighs between 0.17 and 0.19 ounce. The heavier the object, the farther it flies. Shuttlecocks go farther in higher altitudes and higher temperatures.Learn more about Classic Sports
The basic skills of badminton are gripping the racket correctly, serving and the overhead throwing motion. While the basics of badminton are relatively easy to learn, there are several variations of each skill that can take time to master.Full Answer >
The objective of badminton is for an opposing player to attempt to land the shuttlecock on the opposing player’s side of the court. A point is earned by forcing the opposing side to miss the shuttlecock with their racquet, resulting in it touching the ground. A point is also awarded to one side if the opposing side commits an error.Full Answer >
In badminton, the objective is to hit the shuttlecock over the net without committing a foul, or having the shuttlecock hit the ground or go out of bounds. The first player, or team, to 21 wins the set, and the best of three sets wins the match.Full Answer >
The umpire has several roles in the game of badminton, such as making sure that the match follows the rules and regulations set by the Badminton World Federation, the Laws of Badminton and any other rules associated with a particular match. The umpire also has authority over the match and is in charge of the court and its vicinity.Full Answer >