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Badminton Study Guide – Grade 6- 8

Badminton Test will be next week.

Wednesday, March 11th

Grade 7- Room 304

Thursday, March 12th –

Grade 6 – Room 309 and 310.

Grade 8 – Room 302 and 306

Friday, March 13th

Grade 6 – Room 308

Grade 7- Room 303 and 307

Grade 8 – Room 305



  • Badminton rackets
  • Shuttlecock are also called birdie
  • The net should be 5 feet from the floor to the top of the net at center court. The net should be 5’1″ at the posts


  • A shuttle landing on the line is good
  • A shuttle hitting the net is good and play continues (including on the serve) if all other aspects of the play is legal
  • All players must be inside the lines of their respective service courts at the point of contact during the serve
  • In the third game, players change ends when the leading team’s score reaches 11 points


  • Before play, opposite teams shall “toss“, and the side winning the toss shall have the option of:
    • serving first or receiving serve
    • choosing which side of the court to start on
  • The side losing the toss has the choice of the remaining alternatives
  • Toss is decided by one of the following:
    • coin flip
    • volley
    • drop of the bird (direction pointing)
  • The Team that wins the game will serve first in the next game


  • During the Serve it is a “fault” if:
    • shuttle is struck higher than the waist
    • head of the racket is not below server’s hand holding the racket
    • shuttle falls into the wrong service court or out of bounds
    • shuttle falls before the short serve line
    • server’s feet are not in the correct service court
    • receiver of serve does not have both feet in the correct service court
    • server steps forward when serving
    • receiver moves prior to the serve
    • server intentionally balks, fakes, or feints
    • part of both feet must remain in contact with the court in a stationary position until the service is made
    • shuttle passes through, under, or gets caught on or over the net on the serve
    • server attempts to serve and misses the bird completely
  • During Regular Play it is a “fault” if:
    • player reaches over net to play the bird (follow through over the net after contact is legal)
    • player hits the bird twice in one motion or momentarily holds or throws the bird
    • player fails to return the bird to the opponent’s court
    • player obstructs, distracts, or hinders opponent
    • player deliberately delays the game
    • player touches the net with the racket, body, or clothes
    • in doubles the receivers partner returns the serve
    • shuttle passes through or under the net
    • shuttle touches the ceiling or walls
    • shuttle touches a person or their clothes

LETS:  a “let” is a situation requiring a replay (see reasons listed below)

  • Server serves before receiver is ready
  • Shuttle breaks during play
  • Shuttle gets caught on top of the net or in the net after having gone over (except on the serve)
  • A “let” or replay will be given for any “accidental hindrances”
  • Double fault (one on each team) equals a let


  • Games are played to 21 points
  • A match consists of the best of 3 games
  • Rally scoring is used (a point is scored on every serve)
  • If the receiving team wins the rally it scores a point and will serve the next point   
  • When the receiving team wins the rally their server is determined by whether their score is “even” (right side serves) or “odd” (left side serves)


  • Singles serving court and playing court are both long and narrow
  • Serve from the right side when the server’s score is “even” and from the left side when their score is “odd”
  • All serves must be diagonal
  • Both players change service courts after a point is scored


  • Doubles serving court is short and wide
  • Doubles playing court changes to long and wide following the serve
  • Each time the serving team scores a point, the same server serves the next serve from the other side of their court
  • No player ever receives two consecutive serves
  • The serving team changes service courts only after scoring a point
  • A receiving team never changes courts
  • When the receiving team wins the rally their server is determined by whether their score is “even” (right side serves) or “odd” (left side serves)
  • Only the player served to may receive the service


Ace scoring a point where the opponent is unable to return the service
Alley area on each side of the court, narrow strips between the two side boundary lines, used only for doubles play
Balk term used to indicate a player hindering an opponent
Bird another term for shuttle
Clear stroke that sends the shuttle high and deep over the opponent to the back of the court
Cut Shot deceptive shot, looks like a clear, falls just over the net because the wrist is turned on contact
Doubles four-handed game; i.e. two players on each side
Drive hard, horizontal stroke that just clears the net
Drop Shot stroke in which the shuttle falls just over the net to the floor
Fault denotes an infraction of the rules resulting in a point for the other team
Foot Fault standing on or over the service court boundary line by either receiver/server
Let permitting the serve to be taken over or to replay a point
Match best of 3 games
Rally an exchange of the shuttle between opponents by a series of strokes
Serve shot that initiates play, should be low and short or high and deep
Short game shots that are played low and close to the net
Smash powerful downward stroke using wrist snap to end the point by hitting bird in front of opponent
Singles game with one player on a side (two-handed)
Toss how it is determined who will serve first and from which court
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