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Ludlow Badminton Club is a member of Badminton England and we use the latest rules set in the 2006-2007 season.

For those who haven't played in some time the biggest recent change has been in the scoring system. In both singles and doubles points are also won by players when on the opponents serve as well as on your own serve.  This has helped to speed up games and works especially well in a club where players get to play more matches against a greater variety of opponents.

For those unfamiliar with the rules of badminton there is a brief description below. Also included here is a link to the full official rules as set out by Badminton England. Official Rules



Field of play
Matches are played on a court that is 6.1m wide and 13.4m long, with specific markings for singles and doubles matches. The playing area for singles matches is slightly narrower than the full court at a width of 5.18m, but the playing area for doubles matches uses the full dimensions of the court. The court is divided into two equal halves by a net attached to the posts at a height of 1.55 m.

Serving
Unlike in tennis, serves in badminton have to be made from below the waist – i.e. underhand rather than overhand – and the player’s feet must be touching the ground. Serves must be made from an area defined by the centreline and the serving lines on the court. They are made diagonally towards their opponent, alternating between the right and left-hand side of the court as points are scored.

Scoring
To score a point, a player or pair has to hit the shuttlecock over the net with their racquet so that it lands in their opponent’s playing area. Points are lost if the shuttlecock hits the net, lands outside the court’s boundaries, or if a player commits a fault such as striking the shuttlecock or net with part of their body or hitting the shuttlecock twice. Previously, only the holder of the serve could win points. If they lost a rally, they would lose the serve and their opponent would have the opportunity to try and win a point. This could make matches long and drawn-out, though. Under the new system either the server or non-server can score points, with the next serve being made by whoever scored the last point.

Tied games
The first player or pair to reach 21 points wins a game, but they must have a two-point margin over their opposition. If the score for a game reaches 20-20, then play continues until one side has the two-point advantage. If the score goes all the way up to 29-29, the winner is the first to reach 30 points.


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