Badminton involves the use of a 5 foot net, lightweight rackets, and a shuttlecock. It can be played by individuals or paired teams either indoors or outdoors.
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If the serving side doesn't return the shuttlecock it loses its serve. If the receiving side doesn't return the shuttlecock the serving side gets a point and serves again. The game ends when one side gets 15 points except for women’s singles which ends when one side gets 11 points.
History of Badminton
Badminton came be traced back over 2000 years ago to games the ancient Greeks played. The modern game of badminton began in 1870 when guests at Duke of Beaufort’s Badminton House in Gloucestershire played it at a lawn party. Badminton developed from a children’s game known as battledore and shuttlecock in which players batted a cork filled with feathers back and forth in the air using paddles, the idea being to keep it in the air the longest period of time possible.
The first official set of rules for the game of Badminton was published in 1893 by the Badminton Association of England. By 1934 there was a league of nine countries belonging to what was known as the International Badminton Federation (IBF). Badminton started in the US in 1878 with the American Badminton Association being formed in 1936 and the US joining the IBF in 1938. In 1978 the official changed its name to the U.S. Badminton Association.
The first men’s Thomas Cup matches were held in 1948-1949. The first women’s tournament, the Uber Cup, followed in1956-1957. Since then other competitions have been added including tournaments for mixed teams and juniors and The World Cup. Badminton became an official Olympic sport in 1992. More about the history of Badminton.
What started as a lawn party game has become a fiercely competitive sport for professionals playing for money. The sport is getting more popular and the IBF which started with only nine members has over 150 members. Asian and Scandanavian countries dominate competitions with badminton being second in popularity only to soccer in these countries. With increasing coverage badminton can look forward to a bright future!