The Basics of Badminton

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Basics of Badminton
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Roxanna Anspach Devlin provides buyer representation to clients seeking condos, single-family homes, and investment properties. When she’s not working, Roxanna Devlin enjoys playing badminton.

Played between either two players or two teams of two, badminton involves hitting a shuttlecock, or birdie, over a net in an attempt to score. Similar to tennis, the sport is played on a court that is divided into different sections by lines. A small stringed racket is used to hit the shuttlecock to the opposing side, and it can only be hit once before it goes over the net or hits the ground. Typically, winning the game requires one side to win two different sets. Each set is won by the player or team who reaches 15 points first, though there are some exceptions. Points can be won during a serve from either side.

There are a few basic rules badminton players must follow during a match. When serving, the shuttlecock must be hit diagonally across the net. Serves alternate between sides once a point is won and a player faults if they swing and miss their serve. After the serve, players can move and hit freely within the court. During a set, players cannot touch the net with their rackets or bodies. However, the shuttlecock is allowed to touch the net as long as it falls to the opposite side. If it remains on the net or falls onto the same side, it is considered a fault.

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