Badminton Rules and Regulations

Only by knowing the rules and regulations of a game can you play it successfully. Although sometimes it can be typically frustrating to follow the rules and regulations in some sports, the rules and regulations in badminton are fairly easy to follow. We also think that it is important to follow these rules and regulations to keep the spirit of sport alive.

Badminton can be played in singles and doubles. There are four quarters to a regular badminton court for each player.

For the beginners who want to seriously take up the sport of badminton, here are the rules and regulations of the game.


In a singles game, you are supposed to start on the right quadrant of your side. Your partner shall await your serve on the appropriate side (his/her right side of the court). A serve can then be returned to successfully create a rally with proper footwork. For the next serve, you shall begin from the left side of the court and so on.

Similarly, in doubles, the game may begin with a player serving on the right side of their court to form a rally and change serve position with each point. The other player may await in an attack position during the serve.


During the beginning of the game, the score is (0-0) by default. Starting with the right side of the court, you begin by serving. Then… whenever the server’s score is even, the server serves from the right side of the court. Whenever the server’s score is odd, the server serves from the left side of the court.

Then if the server wins a rally, he/she scores a point to serve again from the alternate side. However, if your opponent wins the rally, then he/she becomes the new server. The server obviously starts from the appropriate side of play – from the left if the score is odd and right if the score is even.

A similar play is also followed for doubles, with alternating serve opportunities at the appropriate serve side.

Scoring system

When a server serves and wins a rally, he/she retains the serve and does so from the other side of his/her court. When your opponent wins the rally, they earn the right to serve.

An ideal match consists of a best of three games, each of 21 points. At 20-20, the server that gains a two-point lead wins the game.


One of the common faults of badminton is when you miss the shuttlecock when you swing to serve. This might result in a point to your opponent.

Touching the shuttle with your body is also considered a fault.

These are the basic rules and regulations for playing badminton. Although some rules and regulations might not be applicable for a friendly game, it is good to follow them to keep the spirit of sport alive.

Do not forget to toss before a game to decide who serves first.

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Follow rules and Happy Shuttling!