5. 1. A game starts with a coin toss.
Whoever wins the toss gets to
decide whether they would serve or
receive first OR what side of the
court they want to be on. The side
losing the toss shall then exercise
the remaining choice.
2. At no time during the game should
the player touch the net, with his
racquet or his body.
6. 3. The shuttlecock should not be
carried on or come to rest on
4. A player should not reach over
the net to hit the shuttlecock.
5. A serve must carry cross court
(diagonally) to be valid.
7. 6. During the serve, a player
should not touch any of the
lines of the court, until the
server strikes the shuttlecock.
During the serve the
shuttlecock should always be
hit from below the waist.
7. A point is added to a player's
score as and when he wins a
8. 8. A player wins a rally when he
strikes the shuttlecock and it
touches the floor of the opponent's
side of the court or when the
opponent commits a fault. The
most common type of fault is when
a player fails to hit the shuttlecock
over the net or it lands outside the
boundary of the court.
9. 9. Each side can strike the
shuttlecock only once before it
passes over the net. Once hit,
a player can't strike the
shuttlecock in a new movement
10. The shuttlecock hitting the
ceiling, is counted as a fault.
The rally point system is used in
scoring the badminton game
which means, any fault committed
by the serving or receiving team
11. TYPES OF SCORING
Love- designates score of zero.
Love-all – is called when both
opponents or teams have a score of
In side – is called for the serving
player or team
Out side – is called for the receiving
player or team
Game Point- is the point that a server
won which results to the server
winning the match.
12. SCORING SYSTEM
A match shall consist of the best of
three games, unless otherwise
A game shall be won by the side
which first scores 21 points.
13. RULES IN OFFICIALS
The referee is in overall charge of a badminton
tournament or championship(s) of which a match forms
part, to uphold the Laws of Badminton and Competition
Regulations in the BWF Statutes.
Individual singles matches require a total of six officials:
-an umpire who is in charge of the match, the court
and its immediate surroundings
-four line judges (two for each side of the court
positioned at the baseline) who indicate whether a
shuttlecock landed 'in' or 'out' on the line(s) assigned
-a service judge
Doubles matches require a total of eight officials. This is
as above but an additional two line judges are
sometimes added (one for each side of the court
positioned at the doubles service line).
14. Badminton Rules For Singles
One of the important rules of badminton
is about the serve. The serve should
always be done underarm and below
the server’s waist. An overarm serve
is against the basic rules of
badminton, and would be considered
At the start of the game, the score is (0-0). You cannot
randomly choose your side as you wish. This is one of the
basic badminton rules which needs to be followed for any
rally. When the server’s score is even, the server serves
from the right service court. When the server’s score is
odd, the server serves from the left service court.
If the server wins a rally, the server gets a point and then
serves again from the alternate side. If the receiver wins a
rally, the receiver scores a point and becomes the new
server. The server starts from the appropriate side– left if
their score is odd, and right if the score is even. According
to the rules and regulations of badminton for singles, a
“play-by-play” tournament format is followed everywhere,
wherein all players will be paired with an opponent for the
first-round matches. These players will have one week to
play their matches before advancing to the next round of
16. Scoring system
When the server wins the game, a point is scored and
serve is retained. When the receiver wins the rally,
they earn the right to serve. However, the ability to
gain a point or lose a point will depend on the set of
badminton rules and regulations. A match consists of
best-of-three games to 21 points. At 20 all, the server
which gains a two-point lead first wins the game. At 29
all, the side scoring the 30th point first wins that game.
A server in a new game will be the winner of the
previous one, and every time there is a serve, there
will be a point scored, unless that point is replayed.
A two-minute break is allowed between each game. A
60-second break can be taken when the leading score
reaches 11 point. In official BWF play, the receiver
scores points. However, only the server can earn
points while playing classic-rules badminton in
In official games of BWF, faults and errors result
in a point for your opponent and you must
surrender the serve to them. A major fault as
listed in the badminton rules and regulations
for singles is missing the shuttle while swinging
on the serve. If you hit the shuttle but it passes
underneath the net, it can be counted as a
fault. Also, when you hit the shuttle out of
bounds it is a major fault as per the rules of
badminton. Lastly, touching the shuttle with
your body or clothing is frowned upon amongst
the basic rules of badminton.
18. Badminton Rules and
Regulations for Double plays
The basic rules and regulations of any badminton rally, either
Olympics or leisurely with your family is that the game always
begins with a toss. When playing with your friends, stop
fighting for the first serve, because you must comply with the
badminton rules that qualify a coin toss as an appropriate
determinant. The next first serve depends on who wins the
rally. If you win the first rally, then the next game begins with
A player out of a team of 2 must serve inside the white lines of
the diagonally opposite side so that the shuttlecock falls
inside it. After the receiver returns the serve, the player can
hit the shuttle anywhere within the entire court area
In doubles, the scoring system can be a little confusing, since there are 2
players in a team who can serve. A rule of thumb is that a badminton
game always starts from the right-hand side The order of server
depends on the score odd or even, the same badminton rules and
regulations for doubles as it is for singles. For example, if both pairs
have decided that you and your partner start the game with you
delivering the first serve, the score is 0-0. Since 0 is an even number,
you will serve from the right side of the court. Otherwise, the players
continue to stay in their respective service court from where they
played their previous game. From this method, alternate servers are
Switching sides on the court
In Badminton rules and regulations for doubles entail that the players or
teams will switch sides on the court during the following times:
At the end of the first game
Ø At the end of the second game and if a third game is to be played
Ø During the third game if the first player/team scores a total of 11 points.
20. Scoring system
If the serving side wins, they score a point and the same server
serves again from the alternate service court. If the receiving
side wins, the receiving side scores a point. The receiving side
becomes the new serving side. To win the game of badminton,
you must score points before your opponent. Out of 3 sets of
play you must win two. Every time there is a serve, there is a
point scored. According to badminton rules and regulations for
doubles, the side of doubles that win a rally adds a point to its
score. When both sides reach 20 all, the side which gains a 2-
point lead first, wins that game. When both sides reach 29 all,
the side scoring the 30th point, wins that game.
The shuttlecock which is either served or hit should land inside the
service court. Any shuttlecock which flew away from the white
boundaries will not be counted and the opponent will score.
One side has only one attempt to retrieve the shuttle, either one
of the players is going to hit the shuttle. Even if the shuttle is
accidentally touched by hand, it is still a fault. Also, an important
rule of badminton is that only the receiver can return the serve
directed at them.