Badminton

Badminton is a sport played by either two opposing players (singles) or two opposing pairs (doubles). Before badminton became popular, it could be played anywhere. These days, courts are used. In what resembles a small tennis court, a badminton court measures 20 feet wide by 44 feet in length, with a 5 feet high net stretching across the middle of the court.

To play badminton, you need a racket and a shuttlecock.  Rackets are normally light but strong so as to hit the shuttlecock (made of feather or synthetic) as hard or as softly as required.

The aim of the game is to win points by hitting the shuttlecock to the opposite side of the net where your opponent is positioned, making them move as much as possible.  Your opponent will then try to strike the shuttlecock back towards your side of the court.  This is done repeatedly until the shuttlecock hits the floor.

Points are scored when an opponent drops the shuttlecock on their side, or strikes the shuttlecock outside the boundary of the court. To win a game, you need to achieve 21 points, with a clear 2 point lead.  If both sides reach 20 points, then setting rules can be used.  If both sides reach 29 points, then the first to reach 30 is the winner.

Badminton is an enjoyable and fun sport.  A badminton player can cover more than 2 km in just one match, so the calories burned whilst playing can also make you healthier!

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