The winner of the toss
can elect to serve or receive in the first game, or to choose to
play at a particular end of the court. The loser of the toss makes
the remaining choice.
You win a rally if you
hit the shuttle over the net and onto the floor of the opposing
side's court see court layouts opposite. You lose the rally if you
hit the shuttle into the net, or over the net but outside of the
opposing side's court. You also lose the rally if, for example, the
shuttle touches you or your clothing, or if you hit it before it
crosses the net.
The service courts are
slightly different for singles and doubles. A shuttle on the line is
"in". The server and receiver stand in the diagonally
opposite service courts (always right hand at the start of the game)
but therefore players may move anywhere on their side of the net.
The server must obey laws designed to force underhand delivery of
the serve, and the
receiver must stand still until the service is struck.
Matches comprise of the
best of three games. Each game starts at 0-0 (traditionally called
"love-all") If the serving side wins a rally, it
scores a point, and serves again but from the alternate service court.
If the receiving side wins the rally, the score remains unchanged and
the service passes to the next player in turn. In singles, this is the
opponent: in double it's either the partner or, if both players have
just had a turn of serving , one of the opponents. 15 points wins a
game. However, if the score reaches 14-14, the side which first reached
14 can choose either to play to 15, or to set the game to 17 points. The
final score will reflect the sum of the points won before setting plus
the points gained in setting. Scoring in ladies' singles is slightly
different. 11 points wins a game and there is the option to set to13
points" at 10-10.
(Please note that the
current scoring system as 31/12/2000 will probably soon change to a new
5 x 7 system.)
Players change ends at
the end of a game and when the leading score reaches 8 (or 6 for
ladies' singles) in the third game. A five minute interval is
allowed prior to any third game.
The above is an excerpt from The BAofE
Laws Of Badminton registered
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