Badminton uses lingo and terminology specific to the sport, including alley, backcourt, balk, carry, clear, drive, fault, flick, kill, hairpin shot, racket, shuttlecock, smash and wood shot. Badminton terms include let, love, match, net shot, overhead, point and rally. International rules and vocabulary are standardized by the Badminton World Federation, which is the international governing body recognized by the International Olympic Committee. Badminton has been an Olympic sport since 1992.Know More
The Washington Post explains that an alley, in Badminton, is a 1.5-feet-wide extension of the sideline, which creates a wider court for doubles play. Likewise, the back alley is between the back-boundary line and long-service lines for doubles. The short-service line is 6.5 feet from the net, and all serves must go over this line to be considered legal.
A balk, or feint, is an illegal move designed to deceive the opponent of a serving team while the shuttlecock is served. A carry denotes an illegal tactic in which the shuttlecock is held on the racket, and then slung by a player.
The shuttlecock is the object hit by players over the net. Traditionally, a shuttlecock is made of 16 goose feathers attached to a goat-skin-covered cork tip. Modern shuttlecocks are plastic with rubber tips. Also known as a bird or birdie, the shuttlecock weighs between 0.17 and 0.19 ounce. The heavier the object, the farther it flies. Shuttlecocks go farther in higher altitudes and higher temperatures.Learn more about Classic Sports
There are three types of officials in badminton: line judges, who judge all line calls during a match; umpires, who are the head official during a particular match; and referees, who oversee all judgments made on the court during a tournament and to whom the umpires and line judges directly report. Referees also set the schedule of play and practices as well as the condition of the courts.Full Answer >
Badminton is played by volleying a small item called a shuttlecock back and forth over a high narrow net using light long-handled rackets. Two opposing players, or two opposing pairs, take positions on opposite halves of a rectangular court.Full Answer >
A full-size regulation badminton court measures 20 feet in width and 44 feet in length. For singles' competitions, the width of the court is reduced to 17 feet with a 1-foot-6-inch "out of bounds" area inside each sideline.Full Answer >
The umpire has several roles in the game of badminton, such as making sure that the match follows the rules and regulations set by the Badminton World Federation, the Laws of Badminton and any other rules associated with a particular match. The umpire also has authority over the match and is in charge of the court and its vicinity.Full Answer >