This page offers you all the basic badminton rules you are required to know in order to enjoy a casual badminton game.
These are based on the official badminton rules that are used in tournaments today (2012).
You should also know some of the common badminton terminology or badminton 'language'. Click here to know some of the badminton terms commonly used in badminton games today.
Note: The information here is too brief if your intention is to host a professional badminton tournament or competition. For a complete set of rules for an official badminton tournament use, visit this site.
If you're new to badminton and curious about how big a badminton court is, click here for the exact badminton court size and measurement.
See the badminton court diagram for an illustration of a badminton court.
Badminton scoring is based on the 21 points system or known as the new rules to most people.
Learn how to count your points and serve from the correct position during a badminton game (see badminton scoring system . Your badminton game will become more interesting and fun if you know how the badminton scoring system works.
The badminton game is very flexible, so there're not many fouls that you can commit during a badminton game. The badminton fouls is standard and applies to both badminton singles and doubles.
It is important to know what are you not suppose to do during a badminton game in order to avoid losing unnecessary points. Click here for more information on badminton fouls.
The gray area in the above picture shows you the area that is considered INSIDE for a badminton service.
After a badminton service (i.e. during the game), the long/short rules do not apply.
The yellow area in the above picture shows you the area that is considered INSIDE during the normal course of a badminton game after a service has been made.
If the shuttle so happens drop ON the in/out line (borders of the colored area in the pictures above), it will still be considered as dropping INSIDE the court.
See this badminton rules for doubles, to know where the "in/out boundary" is for a doubles badminton game.
Other than the "in/out boundaries", the badminton scoring for doubles can get a little complicated but it is pretty much the same as badminton singles. So take a look at the badminton scoring for doubles.
Other than that, the badminton rules for doubles are essentially the same with badminton singles.