Important Aspects of Badminton
Badminton is the world's fastest racket sport. A world class player smashed a shuttlecock at over 206 mph in a tournament in China in 2006.
In a doubles match, you and your partner must read each other and communicate quickly without speaking.
You need to quickly and efficiently construct a strategy while hitting each shot, taking into account your partner and the positions of your opponents on the court.
Winning 2 out of 3 games of a match is a challenge to your body, mind, and your will to fight. Badminton is an aerobic sport. You may run over a mile during the course of a single match.
Winning a badminton match requires a combination of hard-hitting power shots and carefully placed finesse shots.
Players always respect their opponents as they would respect themselves.
Before Badminton House, there was poona. Before poona, there was "jeu de volant". Before that, battledore and shuttlecock, and, before that, Ti Jian Zi. It's not easy tracking the ancestry of the sport now known as badminton.
As far back as the 5th century BC, the Chinese were playing Ti Jian Zi, or shuttle-kicking, a game played with the feet. The shuttlecock was there, but it remains unclear whether it led to the game of battledore and shuttlecock that arose about five centuries later in China, Japan, India and Greece. The battledores were the early versions of today's racquets. By the 1600s, battledore and shuttlecock had developed into a popular children's game. It soon became a favourite pastime of nobles and the leisured classes of many European countries, becoming known as "jeu de volant" on the continent.
In India, a game closer to modern badminton, poona, had evolved by the mid-19th century. While British army officers stationed there were learning the game, the Duke of Beaufort was introducing it to royal society at his country estate, Badminton House in Gloucestershire, England. Within four years, the Bath Badminton Club had formed, and a new version of the game played there laid the basis for today's rules.
Source: International Olympic Committee
There are lots of resources on the web explaining the rules of badminton. This site explains all the rules in detail.
The best advice is to stand in the court with your racket up and do your best!
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Last update: 12/03/11