1. Court and court equipment
3. Testing a shuttle for speed
5. Equipment compliance
7. Scoring system
8. Change of ends
12. Service court errors
15. Shuttle not in play
Continuous play, misconduct, penalties
17. Officials and appeals
1. Variations in court and equipment
2. Handicap matches
3. Other scoring system
LAWS OF BADMINTON
(as of 1 August 1998)
||Any person playing badminton.
||The basic contest in badminton between opposing
sides each of 1 or 2 players.
||A match where there is one player on each of
the opposing sides.
||A match where there are two players on each of
the opposing sides.
||The side having the right to serve.
||The side opposing the serving side.
||A sequence of one or more strokes starting with
the service, until the shuttle ceases to be in play.
||A forward movement of the player’s racket.
1. COURT AND COURT EQUIPMENT
1.1 The court shall be a rectangle marked out
with lines 40 mm wide as shown in Diagram A.
1.2 The lines marking out the court shall be
easily distinguishable and preferably be coloured white or yellow.
1.3 All the lines shall form part of the area
which they define.
1.4 The posts shall be 1.55 metres in height
from the surface of the court and shall remain vertical when the net is
strained as provided in Law 1.10. The posts or its supports shall not
extend into the court.
1.5 The posts shall be placed on the doubles
side lines as in Diagram A irrespective of whether singles or doubles is
1.6 The net shall be made of fine cord of
dark colour and even thickness with a mesh of not less than l5 mm and
not more than 20 mm.
1.7 The net shall be 760 mm in depth and at
least 6.1 metres wide.
1.8 The top of the net shall be edged with a
75 mm white tape doubled over a cord or cable running through the tape.
This tape shall rest upon the cord or cable.
1.9 The cord or cable shall be stretched
firmly, flush with the top of the posts.
1.10 The top of the net from the surface of
the court shall be 1.524 metres at the centre of the court and 1.55
metres over the side lines for doubles.
1.11 There shall be no gaps between the ends
of the net and the posts. If necessary, the full depth of the net at the
ends shall be tied to the posts.
Note: (1) Diagonal length of full court = 14.723m
(2) Court as shown above can be used for both singles and doubles play
(3) ** Optional testing marks as shown in Diagram B.
2.1 The shuttle may be made from natural and/or
synthetic materials. From whatever material the shuttle is made, the
flight characteristics generally should be similar to those produced by
a natural feathered shuttle with a cork base covered by a thin layer of
2.2 The shuttle shall have 16 feathers fixed in the base.
2.3 The feathers shall be measured from the tip to the top of the
base and each shuttle shall be of the same length. This length can be
between 62mm and 70mm.
2.4 The tips of the feathers shall lie on a circle with a diameter
from 58mm to 68mm.
2.5 The feathers shall be fastened firmly with thread or other
2.6 The base shall be 25mm to 28mm in diameter and rounded on the
2.7 The shuttle shall weigh from 4.74 to 5.50 grams.
2.8 Non-Feathered Shuttle
2.8.1 The skirt, or simulation of feathers in synthetic
materials, replaces natural feathers.
2.8.2 The base is described in Law 2.6.
2.8.3 Measurements and weight shall be as in Laws 2.3, 2.4 and
2.7. However, because of the difference in the specific gravity and
other properties of synthetic materials in comparison with feathers,
a variation of up to 10 per cent is acceptable.
2.9 Subject to there being no variation in the design, speed and
flight of the shuttle, modifications in the above specifications may be
made with the approval of the Member Association concerned: OR
2.9.1 in places where atmospheric conditions due to either
altitude or climate make the standard shuttle unsuitable
2.9.2 if special circumstances exist which make it otherwise
necessary in the interests of the game
3 Testing a Shuttle for speed
3.1 To test a shuttle, use a full underhand stroke which makes
contact with the shuttle over the back boundary line. The shuttle
shall be hit at an upward angle and in a direction parallel to the
3.2 A shuttle of correct speed will land not
less than 530mm and not more than 990mm short of the other back
boundary line as in Diagram B.
4.1 The racket shall be a frame not exceeding 680 mm in overall
length and 230 mm in overall width consisting of the main parts
described in Laws 4.1.1 to 4.1.5 as illustrated in Diagram C.
4.1.1 The handle is the part of the racket intended to be
gripped by a player.
4.1.2 The stringed area is the part of the racket with which
it is intended that a player hits the shuttle.
4.1.3 The head bounds the stringed area.
4.1.4 The shaft connects the handle to the head (subject to
4.1.5 The throat (if present) connects the shaft to the head.
4.2 The stringed area:
4.2.1 shall be flat and
consist of a pattern of crossed strings either alternately
interlaced or bonded where they cross. The stringing pattern shall
be generally uniform and, in particular, not less dense in the
centre than in any other area; and
4.2.2 shall not exceed 280 mm
in overall length and 220 mm in overall width. However, the strings
may extend into an area which otherwise would be the throat,
220.127.116.11 the width of the
extended stringed area does not exceed 35 mm; and
18.104.22.168 the overall length of
the stringed area does not then exceed 330 mm.
4.3 The racket:
4.3.1 shall be free of
attached objects and protrusions, other than those used solely and
specifically to limit or prevent wear and tear, or vibration, or to
distribute weight, or to secure the handle by cord to the player’s
hand, and which are reasonable in size and placement for such
4.3.2 shall be free of any
device that makes it possible for a player to change materially the
shape of the racket.
5. EQUIPMENT COMPLIANCE
The International Badminton Federation shall rule on any question
of whether any racket, shuttle or equipment or any prototype used in the
playing of badminton complies with the specifications. Such ruling may
be undertaken on the Federation's initiative or upon application by any
party with a bona fide interest therein, including any player, equipment
manufacturer or Member Association or member thereof.
6.1 Before play commences, a toss shall be
conducted and the side winning the toss shall exercise the choice in
either Law 6.1.1 or Law 6.1.2.
6.1.1 to serve or receive first.
6.1.2 To start play at one end of the court or the other.
6.2 The side losing the toss shall then exercise
the remaining choice.
7. SCORING SYSTEM
7.1 A match shall consist of the best of three games, unless
otherwise arranged (Appendix 2 and 3).
7.2 A game shall be won by the side which first scores 21 points,
except as provided in Law 7.4 and 7.5.
7.3 The side winning a rally shall add a point to its score. A
side shall win a rally, if the opposing side commits a ‘fault’ or the
shuttle ceases to be in play because it touches the surface of the court
inside the opponent’s court.
7.4 If the score becomes 20-all, the side which gains a two point
lead first, shall win that game.
7.5 If the score becomes 29-all, the side scoring the 30th point
shall win that game.
7.6 The side winning a game shall serve first in the next game.
8. CHANGE OF ENDS
8.1 Players shall change ends:
8.1.1 at the end of the first game;
8.1.2 at the end of the second game, if
there is to be a third game; and
8.1.3 in the third game when a side
first scores 11 points.
8.2 If the ends are not changed as indicated
in Law 8.1, it shall be done so as soon as the mistake is discovered and
when the shuttle is not in play. The existing score shall stand.
9.1 In a correct service:
9.1.1 neither side shall cause undue delay to
the delivery of the service once the server and the receiver are
ready for the service. On completion of the backward movement of
server’s racket head, any delay in the start of the service (Law
9.2), shall be considered to be an undue delay;
9.1.2 the server and the receiver shall stand
within diagonally opposite service courts (Diagram A)
without touching the boundary lines of these service courts;
9.1.3 some part of both feet of the server and
the receiver shall remain in contact with the surface of the court
in a stationary position from the start of the service (Law 9.2)
until the service is delivered(Law 9.3);
9.1.4 the server’s racket shall initially hit
the base of the shuttle;
9.1.5 the whole shuttle shall be below the
server’s waist at the instant of being hit by the server’s racket.
The waist shall be considered to be an imaginary line round the
body, level with the lowest part of the server’s bottom rib;
9.1.6 the shaft of the server’s racket at the instant of
hitting the shuttle shall be pointing in a downward direction;
9.1.7 the movement of the server’s racket shall continue
forwards from the start of the service (Law 9.2) until the service
is delivered (Law 9.3);
9.1.8 the flight of the shuttle shall be upwards from the
server’s racket to pass over the net so that, if not intercepted, it
shall land in the receiver’s service court (i. e. on or within the
boundary lines); and
9.1.9 in attempting to serve, the server shall not miss the
9.2 Once the players are ready for the service, the first forward
movement of the server’s racket head shall be the start of the service.
9.3 Once started (Law 9.2), the service is delivered when the
shuttle is hit by the server’s racket or, in attempting to serve, the
server misses the shuttle.
9.4 The server shall not serve before the receiver is ready.
However, the receiver shall be considered to have been ready if a return
of the service is attempted.
9.5 In doubles, during the delivery of service (Law 9.2, 9.3), the
partners may take up any positions within their respective courts, which
do not unsight the opposing server or receiver.
Positions of the racket and of the server's hand holding it at
the instant of striking the shuttle
10.1 Serving and receiving courts
10.1.1 The players shall serve from, and
receive in, their respective right service courts when the server
has not scored or has scored an even number of points in that game.
10.1.2 The players shall serve from, and
receive in, their respective left service courts when the server has
scored an odd number of points in that game.
10.2 Order of play and position on court
In a rally, the shuttle may be hit by
the server and the receiver alternately, from any position on that
player’s side of the net, until the shuttle ceases to be in play
10.3 Scoring and serving
10.3.1 If the server wins a rally (Law
7.3), the server shall score a point. The server shall then serve
again from the alternate service court.
10.3.2 If the receiver wins a rally (Law
7.3), the receiver shall score a point. The receiver shall then
become the new server.
11.1 Serving and receiving
11.1.1 A player of the
serving side shall serve from the right service court when the
serving side has not scored or has scored an even number of points
in that game.
11.1.2 A player of the
serving side shall serve from the left service court when the
serving side has scored an odd number of points in that game.
11.1.3 The player of the
receiving side who served last shall stay in the same service court
from where he served last. The reverse pattern shall apply to the
11.1.4 The player of the
receiving side standing in the diagonally opposite service court to
the server shall be the receiver.
11.1.5 The players shall not change their respective service
courts until they win a point when their side is serving.
11.1.6 Service in any turn of serving shall be delivered from
the service court corresponding to the serving side’s score, except
as provided in Laws 12.
11.2 Order of play and position on court
After the service is returned, in a rally, the shuttle may be
hit by either player of the serving side and either player of the
receiving side alternately, from any position on that player’s side
of the net, until the shuttle ceases to be in play (Law 15).
11.3 Scoring and serving
11.3.1 If the serving side wins a rally (Law 7.3), the serving
side shall score a point. The server shall then serve again from the
alternate service court.
11.3.2 If the receiving side wins a rally (Law 7.3), the
receiving side shall score a point. The receiving side shall then
become the new serving side.
11.4 Sequence of serving
In any game, the right to serve shall pass consecutively:
11.4.1 from the initial server who started the game from the
right service court
11.4.2 to the partner of the initial receiver. The service
shall be delivered from the left service court.
11.4.3 to the partner of the initial server
11.4.4 to the initial receiver,
11.4.5 to the initial server and so on.
11.5 No player shall serve or receive out of turn, or receive two
consecutive services in the same game, except as provided in Laws 12.
11.6 Either player of the winning side may serve first in the next
game, and either player of the losing side may receive first in the next
12. SERVICE COURT ERRORS
12.1 A service court error has been made when
12.1.1 has served or received out of turn; or
12.1.2 has served or received from the wrong service court;
12.2 If a service court error is discovered, the error shall be corrected and the existing score shall stand.
It shall be a ‘fault’:
13.1 if a service is not correct (Law 9.1);
13.2 if, in service, the shuttle:
13.2.1 is caught on the net and remains suspended on its top;
13.2.2 after passing over the net, is caught in the net; or
13.2.3 is hit by the receiver’s partner;
13.3 if in play, the shuttle:
13.3.1 lands outside the boundaries of the court (i. e. not on
or within the boundary lines);
13.3.2 passes through or under the net;
13.3.3 fails to pass over the net;
13.3.4 touches the ceiling or side walls;
13.3.5 touches the person or dress of a player;
13.3.6 touches any other object or person outside the court;
(Where necessary on account of the structure of the building,
the local badminton authority may, subject to the right of veto of its Member Association, make
bye-laws dealing with cases in which a shuttle touches an obstruction).
13.3.7 is caught and held on the racket and then slung during
the execution of a stroke;
13.3.8 is hit twice in succession by the same player. However,
a shuttle hitting the head and the stringed area of the racket in
one stroke shall not be a ‘fault’;
13.3.9 is hit by a player and the player’s partner
13.3.10 touches a player’s racket and does not travel towards
the opponent’s court;
13.4 if, in play, a player:
13.4.1 touches the net or its supports with racket, person or
13.4.2 invades an opponent’s court over the net with racket or
person except that the striker may follow the shuttle over the net
with the racket in the course of a stroke after the initial point of
contact with the shuttle is on the striker’s side of the net;
13.4.3 invades an opponent’s court under the net with racket
or person such that an opponent is obstructed or distracted; or
13.4.4 obstructs an opponent, i.e. prevents an opponent from
making a legal stroke where the shuttle is followed over the net;
13.4.5 deliberately distracts an opponent by any action such
as shouting or making gestures;
13.5 if a player is guilty of flagrant, repeated or persistent
offences under Law 16;
14.1 ‘Let’ shall be called by
the umpire, or by a player (if there is no umpire), to halt play.
14.2 It shall be a ‘let”, if:
14.2.1 the server serves before the receiver is ready (Law 9.5);
14.2.2 during service, the receiver and the server are both faulted;
14.2.3 after the service is returned, the shuttle is:
22.214.171.124 caught on the net and remains suspended on its top, or
126.96.36.199 after passing over the net is caught in the net;
14.2.4 during play, the shuttle disintegrates and the base
completely separates from the rest of the shuttle;
14.2.5 in the opinion of the umpire, play is disrupted or a
player of the opposing side is distracted by a coach;
14.2.6 a line judge is unsighted and the umpire is unable to
make a decision; or
14.2.7 any unforeseen or accidental situation has occurred.
14.3 When a ‘let’ occurs, play since the last service shall not
count and the player who served last shall serve again,.
15. SHUTTLE NOT IN PLAY
A shuttle is not in play when:
15.1 it strikes the net or post and starts to fall towards the surface of the court on the striker’s side of the net;
15.2 it hits the surface of the court; or
15.3 a ‘fault’ or a ‘let’ has occurred.
16. CONTINUOUS PLAY, MISCONDUCT, PENALTIES
16.1 Play shall be continuous from the first service until the
match is concluded, except as allowed in Laws 16.2 and 16.3.
16.2.1 not exceeding 60 seconds during each game when the
leading score reaches 11 points; and
16.2.2 not exceeding 120 seconds between the first and
second game, and between the second and third game shall be allowed
in all matches. (For a televised match, the Referee may decide
before the match that intervals as in Law 16.2 are mandatory and of
16.3 Suspension of play
16.3.1 When necessitated by circumstances not within the
control of the players, the umpire may suspend play for such a
period as the umpire may consider necessary.
16.3.2 Under special circumstances the Referee may instruct
the umpire to suspend play.
16.3.3 If play is suspended, the existing score shall stand
and play shall be resumed from that point.(In televised matches the
Referee may decide before the match that intervals as in Law 16.2
are mandatory and of fixed duration.)
16.4 Delay in play
16.4.1 Under no circumstances shall play be delayed to enable a player to recover strength or wind or to receive
16.4.2 The umpire shall be the sole judge of any delay in play.
16.5 Advice and leaving the court
16.5.1 Only when the shuttle is not in play (Law 15), shall a player be permitted to receive advice during a match.
16.5.2 No player shall leave the court during a match without the umpire’s permission, except during the intervals as described in Law 16.2.
16.6 A player shall not:
16.6.1 deliberately cause delay in, or suspension of, play;
16.6.2 deliberately modify or damage the shuttle in order to
change its speed or its flight;
16.6.3 behave in an offensive manner; or
16.6.4 be guilty of misconduct not otherwise covered by the
Laws of Badminton.
16.7 Administration of breach
16.7.1 The umpire shall administer any breach of Law 16.4,
16.5 or 16.6 by:
188.8.131.52 issuing a warning to the offending side;
184.108.40.206 faulting the offending side, if previously
warned. Two such faults by a side shall be considered to be a
persistent offence; or
16.7.2 in cases of flagrant offence, persistent offences or
breach of Law 16.2, the umpire shall fault the offending side and
report the offending side immediately to the Referee, who shall have
the power to disqualify the offending side from the match.
17. OFFICIALS AND APPEALS
17.1 The Referee shall be in overall charge of the tournament or
event of which a match forms part.
17.2 The umpire, where appointed, shall be in charge of the match,
the court and its immediate surrounds. The umpire shall report to the
17.3 The service judge shall call service faults made by the
server should they occur (Law 9.1).
17.4 A line judge shall indicate whether a shuttle landed ‘in’ or
‘out’ on the line(s) assigned.
17.5 An official’s decision shall be final on all points of fact
for which that official is responsible except that if, in the opinion of
the umpire, it is beyond reasonable doubt that a line judge has clearly
made a wrong call, the umpire shall overrule the decision of the line
17.6 An umpire shall:
17.6.1 uphold and enforce the Laws of Badminton and,
especially, call a ‘fault’ or a ‘let’ should either occur;
17.6.2 give a decision on any appeal regarding a point of
dispute, if made before the next service is delivered;
17.6.3 ensure players and spectators are kept informed of the
progress of the match;
17.6.4 appoint or replace line judges or a service judge in
consultation with the Referee;
17.6.5 where another court official is not appointed, arrange
for that official’s duties to be carried out;
17.6.6 where an appointed official is unsighted, carry out
that official’s duties or play a ‘let’;
17.6.7 record and report to the Referee all matters relating
to Law 16; and
17.6.8 refer to the Referee all unsatisfied appeals on
questions of law only. (Such appeals must be made before the next
service is delivered or, if at the end of the match, before the side
that appeals has left the court).
VARIATIONS IN COURT AND
EQUIPMENT1. Where it is not practicable to have posts on
the sidelines, some method shall be used to indicate the position of the
sidelines where they pass under the net, e.g. by the use of thin posts
or strips of material 40 mm wide, fixed to the side lines and rising
vertically to the net cord.
2. A court may be marked out for
singles only as shown in Diagram E. The back boundary lines become also
the long service lines and the posts or the strips of material
representing them shall be placed on the side lines.
3. The top of the net from the surface of the court shall be 1.524
metres at the centre of the court and 1.55 metres over the side lines.