Player Any person playing badminton
Match The basic contest in badminton between opposing sides each of 1 or 2 players
Singles A match where there is one player on each of the opposing sides
Doubles A match where there are two players on each of the opposing sides
Serving side The side having the right to serve
Receiving side The side opposing the serving side
Court and court Equipment:
1.1 The court shall be a rectangle laid out with
lines 40 mm wide as in Diagram A.
1.2 The lines shall be easily distinguishable
and preferably be coloured white or yellow.
1.3 All lines form part of the area which they
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.
1.5 The posts shall be placed on the doubles side
lines as in Diagram A irrespective of whether singles or doubles is being played.
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 cloth tape doubled over a cord or cable running through the tape. This tape must 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 should be tied at the ends.
| The Shuttle (Birdie):|
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 leather.
2.2 The shuttle shall have 16 feathers fixed in
2.3 The feathers shall be measured from the tip
to the top of the base and in each shuttle shall be of the same length. This length can be between 62 mm and 70 mm.
2.4 The tips of the feathers shall lie on a circle
with a diameter from 58 mm to 68 mm.
2.5 The feathers shall be fastened firmly with
thread or other suitable material.
2.6 The base shall be 25 mm to 28 mm in diameter
and rounded on the bottom.
2.7 The shuttle shall weigh from 4.74 to 5.50
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
general design, speed and flight of the shuttle, modifications in the above specifications may be made with the approval of
the Member Association concerned:
2.9.1 in places where atmospheric conditions due
to either altitude or climate make the standard shuttle unsuitable; or
2.9.2 if special circumstances exist which make
it otherwise necessary in the interests of the game.
| The Racket:|
4.1 The parts of a racket are described in Laws
4.1.1 to 4.1.7 and are illustrated in Diagram C.
4.1.1 The main racket parts are called the handle,
the stringed area, the head, the shaft, the throat and the frame.
4.1.2 The handle is the part of the racket intended
to be gripped by the player.
4.1.3 The stringed area is the part of the racket
with which it is intended the player hits the shuttle.
4.1.4 The head bounds the stringed area.
4.1.5 The shaft connects the handle to the head
(subject to Law 4.1.6).
4.1.6 The throat (if present) connects the shaft
to the head.
4.1.7 The frame is the name given to the head,
throat, shaft and handle taken together.
4.2 The frame of the racket shall not exceed 680
mm in overall length and 230 mm in overall width.
4.3 Stringed area
4.3.1 The stringed area 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.
4.3.2 The stringed area 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,
provided that the width of the extended stringed area does not exceed 35 mm and provided that the overall length of the stringed
area does not then exceed 330 mm.
4.4 The racket:
4.4.1 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 purposes;
4.4.2 shall be free of any device which 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 6.1.2:
6.1.1 to serve or receive first;
6.1.2 to start play at one end of the court or
- 6.2 The side losing the toss shall then exercise
the remaining choice.
| The Scroring System):|
7.1 A match shall consist of the best of three
games, unless otherwise arranged.
7.2 In doubles and men’s singles a game
is won by the first side to score 15 points, except as provided in Law 7.4.
7.3 In ladies’ singles a game is won by
the first side to score 11 points, except as provided in Law 7.4.
7.4 If the score becomes 14-all (10-all in ladies’
singles), the side which first scored 14 (10) shall exercise the choice in Law 7.4.1 or 7.4.2:
7.4.1 to continue the game to 15 (11) points,
ie not to ‘set’ the game; or
7.4.2 to ‘set’ the game to 17 (13)
7.5 The side winning a game serves first in the
7.6 Only the serving side can add a point to its
score (see Law 10.3 or 11.4).
| Change Of Ends:|
- 8.1 Players shall change ends:
- 8.1.1 at the end of the first game;
- 8.1.2 prior to the beginning of the third game
(if any); and
- 8.1.3 in the third game, or in a match of one
game, when the leading score reaches:
- – 6 in a game of 11 points; or
- – 8 in a game of 15 points.
- 8.2 If players omit to change ends as indicated
in Law 8.1, they shall do so as soon as the mistake is discovered and the shuttle is not in play. The existing score shall
9.1 In a correct service:
9.1.1 neither side shall cause undue delay to
the delivery of the service once server and receiver have taken up their respective positions;
9.1.2 the server and receiver shall stand within
diagonally opposite service courts without touching the boundary lines of these service courts;
9.1.3 some part of both feet of the server and
receiver must remain in contact with the surface of the court in a stationary position from the start of the service (Law
9.4) until the service is delivered (Law 9.6);
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;
Positions of the racket and of
the server’s hand holding it at the instant of striking the shuttle
9.1.6 the shaft of the server’s racket at
the instant of hitting the shuttle shall be pointing in a downward direction to such an extent that the whole of the head
of the racket is discernibly below the whole of the server’s hand holding the racket as in Diagram D;
9.1.7 the movement of the server’s racket
must continue forwards after the start of the service (Law 9.4) until the service is delivered; and
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 lands in the receiver’s service
court (ie on or within the boundary lines).
9.2 If a service is not correct by virtue of any
of Laws 9.1.1 to 9.1.8, it shall be a ‘fault’ (Law 13) by the offending side.
9.3 It is a ‘fault’ if the server,
in attempting to serve, misses the shuttle.
9.4 Once the players have taken their positions,
the first forward movement of the server’s racket head is the start of the service.
9.5 The server shall not serve before the
receiver is ready but the receiver shall be considered to have been ready if a return of service is attempted.
9.6 Once the service is started (Law 9.4),
it is delivered when the shuttle is hit by the server’s racket or, in attempting to serve, the server misses the shuttle.
9.7 In doubles, the partners may take up any positions
which do not unsight the opposing server or receiver.
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
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 The shuttle is hit alternately by the server
and the receiver until a ‘fault’ is made or the shuttle ceases to be in play.
10.3 Scoring and serving
10.3.1 If the receiver makes a ‘fault’
or the shuttle ceases to be in play because it touches the surface of the court inside the receiver’s court, the server
scores a point. The server then serves again from the alternate service court.
10.3.2 If the server makes a ‘fault’
or the shuttle ceases to be in play because it touches the surface of the court inside the server’s court, the server
loses the right to continue serving and the receiver then becomes the server, with no point scored by either player.
11.1 At the start of a game, and each time
a side gains the right to serve, the service shall be delivered from the right service court.
11.2 Only the receiver shall return the service:
should the shuttle touch or be hit by the receiver’s partner, it shall be a ‘fault’ and the serving side
scores a point.
11.3 Order of play and position on court
11.3.1 After the service is returned, the shuttle
may be hit by either player of the serving side and then by either player of the receiving side, and so on, until the shuttle
ceases to be in play.
11.3.2 After the service is returned, a player
may hit the shuttle from any position on that player’s side of the net.
11.4 Scoring and serving
11.4.1 If the receiving side makes a ‘fault’
or the shuttle ceases to be in play because it touches the surface of the court inside the receiving side’s court, the
serving side scores a point and the server serves again.
11.4.2 If the serving side makes a ‘fault’
or the shuttle ceases to be in play because it touches the surface of the court inside the serving side’s court, the
server loses the right to continue serving, with no point scored by either side.
11.5 Serving and receiving courts
11.5.1 The player who serves at the start of any
game shall serve from, or receive in, the right service court when that player’s side has not scored or has scored an
even number of points in that game, and the left service court when that player’s side has scored an odd number of points
in that game.
11.5.2 The player who receives at the start of
any game shall receive in, or serve from, the right service court when that player’s side has not scored or has scored
an even number of points in that game, and the left service court when that player’s side has scored an odd number of
points in that game.
11.5.3 The reverse pattern shall apply to the partners.
11.6 Service in any turn of serving shall be delivered
from alternate service courts, except as provided in Laws 12 and 14.
11.7 In any game, the right to serve passes consecutively
from the initial server to the initial receiver, then to that initial receiver’s partner, then to the opponent who is
due to serve from the right service court (Law 11.5), then to that player’s partner, and so on.
11.8 No player shall serve out of turn, receive
out of turn, or receive two consecutive services in the same game, except as provided in Laws 12 and 14.
11.9 Either player of the winning side may serve
first in the next game, and either player of the losing side may receive.
| Service Court Errors:|
12.1 A service court error has been made when
12.1.1 has served out of turn;
12.1.2 has served from the wrong service court;
12.1.3 standing in the wrong service court, was
prepared to receive the service and it has been delivered.
12.2 If a service court error is discovered after
the next service has been delivered, the error shall not be corrected.
12.3 If a service court error is discovered before
the next service is delivered:
12.3.1 if both sides committed an error, it shall
be a ‘let;
12.3.2 if one side committed the error and won
the rally, it shall be a ‘let’;
12.3.3 if one side committed the error and lost
the rally, the error shall not be corrected.
12.4 If there is a ‘let’ because of
a service court error, the rally is replayed with the error corrected.
12.5 If a service court error is not to be corrected,
play in that game shall proceed without changing the players’ new service courts (nor, when relevant, the new order
It is a ‘fault’:
13.1 if a service is not correct (Law 9.1)
or if Law 9.3 or 11.2 applies;
13.2 if in play, the shuttle:
13.2.1 lands outside the boundaries of the court
(ie not on or within the boundary lines);
13.2.2 passes through or under the net;
13.2.3 fails to pass the net;
13.2.4 touches the ceiling or side walls;
13.2.5 touches the person or dress of a player;
13.2.6 touches any other object or person outside
the immediate surroundings of 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 if, when in play, the initial point of contact
with the shuttle is not on the striker’s side of the net. (The striker may, however, follow the shuttle over the net
with the racket in the course of a stroke);
- 13.4 if, when the shuttle is in play, a player:
13.4.1 touches the net or its supports with racket,
person or dress;
13.4.2 invades an opponent’s court over
the net with racket or person except as permitted in Law 13.3;
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, ie prevents an opponent
from making a legal stroke where the shuttle is followed over the net;
13.5 if, in play, a player deliberately distracts
an opponent by any action such as shouting or making gestures;
13.6 if, in play, the shuttle:
13.6.1 is caught and held on the racket and then
slung during the execution of a stroke;
13.6.2 is hit twice in succession by the same
player with two strokes;
13.6.3 is hit by a player and the player’s
partner successively; or
13.6.4 touches a player’s racket and continues
towards the back of that player’s court;
13.7 if a player is guilty of flagrant, repeated
or persistent offences under Law 16;
13.8 if, on service, the shuttle is caught on
the net and remains suspended on top or, on service, after passing over the net is caught in the net.
- 14.1 ‘Let’ is called by the umpire,
or by a player (if there is no umpire), to halt play.
- 14.2 A ‘let’ may be given for any
unforeseen or accidental occurrence.
- 14.3 If a shuttle is caught on the net and remains
suspended on top or, after passing over the net, is caught in the net, it shall be a ‘let’ except on service.
- 14.4 If, during service, the receiver and server
are both faulted at the same time, it shall be a ‘let’.
- 14.5 If the server serves before the receiver
is ready, it shall be a ‘let’.
- 14.6 If, during play, the shuttle disintegrates
and the base completely separates from the rest of the shuttle, it shall be a ‘let’.
- 14.7 If a line judge is unsighted and the umpire
is unable to make a decision, it shall be a ‘let’.
- 14.8 A ‘let’ may occur following a
service court error; see Law 12.3.
- 14.9 When a ‘let’ occurs, the play
since the last service shall not count and the player who served shall serve again, except where Law 12 is applicable.
| Shuttle Not In Play:|
A shuttle is not in play when:
15.1 it strikes the net and remains attached there
or suspended on top;
15.2 it strikes the net or post and starts to
fall towards the surface of the court on the striker’s side of the net;
15.3 it hits the surface of the court; or
15.4 a ‘fault’ or ‘let’
| Continuos play, Miscontuct, 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 Intervals not exceeding 90 seconds between
the first and second games, and not exceeding 5 minutes between the second and third games, are allowed in all matches in
all of the following situations:
16.2.1 international competitive events;
16.2.2 IBF-sanctioned events; and
16.2.3 all other matches unless the Member Association
has previously published a decision not to allow such intervals.
(In televised matches the Referee may decide
before the match that intervals as in Law 16.2 are mandatory and of fixed duration).
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.
16.4 Under no circumstances shall play be delayed
to enable a player to recover strength or wind.
16.5 Advice and leaving the court
16.5.1 Except in the intervals provided in Laws
16.2 and 16.3, no player shall be permitted to receive advice during a match.
16.5.2 Except during the five minute interval
described in Law 16.2, no player shall leave the court during a match without the umpire’s permission.
16.6 The umpire shall be the sole judge of any
delay in play.
16.7 A player shall not:
16.7.1 deliberately cause delay in, or suspension
16.7.2 deliberately modify or damage the shuttle
in order to change its speed or its flight;
16.7.3 behave in an offensive manner; or
16.7.4 be guilty of misconduct not otherwise covered
by the Laws of badminton.
16.8 The umpire shall administer any breach of
Law 16.4, 16.5 or 16.7 by:
16.8.1 issuing a warning to the offending side;
16.8.2 faulting the offending side, if previously
16.8.3 in cases of flagrant offence or persistent
offences, faulting the offending side and reporting the offending side immediately to the Referee, who shall have power to
disqualify the offending side from the match.
Officials And Appeals
17.1 The Referee is in overall charge of the tournament
or event of which a match forms part.
17.2 The umpire, where appointed, is in charge
of the match, the court and its immediate surrounds. The umpire shall report to the Referee.
17.3 The service judge shall call service faults
made by the server should they occur (Law 9).
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 is final on
all points of fact for which that official is responsible.
17.6 An umpire shall:
17.6.1 uphold and enforce the Laws of badminton
and, especially, call a ‘fault’ or ‘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 remove 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 the official’s duties or play a ‘let’;
17.6.7 record and report to the Referee all matters
in relation to Law 16; and
17.6.8 take 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 game, before
the side that appeals has left the court).