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World’s fastest racquet sport - Badminton.

  • Funny badminton excuses ...
    * You never said go!
    * The lights were in my eyes.
    * I couldn’t concentrate because you were giving me dirty looks.
    * The floor was slippery.
    * The net moved on me.
    * My foot fell asleep.
    * There was a draft coming from somewhere.
    * My new shirt was itchy.
    * Aren't we still rallying?
    * Oh...have we started the real game?


  • Fast badminton facts ...
    * The National Governing Body of Badminton was established in 1936.
    * The International Badminton Federation (IBF) was established in Gloucestershire, England in 1934.
    140 countries are included in the IBF.
    * The first rules of the game were written before those for tennis and table tennis.
    * The shuttlecock is made from 14 to 16 feathers from the wing of a goose and fixed in a cork base covered with a thin layer of leather, or a similar material.
    * The shuttlecock weighs from 4.74-5.50 grams.
    * The shuttlecock can travel at speeds in excess of 200 mph.
    * The United States dominated the sport of badminton between 1949-67 by winning 23 world championships.
    * The powerhouses of badminton are currently China, Indonesia and Malaysia.
    * A badminton court is 44x17 ft. for singles, 44x20 ft. for doubles, and a rectangular shape. The net stands 5 ft. high.

  • Signs that you may become addicted ...
    * You would rather play badminton than go on a date.
    * You have a badminton net set up inside your house.
    * You buy Adidas products only because the logo looks like a shuttlecock.
    * You have a shuttlecock as a desk decoration.
    * To get the last bit of toothpaste out of the tube, you hold it by the tail and do a smashing motion with it >> You practice footwork in front of the mirror.
    * When someone mentions "single", you think of badminton instead of a marital status.
    * You set the humidity level in your house not to your family comforts, but so that your shuttles won't dry out so quickly.
    * Just a split-second before you greet someone you think forehand or backhand grip for the handshake.
    * You are relieved when the dandruff problem you thought you were having turns out to be just feather dust.
To many people in the sport of badminton falls right in there with backyard BBQ’s and family reunions; a fun, outdoor sport that is only taken seriously when trying to outdo your aggressive cousin Katie or your overconfident Aunt Bernie.

Yes, badminton is a great summer game, but it is not just a relaxing backyard pastime. It is a very competitive, physically demanding Olympic sport that requires a great deal of coordination, fitness, strategy and stamina.

The sport of badminton was first seen at the Olympic level as a demonstration sport at the Olympic summer games of 1972. Then, at the 1988 Olympic games in Seoul, Korea, badminton was selected as an exhibition sport. A success, badminton made its debut as a full medal sport in 1992 at the Olympic games in Barcelona, Spain.

Well, how did the sport badminton develop? Although the origin of the sport as we know it is questionable, it is certain that it began on the Asian continent. It is believed that it was born thousands of years ago in ancient China in the 5th Century BC and was then called Ti Jian Zi, or shuttlecock kicking. The modern version of the game, however, is traced back to India where “Poona” matches (very similar to lawn tennis) were contested during the 1800’s.

Badminton sure has come a long way. Established in the U.S. in 1878, the first club was formed in New York City. It quickly became a popular sport in the metropolis and was especially accepted by the elite society.

This brings us to today where the sport of badminton is increasing ever so rapidly. In 2001 the total number of participants who regularly played badminton (25 times in 1 year) in the U.S. was 1,015,000; that is a jump from 922, 000 people in 1999. In addition, the total number of attendance at sanctioned badminton events in the U.S is 10,000.

History’s important, but what about the game itself? Some may wonder how a badminton match is played. Well, a badminton game consists of 15 points, except for women’s singles, which has 11 points. The best of three games constitutes a match and only the serving side can score points.

Although winning is always fun, it’s not always going to be the outcome. Here are some excuses to use when you fall short in a game of badminton:

Badminton is often called the “sleeping giant.” This is due to the fact that the sport has the potential of becoming the next “Boom Sport” in the United States. Much like soccer, badminton is on the rise. Yes, people are still playing it at their Fourth of July and Labor Day picnics, but it is also now much more widespread, then let's say, 10 years ago.

Partaking in a game of badminton always proves to be a good time. As with anything, however, too much of something can be a problem. Badminton “junkies” have given us a few signs to look out for that may lead to you too becoming a badminton addict. So have fun, but beware!

source(Jessica Santonastaso-