Are you familiar with the rules of badminton?

As with other sports, it is very important to follow the rules and regulations set forth when playing badminton. Corresponding to the two forms of play, the rules of singles badminton will have a few differences compared to the rules of double badminton.  If you are new to badminton, you should start learning from the rules of badminton singles to have an overview of this form of singles as well as this sport.  Remembering rules and regulations is never easy. However, with this article, I will provide you with simple information that will make it easier for you to remember the rules of badminton singles.

Dimensions of the singles badminton court

According to Badminton World Federation (BWF) regulations, the singles badminton court has the following dimensions:

  • Length: 13.4 meters.
  • Width: 5.18 meters.
  • Diagonal length: 14.3 meters.

Besides the court size, the Badminton Code also contains other regulations regarding the lines and nets in the court, including:

  • Boundaries and lines should be easy to see and distinguish, preferably painted in white or yellow. These lines have a specified thickness of 40 mm.
  • The net post must be 1.55 meters high from the floor and ensure it does not move when playing. Regardless of whether it is a doubles or singles court, the net post is always placed on the outermost line of the doubles court.
    The net must be 760 mm wide and at least 6.1 meters long. The upper part of the mesh is bordered with 75 mm thick white tape. The regulation height of the net is 1.55 meters at the side of the doubles court and 1,524 meters at the center.  See more posts: what are the dimensions of a badminton court

Regulations on the scope of serving and receiving services

The range of service and receive in singles is limited by the centerline, the short service line, the inner sideline, and the long service line (also the end goal line).  A part of the yard will have 2 areas left and right. The serving position will be determined based on the server’s available points. From the standing position of the server, we can determine the corresponding standing position of the receiver. The receiver must stand in an area diagonally opposite the server.  If the server has not scored or has an even score, he or she will serve in the right service area. At that time, the receiver will also stand in the right area on his field.  If the server’s score is odd, he or she will serve in the left service area. Correspondingly, the receiver will also stand in the left area of ​​his field.

How to start a badminton match

Before the match begins, the referee will conduct a coin toss to determine the position of the two players on the court as well as the first serving side. The person who chooses the correct coin face will have the right to decide:

Which side will serve first?

The field part of the first game. The losing side will receive the remaining selections. System and scoring in badminton singles rules. A match will be played in a 3 win 2 format unless otherwise arranged. The side that scores 21 points first wins that game, with exceptions such as a 20-20 or 29-29 tie (to be specified separately).

The side that wins a shuttle will add 1 point to its total. A side will win a point during the shuttle phase when the shuttlecock touches the ground because their opponent is unable to return or when their opponent commits a foul during play.

In case the score of the game is 20-20, the side that scores 2 points first wins that game.

If the game score is 29-29, the side that scores the 30th point first wins.

As a rule, the winner of the previous game will be the one to start serving in the next game. Regulations on changing pitches, Two players will switch courses at the following times:

After finishing the first game

After finishing the second game with a draw, the two players are required to play the third game. In the 3rd game, when either side scored 11 points.  If the change of pitch is not done at the above times, the two sides need to change the pitch as soon as this incident is detected. However, the change, of course, needs to be made when the bridge is no longer in play. The score is still the same.


Badminton is a popular sport in many countries. Through this article, I hope you have a good understanding of the rules of badminton and love this sport more. Wish you success with badminton, see you in the next articles.!

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