Add more variety to your badminton unit with these small-sided badminton games. These games can be played with 4 or more students and can be played without a teacher! Create your own unique twists to the games by making them cooperative or playing them in an up and down the river format!
Attack and Defend:
The object of this badminton game is to differentiate when players are on offense and need to be aggressive and when they’re on defense.
Both teams start at the baseline and one team feeds the shuttle to the other team. The two teams play out the point. Whichever team wins the point, runs up to the net. Teams can only win points while they’re at the net. The baseline team can feed any type of shot. It can be a deep lob or a short feed over the net. Every time the net team wins a point, they add it to their score. Once the baseline team wins a point, they transition to offense and can start collecting points. Team battle against each other until one team scores 15 points!
Ping Pong Badminton:
Normal badminton scoring rules apply, but players must alternate hitting the shuttle with their partner (similar to ping pong doubles). This game is great for working on coordination and endurance. It’s also strategic since players must decide where they should hit the shuttle. This game can be played cooperatively or competitively.
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Around the World:
Players line up on each side of the net. The first player feeds the shuttle and must run to the other side of the net to join the opposite line. Players continue to switch sides of the net after they hit the shuttle.
Play cooperatively with 4 players by seeing which team can have the longest rally. Play with the entire class by eliminating students after they lose the point. When two players are left, the students must drop their racquet, spin in a circle, pick their racquet up and hit the birdie. The last player left is the winner!
King of the Court – Singles:
This is a competitive badminton game that your students will love! Challengers line up on one side of the court, while the champion is on the other side. Challengers must win two points in a row to take the champion’s spot. If a challenger loses a point, they go to the end of the line and the next challenger feeds the shuttle. Switch the game up and play doubles points with more players!