Badminton is a sport that is fast, fun and exciting! It requires speed, agility, quickness, strategy and excellent hand-eye coordination. Popular in physical education classes and clubs all around the world, it's simple to play and everyone from elementary school students to seniors can play it. All you need are badminton racquets (or rackets depending on where you're from), shuttlecocks (also known as birdies), a net, and two standards from which to suspend the net.
Official badminton court dimensions are 44' long by 20' wide, and like in tennis, doubles uses the full width of the court while single's play uses a narrower 17' width (see badminton court dimensions here). Players serve from the serving line at the back of their court. Serves are done with the shuttle held below the lowest part of the ribcage (no overhead serves). The server must place the shuttlecock into the opponent's side of the court. If the birdie hits the ground within the court lines in the opponent's side of the court, the server gets a point. If the opponent returns the serve, a rally starts and whoever lets the birdie hit the ground on their side of the net, or who hits the shuttlecock 'out' on the other side of the net loses the rally and the other player gets a point. The player who wins the previous rally gets next serve. To win the game, a player must get 21 points AND beat the opponent by at least 2 points. Games are capped at 30 points, so if the last score is 30-29, even though there isnt a two point spread, the player with 30 points wins.