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The Rules of Badminton – EXPLAINED!

Ninh explains the Rules of Badminton
Badminton, is a game played as singles (where one person plays against one person) or doubles
(where two people play against two people). The object of the game is for you or your
team to win 2 sets faster than your opponent. To win a set, you must score 21 points and
be at least two points ahead. If the scores are 20-20 for example, the game
carries on until one player or pair has a two point lead.
Okay then, so how do you score these points? To score a point, you must aim to hit the
shuttlecock, which is usually cork with feathers with your racket over the net and onto your
opponent’s floor without the opponent returning the favour.
The court is 13.4m long and 6.1m wide, and the net is 1.55 m above the ground.
Pay attention to these lines, as the boundaries are different for singles and doubles.
To start the game, a player must serve the shuttlecock below the waist.
The shuttlecock must travel over the net and land in the areas defined for a serve to be
legal. If the shuttlecock is hit onto the lines – this
also counts as a point. The opponent will then try and return the
shuttlecock and make you miss returning it back.
This can go back and forth and is known as a ‘rally’. Remember, the aim of the game is to hit the
shuttlecock onto your opponents floor, and these are the area’s you’re aiming for.
There are several shots you can utilise to try and win points. These include:
Forehand backhand
slice, touch and
smash Hitting the shuttlecock over a net onto the
floor so that your opponent can’t return it sounds simple enough, but in badminton
– it’s very easy to lose points. There’s a lot of things you can’t do in
badminton You cannot hit the shuttlecock outside the
area of play You cannot hit the shuttlecock twice in succession.
You cannot touch the net. You cannot hit the shuttlecock into the net
and it land on your side of the court. You cannot touch the shuttlecock with any
part of your body except with the racket and as earlier mentioned; you must serve the
shuttlecock legally. If you commit any of these errors, this results
in your opponents being awarded a point. Once a player or pair has won a point, they
are also awarded the next serve. Once a player or a pair has won 21 points
and is at least 2 points ahead, they win a set.
First pair to win 3 sets faster than their opponent … wins.
Now that’s basically badminton in a nutshell, but there’s a few things you’ll need to
understand before playing or going to a game. For example … Fault.
At any point, if the referee notices and of these infractions: Let
Unlike Tennis, if the shuttlecock hits the net, it counts!
Lets are generally called when something unexpected has interrupted. Here’s a list of common
lets. In this case, the point must be replayed. 30th Point If in the rare instance that a score reaches
29-29, the person who scores the 30th point wins the set without having to gain a two
point lead. As you can tell, Badminton is an extremely
fast sport and it looks difficult, but as you watch or play Badminton, the rules will
become clear. If you have found this video at all helpful,
please like, share and subscribe. It takes me ages to make one of these things
and good karma is very much appreciated. Be sure to follow me on twitter also, but
in the meantime, enjoy Badminton! Ninh Ly,, @NinhLyUK

David Frank



  1. Stefanie Andre Mae Flores Posted on November 23, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    can i ask a question? for example, i serve then it should be on the outside (idk that it is out) but still not dropping, then my opponent hits it (he really smash it) but he failed to. then the ball drops outside (remember that he smashes it but failed), which score should be? mine or my opponent? please answer it.

  2. Baji Dheeraj Posted on November 28, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    truly helpful

  3. junaid ttp Posted on December 5, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    thanks but if I serving from right and the shuttle falls on the midline will I get a point or I will loose a point

  4. Ray Robi Posted on December 30, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    when it is served, if the shuttlecock land in the middle line or any boundary line of legal side, what is the decision? is it right or wrong?

  5. MSJ SWAPNIL Posted on December 31, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Awesome. Thanks for the video…………………………………………………………………………………………………& THUMBS UP 😀

  6. Michael Cheong Posted on January 3, 2017 at 2:49 am

    nice video, clear and simple to understand

  7. J Reid Posted on January 13, 2017 at 2:25 am

    Nicely explained.

  8. Tapasya Changkakati Posted on January 25, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Thanks. that was very quick and helpful 🙂

  9. Anand Bhadran Posted on January 28, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Thanks for this video. You should continue posting new videos…

  10. W Ahmad Posted on February 3, 2017 at 6:55 am

    very helpful. thank you

  11. Rafita EX Posted on February 7, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Wow! Now i see badminton in a hole other way because of this vid. Give it a big thumbs up!

  12. Shamborg Posted on March 8, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Please do softball!

  13. Jimmy Rivallo Posted on March 10, 2017 at 8:39 am

    what happens when we serves and it hit the net and still go in?
    do we get a point or it doesn't count?

  14. Boring Productions Posted on March 17, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    "Images: Google" it not a real source, you have to credit the website.

  15. Sam Phung Posted on March 29, 2017 at 7:15 am

  16. NuclearBookery ASMR Posted on April 12, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    I'm watching this in my PE class hey ms Niehaus students doing this last minute like me

  17. Stuart Whomsley Posted on July 8, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    Good video. Will see if my wife can learn it from it.

  18. Vedant Vichare Posted on July 13, 2017 at 9:02 am

    thanks mann

  19. mj ds Posted on July 24, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    ang galing gawa pa kayo ng video para maraming matutu ng tama hindi yung basta tira

  20. haider ali Posted on August 3, 2017 at 6:25 am

    when service is played and shuttle lands on opponents service line will it be a point

  21. Aviral Jain Posted on August 13, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Thank you so much I am good at badminton but I always get muddled up with rules this video has clarified it all thx bro!!

  22. Araf Haque Posted on September 23, 2017 at 7:46 am

    At 1:06, it states that while serving if it lands on the white line then it's considered in, am I understanding this correctly? My question is only when serving. Also, when playing doubles does this rule count. Not but least when serving in a double games, if the shuttlecock lands or touches any part of the white land then is it considered in?

  23. Dennis Howell Posted on October 10, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Good video. Quite interesting! I have played for many years and one thing I never knew was that you have to be inside the court to play the shuttlecock! Does that mean both feet or can you have one foot in and the other out? Also does logic dictate that if you step outside the court at any time you lose the point? For example running for a cross-court shot?
    Finally, I have had some questions in my mind about what is in or out when it comes to different parts of the shuttlecock. Is it the cork or the feathers or both that can hit the line and be determined as in? For example, where a smash flattens the shuttlecock at high speed, can any part of the shuttlecock hitting the line be determined as in?
    Secondly, if during a serve for example and the shuttlecock lands vertically where the cork lands outside the line but it then falls straight over with the feathers touching the line, what should be the correct call?
    Almost worth a video to explain, I think! 😝
    Many thanks

  24. haider ali Posted on October 23, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    Can we hit the shuttle before it enters our court

  25. prodigy84bg Posted on October 24, 2017 at 8:55 am

    If you are good at Badminton, does that mean that you are bad at Goodminton?

  26. jojibot Posted on November 5, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    So it's a gay version of Tennis

  27. Augustus Chalokwu Posted on November 19, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Nice work, I am more interested in the game now. The video was clear and to the point, great work, keep it up!!!!

  28. danger world Posted on November 20, 2017 at 12:27 am

    Yes, the song is from King's Stage in Tekken 3

  29. Avinash Tiwari Posted on November 26, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    simple and precise.thumbs up.

  30. Philippe Bisson Posted on November 28, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    Good comment. Hope its appreciated.

  31. kingdombladesventus Posted on December 7, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Looking up info for my final at college. Thanks for the video. Now…got to go look at other videos for the verbal part of the video….

  32. Luca Ibrahimovic Posted on December 8, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Very good and helpful video halped me in my PE presentation:)

  33. SANJAY SAHU Posted on December 25, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    very nice explained, thank y

  34. Dead Falcon Posted on January 9, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    Estoy haciendo el trabajo del Ganivet. Gracias por este maravilloso vídeo Leandro.

  35. Shubham Sirothiya Posted on February 7, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    Well explained

  36. Mario Herrero Posted on February 11, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    I think there is a error please could you help me?

  37. Jere B3ar Posted on February 13, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    I used to just rally with my friend

  38. melody witczak Posted on February 15, 2018 at 3:52 am

    I thought the back was out for badminton doubles and the sides were in

  39. SilverWolf Posted on February 17, 2018 at 3:18 am

    BadMinton I thought it said Bad-minion XD

  40. Sandra Perdiguero Posted on February 20, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    I'm from Spain and we learn PE in English . Tomorrow I have and exam about the information from your videos

  41. Danielle The dam demigod Posted on March 14, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    I am only watching this for hpe

  42. Dominic Pelletier Posted on March 21, 2018 at 3:04 am

    Very helpful. Have badminton tryouts for school

  43. bm Posted on March 24, 2018 at 1:27 am

    I just ordered a racket and birdie set for ten dollars, thought that maybe I should educate myself on the sport. I clicked this video and it turned out to be very helpful!!

  44. Manoj panwar Posted on March 30, 2018 at 1:59 am

    It's for beginners thumbs up

  45. Kelly Tieu Posted on April 11, 2018 at 2:01 am

    Bruh is there such rule as to tuck in your shirt when playing badminton?

  46. Burhan Omar Posted on April 16, 2018 at 10:21 am

    Amazing hard work

  47. Arca Nova Posted on April 20, 2018 at 8:54 am

    100 people don’t agree with the rules

  48. My name is Jackuu Posted on May 12, 2018 at 7:52 am

    Only sport my country indonesia good at

  49. Matt J Posted on May 14, 2018 at 11:54 pm

    Us Americans call the shuttle cock a birdie or a flight

  50. Tech in Telugu. Posted on June 1, 2018 at 9:47 am

    iam a beginner level player,I bought a badminton of finabi 232 and the string tension is 25 ,there is any problem ,,,if the tension is high

  51. Tech in Telugu. Posted on June 1, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    iam using finapi 232 the max tention is 38,, iam a begginer I put 25 lbs if there is any problem,, the max tention is 38

  52. nico juanda Posted on June 12, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    i think you can hit the shuttlecock outside but it wont be consider an out and the rally goes on

  53. Zakary Mckellar Posted on June 17, 2018 at 11:42 pm

    Yo im in national squad for table tennis does that make me good at badminton?

  54. Join Gi Posted on July 5, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    can u start the game without serving?

  55. Vedant Ghodeta Posted on July 9, 2018 at 10:12 am

    Nice video for badminton

  56. 高山 Posted on July 12, 2018 at 11:54 pm

    Wait, is it actually not legal to hit the shuttle when it is out? I'm curious because it was always okay to hit it when it's outside the court, I thought you only lost points if you attempted to hit it and missed the shot.

  57. TheKryptoniteGamer Posted on July 16, 2018 at 2:21 am

    Who just watched Hanabado! and came here

  58. Khairul Shafiyyullah Hj Khairul Nashruddin Posted on August 10, 2018 at 11:37 am

    This video is really helpful since i’m still a beginner.thank you for your hardwork in making these videos

  59. Kyrie Irving Posted on August 16, 2018 at 7:47 am

    Vey helpful

  60. LesterBunny 21 Posted on September 23, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    Thank u so much im suppose to be umpiring for a tournament at my school and i went in for community service hours and i went in with out kwowing any rules

  61. Msp Flickah Posted on October 1, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    What are sets? (Please answer immediately , I've got a test)

  62. Tiia Mannix Posted on October 3, 2018 at 7:41 am

    Thanks for the vid. I've been playing badminton ever since I was a kid, but always at home and was never in any competitions. I was always the best in class in school (because I played so much), but for some reason I never thought I could actually play it "serious"… probably for the lack of playing in my town as well. Now when our university apparently has badminton competitions I've started to reconsider that, but I don't know the rules at all. I was fearing it'd be too difficult to learn, but this actually seems doable. So yeah, thanks!

  63. Renza Lightning Posted on October 7, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    When the shuttle lands on the line, is it the shadow of the cork that must hit the line? or the shadow including the feathers? I'm lead to believe its just the cork.

  64. Fatima Pantar Posted on October 30, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    Wow! Ppwerful sports. Nakakagigil na laro, super exciting.

  65. Milky Way Posted on November 15, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    Very informative, thanks!

  66. Min Li Posted on November 18, 2018 at 12:28 am

    Yes!!! Love the player!!! Lin dan!!!!!

  67. Michael M Posted on November 26, 2018 at 12:40 am

    he said sugar pop instead of shuttlecock

  68. Mountaineer3615 Posted on December 10, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    Ninh explains the Rules of Pickleball. Pickleball is way better than Badminton.

  69. herdjati pravito Posted on December 14, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    My childhood sport! Before I moved on to pool

  70. Jxbz Xbl Posted on February 4, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Rjh?? If so like

  71. tyskenfan Posted on February 24, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    what I want to know is: If you serve, do you have to serve so that the shuttle lands behind the opponents diagonally positioned short service line? Or can you get a score even if it lands in the forecourt?

  72. MUHAMMAD IRFAN Posted on February 26, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    thank you sir! Sir do you have rules of badminton in written form?

  73. Abhinay M Posted on March 8, 2019 at 2:26 am

    Simple and easy to understand but the background music is interfering. Kind of hard for different english accent.

  74. The Guy Nobody Really Likes Posted on March 17, 2019 at 9:10 am

    What's with the Tekken 3 music?

  75. noobiere Posted on March 19, 2019 at 3:29 am

    Thank gosh i found this i have tryouts tomorrow and i forgot some rules and i was panicking because i couldnt find any helpful videos. thanks again xD

  76. Atul Kulkarni Posted on May 10, 2019 at 11:55 am

    What does 'right ' mean in badminton

  77. rajesh Posted on May 13, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    It's a huge sport in Asian countries …… Like India, China, Japan, Indonesia ,etc

  78. Classicrocker6119 Posted on May 15, 2019 at 11:55 am

    Great video as always Ninh! As many already are aware it is quite obvious that the best badminton players in the world come from Malaysia and Indonesia. Many years ago back in 1970 the men's world singles champion was from my hometown here in Calgary Alberta Canada. His name is Jamie Paulsen. I learned to play badminton using those now seemingly ancient wooden racquets. They needed to be put in a press to prevent warping. Sort of makes me feel elderly now doesn't it?😀

  79. Derrick Lin Posted on May 27, 2019 at 12:46 am

    Can I use this video on a school project?

  80. Darnell Robinson-Johnson Posted on May 30, 2019 at 2:12 am

    Nice 👍 video

  81. Chocodile 08 Posted on May 31, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    can someone explain the rule for foot on the line on a serve? Im writing an assignment for Pe.

  82. Pal Habs Posted on June 2, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    In case if the shuttle hits the shaft/handle

  83. JTorres 17 Posted on June 4, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    Can it hit the net on a serve?

  84. Singh Amaninder Posted on June 12, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    Damn great Video!!! Thanks!!

  85. Milton D'souza Posted on June 12, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    While in service, if the shuttle cock touches the net and lands in opposite right court, does it count as valid service ?

  86. Connor Parsons Posted on June 16, 2019 at 11:04 am


  87. Lyrics for You Posted on July 5, 2019 at 3:34 am

    Helped me alot thanks

  88. Shamseer Hassan Posted on July 6, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    The best game ever

  89. marei m steno Posted on July 19, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    One question..if the racket cross the net to opponent side but if the cock is not cross will that situation fault or right I confused..please can any one help me

  90. Adiel Mihai Posted on July 21, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    Hi. About the serve.. i wanna know where you are allowed to serve. I mean, if you serve and the ball lands just over the net, is it still valid, or it should land in the red square from minute 0:48? I'm asking because i saw a little bit later in the video that the ball that hit the net and crossed over is would've fell short, but the player took it back in play…so, do you have to serve just over the net diagonally, or the serve could also be too short? Sorry for my bad english, and please help me:D thank you:)

  91. Gbirdmusic Posted on August 10, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    Tekken music 🎶

  92. arcade villordon Posted on August 15, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    this is really a good help because I'm a sports writer.thank you😀😀😀

  93. Amit Khairnar Posted on August 28, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    Absolutely fantastic video…Very nicely explained… It contains everything that I wanted to know about badminton…Thank u soooo much…All the best for further journey…👍