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Badminton: Entertainment and Competition for Family and Friends

Updated on October 20, 2016

List of Net Games

Tennis
Volleyball
Ping Pong
 
Badminton
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Four of the most popular games/sports featuring the use of a net.

Early Beginnings

Badminton can be traced to British India as far back as the 1800s. A racquet is used similar to tennis except instead of a tennis ball you hit a shuttlecock or birdie. England took the sport and established rules and regulations for it just as the country did for the sport of boxing. Some things have changed with the sport over time but, the basics remain the same. Times have changed but this sport has endured and stayed pretty much the same for over a century.

The Olympics adopted Badminton in 1992 and it has been going strong ever since. It has five different events including: Men's Singles, Women's Singles, Men's Doubles, Women's Doubles and everyone's favorite, mixed doubles which is basically the battle of the sexes. The popularity of the sport has grown big time since its inclusion in the Olympics. This may seem like a different kind of sport but, they can really hit the badminton.


Badminton

Badminton requires a racket which is used to hit a shuttlecock or birdie. A shuttlecock is a plastic, feathered shaped item that is hit with a racquet.
Badminton requires a racket which is used to hit a shuttlecock or birdie. A shuttlecock is a plastic, feathered shaped item that is hit with a racquet. | Source

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Rules and Tournaments

1. Each time the birdie crosses the net it can only be hit once in return.

2. When serving the racquet must not come above to waist as it should be served underhanded.

3. Badminton is won based on which player or team reaches 21 points first.

4. Let- A let is when the play is done over because of a type of interference.

5. The length of the court from one end to the other is 44 feet.

6. Badminton is played in a best two out of three mode.

5. Badminton is played with between two to four players.

Badminton is a Sport

Badminton can be played in one on one games or in a 2 on 2 competition. The first team to reach 21 wins the competition.
Badminton can be played in one on one games or in a 2 on 2 competition. The first team to reach 21 wins the competition. | Source

Badminton The Sport

Badminton can be played as a sport of one on one competition or it can be played as a two on two team sport. Badminton has indoor and outdoor courts but, simply put the best way to compete is on the beach volleyball style. Be sure to use lightweight shoes with rubber soles. At least on an indoor court anyway. Make sure if you play against a skilled player that you got the stamina because that is what it takes at the top level of the game. Badminton is like the cousin of tennis but, it is not as hard to be completely honest. Tennis is faster paced and requires more strength to slam the ball than badminton takes to hit a shuttlecock.

Please share your thoughts on this hub or badminton in general by leaving comments at the bottom of this article. If you have ever played badminton I would love to hear from you.

Playing Badminton For The Love

Badminton can be played for sport or for fun amongst family and friends. The main governing body for the sport is the Badminton World Federation.
Badminton can be played for sport or for fun amongst family and friends. The main governing body for the sport is the Badminton World Federation. | Source

Play Badminton with Family & Friends

As a child in the 1980s I can recall playing badminton with my mom, dad, sister and several different friends from my middle school. You can break a sweat but more than anything Badminton is plain fun and of course it is easy to learn and get good at. Remember, Badminton should be more for entertainment and fun than anything else. Play some music, talk a little bit of trash and have fun as you try to beat the opponent down.

Besides playing in front and back yards I have also played with my family at the beach at Oak Mountain State Park. At this park the beach area has a huge volleyball setup but people play badminton on the court as well.

Badminton: Fun For All Ages

Badminton can be played by children, adults and even the elderly. The sport also promotes good health because it definitely gives you exercise.
Badminton can be played by children, adults and even the elderly. The sport also promotes good health because it definitely gives you exercise. | Source

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Playing Badminton Growing Up

Growing up we sometimes, especially in the summer, had a net up and played badminton and volleyball. A great recreation to partake in during a BBQ grill grille out with music playing. We have actually played in a freestyle mode where four or five people play at the same time. I have played against my parents, sister, cousins, friends and even against strangers.

With badminton you can play to the beat of your own drum when playing just for entertainment. Make up rules such as allowing a player to hit the birdie all he wants as long as it does not hit the ground. Trick shots are cool after they have been practiced and mastered.

Badminton Championships (Video Highlights)

Easy Fun and Fitness

Anyone of any age can play this sport. It requires stamina and lots of movement for serious players which results in a healthy lifestyle. Incorporate trick movers into your game such as turning backwards and hitting the shuttlecock over the net with extreme confidence. Shuttlecocks can have real feathers or in some cases the feathers are replaced by a plastic design. Remember to drink plenty of water when playing badminton at a fast pace especially when competing outside in the hot sun.

Be sure to stretch before playing badminton just like you should do before you play in any sport.

Jump Smash

During this tournament in China a fierce competitor performs a jump smash.
During this tournament in China a fierce competitor performs a jump smash. | Source

Serve Em Up

Badminton

Birthplace of Badminton

Final Thoughts.......

Badminton is fun for several reasons. One: Anyone can do it. Two: Great exercise as far as the heart goes and staying or getting in fantastic shape. Three: It is a sport but also a form of recreation. I am a big fan of playing badminton although watching people playing it is boring as far as I'm concerned.

I have fond thoughts about this sport because I played it while bonding with the family as a child. Most of the time we played with men and women together trying to destroy each other.

Badminton for Beginners (Video)

© 2015 Buster Johnson

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      Buster Johnson 2 years ago from Alabama

      Thanks for commenting. I love badminton!

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      Kathleen Kerswig 2 years ago

      Oh, thanks for writing about badminton! I used to love going on vacation each summer and playing badminton as much as possible. I only played it when we went away one week every summer but I have such fond memories of playing with family friends. I was always happy playing badminton. Thank you for sharing this with us! Blessings!