To play badminton players hits a shuttle-cock back and forth over a net with a racquet.
A shuttle-cock is a piece of cork with 16 overlapping goose feathers in it.
A shuttle weighs between 4.74 and 5.50 grams.
Two or four people play a match at a time.
Rules and scoring for badminton
Players must not let the shuttle-cock hit the ground. If they do, the opposing player scores a point. In men's badminton the first player to reach 15 points wins the game. In women's matches the first to reach 11 points wins.
Badminton became an Olympic event in 1992.
Read about Olympic badminton here. There's a video to watch too!
History of badminton
Did you know?
Badminton is named after the home of the Duke of Beaufort. Badminton House is in Gloucestershire, England, where the game was often played from 1873.
Some people think that this sport may have begun in China as a shuttle-cock kicking game as long ago as 500BC.