Four people can play a badminton match. Two players on each side of the net. iStock images

Four people can play a badminton match. Two players on each side of the net. iStock images

A shuttle-cock is hit back and forth over a net.

A shuttle-cock is hit back and forth over a net.

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.

It will be an event at the Paralympics in Tokyo 2020

Read about Olympic badminton here. There's a video to watch too!

http://www.olympic.org/badminton

The Duke of Beaufort © Getty Images

The Duke of Beaufort © Getty Images

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.

  • It is said that the Duke brought the idea of a version of the game back from India. It was called poona there.

  • A badminton-like game was known in ancient Greece and Egypt and was known as battledore and shuttlecock. Two players, using tiny racquets, hit a feathered shuttlecock back and forth without letting the shuttlecock touch the ground.

  • Some people think that this sport may have begun in China as a shuttle-cock kicking game as long ago as 500BC.

 

Read about how to play badminton

http://www.wikihow.com/Play-Badminton-Better