The receiver moved his foot as I was serving in badminton. Is it legal?


Law 9.1.7

The movement of the server’s racket shall continue forwards from the start of the service (Law 9.2) until the service is delivered (Law 9.3).

This rule, together with rule 9.1.1, ensures that the service action must be one continuous movement with no double-action feints. To be precise, you are allowed to serve with either of these actions:

One backswing immediately followed by one forwards swing One forwards swing on its own (no backswing)

Facing a Rushed Service

Law 9.4

The server shall not serve before the receiver is ready. However, the receiver shall be considered to have been ready if a return of the service is attempted.

When you're facing someone trying to rush their service, it's best to simply not move. If the serve lands in, then you simply ask for the point to be replayed because you weren't ready. If the serve lands out, then you take the point!

Rushing the service is a cheap tactic, and can be easily...

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As Rory mentioned, practice will help - this technique is considered to be fairly advanced. Repetition is needed to perfect your technique.

If you want some additional training tips, one site suggests:

This badminton skill requires a lot of practice. It's not easy to do a badminton smash in the middle of the air. It's very common to be inaccurate in hitting the shuttle in mid air as well as losing your balance as you land on the ground at the beginning.

Keep practising until you have the accuracy and body balance.Also make sure that you get the correct sequence. Aim - jump - extend your non-racket arm and lift your legs up at the same time - then swing!

At the start, don't jump too high to enable better body balance and focus on the correct technique.

If you want more power for your jump smash, read this page on generating maximum power for a jump smash.

Gradually increase your jump height over time as you get better at this...

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Beginners don’t need to know everything about the rules. Here are some simple guidelines to get you started.

Experienced players may wish to skip this page, and move on to faults.

The absolute basics

The aim of badminton is to hit the shuttle with your racket so that it passes over the net and lands inside your opponent’s half of the court. Whenever you do this, you have won a rally; win enough rallies, and you win the match.

Your opponent has the same goal. He will try to reach the shuttle and send it back into your half of the court. You can also win rallies from your opponent’s mistakes: if he hits the shuttle into or under the net, or out of court, then you win the rally.

If you think your opponent’s shot is going to land out, then you should let it fall to the floor. If you hit the shuttle instead, then the rally continues.

Once the shuttle touches the ground, the rally is over. In this respect, badminton is not like tennis or...

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Badminton rules

Rules of Badminton

Below is a brief summary on the rules of the game, for a full and complete version of the I.B.F. (International Badminton Federation) rules please see

Badminton is a game between two players or a team of doubles hitting a light, feathered shuttlecock with a racquet over a central net. Only the serving side can score a point, while the receiving side is trying to win the right to serve the following point.

A badminton match is played as the best-of-three games. In doubles and singles, the first side to score 15 points wins the game.

A coin toss decides who is to serve first and which side of the net a player will initially defend.


The shuttle must be hit below the server's waist with the racquet head below the server's hand, and the server must have part of both feet stationary in contact with the ground. The shuttle then must fall within the receiver's...

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Untitled 1 A collection of terms used in Badminton derived from various sources as well as personal experience. A Humorous Glossary is also available for your amusement. And there's a German Website with another humorous glossary. Please submit any additions you may have. Court
Alley, Back Alley, Base Position, Baseline, Center Line, Center Position, Divorce Area, Forecourt, Long Service Line, Service Court, Short Service Line, Side Alley, T (T-Junction), Tape, Test Mark, Tramline
Balance Point, Battledore, Bird (Birdie), Cross, Face, Feathers, Graphite, Grip, Gut, Head, Hybrid Stringing, Main, One-Piece Racket, One-Piece Stringing, Press, Pre-stretch, Racket (Racquet), Rough Side, Shaft, Shuttle (Shuttlecock), Skirt, Smooth Side, Tension, Two-Piece Stringing, T-Joint, Throat, Towel Grip, Trim Play
Angle of Attack, Angle Of Return, Attack, Back and Front, "Bird On", "Clear", Deception, Defense, Diagonal, Doubles, First Serve,...
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BADMINTON TERMINOLOGIES: A concise list of terminologies in badminton from A to Z with 100s of key words, titles, and terms used by players and officials.

Partisan spectators, addicted fans, and anyone who is learning to play the game can use this vocabulary of badminton terminology with images and common match rulings - all conveniently listed alphabetically.

Once you are familiar with the official rules and regulations this section covers the advanced lingo and sports terminologies related to badminton with comprehensive information associated to playing techniques and match-winning strategies.

You can smash through to the most common badminton terminology by clicking the alphabet facility below or take your time while you brush up your knowledge and understanding in this list of badminton terms and definitions.

BADMINTON A - Z: A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y | Z

A - Ace


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From the backstreets of Bangkok to the beaches of Brazil, people can be seen hitting feathery projectiles called shuttlecocks with light-weight rackets. These shuttlecocks and rackets are the basic tools of badminton, and they are all you need for a session of "bat" in which you and a friend hit a shuttlecock to each other for as long as possible without letting it touch the ground. This fun activity is not only a good form of exercise, it's also a great way of practising the skills you'll need for a real game of badminton should you ever find yourself on a proper badminton court. While growing in popularity as a fun way of keeping fit, badminton is also developing fast as a professional sport with its own calendar of exciting tournaments and its own band of star international players.

There is no "g" in badminton (that is, it is not spelled "badmington").


Games similar to badminton have existed throughout history, from ancient Greece to medieval...

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The official badminton rules (as of May 2006, when the gamed switched from 15 points to 21 point rally scoring) are found here: This page also links to a complete historical archive of the rules – so you can check the rules which were adopted in 1873 in the Punjab if you wish! (These rules look pretty familiar – very much like the pre-2006 play to 15 points rules, but in the good old days if the shuttlecock hit the net you lost the point automatically whether it went over or not).

If you’re not sure how the 21 point rally scoring works then there’s a detailed explanation at For the traditionalists among you, for the old, 15 point scoring rules, best use the 1992 rules.

What happened between 1992 and 2006? There were experiments with alternatives such as...

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Badminton is a racquet sport played using racquets to hit a shuttlecock across a net. Although it may be played with larger teams, the most common forms of the game are "singles" (with one player per side) and "doubles" (with two players per side). Badminton is often played as a casual outdoor activity in a yard or on a beach; formal games are played on a rectangular indoor court. Points are scored by striking the shuttlecock with the racquet and landing it within the opposing side's half of the court.

Each side may only strike the shuttlecock once before it passes over the net. Play ends once the shuttlecock has struck the floor or if a fault has been called by the umpire, service judge, or (in their absence) the opposing side.

The shuttlecock is a feathered or (in informal matches) plastic projectile which flies differently from the balls used in many other sports. In particular, the feathers create much higher drag, causing the shuttlecock to decelerate more...

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Tennis is a racket sport that can be played individually against a single opponent (singles) or between two teams of two players each (doubles). Each player uses a tennis racket that is strung with cord to strike a hollow rubber ball covered with felt over or around a net and into the opponent's court. The object of the game is to play the ball in such a way that the opponent is not able to play a valid return. The player who is unable to return the ball will not gain a point, while the opposite player will.

Tennis is an Olympic sport and is played at all levels of society and at all ages. The sport can be played by anyone who can hold a racket, including wheelchair users. The modern game of tennis originated in Birmingham, England, in the late 19th century as "lawn tennis".[1] It had close connections both to various field ("lawn") games such as croquet and bowls as well as to the older racket sport of real tennis. During most of the 19th century, in fact, the term "tennis"...

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Peter Turrall, MVA Chairman

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Over the last nine months considerable work by the owners Bellway Homes has taken place on the Marconi Communication Systems site at New Street Chelmsford. All of the factory building has been completely demolished as well as Building 720 (the one with the wavy roof) and also the four storey building of Marconi House. The latter was riddled with concrete cancer and there was no real possibility of this remaining without extensive and costly improvements. (The accompanying aerial view was taken on 5 May 2013 by Alan Batchelor, who worked with Ted Pegram on HF Radar during the 1980s. On that date Marconi House was still standing.)

The only remaining buildings are the power house and the water tower, the latter being camouflaged in WW2 to resemble a church. The developers have just submitted plans to...

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