Singles and Doubles

Content from the following section can be found in Laws of Badminton, 10. Singles and 11. Doubles.

  1. Singles
    1. Serving and receiving courts
      1. The players shall serve from, and receive in, their respective right service courts when the server has not scored or has scored an even number of points in that game.
      2. The players shall serve from, and receive in, their respective left service courts when the server has scored an odd number of points in that game.
      3. In Para badminton Classes playing half-court, the server and receiver shall serve from and receive in their respective service courts.
    2. Order of play and position on court
      1. In a rally, the shuttle may be hit by the server and the receiver alternately, from any position on that player’s side of the net, until the shuttle ceases to be in play (Law 15).
    3. Scoring and serving
      1. If the server wins a rally (Law 7.3), the server shall score a point. The server shall then serve again from the alternate service court.
      2. If the receiver wins a rally (Law 7.3), the receiver shall score a point. The receiver shall then become the new server.
  2. Doubles
    1. Serving and receiving courts
      1. A player of the serving side shall serve from the right service court when the serving side has not scored or has scored an even number of points in that game.
      2. A player of the serving side shall serve from the left service court when the serving side has scored an odd number of points in that game.
      3. The player of the receiving side who served last shall stay in the same service court from where he served last. The reverse pattern shall apply to the receiver’s partner.
      4. The player of the receiving side standing in the diagonally opposite service court to the server shall be the receiver.
      5. The players shall not change their respective service courts until they win a point when their side is serving.
      6. Service in any turn of serving shall be delivered from the service court corresponding to the serving side’s score, except as provided in Law 12.
    2. Order of play and position on court - After the service is returned, in a rally, the shuttle may be hit by either player of the serving side and either player of the receiving side alternately, from any position on that player’s side of the net, until the shuttle ceases to be in play (Law 15).
    3. Scoring and serving
      1. If the serving side wins a rally (Law 7.3), the serving side shall score a point. The server shall then serve again from the alternate service court.
      2. If the receiving side wins a rally (Law 7.3), the receiving side shall score a point. The receiving side shall then become the new serving side.
    4. Sequence of serving - In any game, the right to serve shall pass consecutively:
      1. from the initial server who started the game from the right service court;
      2. to the partner of the initial receiver;
      3. to the partner of the initial server;
      4. to the initial receiver;
      5. to the initial server and so on.
    5. No player shall serve or receive out of turn, or receive two consecutive services in the same game, except as provided in Law 12 or when a fault for misconduct is called.
    6. Either player of the winning side may serve first in the next game, and either player of the losing side may receive first in the next game.

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