Only recently recognized as an Olympic sport, badminton has been played amongst highbrow societies for the past few centuries. Like other garden games, it was a popular pastime for the Victorian upper class in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. But why is this game so popular, and how was it only recently inducted into the Olympics as an official sport?
Badminton had a simple start and was originally just two players hitting a shuttlecock between two racquets as many times as they could before it hit the ground. Eventually, this game had a more sophisticated evolution when it was brought back from British India to the English countryside in the 19th century. The Indian name, Poona, was transformed to Badminton, after the home of the duke who brought the game to England.
Traditionally, a badminton set includes two to four racquets, a regulation-size net, and a couple of shuttlecocks. Standard racquets are smaller and more lightweight than tennis racquets. A shuttlecock is a small cone-shaped object with a cork or plastic head and feathered tails. It is also sometimes called a bird or birdie.
The sport quickly became popular amongst the Victorian upper class, and like most popular culture at the time, an official club formed in Bath, and the first set of rules created. Since then, it took over seventy years since the formation of the Badminton Federation of England for the game to be played and recognized at the Olympics. While early on most of the Olympic competitors were European, the sport is now largely dominated by Asian countries, having won 69 of the 76 medals from 1992 to 2008.
Wanting to have your own amateur game of badminton in your backyard? You’re in luck, as this leisurely game is easy to set up and requires only two or four players. Great for barbecues, family or corporate events, or summertime fun, badminton joins the garden game family for its simple rules and skillful play.
Here are a few simple rules to get you started in a rousing game of badminton:
- Serves must be underhand and from below the waist of the server.
- When starting and when the score is on an even number, players serve from the right half of the court. On odd numbers, players serve on the left half.
- Points are awarded whenever the shuttlecock touches the ground of the opposer. Each game may be played to 15 or 21 points, depending on the type of scoring (rally or service).
- Teams switch sides after each game. The team that wins the best out of three games wins the match.
Whether your summer plans involve assembling a croquet set or trying out bocce ball, include badminton during your next summer backyard gathering for a friendly and leisurely competition sure to entertain all ages.
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