Badminton is a racquet-based sport that requires a player or players to hit a projectile back and forth with an opponent over a net. The game can be played between two individuals or between two teams of two players each. Each side will take turns serving the projectile, which is called a shuttlecock. The teams will volley until one team is unable to return the projectile to the other side and the projectile falls to the ground, when a point is scored. This sport is one that can be played with a great degree of skill, but it can also be enjoyed as a leisurely activity between players of all ages and talent levels. Depending on the competitiveness of the game, players may find the play to be fast-paced and a good source of exercise.
The basics. As noted by USA Badminton, the sport of badminton has rules that govern the size of the court and the height of the net. Games are typically played to 21 points, and teams can score on a volley regardless of whether they served the shuttlecock. In order to return volleys, players may need to move swiftly around the court and hit the shuttlecock from a variety of angles using forehand and backhand hits.
Equipment needs. Badminton can be played on a variety of surfaces, including the hardwood of a gymnasium or a relatively flat grass field. Equipment typically consists of a net, racquets and shuttlecocks. The racquets are typically thinner and lighter than tennis racquets. Players can obtain professional-grade equipment, but sets can also be purchased and installed in the average consumer backyard. Most players wear fairly loose athletic clothing that might be used for running or other exercise.
Professionals and amateurs. Competitive badminton is a serious sport and has been featured in the Olympic Games. However, badminton is also the type of game that can be enjoyed in a relaxed social setting, as both children and adults can enjoy the simple challenge of hitting the shuttlecock back and forth over the net. Those that find badminton to be an enjoyable sport can get involved in local clubs or leagues.