As a beginners understanding scoring rules in badminton can be intimidating when there is so much things to know but don’t worry this in depth guide contains everything there is to know in badminton regarding scoring rules.
Badminton scoring rules in summary
- Best of three games is played of 21 points in rally format(point scored after end of a rally).
- One needs to win 2 sets (or games) to declared a winner.
- If score is 20-20 , 2 consecutive point needs to be scored to win a set(or game).
Some basic question which will be answered
- How to score a point
- How many point to score for a win.
- What happens in deuce and advantage situation (with example).
- How to count keep score like an umpire.
- How to prepare scoring sheet in badminton
Badminton Scoring rules
A match in badminton consist of 3 sets (or games) and each game is of 21 points.
Rally system is followed in badminton, meaning a point is scored when a rally ends.
Whoever wins 2 sets(or games) first wins the match.
Odd and even numbers importance
Score as a Even number
When score of the player who won the point is even number like 2,4,6,8 etc., serving person will do the serve from his right side of court to alternative side of opponent half court
It also means that first service in badminton is done from right side of court because 0 is a even number.
Score as a odd number
When score of the player who won the point is an odd number like 1,3,5,7,9 then he has to serve from left side of his court to alternative side of opponent court( See picture below)
Knowing where to stand in doubles during service is tricky check this article for more clarity
Concept of deuce and advantages
Deuce in badminton happens when both players score are equal on game/match point(score is 20-20) after this player need two consecutive points to win the match/set.
Advantage in badminton means when a player has scored a single point after deuce (score 21-20) and he/she needs one more point to win the game.If player having the advantage loose a point than the score will be back on deuce ,
This process keeps on going until the score reaches 29-29 points , after that there will be a golden point(Final single point whoever wins this take the match/set).
It means score cannot be 31 points it will finish at 30 points if this type of situation arises.
Suppose in a match you are serving for final point (score is 20-19) and your opponent is at 19 points, if your opponent scores a point(now the score is 20-20) now deuce has happened,
To win that set you or the opponent have to score two consecutive points to win a match.
Until the score reaches 29-29 points , after that there will be a golden point(Final single point whoever wins this take the match/set) in deuce and advantage situatio.
It means score cannot be 31 points it will finish at 30 points if this type of situation arise.
When a point is scored in badminton
- If shuttle fall in your opponent court
- When your opponent makes a fault
- if shuttle is outside the lines
Shuttle fall in your opponent court
This rule is apply both in singles and doubles means that if you make the shuttle fall in your opponent court(within valid area) then you wins a point or if your opponent miss the shuttle than same will happen.
If you looses a point than service will be given to your opponent.
When your opponent makes a fault
Fault in badminton means certain actions which is termed as illegal in books of BWF and if done by a player opponent will wins the point.
There are so many faults in badminton so if you want detail information , read this article, But just to get you started these are some of the common faults in badminton.
- If you move during service or even while receiving a serve it is a fault
- Hitting shuttle more than one time than it’s a fault
- Touching net with your racket during a rally , it’s a fault and so on
Valid area in badminton
In badminton if your opponent’s shuttle lands outside the lines which is decided by BWF than you wins a point, In singles and doubles valid playing area is different.
Shuttle which lands in red area ( even if it is on the line ) is valid and if your opponent’s shot lands outside read than you wins a point.
Remember this is only for in between rallies , there is different area for service in singles
In Badminton service is performed diagonally, there are two compartment in a badminton court in a box shape Left and Right, In singles a simple rule is followed for service if you are having points in odd number like 1, 3, 5 then you will serve from left box of court side diagonally to your opponent and if you are having points in even number like 0, 2, 4 then you have to serve from right box of your court side diagonally to your opponent.
In doubles if shuttles lands in or even on any of the line than it is valid meaning that you can hit shuttle anywhere in your opponent’s court and it will be valid even if it is on the line.
Same as singles for service a different scenario is set by BWF.
Service is done diagonally and it should lands in same colored area to be considered as a valid service(on the line shuttle is valid).
Now you have learned how to score a point in badminton , lets take about scoring rules in badminton.
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