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Can an opponent catch the shuttle before it hits the ground on a serve?

From the (June 2016) Laws of Badminton, Law 13: It shall be a "fault": [...] 13.3 if in play, the shuttle: [...] 13.3.4 touches the person or dress of a player And from Law 15: ...
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How do I become a Badminton umpire?

Before becoming an international umpire, you must first acquire the highest national qualification. In large countries, in order to become a national umpire, you must first acquire the highest ...
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What are the roles of the various officials in badminton?

The referee handles general tournament organization, extraordinary situations on court, and also supervises the other technical officials. Tournament organization includes, among many others, basic ...
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Has this line judge made an obvious mistake?

Badminton line judges only judge their line. If the shuttle comes anywhere near their line, they either signal In, Out, or Unsighted, but only relative to their line. The umpire will look at both ...
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What is the ruling in badminton when the shuttlecock (birdie) rests on the top of the net?

The shuttle stuck on top of the net is a fault during service and a let otherwise, according to the Laws of Badminton: §13.2.1 It shall be a fault if in service the shuttle is caught on the net and ...
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Is a shuttle touching the floor of the court not a fault?

Law 7.3 is what you're after: The side winning a rally shall add a point to its score. A side shall win a rally, if the opposing side commits a "fault" or the shuttle ceases to be in play ...
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Why do these highly ranked senior players never enter a national medal tally?

For a national ranking to be meaningful, it is desirable to include as many tournaments as possible, so that a form peak - or injury - at the yearly national championship tournament has only limited ...
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Why do different genders serve differently?

Generally, men move faster on court and have a more powerful smash - this is plain visible in Mixed doubles, where the man often covers three fourth of the court, and in smash statistics, where men ...
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Meaning of penalty cards

If a player is misbehaving in some way, Badminton umpires have four ways to react: Umpires can issue a verbal warning. In case of delay (the most common infraction), umpires repeat the score in minor ...
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Is it legal to change the badminton racket during play

Yes, it is legal to change the racket during play. From the Recommendation to Technical Officials (RTTO) §3.5.4.2: (...) change of a racket at courtside during a rally is permitted. Notice the at ...
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What are these Badminton umpire equipment?

These are prosaically called Service Height Measuring Device. From the laws of badminton: §9.1.6 In a correct service, the whole shuttle shall be below 1.15 metres from the surface of the court at ...
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What do the numbers on Mavis (Yonex) Badminton cocks mean?

YONEX offers 8 different plastic shuttlecock products, although availability may differ depending on what region/country you're in. Depending on the market, some products may also not be available in ...
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Badminton Ranking System for Friendly games?

Providing that teams are not fixed, Elo (and Glicko too) does not fit your needs, because it's designed for 1-on-1 matches only. You need something that manages both team performance and players' ...
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What is a proper definition of "doubles rotation" in badminton?

In doubles, good players can easily cover he whole court, much easier than in singles, where a single person has to cover an only slightly smaller area. To win a rally against a good doubles pair, you ...
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In Badminton, can the racket pass above the net in follow through?

Crossing the net with the racket after hitting it on your side is allowed, as laid out in §13.4.2 of the laws of badminton: It shall be a fault, if in play, a player invades an opponent's court ...
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Is it a foul when a player calls a wrong score in badminton?

The umpire (not the referee) is in charge of the scoring. Players can announce the score to their partner or even their opponents, but that is not binding in any way. It's hard to prove a negative, ...
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Who gets the point in this hypothetical badminton move?

What you describe is just a fancy tumbling net cord shot. These shots can certainly touch the net or come close to it on the returner's side of the net. See this video for ample samples, and some ...
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Is it legal to hit a shuttlecock around the net posts in badminton?

Per the BWF Laws of Badminton, it is not legal. It shall be a ‘fault’: 13.3 if in play, the shuttle: 13.3.2 fails to pass over the net;
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Why do racket-sport games end with an odd number of points?

Summary: In table tennis, going to an odd number is part of removing serve advantage. For badminton and squash, the earliest rationales are probably lost to history, but they both started from a ...
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What should a badminton line judge call if the shuttle hits the player?

The responsibilities of the umpire and line judge are laid out in §17 of the laws: §17.4 A line judge shall indicate whether a shuttle landed ‘in’ or ‘out’ on the line(s) assigned. §17.6.1 An ...
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In badminton, which part of the shuttle determines ‘in’ or ‘out’?

While §13.3.1 of the laws of Badminton uses the word lands, §15.2 is much more precise (emphasis mine): A shuttle is not in play when (...) it hits the surface of the court. Therefore, the first ...
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Is the term "golden point" used much in badminton?

Golden point is the sports-independent way of referring to a point that immediately ends the match (or game). The term is usually used in sports where scoring is rare. In badminton and other racket ...
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How is it a let if the shuttle is caught on/in the net?

This let is called if the shuttle tumbles over the net and then gets caught in the net. In this situation, the shuttle has passed over the net - albeit not at speed, but tumbling, typically after ...
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Player positioning in Doubles Badminton

Before each game, the umpire will ask each side which of the players will be serving or receiving. If there is no umpire, the opponents may ask, or more commonly, players just position themselves. At ...
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Can an umpire refuse a challenge as being in bad faith?

It's hard to prove a negative, but neither the Laws, nor the Instructions to Technical Officials, nor the BWF umpire manuals mention any right of the umpire to refuse a challenge. The only limitation ...
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Why does BWF Anglicise player name order in some, but not all, relevant languages?

When players are entered into the system by the national federation, there is a boolean flag, internally called AsianName (this is an internal ID selected by programers, don't interpret too much into ...
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How does the World Ranking work?

Whenever an athlete competes in a BWF tournament, they get some amount of points. The world ranking is then calculated by the sum of the 10 highest tournament points in the last year. In the ranking ...
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Why do different genders serve differently?

Possibly it may be about height Males are on average taller than females (plain sexual dimorphism), so doing along serve for a female has higher chance of going over their head if they were standing ...
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Badminton Ranking System for Friendly games?

There is a method a group of friends and I used to follow when playing table tennis at school. Due to the availability of only 2 tables and too many players, we had to play doubles all the time. So we ...
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