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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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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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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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In badminton, is it legal to receive a service out of zone?

Until the service has been struck, a part of both of your feet needs to stay on the same spot on the ground (law §9.1.4). Notably, this means that the rest of your body may be well outside the ...
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Double Handed Racket Usage

I've heard reports of amateur players who are ambidextrous swapping a tennis racket from one hand to the other to have two forehands. I don't know about squash and tennis, but in badminton there's no ...
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Is there a technical name and rules for a double-touch in badminton?

Rules of Badminton state: FAULTS: It shall be a ‘fault’: ... 13.3 if in play, the shuttle: ... 13.3.6 is caught and held on the racket and then slung during the execution of a stroke; 13.3.7 is hit ...
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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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Badminton, double hit by one player, new rules?

There is a foul if the player hits the shuttlecock twice in row, except in the case it touches the racket head and the strings in the same shot. 13.3.8 is hit twice in succession by the same player....
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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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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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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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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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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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How to handle a squash match, as a very-nearsighted athlete?

I would've thought that the combination of contact lenses and goggles would be a good solution as long as you can get used to wearing contacts. Anecdotally, I know plenty of racket-sport players who ...
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Badminton, double hit by one player, new rules?

According the official LAWS OF BADMINTON, set by the Badminton World Federation, chapter 13 is affected: FAULTS. Here the different situations are outlined when it is considered a 'fault' and in ...
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How to prevent rolling one's ankle while playing badminton?

There are some improvements in technique that you can use, although they'll take practice. This page describes good lunging technique to move efficiently and prevent injury. With regards to keeping ...
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The receiver moved his foot as I was serving in badminton. Is it legal?

According to the Laws of Badminton, 9.1.3: Some part of both feet of the server and the receiver must remain in contact with the surface of the court in a stationary position from the start of the ...
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Main differences in Mavis shuttlecocks

Let met start by saying that a plastic shuttle cock (until now) can never match the shuttle flight / behavior of a feather shuttle cock. As for the different types (title), this indicates the ...
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Is the Doubles Long Service Line active during a Singles match?

In a Doubles match you must serve between the Short Service Line and the Doubles Long Service Line, and in a Singles match, you must serve between the Short Service Line and the Singles Long Service ...
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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 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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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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Is there any difference between badminton and squash shoes?

Both badminton and squash are played on similar surfaces and both require quick changes of direction. They both require shoes with flexible, grippy and non-marking soles. Shoes marketed as for ...
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What plastic shuttles have the closest resemblance to feathers?

I know this post is a couple of years old but a British company has just started making these bird2 shuttlecocks. Played with them for the 1st time today and my initial reaction is that they seem ...
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How to handle a squash match, as a very-nearsighted athlete?

Well, i can't estimate how equal Badminton and Squash are, but maybe you can nevertheless profit somehow: I've been playing Badminton over a year with glasses and additionally, I've been using them ...
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