Badminton is a fast-paced game that requires hand-eye coordination and endurance, offering the perfect dose of outdoor fun and competitive play. This casual version of badminton comes with rackets and birdies, and can be played with up to 4 players.
Badminton can be played on nearly any flat surface! Try it outdoors – as long as there is enough space and a flat surface such as concrete, bare ground or grass. A court can be marked with cones, paint or chalk lines, or natural boundaries such as the edge of a driveway or a tree.
Rackets are used to hit the birdie in badminton. Rackets have a handled frame with tightly stretched nylon strings over the hoop.
A birdie is the “ball” of badminton - cone-shaped plastic mesh attached to a rounded cork base.
How to Play
You can have either two or four players on a badminton court: one player on each side, or a team of two players on each side.
One-against-one is called singles.
Two-against-two is called doubles.
The aim of badminton is to hit the birdie with your racket so that it flies overhead and lands inside your opponent’s side of the court.
A rally happens when the birdie is in play, starting when a player serves, and ending when the birdie lands on the ground. The game is complete once a player or team scores 21 points, winning the set.
To score a point, you must make the birdie land inside your opponent’s side of the court. You can also score points when the other team hits the birdie out of the court.
In order to win a set, a player or team must reach 21 points with a difference of at least 2 points.
Badminton can be played best out of two or three sets. This means a player or a team can win two straight sets to win.
For casual play, you can adapt the game by adjusting the number of points, and the number of sets, to best suit the situation.