By Charlie & Zack

Badminton, as we know it today, was first played in 1860 in England but it is probably much older than that. It started on the property of the Duke of Beauport. The sport was named after "Badminton House," the Duke's home. Badminton is basically just tennis with a volleyball net.

In order to play badminton you need shorts, a short sleeve shirt, a net, a racket, a shuttlecock, and a few friends. The racket is the part you hold to hit the shuttlecock. The rackets strings are made out of synthetic threads. A shuttlecock is like the tennis ball but it's not a ball. The shuttlecock is made of cork, leather and sixteen goose feathers and it's shaped like a cone.

The court is split in two by the net. To score a point you have to hit the ball over the net to you opponent's side and it can not be out of the markings on the ground and the player cannot commit a fault.  The most common faults are:

To score in badminton you must be serving to your opponent, the serve must be diagonal, the server's feet must be on the ground, the serve must be made under the waist. The game ends when the first team gets 15 point. To win the match they have to win two games.

Men or women can play badminton in the Olympics. The can even play on the same team. Teams have either one or two players on them.  Badminton became an Olympic sport in 1992. We have now told you all about badminton.


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