by Badminton Tasmania


  • The shuttle hits the court floor on your opponents’ side within the lines
  • The shuttle is hit out of the court lines and reaches the floor by your opponent
  • The shuttle fails to reach your side of the net
  • The shuttle is served above the waist when you’re receiving


  • The server is required to hit the shuttle below the hip when serving, if the serve is above the hip, this is deemed a fault
  • A shuttle can only be hit once upon returning a serve/shot
  • The shuttle must be volleyed over the net to continue play
  • A serve must be served diagonally with the opponents standing within their respective diagonal boxes
  • Players cannot make contact with the net
  • The service is always given to the winner of the previous point, meaning it will alternate on the point won.
  • The serve must alternate their location from left box to right box or vice versa when maintaining serve


Singles and doubles vary in their use of the lines on the court and these are important because of the number of players means that more or less area can be covered. An easy way to think about the court changes are, Singles; long and skinny all the time, Doubles; short and wide when serving then full court during play.