BadmintonBadminton is a racquet sport where two opponents ( whether singles or doubles) take side on opposite halves of a court separated by a net. A shuttlecock is hit back and forth over the net. A score is received when the shuttlecock lands in the opponents court.

The sport is played all over the world but especially popular in South East Asian countries like Indonesia, Malaysia and China. No matter what race, gender or age a large number of people play in badminton tournaments held yearly in many parts of the world.

If you’re interested in getting involved with Badminton there is likely an association or club at your location.

Badminton History

Badminton in 1804The roots of Badminton trace back to mid 18th century India when it was still under the British rule. Military officers in prisons assigned in India played this sport during their break. History also suggests that the game was earlier referred to as Poona since it was often played in a British garrison named Poona.

The game was originally played by hitting back and forth spools of wool which were abundant in India. The shuttlecock eventually evolved to use duck feathers. British officers carried the game back to England and a more rigid as set of rules were eventually applied.

The James Masters guide claims that as early as 1860, a London toy dealer by the name of Isaac Pratt wrote the first booklet about Badminton. Sadly, not a single copy of that booklet was recovered.

In 1873, the sport was launched at the Badminton House in Gloucestershire which was owned by the Duke of Beaufort. This is the event that coined the term Badminton for the sport. The rules evolved and became more complex.

The All England Open Badminton Championships were held in 1899. Presently there are many tournaments held across the world. Badminton was launched as an Olympic event in 1992 with both male and female divisions.

Recommended Books

  • Skills, Drills and Strategies for Badminton (The Teach, Coach, Play Series) by Donald C. Paup, Bo Fernhall

What to Do Next

  • Get Equipment
  • Take Lessons
  • Join a Club
  • Play Badminton