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Badminton Faults: Simple Guide for any Player

It is very common during a practice in your local club to always arise that discussion if play x or y was a fault or if it was legitimate.

This is more than normal and even understandable because some of the badminton faults are not easy to detect, even by someone who is off the court watching the game because of the speed of it.

With all that in mind, let’s now see what badminton faults are and explain them in a simple way so that anyone can get a good understanding.

All Badminton Faults


We begin by explaining the badminton faults in the service, which can be applied to either the serving player or the receiver.

To the player who is serving:

  • The racket head should be pointing down when it will do the job;
  • The racket movement must be done from the bottom up and the shuttle has to make an ascending trek to pass over the net;
  • The shuttle has to go over the net;
  • The service has to be done to the diagonal service area of your opponent;
  • When you make contact with the shuttle in the service, this has to be completely below the line of your waist;
  • The movement can not have breaks, having to be a fluid movement;
  • You can not step on the lines that delimit the service area (but you can overtake them with your body, eg by leaning forward);
  • The player must have a part of both feet in contact with the ground;

It is worth specifying that the “waistline” is an imaginary line that lies underneath your last rib, so if you want to know how far the limit is, just feel with your hand where that limit is (this is one of the rules that most brings discussions about whether it is lacking or not and also one of the most difficult to see);

badminton serves

For those who are receiving:

You can not move your feet until the opponent makes contact with the shuttle;
Something that both players can not do is deliberately delay the service by not putting themselves in position to restart the game.

There is no set number of seconds for this, but if the judge thinks he is doing so, he will notify you and if he repeats, declare it to be lacking.

Finally, there are no second chances in badminton, so even if you missed the shuttle in your service, if you made the move to hit it then it will be a fault and your opponent wins the point.

During the game

During the game there are a number of things are badminton faults, they are:

  • If the shuttle touches the outside of the court, it is a fault;
  • If the shuttle touches the net and does not fall on the opponent’s field;
  • Passes under the net;
  • It strikes the ceiling or something outside the court it will be a fault as well and your opponent wins the point.

There are certain clubs or some smaller tournaments that do their games in low-beamed pavilions that give them the chance to start the game again, but this is an exception and must be pre-established before the game begins.

It is not allowed to be double-tapped (in single or double matches) and is also lacking if the ringing is too slow (not just contact but transport).

badminton faults

On the Net

One of the biggest doubts is whether your racket can move to the opponent’s field over the net, something common when you want to net-kill.

The answer is yes, but there are rules.

All you have to know about badminton faults in the game next to the net:

  • You can not touch with the racket, body or clothes on the net;
  • He can not distract or obstruct his admonition by entering his field under the net (attention that can step beyond his field, SINCE it does not cause any of the situations mentioned above);
  • You can move with your racket to the opposing field over the net if the point of contact with the shuttle was in your field (and only the follow-through);

This last point can be quite complicated to decide because without the help of a camera many plays are so fast that it is very difficult to realize on which side of the field the beat was made.

shuttle hit the net

Distractions and Obstruction

Here the rules are somewhat confusing and not very explicit, being very susceptible to the interpretation of the judge and the situation.

No one forbids you from shouting or making a move, but if these actions are considered a distraction or obstruction to your opponent then you will be sanctioned with a fault.

And so, did you know more about what are badminton faults, how to judge them and what isn’t fault at all?

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