Badminton Doubles Rules for IIMS Khel Utsav 2024

Rules and Regulations

  1. Court Dimensions: The badminton game for doubles will be played on standard size court.
  2. Serving Rules:
  • The serve must be executed underhand, with the shuttle contacting the server’s racket below the waist.
  • At the beginning of the game, the serve is made from the right service court when the server’s score is even, and from the left when it is odd.
  • The server must serve diagonally across the court to the opponent’s corresponding service court.
  • The feet of both the server and the receiver must remain in a stationary position until the serve is made. 
  1. Scoring System: Badminton uses a rally scoring system where a point can be scored by the serving or receiving side. The game is played to 21 points, but a two-point margin is needed to win the game. If the score reaches 20-all, the game continues until a two-point lead is achieved, up to a maximum of 30 points. The match is typically the best of three games.
  2. Change of Ends: Players change ends after the completion of the first game and, if necessary, after the completion of the second game. If a third game is required, players change ends when the leading score reaches 11 points.
  3. Faults: Faults in badminton doubles include serving errors, violations during play (e.g., the shuttle hitting the ceiling, going out of bounds), and infractions during the rally (e.g., touching the net with the racket or body, shuttle landing out).
  4. Lets: A let is called for interruptions that require a rally to be replayed, such as a shuttle becoming stuck in the net or a player serving before the receiver is ready. There are no penalties for lets, and the rally is simply replayed.
  5. Rotation of Service: In doubles, the right to serve passes consecutively from the initial server to the initial receiver, then to the partner of the initial server, and finally to the partner of the initial receiver, before returning to the initial server, and so on. Players must follow the correct order of serving and receiving.
  6. Positioning: After the serve, players can move freely around the court. However, during the serve, the non-serving players must remain in a position that does not block the opposing receiver’s view of the shuttle and the server.
  7. Double Hit: It is legal for the shuttle to be hit by both players in a doubles team during their play of the shuttle, provided it is during one stroke.
  8. Continuous Play: The game is expected to be played continuously. Excessive delays, time-wasting, or coaching during a match (except during intervals or permitted breaks) are not allowed.
  9. Reporting Time:  player should be on stand-by 30 minutes before the call time.
  10. ID-Card: Student ID cards are to be attached to the participation form and also to be brought along for the game for verification.
  11. Final Call: last call will be from match officials in case of any discrepancies or mis-understandings. 

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