Badminton is a racket (racquet) sport where players hit a shuttlecock over a net to score points. Badminton can be played in either singles (one player per side) or doubles with court sizes adapting for either game style. Points are scored when the shuttlecock lands on the opposing team’s half of the court. Badminton can be played casually outdoors or more formally regulated in indoor courts.
Badminton nets run the entire width of the court (20’ | 6.1 m) and are placed over the doubles sidelines, even when singles games are played. The net is 5’1” | 1.55 m high at the edges and sags slightly at the center resulting in a height of 5’ | 1.52 m. Badminton nets are split into a 1:1 ratio from the floor to the top providing a 2.5’ | .76 m opening below and an equal mesh surface above. Variations of badminton nets come in polyethylene, nylon, and vinyl.
Height (Overall): 5’1” | 1.55 m
Height (Center): 5’ | 1.52 m
Width: 20’ | 6.1 m
Above Floor: 2.5’ | .76 m
Net Mesh: 3/4” | 19 mm
Material: Polyethylene, nylon, vinyl
Badminton Net front elevation, front (players)
Badminton courts are rectangular and are divided in half by a center net. Regardless of the game type, courts are usually marked for both singles or doubles games. Both play styles require the same court length of 44’ | 13.4 m, but double (full) courts are 20’ | 6.1 m wide and single courts are reduced to 17’ | 5.18 m; shrinking by 1.5’ | .46 m on both sides. Service courts are split by a center line dividing the width of the court and are set back from the net by a ‘short service line’ of 6.5’ | 1.98 m. Doubles games also require a ‘long service line’ that is drawn 2.5’ | .76 m in from the back boundary. Clearances of 2’ | .61 m should be providing around the full court.