In a game as competitive like Badminton, you definitely do not want to lose a point by making a foul or a fault. All games have rules that we should stick to or else it can cost us a point at a very crucial stage or even the entire match.

At times, we make these faults without even knowing that we are making them. But do not worry, read more to find out all the possible faults and fouls in Badminton to make sure that you never make them during a match.

#1. Service Fault:

While serving there are a few important things to keep in mind. A service fault is a very common fault and many players tend to make it. There are many factors that contribute to a service being a fault.

The factors are:

  • The shuttle must be struck from below the waist while the head of the racket is pointing in the downward direction.

As per the latest rules set by the BWF (Badminton World Federation), the shuttle should be contacted at or below 1.5 metres from the surface of the ground. Anything above that is considered a fault. 

  • When you are serving, your feet have to be planted on the ground. At the most either your heel or toes can be off the ground, but not both together. Dragging your feet while serving is considered a fault too.
  • While serving you can’t have a double action. Once you start your racket swing it has to continuous and moving in the same direction. There can’t be a pause or break in the swing.
  • The server must serve above the net and into the other side diagonally. If the service lands exactly opposite the serve it is considered a fault.
  • Any unnecessary delay in service can also cause the referee to call a fault.

#2. Service Receiving faults:

While returning or receiving a service, a player must keep a few things in mind which comply with the rules.

They are:

  • The receiver must never charge at the server/ never move before the service has been made. You may not move your feet away from where you’re standing. Many players tend to move before the server has been begun his/her service. This will definitely lead to the referee calling a fault.
  • The receiver must also not make any gestures or sudden movements so as to distract the server. This will cost the receiver a point.

#3. Contact Fault

During play, if the player touches the net or the player’s racket hits the net, it is called a fault. The point will go in favour of the opponents even if the player’s shuttle landed into his/her opponent’s court.

#4. Double Hit

You are not allowed to hit the shuttle twice/ double hitting the shuttle is foul. For instance, in a game of doubles, if the shuttle slightly hits/touches one player’s racket or even body for that matter, it can’t be hit by his/her partner in order to continue the rally. The point ends right after the shuttle touches the player’s body.

Even in doubles, only one player can hit the shuttle at one time.

#5. Over The Net Fault

If the shuttle has been hit by a player who presumes it will come over the net, when it wasn’t passing the net, it is said to be a fault. The shuttle must always pass over the net for the player to continue the point.

Watch this video, as it will help you understand some basic faults: 

These are the most basic and important faults and fouls one must keep in mind while playing Badminton. If not, it would cost you points at very important moments in a match.

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