Foreign Research Assignment: Badminton There are games similar to badminton such as, ti jian zi, which dates all the way back to the 5th century in China, ti jian zi consisted of kicking a shuttle into the air with one’s feet, similar to hacky sack. In the mid-18th century badminton originated from a game in India known as Poona, which first started as a game children used to play, called battledore and shuttlecock. Poona was a game that British officers learned while stationed in India, and they later brought back what they learned to England.
Poona then became popular to the British elites, in 1873, when the Duke of Beaufort first introduced Poona to his guests a lawn party at his country estate called Badminton. People then started calling the sport ‘‘The Badminton game’’. Afterwards, many badminton clubs started to form throughout England, and these clubs joined together to create the Badminton Association in 1893. As more and more countries started playing badminton, the International Badminton Federation was formed in 1934, which included countries such as, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Ireland, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland, and Wales.
Today, there are more than 150 nations that participate in the IBF. The main goal in Badminton is to hit the shuttle into the opponent’s side of the court in a way so that they are unable to return it. The court is rectangular and is divided into two halves, by a net. There are either two players against each other or two teams consisting of two players each. The essential equipment required to play badminton are a badminton racket, a shuttlecock (also known as a birdie) , badminton shoes, and it is recommended to wear comfortable clothes that do not hinder movements; such as shorts, and light t-shirts.
The regulations on attire for badminton are basically, no jeans, no black-soled shoes, and no hats of any kind. There are 10 basic rules to badminton, one of which is that the winner of a coin toss at the beginning of the match chooses if they want to serve/receive or which side of the court they would like to play on, and the other team chooses the remaining option. Also, touching of the net via body or racquet is not allowed. The players are not allowed to reach over the net to hit the shuttlecock, and must serve the shuttlecock diagonally on the court.
Players are not allowed to touch any of the lines on the court, until the server strikes the shuttlecock, and a point is added to a team’s score when they win a rally. A point is rewarded when a player strikes a shuttlecock and it lands on the opponent’s side of the court, or when their opponent commits a fault. Furthermore, each side can only hit the shuttlecock once before it passes over the net. Also, if the shuttlecock hits the ceiling, it is counted as a fault.
If a player strikes shuttlecock and it lands outside of the court boundary, the other team is rewarded a point. The reason I chose Badminton I’ve played it since elementary school in gym class, and always enjoyed playing it. It is a sport that requires quick reflexes and hand-eye coordination, which is something that I believe I have a pretty decent amount of, and I like to improve in myself through playing badminton. It is always a very fast paced game, and time goes by very quickly when I play it, because it’s so much fun.
I also like the challenge of playing against others in badminton, and I am always trying to improve myself. It is also keeps me very alert, which is something I like, since it is so fast paces, you must focus on the shuttlecock at all times. The components of fitness required in badminton are speed, strength, flexibility, and endurance. Speed is important because the movements around the badminton court are of very short distance, so it is necessary to focus on reaction time, acceleration and agility.
Furthermore, strength is required in badminton, through resistance training of wrists, elbows, shoulders, neck, chest, abdomen, back, thighs, knees and ankles. Resistance training on these areas of the body is important, because they are actively involved while playing badminton. Flexibility is also important for badminton, as players must reach out, dive and turn very quickly to hit the shuttlecock, it is necessary to have flexibility. It is essential for badminton players to stretch before they train or compete; in order to prevent injury.
Endurance is one of the most important fitness components in badminton. Although, badminton courts are relatively small, a lot of ground is covered during a game with little rest in between points, so it is necessary for players to do cardio workouts so that they don’t get tired out too quickly. Aerobic exercises are also important for badminton, because it builds stronger physical and mental endurance. Endurance is also important because they need to be fit for long training sessions and must recover quickly between games in tournaments.