How to Set Up a Badminton Net

Written by lynn holmgren
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Badminton is a popular racket sport played by hitting a shuttlecock back and forth across a net. The net and posts did not actually make an appearance until the 1860s when officers of the British Army stationed in India adapted the children's game of Battledore & Shuttlecock (using a paddle to keep the shuttlecock in the air) to its more competitive form that we are familiar with today. Most recreational, outdoor badminton sets come with a pair of posts included, making set-up a breeze.

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Things you need

  • Badminton net
  • Measuring tape or wheel
  • Hammer or mallet
  • Two posts
  • Two anchors
  • Four stakes
  • Rope
  • Tape or spraypaint

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  1. 1

    Choose a level playing area free of debris and obstacles.

  2. 2

    Measure the court's dimensions of 44 by 20 feet for doubles or 44 by 17 feet for singles.

  3. 3

    Mark the lines using spray paint. Add a mark on each side at the centre of the court to indicate where the net posts will be anchored.

  4. 4

    Pound an anchor into the grass on each side of the court.

  5. 5

    Place the two poles over the anchors.

  6. 6

    Measure the poles to make sure they stand approximately 5 feet 1 inch.

  7. 7

    Attach one side of the net to one pole.

  8. 8

    Unroll the net across the court and attach it to the second pole.

  9. 9

    Thread rope through the ring on one of the side poles. Tie it around two stakes, and pound the stakes into the ground at 45 degree angles to the right and left of the pole.

  10. 10

    Repeat the same procedure on the opposite pole.

  11. 11

    Make sure the poles are straight and the net is pulled tight.

  12. 12

    Measure the net to make sure that it is approximately 5-feet high at the centre.

  13. 13

    Begin play.

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