Rules in Service for Doubles in Badminton

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Rules in Service for Doubles in Badminton
Learn the rules in service for doubles in badminton (badminton image by Pontus Edenberg from

Badminton is a net-based sport slower than tennis but more active than table tennis. For these reasons, badminton is especially popular with young, elderly and handicapped players. Playable indoors and outdoors for two or four players, badminton is a popular sport at family reunions, nursing homes or other social occasions. However, service in a doubles match can be a complicated issue.

Starting Service

Before beginning play, the winning team of a coin toss chooses whether they will serve or receive first, or which side of the net they will play from during the first game. When the game begins, the right-hand player of the serving team serves to the right-hand player of the opposing team, or diagonally across the net.

Losing and Receiving Service

If the serving team wins the rally, both players on the winning team switch positions, and the original server maintains the serve. In this case, the right-hand player, now in the left-hand court, serves diagonally over the net to the left-hand opposing player. Players on the serving team will continue to switch positions after each rally won.

If the opposing team finally wins a rally, they are also awarded with the right to serve. Note that both teams must win a rally resulting from their team's serve to score points during a game.

Service and Odd/Even Scoring

When a team earns the right to serve, service belongs to the right-hand player if the team score is even, and to the left-hand player if the team score is odd. As before, the serving player will serve diagonally over the net. Both players will switch positions after each rally won.

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