History of The LAWS of Badminton
The Laws of Badminton have evolved over the years. Presented here are
versions directly from major organizations with world standing. Most are primary
sources taken direct from published material.
Historical Versions of the Laws of Badminton
May 2019 (BWF)- uniform string spacing
dropped and new rules for lets and faults in wheelchair badminton
December 2018 (BWF)
- fixed height serve takes affect, references to waist and racket attitude
May 2018 - BWF AGM: fixed-height serve adopted, to take affect
10DEC2018, 3x21 remains intact
- June 2017 (BWF)
- first codification of automated line calls.
June 2016 (BWF)
- another modification to definition of "shuttle passing over net".
Fixed-serving-height experiment noted. Update to administration of breach f
- June 2015 (BWF)
- renumbering of service rules. Clarification of shuttle passing over net.
Suspension of Play update. Update to warnings.
- June 2014 (BWF) -
change to serving rule and addition of more para-badminton rules. The
Laws are available in PDF format and
the full BWF Handbook is available as online document on BWF pages.
May 2010 (BWF) - Updated at AGM -
superficial changes only- no rules changes. The
Laws and full
BWF handbook are available in PDF
May 2006 (IBF)- IBF adopts the 3x21 rally scoring system along with various other
rules changes. Final version is
available in PDF format. Appendix
is also available.
- January 2006 - IBF decides to experiment with 21-point rally scoring
rules. A second
draft of this new system was proposed in February. IBF will vote on this
issue at next general meeting in the summer of 2006
- August 2002 (IBF)- Recent changes to 11 points
for Women's Doubles and Mixed Doubles rejected by most member nations. All
events return to 15 points except Women's Singles.
- 2002- new scoring
system (IBF). 5x7 is officially abandoned and replaced by
modified traditional scoring. In particular, MS and MD are 3x15 and WS, WD, XD
are all 3x11. PDF version also
- 1998 (IBF) - setting at 13-all dropped, setting at 14-all maintained
1992 (IBF) - Missing the shuttle during a serve is now a fault.
1992 (USBA Handbook)
- 1990 (USBA Handbook)
- 1986 - the racket definition and other rules are
- 1985 - Excerpt from
BAE Handbook 1985-6.
- 1984 - the laws are amended to include a rule defining a legal racket.
Excerpt from BAE Handbook
- 1983 - a November 1983 IBF committee meeting decides to define a
racket and to move the shuttle test lines to mandate slower shuttles.
- 1982 - the spin serve came and went in just a couple of years before
being outlawed in 1982. This was also the first official recognition of
- 1982 (IBF- World Badminton, June
1982) - decisions announced
- 1982 (BAE Handbook 1982-83 )
- first new rules
- 1977 (USBA)
- 1972 (ABA)
- 1966 (ABA)
- 1963 (ABA) - "woods" become
- 1962 (ABA)
- a shuttle touching the net on a serve is no longer a "let"
- 1953 ( BAE Recommendations to Umpires, the Laws of Badminton, September 1954)
- revised in 1953
- 1950 ( BAE Handbook 1950-1950) -
wood shots are outlawed
- 1939 ( BAE Handbook 1939-1940) -
revised in 1939
- 1914 (Spalding Athletic
Library) - Rules from Bath Badminton Club. Waisted court with up to 4 players
- From 1900 to 1907 the Badminton Association of England was making announcements and
printing material on badminton in Lawn Tennis and Badminton. Original copies
are in the Lawn Tennis Museum at Wimbledon. Material provided by the
Badminton Museum in Milton Keynes, England. Included below are reviews
of the Badminton Association Annual General Meetings.
- 1907 - laws relating to 6 and 8 handed games deleted. Also Ladies to play to
11 in singles instead of 15
- 1906 - new laws clarifying serving and receiving out of turn
- 1905 - law 8 amended relating to handicap games
- 1904 - laws 4, 10 and 18 amended - clarifying where to stand to receive
- 1903 - laws 11 and 15 amended - minor change of wording.
Also published by Spalding in USA.
- 1901 - rectangular court adopted.
- 1875 (Encyclopedia Britannica)
- 1874 ( Harper's Bazaar ) Commentary
and Rules, plus Court Diagram
- 1873 (The Field)
Special thanks goes to Jill Brill of the
Badminton Museum in Milton Keynes, England. Jill spent hours ferreting
out many of the items shown here.
Page maintained by Stan Bischof. Last update:
07 July 2020 13:09