Badminton new rule : Rally points scoring

May 29, 2007

Badminton racket On February 1 last year the International Badminton Federation (IBF) introduced a new scoring system   with matches in all disciplines the best of three games to 21 points for all World Grand Prix and major events – you will have seen this scoring system being played at the Commonwealth Games. At the moment the system is EXPERIMENTAL and the IBF will decide at their annual meeting in Tokyo in May whether the experiment will become permanent.

Under the new system:
A game is won by the first player or pair to reach 21 points (if the score
is 20-20 then a player or pair needs two clear points to win a game. However at 29-29 the first player to reach 30 wins the game (30-29). The first player/pair to win two games wins the match.

The new system is known as rally point scoring and this means that the winner of each rally scores a point. In other words, you do not have to be serving to add to your score but a player/pair retains the serve until they drop a point (namely, the opposition scores a point against the serve and thus wins the right to serve)

The big difference in doubles is that a pair gets only one serve: in other words once the serve is dropped the service passes to the opposition (rather than to the server’s partner in the 3×15 system). When service is won, following the principle in singles, the player currently in the right service court serves when the score is even and the player in the left service court serves when the score is odd. The same player continues to serve, changing sides, until the serve is lost. Players do not change sides when the point is won when the opponents are serving. If the wrong player serves or receives, or a player serves or receives from the wrong court, no correction should be made and the score stands.

Under the rally point scoring system there is an interval of up to 120 second between the first and second, and between the second and third games. There is also an interval of up to 60 seconds in every game when the first player/pair reaches 11 points. In all intervals, a coach may come on court to give advice.

Other significant changes in the service laws – again these are experimental:

• the waist if now defined as an imaginary line round the body level with the lowest part of the server’s bottom rib
• on completion of the backward movement of the server’s racket head, any delay in the start of the service shall be regarded as a fault for undue delay, and
• the shaft of the server’s racket shall be pointing in a downward direction.

Remember that these are all experimental and the IBF will decide at their AGM on the 6th May 2006.

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