If you play badminton just for the fun of it, you can set up a badminton court in your backyard, assuming you have enough space and a pretty flat yard. If you don’t, you should be able to find a flat area in a nearby park to set up badminton court for an afternoon of family fun.
Badminton Court Dimensions
The official dimensions of a badminton court are 44’ by 20’. However, if you’re playing just for fun and don’t have quite that much room, you can shrink these dimensions somewhat. Just remember that if you shrink the length, you need to shrink the width, too. For example, if you need to lop 10’ off the length of your court, you should also shrink the width by one-fourth.
Making A Badminton Court
Before you start creating your badminton court, be sure to clear away all obstructions such as rocks, tree stumps, etc. You will also want to mow the grass to a height of about 2”.
You will start with a tape measure and measure off the court’s length and width. The idea is to create a perfect rectangle which you may not be able to do on the first try. So, a good idea is to mark each line with at least two dots of white paint. This way, you can make some adjustments later if needed.
Next, form the court using white or yellow string and the white dots. If it looks like you’ve made a good rectangle, you can then create the finished lines with white or yellow spray paint. If the rectangle looks lopsided either way, be sure to make the necessary corrections before you spray the lines.
Placing The Posts And Net
Once you have your badminton court laid out, you will need to measure in halfway from one of the back lines to place your posts and the net. For example, if you’re making a full size court, you will need to measure off 22’ from one of the back lines.
Step four is to divide each side of the two halves of the court in two to form the right and left service courts. In other words, make a line halfway between the court’s sidelines – or 10’ for a full size court. You should now have four rectangles, each measuring 22’ by 10’.
Creating A Badminton Service Line
Next measure out 6’ 6’ from the center line (where the net will be) and make a line. This will be your service line. You will need to do this on both sides of the centerline as there needs to be a service line on both sides of the net.
If you will be playing doubles, you will also need to create a line 3’ inside both your sidelines (the width lines).
Finally, install the badminton net. Most nets are just placed in the ground with string-tied stakes. However, you can also get a more “professional” net that has tension devices to help keep the net from sagging over time.
Preferred Surfaces For A Badminton Court
If you are a more serious badminton player, you’ll be playing badminton indoors. If you play at a recreation center that has badminton tournaments or a badminton “ladder”, you can’t be much of a chooser. You’ll probably be playing on some form of wooden plank flooring – one that’s used for basketball, badminton and who knows what else. If you’re lucky, the facility will lay out rubber mats on the wooden flooring for badminton, as this is easier on the back and legs than just the wood. If you’re lucky and live near a badminton club, you might play on a surface created specifically for badminton such as Play-Turf® or a vinyl-pvc sports flooring.
You may not have much of a choice in badminton flooring but if you do, the preferred choice would be either the Play-Turf of the vinyl-pvc sports flooring. Both of these provide a good surface for turning, running and stopping; and are easier on your body than wooden-plank flooring.
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