By Levon D’Souza
Badminton is a fun filed and easy to play game that involves the use of a net, lightweight rackets, and a shuttlecock. Two or four players play it, which is played indoors, on a marked-out area 44 ft (13.41 m) long by 17 ft (5.18 m) wide for the two-player game and 20 ft (6.10 m) wide for the four-player game. A net is fixed across the middle of the court, with the top of the net set at 5 ft (1.52 m) from the ground at the center and 5 ft 1 in (1.55 m) at the posts. The players hit the shuttlecock back and forth over the net with the rackets and the rally carries on. However, only the serving side can win a point if at any point during the game the opposition players fail to hit the shot and it falls to the floor or they hit the shuttlecock into the net or over the line markings of the court. If however the serving side fails to play the shuttle cock in a legitimate manner, resulting in a break which gives the opposition the chance to server and therefor try to win a point against their opponent in the same manner. Some basic skills that are needed to be a successful are:
- A good grip.
- A good serve.
- A variety of shots including the basic backhand and forehand along with the drop shot, overhead clear and the Smash (Most commonly and willingly used).
- The ability to judge your opponent’s shots and how you deal with them.
Badminton is a sport in which beginners do not necessarily have to possess technically and physical ability, which makes it the perfect sport to start playing, so if you have never played any sport before or if you’re not good at it and just want to improve your game; it’s absolutely fine because it’s simple to learn. All that is needed are willing players wanting to learn more about the game and the way it’s played and the positive attitude which makes the whole process of learning a whole lot more fun. As one begins to progress, technical, tactical and mental attributes are taken more into consideration and are further enhanced by practicing the variety of shots the sport entails.
The Active Students badminton program provides extremely fun filled sessions which are hosted thrice a week (Monday 10-12, Wednesday 11-1 and Thursday 2-3) by 3 different but super friendly activators named Jerry, Matt and Levon. These sessions are designed for people wanting to learn more about the sport but just want primarily enjoy and have fun as well has have a positive attitude. Athletes are constantly given help if needed and the activators make sure everyone has a good time as well as everyone gets a chance to play because these sessions fill up fast. (So you better get there early to grab a racket, shuttle cock and a free space). So if you want to have a good time, meet new people and just learn a new sport along the way, then the Active Students Badminton sessions are for you because according to us the best form of learning is enjoying what you do. Hope to see you there.