What are the Dimensions of a Badminton Court?

Most of us play badminton more like a multi-purpose gym or as a casual backyard play. But how many of us know that badminton is a tournament-grade serious game that is played in a court of specific dimensions. Let us discuss the dimensions of a standard badminton court to play the game with a lot of professionalism.

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Dimensions of the Badminton Court

The dimensions of the standard badminton court are 20 feet x 44 feet. The court is spread over an area of 880 square feet. The length of the diagonals of the court is about 48.30 feet. Both the singles and the doubles badminton game are played on the same standard court. And the singles game is played on the court that is without the doubles alleys side, that extends about 1 foot and 6 inches on either side of the court. Thus the boundaries of the single court are about 17 ft x 44 ft. Court space is 748 sq.ft.

Badminton Court Dimensions
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Dimensions of the Badminton Net

According to the badminton laws that are maintained by the Badminton World Federation, the badminton net should be about 20 feet x 2.49 feet in dimension. The net should be attached to two posts that are at the height of about 5.09 feet height. The poles sit on the doubles sidelines. The pole should not extend into the badminton court that is beyond the thickness of its sidelines, which is about 1.57 inches. The net of the court should be stretched taut so that there is no space between the posts and the end of the net it is attached to. The top of the badminton net should be attached with a white tape of 3 inches’ thickness, covering the cord. Also, the badminton net should measure at least 5 feet tall at the center.

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Lines on the Court

There are several lines along the entire measurement of the badminton court to guide the players throughout the game.

  • The Net line: This line runs across the middle of the court, where the net is placed. The net line divides the court into half, creating a 22 x 20 feet area on either side of the net.
  • Centerline: The center line divides the court from the short service line to the boundary line at the back. This line separates the left and right service court.
  • Short service line: The short service line is marked 6 feet 6 inches from the centerline. The area inside this short service line is also termed as the Non-Volley zone.
  • Long service line: the long service line for the doubles match is marked about 2 ½ feet inside the back boundary line.
  • Side-Line: The Side-Line for the singles play is marked 1 ½ foot from the edges of the double sideline or the outer boundary.
  • Back boundary line: The back boundary line is both the same for the singles and the doubles match and it is denoted as the outermost backline on the badminton court.

Differences Between the Singles and the Doubles Badminton Court

AttributesSingles courtDoubles Court
SpaceThe single’s badminton match is played on a smaller court space as the entire court has to be covered by a single playerThe doubles’ match is played by covering the entire court, as there are two players per side to cover the court. 
Service areaThe boundaries of the service area of the singles court are made by the short service line, singles sideline, the back boundary line, and the centerline. The service area is about 131.75 ft2.
The pair of players in the doubles match has to cover a small service area compared with the singles player. In the doubles match, the entire standard badminton court is considered the play area
ServesThe service area of the singles court is elongated and thus offers the opportunity for players to deep serve and force their opponents to the far end of the court. In a doubles game, the alley is a fair game for service, unlocking a huge spectrum of angles to serve at. Players opt for a short backhand serve and do not attempt a deep serve, as the service line is very shallow than the long service line of the singles match and the opponents will have to cover less distance to return the smash.
Rotation systemsThe rotation system refers to where the players stand and serve at the beginning of the rally. In the singles match, the server serves from the left side of the court when their score is odd, and from the right side, when their score is even.Even in the doubles match, the server serves from the left side of the court when their score is odd, and from the right side, when their score is even.But the players rotate their sides in two instances.The serving team can serve and rotate service positions as long as they continue to win points, whereas the receiving team should not rotate positions.When the receiving team win points, no players rotate, and the serving side changes.
OffenseAn offensive play in the singles match includes smashing, dropping, and punch clearing. In doubles match attacks come generally from smashes and drives. And smashes are targeted towards players with a weaker defense or in the space between two players to create chaos.
DefenseThe standard defense position is near the middle of the court, to reach all sides of the court easily.Players have more defensive options in the doubles court as they have less space to cover.

Final Verdict

The badminton player needs to know the dimensions of the badminton court in and out so that they can turn it to their advantage in winning over the opponent. If they are clear on their area to cover, their service lines and where their boundary starts and end, they can concentrate better on the ball and give a tough match for the opponent. Players who are playing the singles match should be thorough on the court dimensions as they are the sole responsibility for their game.

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