Played 20100106 Phuong Daniel Stephanie Me. Rally.
Played 20100211 Xuehua Jing Ling Me. Rally.

I set up my backyard badminton set and we played some games. We lost one birdie over the east wall. I had feathered shuttlecocks but we just used the plastic ones. Phuong and Daniel played facing the sun (South), Stephanie and I played in the other direction (North). It was about 3 in the afternoon. I can't remember if when we took a break, we played more or just ended. But I do remember, playing a version of the "Whose Line is it Anyways" game. So the goal is to form sentences. Each time you hit the birdie, you say a word, to start, continue, or end a sentence.

Xuehua comes into the office with Jing and asks Ling if she wants to play badminton. She asks if Arash or I would like to join. I did, but Arash didn't. He felt like studying some more. So we walk carefully to the rec center, but when we get there all but one racket is left. Xuehua brought her own. But we play off to the side and a group of people are just about finish. And when they finish we check out their rackets. We rally Xuehua and Jing against Ling and I. I think we played for about an hour before Ling had to leave. Then we took turns rallying one-on-one. After thirty minutes, we were ready to leave. Good workout...

Various Rules (from three sources below)

Toss coin. Winner has the option to serve or to choose ends.
Server and player being served to must be inbounds not touching the lines until the service is delivered.
If playing doubles, the partners can be anywhere as long as they do not un-sight or obstruct the opponent.
Missing the shuttle is not a fault. But counts if it touches the racket.
A server gets only one chance to make a proper serve.
If a player has a chance of striking the shuttle in a downward direction when quite near the net, his opponent must not put up his racket near the net on the chance of the shuttle rebounding from it. This is obstruction.
Doubles Play: The side winning a game shall always serve first in the next game, but either of the winners may serve and either of the losers may receive the service.
Can't touch the net.

The doubles and men's singles game consists of 15 points. When the score is 13-all, the side which first reaches 13 has the option of setting the game to 5 and that when the score is 14-all, the side which first reaches 14 has the option of setting the game to 3. After a game has been set, the score is called 'love all' and the side which first score 5 or 3 points according to the game set, wins the game. In either case the claim to set the game must be made before the next service is delivered and after the score has reached 13-all or 14-all.
The ladies single game consists of 11 points. When the score is 9-all the player who first reaches 9 has the option of setting the game to 3, and when the score is 10-all, the player who first reaches 10 has the option of setting the game to 2.
The opposing sides shall contest the best of three games, unless otherwise agrees. The players shall change ends at the commencement of the second game and also of the third game (if any). In the third game the players shall end the game when the leading score reaches.
(a) 8 in a game of 15 points
(b) 6 in a game of 11 points

In December 2005 the International Badminton Federation started an experimental scoring system for IBF events. The new system incorporates rally point scoring; a point can be won by the serving and receiving player or pair. In the traditional system only the serving player or pair could win a point. Under the new system games are played to 21 points, also for women's singles. A difference of 2 points is needed, up until 29-29, where the first player or pair to reach 30 wins. In doubles there is no second server anymore under the new system. When the serving pair loses a rally the serve passes immediately to the other pair. Pairs only switch service courts when they won a point while serving. If the pair who has won right to serve has an even score, the player in the right service court will serve, if the score is uneven the player in the left service court will serve.

When players commit a fault, they lose the rally. The most common fault is for a player to fail to return the shuttle before it hits the floor, or to return it so that it lands out of court. It is also a fault if the shuttle touches the person or dress of a player, or in doubles if both players hit the shuttle. Goes through the net.
It is also a fault if a player hits the shuttlecock before it crosses the net, touches the net with the body or the racket, or commits a "carry"-that is, if the shuttlecock is momentarily stationary on the player's racket before the player hits (actually, throws) it back. In doubles, it is a fault if both players on the same team strike the shuttle.

If the shuttlecock strikes the net but falls over to the other side, it is in play.

As in most racket sports, a let is a service or exchange of shots that simply doesn't count.
A let is called when:
The shuttle lands on top of the net and remains suspended there, or if it goes over the net and is then caught in the net.
The shuttle disintegrates so that the base is completely separated from the feathers or skirt.
The line judge and umpire cannot determine whether a shot was in or out.
During service, both the server and the receiver are faulted (e. g., the server steps on a line and the receiver moves before service).

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