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All About Badminton

Aug 20, 2013

It's a birdie, it's a shuttle, it's badminton! So you've probably been playing this all-time great summertime game on your summer holidays because it's great exercise and a lot of fun. So let's learn more about it and see if we can pick up any new information with All About Badminton...

Hit'em Up History

The original game that badminton comes from was a children's game played in China called Ti Jian Zi. This was back in the 500's AD so it wasn't really considered a grown up's sport. Back in these days, men were too macho to play pass with a couple of paddles. They were too busy shooting bow and arrows and swinging swords to the death!

Game For KidsGame For KidsCourtesy of wikipedia

Gentlemen's Game

It wasn't until the 19th century when men were now more interested in things like poetry, top hats and waltzing and badminton became their sport of choice. In 1873, the Duke of Beaufort held a lawn party with lots of people in the Royal Families from all the major European countries. They all played badminton and for the first time a set of rules were set up so every country played the same way.

Equipment and Rules

Badminton is much like tennis. Players play with a racquet on a court, but the big difference is that they use a "birdie" or "shuttlecock" (the more technical term). It was named this way because it was first built with the feathers of a "birdie" and the shuttle kinda looks like the tail of a peacock or a rooster. The birdie is served across court into a designated box and then the rally continues until someone scores a point. Games are played up to 15 (11 for women), and full matches are always played best out of 3 games.

Olympic Gold

Game for GoldGame for Gold

You can get your Olympic Gold Medal Dream come true by becoming a badminton player. In 1992 badminton became an Olympic event and every Olympic Games there are 4 Gold medals ready to go to badminton players: Men and Women's Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles.

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"rainbowpoptart" wrote:I hate to be that person who pulls out the dictionary, buuuuut let's look at the definitions for sport (athleticism wise).competitive physical activity: an individual or group competitive activity involving physical exertion or skill, governed by rules, and sometimes engaged in professionallyDoes cheerleading fit under this definition? Yes.pastime: an active pastime participated in for pleasure or exercise Oh look, cheerleading fits under this definition too.Being a cheerleader requires a certain amount of physical fitness. You need to be strong, flexible, and energetic, which are all things not everyone has.It is a form of exercise and entertainment.It is a sport.Is one variant more challenging than the other? Yes, but that does not devalue anything.Not everyone is going to be able to understand the difficulties cheerleaders go through, and that's perfectly fine. Every sport is dangerous, some are just more obvious than others. When people are good at what they do, they make things seem easy. very well said! I was a cheerleader for 2 years until  I aged out, but let ,e tell you, they were 2 of the best,sweaty and most fun years I have ever had
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rainbowpoptart
I hate to be that person who pulls out the dictionary, buuuuut let's look at the definitions for sport (athleticism wise). competitive physical activity: an individual or group competitive activity involving physical exertion or skill, governed by rules, and sometimes engaged in professionally Does cheerleading fit under this definition? Yes. pastime: an active pastime participated in for pleasure or exercise  Oh look, cheerleading fits under this definition too. Being a cheerleader requires a certain amount of physical fitness. You need to be strong, flexible, and energetic, which are all things not everyone has. It is a form of exercise and entertainment. It is a sport. Is one variant more challenging than the other? Yes, but that does not devalue anything. Not everyone is going to be able to understand the difficulties cheerleaders go through, and that's perfectly fine. Every sport is dangerous, some are just more obvious than others. When people are good at what they do, they make things seem easy.
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angelover4
CHEERLEADING IS LIKE DANCE GYMNASTICS MIXED TOGETHER WITH WORDS. AND DANCE AND GYMNASTICS ARE CONSIDERED SPORTS.
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angelover4
I BELIVE ITS A SPORT JUST LIKE I THINK GYMNASTICS IS A SPORT.
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