Badminton Program Description

Updated Friday November 16, 2018 by Robert Elkins .

Badminton is a sport growing rapidly in popularity. It is deceptively simple to play, challenging to master, and appropriate for all ages.


Badminton is a racquet sport played by hitting a shuttlecock (or birdie) across a net. The most common forms of the game are "singles" (with one player per side) and "doubles" (with two players per side) but it can be played with larger teams. In singles and doubles, each side may only strike the shuttlecock once before it passes over the net. In larger team play, the birdie may be struck twice before it passes over the net. In either case, play ends once the shuttlecock has struck the floor or if a fault has been called.


Badminton first appeared in the Olympic Games as a demonstration sport in 1972 and as an exhibition sport in 1988. At the 1992 Games it became a full-medal Olympic sport, with competition for men’s and women’s singles (one against one) and doubles (two against two). Mixed doubles was introduced at the 1996 Games.


Competitive badminton is usually played indoors because even light winds affect the course of the shuttlecock. However, outdoor recreational play is incredible popular. Play consists entirely of volleying—hitting the shuttlecock back and forth across the net without letting it touch the floor or ground within the boundaries of the court.


AT PW PAL, each weekly session will feature some instruction followed by full games. Leagues will be formed if there is sufficient interest.