BADMINTON RULES CHANGES TO BE TRIED AT WORLD CUP
by Mike Grossman (from a report filed by YANG YANG Badminton Equipment
November 7, 1996 (New Shuttlenws) - The International Badminton Federation,
the world body in charge of the rules of the sport of badminton, will be
experimenting with two minor adjustments to the way this game is played.
These changes will be tried at the invitational World Cup tournament to
be held in Jakarta, Indonesia from December 11 to 15.
The first change involves setting, badminton's version of overtime or
tie-breaker. At the World Cup, setting will be at 14-all in a game that
usually goes to 15 points, instead of the current confusing situation
where setting can be at 13-all or 14-all.
Currently, if a game is set at 13-all, the game is won by the player or
pair that first scores 5 more points. If the game is set at 14-all, the
game is won by the player or pair that first scores 3 more points. The
contemplated change simplifies this by having only one situation for
setting - 14-all.
In the women's singles game which usually goes to 11 points, setting will
only occur at 10-all with the player to first score 2 more points winning
The second change will see the introduction of a 90-second interval
as the players change ends between the first and second games of a
match. During this interval, the players may now receive coaching but
must remain in the immediate area of the court. Currently, there is no
interval at all between the first and second games, with players merely
switching ends and then starting play.
This second change is intended to accomodate television, the spectators,
as well as the players. Television broadcasters will have the time they
need to throw in revenue-producing commnercials and the spectators
will have some time to stretch, relax and run out to take care of any
personal necessities without missing too much of the action.
Players should also benefit from the 90-second respite as well as from
any tactical adjustments that the coaches can come up with.
Observers to the badminton scene feel that these relatively minor
adjustments will get adopted sooner than the more radical scoring system
change being tried at some European events. In the European experiments,
matches are played on a best-of-five 9-point games, the so-called 5x9
scoring system. The same observers also feel that the adoption of these
two changes could put a damper to the proposed 5x9 scoring system.
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