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Originally appearing in Volume V03, Page 190 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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BADMINTON, or GREAT BADMINTON, a village in the southern parliamentary division of Gloucestershire, England, too m. W. of London by the Great Western railway (direct line to south Wales). Here is Badminton House, the seat of the dukes of Beaufort, standing in a park some 10 m. in circumference. The manor of Badminton was acquired in 16o8 from Nicolas Boteler (to whose family it had belonged for several centuries) by Thomas, Viscount Somerset (d. 165o or 1651), third son of Edward, 4th earl of Worcester, and was given by his daughter and heiress Elizabeth to Henry Somerset, 3rd marquess of Worcester and 1st duke of Beaufort (1629-1699), who built the present mansion (1682) on the site of the old manor house. It is a stone building in Palladian style, and contains a number of splendid paintings and much fine wood-carving. The parish church of St. Michael stands close to it. This is a Grecian building (1785), with a richly ornamented ceiling and inlaid altar-pavement; it also contains much fine sculpture in the memorials to former dukes, and is the burial-place of Field Marshal Lord Raglan, who was the youngest son of the 5th duke of Beaufort. Raglan Castle, near Monmouth, now a beautiful ruin, was the seat of the earls and the 1st marquess of Worcester, until it was besieged by the Parliamentarians in 1646, and after its capitulation was dismantled. 'BADMINTON, a game played with rackets and shuttlecocks, its name being taken from the duke of Beaufort's seat in Gloucestershire. The game appears to have been first played in England about 1873, but before that time it was played in India., where it is still very popular. The Badminton Association in England was founded in 1895, and its laws were framed from a code of rules drawn up in 1887 for the Bath Badminton Club and based on the original Poona (1876) rules. In England the game is almost always played in a covered court. The All England championships for gentlemen's doubles, ladies' doubles, and mixed doubles were instituted in 1899, and for gentlemen's singles and ladies' singles in 'goo; and the first championship between England and Ireland was played in 1904. Badminton may be played by daylight or by artificial light, either with two players on each side (the four-handed or double game) or with one player on each side (the two-handed or single game). The game consists entirely of volleying and is extremely fast, a single at Badminton being admitted to require more staying power than a single at lawn tennis. There is much scope for judgment and skill, e.g. in " dropping " (hitting the shuttle Diagram of Court.—In the two-handed game, the width of the 36 . court is reduced to 17 ft. and the long service lines are dis- pensed with, the back boundary lines being used as the long "° service lines, and the lines dividing the half courts being produced to meet the back boundary lines. The net posts 6 6 are placed either on the side -j boundary lines or at any dis- , tance not exceeding 2 ft. outside 6 6 ; the said lines; thus in the four- .j handed game, the distance between the posts is from 20 to 24 ft., and in the two-handed 13 game, from 17 to 2I ft. N.B.—With the exception of the net line, the dotted lines on the court apply only to the court fors the two-handed game. gently just over the net) and in " smashing " (hitting the shuttle with a hard downward stroke). The measurements of the court are shown on the accompanying plan. The Badminton hall should be not less than 18 ft. high. Along the net line is stretched a net 30 in. deep, from 17 to 24 ft. long according to the position of the posts, and edged on the top with whife tape 3 in. wide. The top of the net should be 5 ft. from Back Boundary Line Long Serl,ice Line Right half Left half court court ; Short Service Line Net Short Service Line Left half Right half! Court court Long Ser+ice Line Back Bouadary Line i r. 40 the ground at the centre and 5 ft. i in. at the posts. The shuttle-cock (or shuttle) has 16 feathers from 21 to 24 in. long, and weighs from 73 to 85 grains. The racket (which is of no specified size, shape or weight) is strung with strong fine gut and weighs as a rule about 6 oz. The game is for 15 or, rarely, for 21 aces, except in ladies' singles, when it is for 11 aces; and a rubber is the best of three games. Games of 2 r aces are played only and always in matches decided by a single game, and generally in handicap contests. The right to choose ends or to serve first in the first game of the rubber is decided by tossing. If the side which wins the toss chooses first service, the other side chooses ends, and vice versa; but the side which wins the toss may call upon the other side to make first choice. The sides change ends at the beginning of the second game, and again at the beginning of the third game, if a third game is necessary. In the third game the sides change ends when the side which is leading reaches 8 in a game of 15 aces, and 6 in a game of rr aces, or, in handicap games, when the score of either side reaches half the number of aces required to win the game. In matches of one game (21 aces) the sides change ends when the side which is leading has scored 11 aces. The side winning a game serves first in the next game, and, in the four-handed game, either player on the side that has won the last game may take first service in the next game. In a game of 15 aces, when the score is " 13 all " the side which first reaches 13 has the option of " setting " the game to 5, and when the score is " 14 all " the side which first reaches 14 has the option of " setting " the game to 3, i.e. the side which first scores 5 or 3 aces, according as the game has been " set " at " 13 all " or " 14 all," wins. In ladies' singles, when the score is " 9 all " the side first reaching 9 may " set " the game to 5, and when the score is " to all " the side which first reaches so may " set " the game to 3. In games of 21 aces, the game may be " set " to 5 at " 19 all " and to 3 at " 20 all." There is no " setting " in handicap games. In the four-handed game, the player who serves first stands in his right-hand half court and serves to the player who is standing in the opposite right-hand half court, the other players meanwhile standing anywhere on their side of the net. As soon as the shuttle is hit by the server's racket, all the players may stand anywhere on their side of the net. If the player served to returns the shuttle, i.e. hits it into any part of his opponents' court before it touches the ground, it has to be returned by one of the " in " (serving) side, and then by one of the " out " (non-serving) side, and so on, until a " fault " is made or the shuttle ceases to be " in play."' If the " in " side makes a " fault," the server loses his " hand " (serve), and the player served to becomes the server; but no score accrues. If the " out " side makes a " fault," the " in " side scores an ace, and the players on the " in " side change half courts, the server then serving from his left half court to the player in the opposite left half court, who has not yet been served to. Only the player served to may take the service, and only the " in " side can score an ace. The first service in each innings is made from the right-hand half court. The side that starts a game has only one " hand " in its first innings; in every subsequent innings each player on each side has a " hand," the partners serving consecutively. While a side remains " in," service is made alternately from each half court into the half court diagonally opposite, the change of half courts taking place whenever an ace is scored. If, in play, the shuttle strikes the net but still goes over, the stroke is good; but if this happens in service and the service is otherwise good, it is a " let," i.e. the stroke does not count, and the server must serve again, even if the shuttle has been struck by the player served to, in which case it is assumed that the shuttle would have fallen into the proper half court. It is a " let," too, if the server, in attempting to serve, misses the shuttle altogether. It is a good stroke, in service or in play, if the shuttle falls on a line, or, in play, if it is followed ' The shuttle is " in play " from the time it is struck by the server's racket until it touches the ground, or touches the net without going over, or until a " fault is made.over the net with the striker's racket, or passes outside either of the net posts and then drops inside any of the boundary lines of the opposite court. Mutatis mutandis, the above remarks apply to the two-handed game, the main points of difference being that, in the two-handed game, both sides change half courts after each ace is scored and the same player takes consecutive serves, whereas in the double game only the servlhg side changes half courts at an added ace and a player may not stake two consecutive serves in the same game. It is a " fault " (a) if the service is overhand, i.e. if the shuttle when struck is higher than the server's waist; (b) if, in serving, the shuttle does not fall into the half court diagonally opposite that from which service is made; (c) if, before the shuttle is struck by the server, both feet of the server and of the player served to are not inside their respective half courts, a foot on a line being deemed out of court; (d) if, in play, the shuttle falls outside the court, or, in service or play, passes through or under the net, or hangs in the net, or touches the roof or side walls of the hall or the person or dress of any player; (e) if the shuttle " in play " is hit before it reaches the striker's side; (f) if, when the shuttle is " in play," a player touches the net or its supports with his racket, person or dress; (g) if the shuttle is struck twice successively by the same player, or if it is struck by a player and his partner successively, or if it is not, distinctly hit, i.e. if it is merely caught on the racket and spooned over the net; (h) if a player wilfully obstructs his opponent. For full information on the laws of thg game the reader is referred to the Laws of Badminton and the Rules of the Badminton Association, published annually (London). See also an article by S. M. Massey in the Badminton Magazine (February 1907), reprinted in a slightly revised form in the Badminton Gazette (November 1go7). Until October 1907 Lawn Tennis and Badminton was the official organ of the Badminton Association; in November 19o7 the Badminton Gazette became the official organ.

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