Rules & Regulations

Fives and Doubles

The game shall be played by five players a side, two fronts, two backs and one centre with Ball Badminton rackets and a woolen ball upon a court. Such a game shall be called a game of 'Fives' and game consists of 29 points.

The game shall also be played by two players a side, one front and one back with Ball Badminton racket and woolen ball upon a court with half the width of the court laid in a game of 'Fives'. The length of the court and other details remain the same as that of 'Fives'. Such a game shall be called a game of 'Doubles' and it shall consist of 29 points as in 'Fives'.

The Ball

A game of yellow colour made of wool shall not be less than 22 grams and not more than 23 grams in weight and not less than 5 cm and not more than 5.5 cm in diameter.

The Racket

A standard Ball Badminton racket usually weighs from 200 grams to 250 grams and 63 to 70 cm in total length. The gutted eliptical area of the racket shall be 20 cm to 22 cm across and 24 cm to 27 cm length wise.

The net and the posts

The net shall be made of fine cord to make 2 cm square mesh all along and shall be edged with a red tape flush a top. It shall be tricoloured (red tape, white and blue body). The net shall be 100 cm wide and 13.5 cm in length. When tied a centre pole of 183 cm and two poles of 185 cm shall be used to maintain 183 cm heigth at the centre.

Two posts each 2 m high shall be fixed at a distance not exceeding one metre outside the court on either side on the end of the net line to which the net is tied. These shall be sufficiently strong to keep the net well streched. A hook must be fixed at 1.5 m height to each pole for the convenience of tightening the net whenever necessary.

The Court

The size of the court for the 'Fives' shall be 12 m in width and 24 m. It is divided across the middle by a net line over which the net is suspended, the ends of which are attached to the tops of the two posts. One metre away from each side of the net line and parallel to it are drawn or marked the crease lines. Half way between the sevice crease line and parallel to the side line is drawn the centre line dividing the space on each side of the crease line into two equal parts called the right and the left courts.

The Play

The act of servicing shall consist of striking the ball from the right court or the left court of one side to the diagonally opposite court of the other side. Each server shall commence over the right court and change over to the left court for every point made. Any one of the recieving team shall send the ball to the serving team in a single stroke.

(a) In each game immediately after the first 8th, 15th and 22nd point the team shall change the sides and the server shall serve from the right court or the left court as he would have done in normal course if the side was not changed. This is to say, if the server had served from the right court obtaining a point necessiting the change, he shall serve from the left court after change of site.

(b) The ball shall be served by the player underhand and below the waist; it shall go clear over the net and beyond the serving crease line on the other side of the net.

(c) The ball shall be returned before it touches the ground by any one of the players standing in the court served to.

(d) No player shall strike the ball more than once consecutively.

(e) The server shall not serve until the other side is ready. If any of the players of the other side attempts to return the service, it shall be considered to be ready.

(f) During the progress of the game a player must not leave the court except when he does so in the act of playing or when he meets with an accident or for any good reasons with the permission of the umpire.

NOTE: Changing a racket, tieing a shoe lace, tightening the belt, etc cannot be considered as leaving the court. But players shall involve in any of these activity only after getting the permission of the referee. Referee shall normally acceed to request of the player for such activities when the ball is not in rally. However the referee has the final right to refuse if he is convinced that such activities are purposeful delaying tactics.

(g) In case of five tournaments the team consists of seven players whose names are furnished before the commencement of the tournament and any five of them shall play while the other two shall be physically present in the predescribed playing uniform with the team manager outside the court. In the case of 'Doubles' tournament it shall be a team of five players, the stipulations remaining the same.

During the course of a match of two or three games, one substitution of a player shall be allowed in each game if required by the captain/manager of the team as per the above rule. The substitution can be made at any time during the game.

(h) No change of ball shall be allowed in a match during the set of three games.

NOTE: In the event of a ball gettind deformed or unfit for use during the course of a game, a change may be allowed by the umpire at his discrition in the matter.

(i) If a fault is made by the serving team serving hand shall be down and the next player shall serve. If five hands are over, the recieving team shall get a chance to serve. But if a fault is made by the recieving team, the recieving team shall get a point and the sma e hand continues.

(j) The serving team shall always have five hands to serve even at the commencement of every game and each player shall serve in succession till all hands are down.
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