Badminton is a Tier 3 Event. The structure of play (e.g., round robin, single elimination) will be determined by the number of players that show up.
The number of cadets advancing to the Regimental Tournament will be between four (4) and sixteen (16), and depends upon quality of play in Challenge Tournaments.
Desired roster size is two (2) players per company. No more than eight (8) players per company may participate in the Regimental Tournament.
Per published schedule (typically three consecutive Tuesdays), players report at 1600 to the Deas Hall Gymnasium. Players are randomly assigned to a tournament bracket and/or round robin, and play until eliminated or win the bracket or pool. Players must play in a minimum of two (2) Challenge Tournaments to be eligible to advance to the Regimental Tournament. Players will be ranked by their win-loss record. Ties are broken by points scored (most), points scored against (least).
A match is one game played to 21 points (a 2-point margin is not required). Only the serving side can score points.
The server and receiver stand within diagonally opposite service courts without touching the boundary lines of these service courts. Players serve from, and receive in, their respective right service courts when the server has scored an even number of points. Players serve from, and receive in, their respective left service courts when the server has scored an odd number of points.
Both feet of server must stay on the floor until the shuttle is served. The shuttle must be held below the waist on the serve; the head of the server's racquet must be pointed downward during the serve. "Hit the serve underhanded." It is a fault when
- the server misses the shuttle on serve, i.e., "whiffs."
- the shuttle doesn't go over the net.
- the shuttle lands outside the court.
- the shuttle touches the ceiling or walls.
- a player touches the net.
- a player steps under the net.
The International Badminton Federation governs all other rules.