Different Scoring Systems Of Badminton
by Abdul Rauf Liaqat
Scoring is one of the main factor of every game. It includes all the terms and conditions and rules that should be obeyed in order to get score in any match. Every game has its own rules and regulations which players have to follow.
In order to get good score, the more you follow the more you score. Different games have different types of scoring systems, and by time they used to update their scoring system to create extra interest and thrill in the matches.
Every racquet sport game does not follow the same scoring system. If we talk about badminton then it would be not wrong to say that Badminton changed many of its scoring systems. BWF (Badminton World Federation) introduced different types of scoring systems which are discussed below.
1) Traditional Scoring System
2) 2002 scoring system (5 x 7)
3) Current Scoring System (3 x 21)
These are three different types of scoring system introduced by BWF.
Traditional Scoring System (3 x 15):-
This is the traditional scoring system of Badminton which take us back to early 1870’s. At that time winner of the match was decided by the best of three games. All the three games played up to 15 points in case of men’s singles and any doubles whereas female singles match consisted of 11 points only. First service was usually decided by the coin toss.
In singles, if a server loses a rally then the service was transferred to his opponent and their was no increment in score of any of the player. Whereas, if server wins a rally then their was a 1 point increment in its score and service remained to him.
In doubles, if server loses a rally then the service transferred to their partner (except in case of first point in game) and presenting them an opportunity to maintain their score. And if service was lost again by the second server then service was transferred to their opponent.
There was no addition in point of any side if both the players lost their service. Whereas if first server wins a rally then their would be a change in positions of both players and service remained to them.
In a game of 15 points, if score reached 13 each, the first player to reach 13 would have a choice whether to set or keep the score ticking through 15. If they choose to “set” then the score reverts to 10-10 and the first one to score 5 points is the winner.
In the same scenario, if the score reached 14-14, the first player to reach 14 would have same option. However this time the winner would be the one who first scored 3 points. In a game to 11 points, setting would occur at nine each and 10 each with "setting" to three and two points respectively.
2002 scoring system 5 × 7:-
In 2002, BWF experimented a different and unpredictable scoring system to improve the commercial and especially the broadcasting appeal of the sport. This scoring system required lengthy time for matches. This scoring system shortened games to 5 sets having 7 points each.
The winner would be the best of five. When the score reached 6–6, the player who first reached six could elect to set to eight points. Since the match time remained an issue and this scoring system was abandoned and replaced by traditional scoring system. 2002 commonwealth games is the last event that used this system.
Current Scoring System 3 x 21:-
In December 2005, BWF again experimented another scoring system intending both to regulate the playing time and to simplify the system for television viewers. The main change between the traditional scoring system and in this system is the rally point system in which the winner of the rally scores a point regardless of who served.
Games were lengthened to 3 sets having 21 points each. The new scoring system thus makes the game duration significantly shorter. The experiment ended in May 2006, and the BWF ruled that the new scoring system would be adopted from August 2006 onwards.