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Grade: 5 | Year: 2008

You know about soccer, basketball, and hockey, but do you know about the second most played sport in the world? Good afternoon teachers and fellow students, I am going to be talking about badminton.

Badminton was invented by the Duke of Beaufort in 1873. The Duke of Beaufort held a party and played a game called 'Poona.' Indians invented 'Poona' by adding a net to a game called 'Battledore and Shuttlecock.' 'Battledore and Shuttlecock' is played by using a paddle to hit a shuttlecock back and forth. The Duke of Beaufort called 'Poona' The Badminton Game.

First of all, you should play badminton because it gives you more exercise and fun than most other sports. To play badminton, you need a good badminton court, a badminton racket, a shuttle cock, a T-shirt, and shorts. Shuttle corks are feathered objects some people call birdies. A good badminton court should be on a wood surface, and be 13.4m long and 6.1m wide. A proper badminton net should be 5 feet tall and at least 6.1m long. Picking a good badminton racket and shuttlecock is up to you. Different people like different types of rackets and shuttlecocks. I like light rackets and feathered shuttlecocks because light rackets are faster and feathered shuttlecocks are a little slower and more controllable.

You know basketball is a team sport. It requires 5 people to be a team but badminton is an individual sport. You can only play in singles or doubles. Here are some of the rules of badminton. You can't stop the shuttlecock unless you saw your opponent break one of the rules. Only hit the shuttlecock once or else your opponent gets a point and don't hit the shuttlecock onto the ceiling otherwise your opponent also gets a point. If you want to win a game, you obviously have to score some points. To be exact, you have to score 21 points. All you have to do to score a point is to hit the shuttlecock to a place your opponent can't return it, or to a place your opponent will return it to a place that is out of bounds. If you win a rally, you serve in the next rally. It is the same with your opponent. When someone's score reaches 11, both you and your opponent should take a 1-minute break. Even if you opponent serves, you can score a point.

Let's go on to the skills of badminton. I recommend that you hold the racket as if you are shaking hands with it. In-between your thumb and index finger, you should see a V shape. For serving, you have to use an underhand serve. Another important skill is to have a good overhead stroke. You can practice this skill by holding your racket high, bending your elbow, and then swinging your racket forward.

For anyone who is interested, come to me so we can organize a badminton club at our school to teach children how to play badminton the right way and mostly to have fun. Also, you won't learn badminton unless you practice. Like the experts say, "Practice makes Perfect!"