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Synthetic or hardwood surface that is designed to provide good traction; badminton is usually played indoors.
long service line
Line that marks the back of the service zone for doubles matches.
Player who puts the shuttlecock into play; the server and receiver stand diagonally opposite each other.
Official who monitors the execution of the serve (player position, arrival of the shuttlecock in the appropriate zone, etc.).
back boundary line
Line that marks the ends of the playing area and, in singles play, the service zone.
One of 10 officials who ensure that the shuttlecock remains inside the lines of play and inform the umpire when a fault is committed.
Line dividing each court half into two sides; the center line separates the left and right service zones.
Strip of tape with a cord passing through it; it is attached to posts to suspend the net.
Band 1.5 ft wide on the sides of the court; the alley is used only for doubles matches.
short service line
Front boundary of the singles and doubles service zones.
Official responsible for applying the rules; the umpire ensures that the match runs smoothly and rules on contentious points.
Vertical bar used to stretch the net by means of white tape.
Line that marks the sides of the playing area for singles matches (two players).
Line that marks the sides of the playing area for doubles matches (two teams of two players).
Loosely stitched divider stretched across the middle of the court at a height of 5 ft; players must hit the shuttlecock over it.
Player who receives the shuttlecock put into play by the server.
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