Ball badminton is quite an old game indigenous to India. In fact, the first game of this type was invented in the 15th century by an English player who was based in the state of Gujarat. The game has evolved so much that it is played internationally now. Although it used to be a part of Indian cuisine long before, today it has made its way over to the West and is gaining fans as it is becoming more popular.
For those who are not aware, ball badminton originated from the two games of volleyball and backboard. Both games pertained to using a shuttlecock or a racket in order to hit the ball across the court. The difference between the two games however is that, in volley ball, the players use their feet to propel the ball while in the backboard, the players do not use their feet. This difference caused the game to be known as backboard instead of spread.
Another thing that led to the evolution of this game is the presence of a number of indoor badminton courts located in the southern part of the country. This led to the popularity of the game getting more prevalent as it got more popular. The game even got its own popular name, which was derived from two words, the first being “punjabi” meaning “a group of people from the Punjab”. Another reason for the popularity of the game is its accessibility factor. A large number of people from the lower and middle income group in the society could afford the investment and the space for the courts, which made it possible for a higher player to play.
Ball Badminton as a game has evolved a lot over the years.
Back in the days when the courts were very rudimentary it had a very slow pace and the set up was not very convenient. The first modifications to the game happened as the court and the net shrank to become smaller and more portable. The netpitch was also designed to be portable, which facilitated both, quick reflexes, agility and the ability to control the ball with one’s mind. As the net got smaller the set up became easier.
Today, thanks to constant innovation and research in India has produced several modifications to its game, most of which are of great use to the domestic badminton players as well as the international players. The major modification that took place in this field was to make the shuttlecocks’ dimensions (length and breadth) standardized all over the world, which enabled the player to hit a shuttlecock with a different kind of bat made of different length and diameter. The dimensions of the shuttlecocks have also been standardized in India; this meant that players, irrespective of their country, could use same shuttlecocks that they used in their home country.
Another major modification that took place in this field was to introduce a shuttlecock with a split handle. This facilitated better wrist action from the player along with a better grip on the racket. The other major modification that was made in this field was to allow three points of contact between the different players on the court, which improved the speed of the game along with the scoring. Earlier the game shallered on the four points of contact but it didn’t allow players to attack the ball well and hence their performance and efficiency were very low.
The next significant modification was to allow two points of contact between the ball and the racket, thereby allowing the players to attack the ball better and take control of it. This brought a major change in the way the game was played as it gave impetus to the offence and the defence. With the change in the rules which allowed two points of contact between the ball and the racket, the foul count too increased. With the increased foul count came a drastic reduction in the scores.
The last major modification was to allow the presence of five players in a game, which increased the level of competition amongst players. The presence of five players increased the level of excitement in the game along with the presence of more challenges which players were unable to complete in the older version of the game. The other major modification introduced was the elimination of the service time penalty. In other words, the service time allowed in the earlier version of the game was retained but with a restriction of five players in a game, which meant that each team would be given five minutes at least to serve.
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