As the vision for AirBadminton is for it to be played by as many people, in as many places as possible, ease of set up is essential.
There are five key elements needed to play AirBadminton
The posts shall be placed on the doubles and triples side lines irrespective of whether singles, doubles or triples is being played.
- The posts shall be 1.5m metres in height from the surface of the court when the game is played on sand, and shall remain vertical when the net is strained.
- For grass and hard surfaces courts, posts shall be 1.55m in height from the surface of the court
The net shall be made of fine cord of dark colour and even thickness with a mesh between 1.5cm and 2cm.
- It should be 80cm in depth and at least 6.1m wide.
- The top and bottom of the net should be edged with a 5.5cm white tape doubled over a cord or cable running through the tape.
- The cord is to be stretched firmly and be flush with the top of the posts.
When playing on sand surface, the top of the net from the surface of the court should be 1.45m at the centre of the court and 1.5 metres over the side lines for doubles and triples.
When playing on grass and hard surfaces, the top of the net from the surface of the court should be 1.52m at the centre of the court and 1.55m over the side lines for doubles and triples.
- There should be no gaps between the ends of the net and the posts. If necessary, the full depth of the net at the ends shall be tied to the posts.
Portable net systems are also very popular and can be purchased at most badminton specialty shops and sporting goods stores
There are two side lines, two base lines and two dead zone lines. There is no centre line. The lines should be 5cm in width and contrast sharply to the colour of the surface. For sand and natural grass surfaces, boundary lines should be ribbons made of resistant material.
- A bungee cord should be attached to each corner and connected to a buried anchor disk.
- The bungee will provide the tension necessary to keep the boundaries in place while giving the flexibility to minimise the chance of injury should a player catch their foot under the line.
For concrete and asphalt surfaces, boundary lines should be a tape made of resistant material that sticks firmly to the ground. For alternative hard surfaces and artificial turf, lines can be painted on the court.
AirBadminton has been designed to be played with the same traditional rackets, with a shuttlecock that has good flight performance, spin response and durability.
The courts should be set up laterally to the prevailing wind direction to allow for the best wind resistance. It should be north-south in orientation in order to reduce glare from the sun.
The area around the periphery of the court should be free of any particles or elements that presents risks of injuries to the players.