BWF Introduces Experimental Service Law

Feb. 02, 2018, 3:52 p.m. (ET)

Courtesy of the Badminton World Federation

The Badminton World Federation will start testing of an Experimental Service Law (Fixed Height) from 1 March, including at the TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2018 in Bangkok and at the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2018 in Nanjing.

The finalisation of arrangements for this implementation was among a range of decisions made by the BWF Council at its recent meeting in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

A proposed change to the Laws of Badminton will be brought before the BWF Annual General Meeting in May to give effect to this testing. It will mandate that “the whole of the shuttle shall be below 1.15 metres from the surface of the court at the instant of being hit by the server’s racket” and the first event of the new BWF tournament series at which this experimental law will be introduced is the YONEX All England Open Badminton Championships 2018.

All Grade 1 events – except the BWF World Junior Championships – will undergo testing as will Grade 2 events (the new BWF tournament series) and continental championships in April. As of now, testing is expected to run until year-end.

“The serve is an integral part of badminton. Over the years, we have been looking for ways to improve how the service laws are applied,” said BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer.

“Therefore, after various investigations and deliberations, the Council has determined to implement this Experimental Service Law in an effort to improve the application of the service laws at BWF tournaments. We hope this will yield positive feedback from our membership”.

Ahead of the testing, the BWF will host a training workshop for BWF Umpire Assessors in Kuala Lumpur in January and thereafter those BWF Umpire Assessors will hold training courses at the continental team championships in February. Training will include how to use the measuring devices that will determine service height.