USA Badminton


The International Paralympic Committee announced October 7, 2014 that badminton (para-badminton) was selected as one of the sports for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Number of Events: Singles or Doubles or Mixed

Eligible disabilities:  The eight impairment types eligible in BWF Para-Badminton are:

1. Hypertonia:  Health conditions which cause hypertonia include, but are not limited to Cerebral Palsy(CP), stroke, acquired brain injury, multiple sclerosis.

2. Ataxia: Health conditions which cause ataxia include, but are not limited to CP, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, Friedreichs ataxia and spinocerebellar ataxia.

3. Athetosis:  health conditions which cause athetosis include, but are not limited to chorea and CP.

4. Loss of limb or limb deficiency: such as results from trauma-related amputation or congenital limb deficiency like dysmelia.

5. Impaired range of movement: health conditions which cause impaired range of movement include, but are not limited to arthrogryposis and ankylosis and trauma-related arthrodesis.

6. Impaired muscle power such as results from spinal cord injury, muscular dystrophy, brachial plexus injury, spina bifida, post-polio or Guillain-Barre syndrome.

7. Limb- length difference such as results from congenital dysgenes is or trauma.

8. Short stature: health conditions which cause short stature include, but are not limited to, achondroplasia, spondophysealplasia

Classification contact: See BWF Para-Badminton Classification

There are 6 Classifications for Para-Badminton:









Spinal injury causing impairment ot upper limbs/trunk






Multiple Sclerosis












Single Above Knee Amputation



Double Below Knee Amputation



Cerebral Palsy



Single Below Knee Amputation



Cerebral Palsy



Hip Dysplasia



Leg length difference(of min 7cm)



Upper Limb Amputation



Upper Limb impairment-e.g. brachial plexus injury

Short Stature


Short Stature/Dwarf Condition - e.g. achondraplasia


Standard Badminton equipment, with the following modifications:

  • Wheelchair - A player’s body may be fixed to the wheelchair with a strap either around the waist or across the thighs, or both.
  • A player’s feet must be fixed to the footrest of the wheelchair.
  • When a player strikes the shuttle, a part of the trunk and the legs shall be in contact with the seat of the wheelchair.
  • The seat of the wheelchair, including any padding can be horizontal or angled backwards. It cannot be angled forward.
  • A wheelchair may be equipped with a rear supporting wheel, which may extend beyond the main wheels.
  • The wheelchair must not have any electric or other devices to assist movement or steering of the chair.

  • Standing - Crutch
  • An upper or lower leg amputee may use a crutch.
  • The crutch must not exceed the players’ natural measurement from the armpit to the ground.

  • Prosthetic limbs - An amputee player may use a prosthetic limb in categories SL3, SL4 and WH.
  • The use of prosthetic limbs is not allowed in category SU5
  • Any prosthetic limb shall have the same length as the players existing limb, and be in proportion with the players other limbs.

Basic rules: Paralympic Badminton shall be played according to the Laws and Regulations of the Badminton World Federation (BWF), except for the following modifications:

  • Wheelchair Badminton - Is played on half court for Singles and full court for Doubles. The main difference is that in all levels of the game the front service line to the net is always ‘out’.
  • Standing- Depending on the disability this category will play either on a half or full court in singles but always on a full court doubles.
  • Short Stature/Dwarfs – Players in the Short Stature/Dwarf category will play on the standard full court for all events.

Time limits:  All matches are played best-of-Three games to 21 points.

Scoring:  Paralympic Badminton follows standard BWF scoring rules.

How to become a Badminton Paralympian

  • Train: a minimum of five days per week with a coach or training group. Training requires planning. We will begin listing coaching and locations on the Para-Badminton Website.
  • We will also be distributing a basic warmup, Simple Routines & Development and Advanced work for each classification.
  • Know what it takes to be good: Learn all rules and standards. Standards include minimum requirements of tournament participation, BWF tournament points, BWF rating and result. There will be different standards established for:

                                1. Becoming a member of the U.S. Para Badminton National Team

                                2. Becoming a member of the U.S. Paralympics Badminton National Team

3. Qualifying for entry into international competitions (i.e., Para-Pan American      Games, World Championships, Paralympic Games, etc.)

  • In the future, Selection Procedures will be published each year for the Para National Team and tournaments if selection procedures are required. Official Badminton Para tournaments are sanctioned by BWF or USA Badminton.

In order to register for the Para event in one of USAB tournaments, new Para athlete must be a USA Badminton member and classified by Para National classifier.

We will be adding U.S. Para-Badminton tournaments in the future as we build the program.

BWF Para-Badminton Development Plan


Steve Kearney
Director  USA Para-Badminton
One Olympic Plaza, Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Office  (719) 866-3640    fax:  (719) 866-4507