EQUIPMENT

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 followingmodifications:

  • 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.