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Service Judge Hand Signals

We all know Badminton is a sport played dating to way back. First theere were no prope r rulews governing the game. This raised disputes among players. When the English Badminton Association was established in 1893 the rules were revised and unified and have since been the main basis for the sport.

People who play badminton should also understand the signals what the judges’ hand mean. Here will wil lsee the hand signals often used by the service judges in badminton competitions.

1. Delay of serve:

Delay Of Serve.(Image Courtesy: http://in.victorsport.com/).

Delay Of Serve.
(Image Courtesy: http://in.victorsport.com/).

once the server and the receiver are ready for the service there should not be any delay in service. If there is a delay after a player finishes raising their racquet head backwards any delay after that is trmed “delay of serve.”

This is also applicable once a player begins to swing his/her racket forward, the service has begun and the racket must continue moving forward in a continuous movement until the serving action is completed, otherwise a fault will be called for non-continuous movement.

If any one of these occurs, then the service judge will swing their right arm to the left to indicate that a player has been penalized for undue delay.

2. Feet on the service line or off the ground:

Feet on the service line or off the ground.(Image Courtesy: http://in.victorsport.com/).

Feet on the service line or off the ground.
(Image Courtesy: http://in.victorsport.com/).

The server and the player receiving the serve should stand in the diagonally opposite service courts and must not tread on the service court boundary line. This rule states that the server and receiver’s feet must at least be touching the ground partially and should remain fixed in place from when the serve begins to when the action is completed. When this does not happen the service judge will stretch out their right leg and signal a fault with their right hand because a player’s feet were off the ground or they were on the boundary line.




3. Server fails to hit the bottom of the shuttlecock:

Server fails to hit the bottom of the shuttlecock.(Image Courtesy: Feet on the service line or off the ground).

Server fails to hit the bottom of the shuttlecock.
(Image Courtesy: Feet on the service line or off the ground).

This situation occurs when a player’s racquet face should hit the bottom of the shuttlecock. If a player fails to hit the bottom of the shuttlecock when serving, the line judge will open their right hand and lightly touch the palm with their left hand to indicate a service fault.






4. Service too high:

Service too high.(Image Courtesy: http://in.victorsport.com/).

Service too high.
(Image Courtesy: http://in.victorsport.com/).

When the server’s racquet hits the shuttlecock the entire racquet should be below waist height. If the racquet is too high when the serve is made, the service judge will place their right hand horizontally across their ribs.





5. Racquet handle should face up:

Racket handle should face up.(Image Courtesy: http://in.victorsport.com/).

Racket handle should face up.
(Image Courtesy: http://in.victorsport.com/).

When a serve is made the racquet handle must be facing down at the moment the shuttlecock is hit. If the racket handle is facing up when the shuttlecock is hit the service judge will lift up their open hand with palm facing out to indicate a fault due to the racquet handle facing up.