Who can play?The game of badminton is such a popular backyard party game because most novices find it very easy. You can take up the game as a small child or even well into your senior years because beginners can start with simple volleys back and forth and graduate to faster, more advance games as they refine their skills.Dressing the partBadminton players generally think about a few things when dressing for a game. You want to be able to move and lunge quickly, so try loose-fitting comfortable attire. Dressing the part sometimes helps to boost confidence so you may consider going to a sports clothing store where you can check out badminton outfits. If you are playing correctly, you will be perspiring a lot. Protect yourself in all types of weather by making sure your clothing easily absorbs sweat.Professional badminton rules say that players must wear white, but for your backyard game, you could probably consider making this an option!Badminton court and equipmentAlong with the physical ability to run on the court and swing a racket, there are a few things you will need to play badminton. You need a badminton racket and a shuttlecock, which is a small rounded piece of cork or rubber with a conical crown of feathers or plastic. You'll also need a court and a net. You can play indoors if you want, but you'll need a high ceiling and proper lighting to assure that all players can see the shuttlecock sail through the air.The courtThe game can be played on a court that is any size and shape. (Professional badminton, however, is played on a court that measure 20 feet wide by 44 feet long.) A net or string (if you don't happen to have a net lying around) is placed 5 feet off the ground, spanning the width of the center of the court.The racketThere are no specific rules governing the type or size of badminton racket that players can use for unofficial use. However, racket manufacturers have devised a standard: a racket of 26 inches in length and weighing 4.5 to 5.5 ounces.While rackets used to be made of wood, most backyard models are made with metal and nylon.Many manufacturers make sets that include the net, racket and shuttlecocks so you can grab some teammates and get started.How do you play badminton?Similar to tennis, badminton is a racket sport for two or four players. Two people play a singles set while four players take to the court in teams of two for doubles play. The object of the game is to get to 21 points. Points are scored when the shuttlecock is successfully served or hit but not properly returned. The first team to win two matches wins the game.Here are the basics of badminton play:1.The first serve of the game is from the right half court to the half diagonally opposite.2.If the receiving side commits a fault, the serving side gets a point and continues to serve.If the serving side commits a fault the receiving side gets a point.