01-10-2011, 11:16 AM #1
Minimum space behind/between courts?
I was wondering what the minimum distance from a court to another court/wall is?
I recently played at a gym where the courts were really close to the wall (about one meter (+- 3 feet)), but even worse, there were some kind of hooks attached to the wall (for storing the nets) which made me really afraid to hit the shuttle at the far back of the court.
(My opponent, who plays at that gym all the time, knew this and played excessively to that spot on the wall, hence my frustration)
I can't find anything in the BWF handbook about this.
01-10-2011, 12:39 PM #2
One of the courts I play at is under 1ft from the wall. 1m is actually a lot of space... I can list at least 3 clubs where there's less than 1m space around the court. Everyone has learned to deal with it, so should you. In fact, use it to your advantage, the wall is a great guide to help judge whether birds are going in or out.
01-10-2011, 12:42 PM #3
How can you play on a court that's 1 foot from the wall? If it falls on the back line, there is no way to hit it, except maybe a dropshot. But getting behind the shuttle would be impossible in any case ...
01-10-2011, 01:19 PM #4
the 1ft I was referring to was a side line.
I've played on a court that was under 1m from the back wall. Intercept birds before they reach the back line. If they lift REALLY high and make the bird fall vertically on the base line, you'll have ample time to setup and judge your distance anyway. 1m is actually enough space for you to do a full smash from the baseline.
01-10-2011, 07:31 PM #5
I played a match in a similar hall I had 1.5 foot to the wall, and there was basket ball nets overhanging the court, which we weren't told could be played as lets if it would interfere with our shots in the first game which the opponents kept aiming towards.
A good drill to learn how to play in these halls is to stand with your back against a brick wall in your gym, and have a friend hit the shuttle anywhere within reach around you. If you attempt to pull your racquet back you will smack the wall, so you learn to adapt your shots pretty quickly.
01-10-2011, 07:44 PM #6
Also the regulations don't give any details of the distance from court to wall, but I suppose there will be some unofficial rule for tournament court placement.
01-10-2011, 08:18 PM #7
I don't think it's in the BWF rules.
You might search in your local rules, in France there's "le règlement général des compétitions", in which are the rules the referees are supposed to apply (as opposed the umpire's ones)..
01-11-2011, 05:00 AM #8
haha.. its time to get a helmet... lol.
01-11-2011, 05:41 AM #9
There's nothing in the rules about this. Similarly, the rules do not specify any minimum ceiling height!
01-11-2011, 07:04 AM #10
01-11-2011, 07:05 AM #11
01-11-2011, 07:41 AM #12
01-11-2011, 08:22 AM #13
Thank you! I've always thought it a perplexing omission; now I see the rules do specify a ceiling height after all.
01-11-2011, 08:27 AM #14
That part also specifies the recomended space between courts:
It is recommended that there shall be at least two meters (61⁄2 feet) clear space surrounding all the outer lines of the court, this space also being a minimum requirement between any two courts marked out side by side.
01-11-2011, 09:11 AM #15
oh oh.. time to revamp those halls... lol.
01-11-2011, 01:32 PM #16
01-12-2011, 12:17 AM #17
Each competition organizer (national, county, club) should state under what condition the event is taking off. BWF have no say at all in this matter if it isn't a BWF sanctioned competition. Actually they could play 100 games to 2 points on a tennis court if they wanted there is no such thing as "official rules" under this circumstances......
In the OPs case I'd make a questionare to the powers that be, organizing the event, if they approve the court and that's it. If it was out of competition, just plying with friends, your only way to deal with it is to go to another place if it bugs you. No "rule" is going to help you.
I sometimes play in a school gym with lines for badminton, tennis, basketball, handball, floorstick and volleyball. There are goals for handball at the side courts (short end walls) and baskets (8) hanging along the long walls + two in the ceiling etc etc. When playing leauge matches the teams agree upon rules for lets depending on interference from various items, this place is certainly not following any BWF rules.......
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