Badminton scoring system in for another makeover?

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) announced today that it is again considering changes to its scoring system and it has solicited feedback from the Athletes’ Commission. The current system, which […]

The Badminton World Federation () announced today that it is again considering changes to its system and it has solicited feedback from the Athletes’ Commission.

The current system, which had a trial run in December 2005 before being permanently adopted in March of 2006, involves three games to 21 points each, with a two-point winning margin required until a final deciding point that would break a 29-all tie.  This system was the first in badminton that did not restrict point scoring to the serving player or pair but there had previously been other point systems that got their trial runs in BWF-sanctioned events and were not permanently adopted.

“Badminton is a great sport and, as with everything else, it’s continually evolving. There have been various developments re. scoring which, as an international federation, we think the time is right to discuss with our members,” BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund was quoted in a BWF press release as saying.

Speaking at a meeting taking place on the sidelines of the Li-Ning BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals, Lund continued: “This session will introduce ideas around scoring and different scoring possibilities. It is designed to start a dialogue and consultation with our members on what we have now as a system and how this could be improved so generations to come continue enjoying badminton at its best.”

We would like your feedback on the three proposals for changing the scoring system, a move that has already spawned its detractors, with even a Facebook page founded today that opposes a system change.  Please cast your vote in our Badzine and feel free to explain your choice, using the comment section below.

What scoring system would be the best for badminton?

  • The current system: three games of 21-points (two points clear setting; decisive point at 29-all) (78%, 1,218 Votes)
  • Three games of 15 points (setting at 19) (8%, 126 Votes)
  • Two games of 21-points, 11-point deciding game, (two points clear setting; decisive point at 14-all) (8%, 122 Votes)
  • Five games of 9 points (two points clear setting; decisive point at 12-all) (7%, 105 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,571

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Don Hearn

About Don Hearn

Don Hearn is an Editor and Correspondent who hails from a badminton-loving town in rural Canada. He joined the Badzine team in 2006 to provide coverage of the Korean badminton scene and is committed to helping Badzine to promote badminton to the place it deserves as a global sport. Contact him at: don @ badzine.net