Last updated on May 23rd, 2023 at 04:07 am
What Is Air Badminton? How Does The New AirShuttle Work ?
What is Air Badminton or AirBadminton? Well put simply its outdoor badminton. It uses existing badminton rackets with a newly designed shuttlecock. This new outdoor shuttlecock has been developed to provide more stability and wind resistance. It also boasts increased durability. The end result is a vastly improved experience when playing badminton outdoors.
Developed by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) in collaboration with partners, this innovative variant of the beloved sport combines the excitement of the traditional sport with the adaptability to play on various surfaces. In this article, we explore the game-changing aspects of Air Badminton and delve into the reasons why it is capturing the attention of players and enthusiasts worldwide.
The project has taken some five years to reach a point where everyone involved was happy with the new shuttle. Dubbed the AirShuttle it took over 30 prototypes before the final design was chosen. The AirShuttle delivers a consistent and satisfying game experience.
The Aim of Air Badminton
The ultimate aim of Air Badminton is to open up the sport to people of all ages and ability. This will be achieved by enabling badminton to be played on a variety of surfaces. If could be on hard, grass and sand surfaces in parks. It’s also perfect for gardens, streets, playgrounds and even beaches.
The thinking is clear by making the sport accessible to all; participation in the sport could skyrocket.
That could lead to more players making badminton their careers. Furthermore the sport could receive a boost in media attention and sponsorship.
BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer said “This is a momentous occasion for badminton. Strategically, Air Badminton will allow us to fulfil our overall objective of putting a badminton racket in the hands of as many people as possible,”
“Given that most people’s first experience with badminton comes in an outdoor environment, we are now making it easier for everyone to access the sport through a new outdoor game and new shuttlecock, the AirShuttle.”
The BWF are also keen to stress the health and social benefits from playing either the indoor or outdoor form of the sport.
To promote the sport globally, the BWF has been working closely with national associations, organizing events, workshops and demonstrations. These initiatives aim to educate people about the game, encourage participation and establish AirBadminton as a recognized discipline in the world of sports.
Can I Play AirBadminton Right Now?
The BWF has worked with several of the sports leading manufacturers to bring the V2 shuttle to the mass market. It’s widely available around the world from all good sports shops.
The original shuttle had a few issues when it was first mass produced so version 2.0 was brought into being to solve them. Now the new AirShuttle is readily available there has been a big marketing push to encourage people to get outdoors and give it a try.
There are regular tournaments organised around the world you can follow and for those just wanting to play, whether at home, at the beach or wherever you can find a space you can easily grab the new AirShuttle from Amazon.
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The AirShuttle V2 or 2.0 further improves on the original design with increased resistance to wind along with a more durable shuttle made out of extra strong nylon.
The bright neon colors increase the visibility of the shuttle during flight making the sport much more enjoyable.
You can keep up to date with all the latest developments with this new sport on our website. Expect further enhancements to the the sport and AirShuttle in the future.
How To Play Air Badminton
So just how do you play Air badminton? The first thing you will need to do is setup the court. This consists of a net and a set of boundary lines.
Take a look at the video below to see just how easy it is to get started.
Choose a Format
AirBadminton can be played in the following formats:
- Singles: 1 vs. 1
- Doubles: 2 vs. 2
- Triple: 3 vs. 3
Rules of AirBadminton
You can make up your own scoring system but there are some official rules laid down. First off you may notice the dimensions of the Air badminton court have been altered. This change was made to to encourage longer rallies.
- Rallies commence with a service from anywhere behind the 3m marker.
- The AirShuttle must be struck in an upwards direction with both feet stationary behind the 3m marker.
- The server may direct the AirShuttle anywhere into the opposition’s playing area beyond the 2m line.
- Singles and doubles follow the same style of play as badminton, taking into consideration the court dimensions and service regulations.
- In triples, the same service regulations apply, but any one player cannot return the AirShuttle on two consecutive occasions.
Which Surfaces Are Perfect For AirBadminton?
The sport has been created to be played on a variety of even safe surfaces. Those include hard, grass and sand surfaces.
It is recommended that courts are set up laterally to the prevailing wind direction to allow for the best wind resistance.
If playing on sand, the height of the net from the surface of the court is lower at 1.45m at the centre and 1.5m over the side lines for doubles and triples.
Don’t forget you can still play on existing outdoor badminton courts.
- You are free to set your own scoring system. However the BWF recommend a scoring system that is the best of five games to nine points.
- If the score is tied at 8-all, the side which gains a two-point lead first will win the game.
- If the score becomes 11-all, the side scoring the 12th point shall win the game. The winning side will serve first in the next game.
- Players shall change ends at the end each game and in a deciding fifth game when a side first scores five points.
- Intervals should not exceed 120 seconds between games; and not exceeding 60 seconds in the fifth game when players change ends at five points.
Air Badminton is revolutionizing the way badminton is played outdoors. With its adaptability, exciting gameplay and numerous benefits, it has emerged as a game-changer in the realm of outdoor recreation.
As more people discover the thrill of AirBadminton, its global appeal continues to grow, attracting players of all ages and skill levels. So, grab your rackets, find an outdoor court and experience the exhilaration of this innovative sport that blends tradition with the joy of playing amidst nature.
Now know how to play this new and exciting sport the question is will you? It would appear that this new sport may very well have solved the outdoor problem of the wind that has plagued most of us whilst trying to enjoy a game of badminton in the garden or at the park or beach. With the wind issue mainly mitigated through the new AirShuttle many more people can enjoy this great sport.
Hopefully this innovation will really see the sport take off (pardon the pun) and reach new levels of participation.
Let Us Know What You Think
Have you given this new sport a go yet? If so on which surface did you play and was it a good experience?