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Coaching Badminton Quiz

Coaching Special Olympics athletes is rewarding and makes use of the experience and knowledge coaches already have. In all sports, there are special rules and adaptions that make participation fairer, safer and more competitive for athletes of all abilities. The quiz below highlights aspects of Special Olympics Badminton that coaches and officials should know about. Test your knowledge!

1) During all Special Olympics badminton competitions, __________________ rules shall be employed, except when they are in conflict with the Official Special Olympics Sports Rules for Badminton or Article


  • United States Badminton Organization (USBO)
  • Badminton Europe (BE)
  • International Badminton Union (IBU)
  • Badminton World Federation (BWF)
2) Which of the following events is NOT offered during official Special Olympics competitions?

  • Individual skills competition
  • Singles
  • Doubles
  • Unified Sports ® four on a side recreational competition
  • Unified Sports ® doubles
  • Unified Sports ® mixed doubles
3) Which of the following modification is NOT allowed for Special Olympics wheelchair athletes?

  • Special Olympics wheelchair athletes have the option of serving an overhead serve from either the right or left serving area
  • Coaches may serve for Special Olympics wheelchair athletes
  • The serving area is shortened to half the distance for Special Olympics wheelchair athletes
4) It is important to teach beginners __________________, which is the basic grip for both the forehand and backhand.

  • The frying pan grip
  • The hand shake grip
  • The baseball bat grip
  • The high five grip
5) Giving athletes opportunities to hold a shuttle on a racket and toss the shuttle to themselves _______________________. 

  • Helps coaches determine how strong athletes’ hits can be
  • Is great hand-eye coordination practice and allows coaches to check grips
  • Teaches athletes how to break in new rackets
6) True or false: The overhand stroke is vital to the game of badminton since all rallies begin with this motion. 

  • True
  • False
7) Which of the following is NOT a component of the ready position? 

  • Legs slightly bent
  • Trunk flexed forward
  • Racket held below the waist
  • Racket held above the waist
8) During an underhand net rally, beginners have a tendency to _________________________. 

  • Hit the shuttle into the net
  • Hit the shuttle excessively high over the net and deeper into the court than needed
  • Hit the shuttle perfectly to their target
9) Because this hit can keep an opponent deep in the backcourt, the _____________ is an important skill for athletes to learn. 

  • Forehand overhead clear
  • Forehand overhead drop
  • Forehand overhead smash
  • Backhand overhead clear
  • None of the above
10) True of false: During official Special Olympics badminton competitions, the receiver may take two steps before the server hits the shuttle. 

  • True
  • False
11) Which of the following major faults apply during official Special Olympics badminton competitions? 

  • Shuttle lands outside the court boundaries
  • Player, racket, or clothing touches the net while the shuttle is still in play
  • Shuttle is hit with two strokes on one side of the net
  • Receiver’s partner hits the serve
  • Server swings and misses
  • None of the above
  • All of the above
12) True of false: If a shuttle goes over the net, catches in the opposite side and does not fall to the floor, a replay is allowed. 

  • True
  • False
13) True of false: If a shuttle from another court lands on or near the playing area, a replay is allowed. 

  • True
  • False
14) During official Special Olympics women’s singles badminton competitions, the first athlete to score _____ points wins. 

  • 17
  • 15
  • 13
  • 11
15)  During official Special Olympics Unified Sports ® badminton competitions, division assignment is based on _______________________.

  • The average ability of all players
  • The highest-ability players on a roster
  • The lowest-ability players on a roster
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