Badminton is a racket sport which is either played by two opposing players (singles) or two opposing pairs (doubles). The opposing players take a position on either side of a net which divides a rectangular court into two matching sections. A player scores points by striking the shuttlecock wit their racket so it passes over the top of the net and lands in their opponents half court. Their opponent must attempt to return the shuttle back over the net before it lands. Each side may only strike the shuttle once in an attempt to pass the ball back to their opponents court.