today, i found myself awake at 06:00.
did so much maths this morning D: i’ve used up about 11 loose-leafs and i’m still only three-quarters of the way through… that mrs briggs…
i went to badminton at 15:02 8D at the north ryde “russell” club, as mum likes to call it [for those that can’t tell, she meant to say “RSL”]
badminton, despite what i had previously believed, is a very, VERY aggressive sport.
it also turns out to be very bad for previously-operated-on knees.
to emphasise my former point: the girls play like boys, the boys play like men, and the men play like monsters.
the women tend to be craftier, and sorer when they miss.
the rules are pretty whacky; this is what i learned so far:
1. play until 21. if the score is 20-20, play until 22, and so forth.
2. to start the game, someone says “kai shi/begin” and hits the shuttlecock randomly so that the head points to the starting team. if that hasn’t happened yet, you’re in practice mode. so pay attention.
3. the score is vital to determining to serves and from where. if your team [doubles] is on an even score, the player in the right half serves. to serve, stand as close to the net so that the moment of service is within the boundary line before the net, then proceed to hit upwards. the first serve must land in the vertically opposite portion of the opponents’ court – the boundaries are the entire width, the cropped length [minus the end and the bit closest to the net]. so pay attention.
4. during the game [after the serve], all of the court is in.
5. a loss is when the receiving team misses and it lands in their court, when they fail to hit the shuttlecock over the net, the shuttlecock fails to land in the court. also, a loss is when the serving team fails to serve correctly. when a loss occurs, possession changes and the score determines who serves and from where. so pay attention.
6. do not talk or ask questions when serving. pay attention.
7. when the serving team wins consecutive rounds, the person serving remains the same, but the two players on that side switch halves every consecutive serve. if you weren’t paying attention, follow the more-experienced player. if that’s you, look like you know what you’re doing even if you don’t.
8. hit as hard and far as you can. reflexes are very HANDY.
9. “hao qiu/good ball” is often said after a good serve/return.
10. bring a change of clothes if a shower is available. and a towel. and heaps of water.
yeah i just thought 10 would look better than 9. but you sweat A LOT. so do NOT wear jeans. [i didn’t wear jeans. i’m just saying.]
more maths to do…