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Badminton can be traced back to ancient Egyptian and Greek games. The modern version resembles a game British Army officers encountered in India in the 19th century. Volleyball was developed by William G. Morgan of the Young Men's Christian Association in 1895, as an alternative to basketball with less contact. Over the years, the sports developed specific standards with volleyball employing different court sizes for indoor and beach play, and badminton using different court sizes for singles and doubles play.
USA Volleyball uses a standard court size for all indoor games from recreational to competitive levels. Indoor volleyball courts measure 59 feet long by 29 feet 6 inches wide. A net that measures 7 feet 11 5/8 inches high for men's competitions and 7 feet 4 1/8 inches high for women's competitions separates the court down the middle. A line located 10 feet back from the net on each side marks the attack line, which separates the front and back court.
Beach volleyball courts are smaller than indoor courts. All games sanctioned by USA Volleyball -- from recreational to professional -- use the same court size, 52 feet 6 inches long by 26 feet 3 inches wide. The net measures 7 feet 11 5/8 inches high for men and 7 feet 4 1/8 inches for women. Beach volleyball does not use the concept of a front and back court.
In singles badminton the court measures 44 feet long and 17 feet wide. A line marks the service court -- the area from which a player serves -- at 6 feet 6 inches from the net. The net measures 5 feet 1 inch at either end and runs from the doubles sidelines during singles play.
For doubles play the width of the badminton court extends to 20 feet. The length of the court remains the same, however, at 44 feet. The service court moves back to 2 feet 6 inches from the rear line. The net stays at the same height for doubles play and remains in the same position.