Perfect for: People who take backyard games a little too seriously
You know the type. The guy that grunts with every swing like he's playing at Wimbledon and celebrates every point like he's just secured his second Grand Slam title. Badminton, while being an Olympic sport for over 10 years, is still an accessible game that is played in backyards all over the world. The game is traditionally British, but is now populated heavily by those who don't have the patience to practice tennis. Either way, it's best to think of this as a median between tennis and ping-pong (and to take it that seriously as well).
How to play: The object of the game is simple, hit the shuttlecock (the netted thing with a plastic tip) back and forth and prevent it from hitting the ground within your side of the court. Serves are taken diagonally, and the team that scores the point serves again. Games are typically played to 21 points, but a team can only win by a margin of two points or greater. For more information on how to play, click here.