Gear - Within reason, a girl can play badminton in any type of clothing. The key factors involve the level of workouts being done and hygiene. It is suggested that each athlete have clean shorts, socks, and tops for each day they practice. Badminton is a quick game where clothing could get cumbersome. Plan on not wearing long or heavy shorts or tops. Players generally find that light tops and spandex or light material shorts are best for this game, very much like a volleyball player's practice gear. Playing in long pants or warm ups can sometimes lead to overheating issues.
Shoes- While learning the game most athletes will be able to use any type of shoe to play the game, but as ability increases so do the need for good footwear. The key here is “court shoes” which have gum soles and fit snugly. These probably should be volleyball shoes as specialized badminton shoes are costly and hard to find outside the Internet. Playing in running shoes is strongly discouraged as soft sole shoes can lead to “rolling the ankle” injuries.
The Game Bag - A needed piece of equipment for travel and security of the racket, this should be considered as a needed part of your proper preparation for play.
Racket - Don't be fooled by the size and weight of the badminton racket, it makes all the difference. As the primary piece in a player's bag, you must be evaluated before buying. To this end, consider going to Coach Lehman for suggestions. He will be able to give you a few options for a sound racket. The racket is optional as the school provides them, but badminton is a lifetime sport and several tournaments can be played outside the season if the player has their own racket.