Speed Badminton (Speedminton)

Speed Badminton, also known as Speedminton, is a variation of badminton played without a net. The game was invented by the German Bill Brandes, who wanted to create an outdoor version of badminton, and originally calling it shuttleball (it was renamed speed badminton or speedminton in 2001).

The traditional game of badminton is not suited to outdoor play as the shuttlecock is too light and gets blown around in the wind. In addition to the absence of a net, other differences of speedminton is a heavier shuttlecock and a faster tempo game.

The game is yet to take off around the world, though it has a good following in Germany.

The playing field consists of two squares measuring 5.5 m (18 ft) on each side, with the squares 12.8 m (42 ft) apart. The playing rackets are similar to those used in squash, and the shuttlecock is heavier than a conventional shuttlecock. The game can also be played at night with fluorescent equipment.

badminton shuttleThe aim of the game is to hit the shuttlecock into the opposition's square. If it lands outside the square, a point is awarded. The first player to 15 points (with a 2 point buffer) wins. Doubles games are played with two adjacent courts.

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