Crossminton (also called Speed Badminton or Speedminton) is a racket sport, an outdoor version of badminton, predominantly played individually between two players. The sport has its origin from badminton, with modifications to make it suitable for playing in outdoor conditions. The sport was invented in 2001 in Berlin by Bill Brandes. In 2016 the sport's name was officially changed from Speed Badminton to Crossminton.
A crossminton court consists of two squares of 5.50 m (18 ft) length, fixed opposite to each other at a distance of 12.8 m (42 ft). There is no net in between the two squares. The only equipment required are the racket and a speeder. The rackets are similar to the ones used in squash. The ball used is called a speeder and is heavier than a conventional badminton shuttlecock, so it can be used in the wind.
The objective of the sport is to hit the speeder to the opponent and keep it within the opponent's square region. A play starts with a serve, followed by a series of shot exchanges which continue until a player scores a point. Points are awarded to a player if the opponent hits the speeder outside a player's square or if the opponent is unable to return the speeder back.
Crossminton matches are played in best of five sets format. Each set is played till one player reaches 16 points with at least a two point margin. If a player reaches 16 without a two point margin, the set continues until one player is ahead by two points. The player to first win three sets is declared the winner of the match.
Currently the International Crossminton Organization conducts several major international Crossminton tournaments, with participants from various countries around the world.
- Badminton — an indoor game with rackets in which a shuttlecock is hit back and forth across a high net.
- Ball Badminton — outdoor team sport played using a yellow ball made of wool. Popular in India.
- Air Badminton — an outdoor version of badminton using a heavier shuttle that flies better in the wind.
- Para Badminton — versions of badminton for disabled athletes, either standing, in a wheelchair, or played while sitting.
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