Speedminton® and Crossminton, the brand and the game.
Speedminton® came up with the game of Crossminton, and is still the market leader for Crossminton equipment.
Crossminton (formerly Speed Badminton) combines the best of Tennis, Squash and Badminton into a game that you can play anywhere, anytime!
In 2001, in Berlin's Kreuzberg district, the first players gathered and were excited by a faster and more outdoor-friendly badminton-type game. Those players went on to form a small company, Speedminton GmbH, which managed to transfer the idea to an entirely new sport - Crossminton - and to develop a range of high-quality products for the sport within the space of five years. Speedminton® began marketing their first game sets in 2005 and have continued to grow since.
More than 2.5 Million recreational players, most of them in Europe. But also in the U.S., Japan, Australia, and even Mauritius you can play Crossminton.
By partnering with the International Crossminton Organization (ICO) and top ranked athletes, this gave Speedminton® an opportunity to improve the quality of their equipment. With a market share of 80%, Speedminton® is the worldwide market leader in Crossminton equipment. In support of the sport’s development, Speedminton® donates to various Crossminton organizations throughout the world.
Crossminton is a racket sport like Tennis and Badminton – two (or four) opponents facing each other, each defending their “side” or “scoring area” while trying to score on their opponents.
But unlike Tennis and Badminton – Crosminton does not have a net in between the scoring areas; the scoring areas are separated by space (the distance between the scoring areas is 42 feet (12.8 m) for U18 to adult play and 29 ft (9 m) for juniors U12 and under). The scoring areas are 18 ft x 18 ft (5.5 m x 5.5 m) squares. For perspective, a full adult court is the same length but only half the width of a tennis court – without the net.
Rather than a tennis ball or a shuttlecock (or birdie), a “Speeder®” is used in Crossminton. A Speeder® is shaped like a shuttlecock but is half the height and double the weight with a high density rubber end. It is less affected by the wind and the average player can hit it from baseline of one square to the baseline of the other square (78 ft – the same length as a tennis court).
The rackets are unique as well – Crossminton rackets are shaped somewhat like a squash racquet but shorter. The tempo of the game can be quite fast and it is easier to get a shorter racket into position to hit a ‘speeding’ Speeder®!
To get more information about the sport of Crossminton, including tournaments and where in the world it is played, check out the following links:
International Crossminton Organization
US Crossminton Organisation: