Crossminton is a fast-paced sport; this combination of badminton, squash and tennis is the creation of German inventor Bill Brandes. Brandes initially called the game shuttleball, but in 2001, the game was renamed speedminton. From 1 January 2016 the name of the racket sport has been changed from Speed Badminton to Crossminton. Unlike badminton, the Crossminton court doesn't have a net dividing it and requires a heavier shuttlecock, called a speeder. The game can be played by two or four players and can easily be set up in your backyard, on your driveway or at the beach. Currently, there are tournaments all over the world which are organized in a growing number of clubs. In some countries, associations are already established, for example the German Crossminton Association (DCV) and the Swiss Speed Badminton (SSB). On August 25, 2011 the International Crossminton Organization (ICO) was founded under the name International Speed Badminton Organisation (ISBO) in Berlin.
Equipment: Both of the players need a racket. The rackets are similar to the ones used in squash but are specially produced for Crossminton. They are 58–60 cm long, and the material and the strings are different. The ball is called speeder and is heavier than a conventional badminton shuttlecock, meaning it can be used up to wind force 4.
Rules: A crossminton court consists to two, 18-foot square boxes, 42 feet apart. The lines can be anchored into the ground for outdoor play. If you play indoors, the lines can be taped to the floor at the corners to keep them in place. The aim of the game is to reach the square of the opposite player with the speeder. If the speeder falls outside the opposite square, the other side gains a point. Both players are allowed to step out of, or any where inside their square during play. The game ends when one player has at least 16 points and has at least 2 points advantage over their opponent. Every time a set/round finishes, the players switch sides.
- Set: A set is played until 16 points. At a score of 15:15 there is overtime where two points head start are needed to win the set. A game usually lasts three winning sets. At tournaments, it is possible to play only two winning sets until the half finals.
- Service: The right to serve first is drawn by throwing a coin or a speeder. Every player has three serves. Every rally scores. At a score of 15:15 the serve switches after every point. The serve must be done out of the designated zone which is 3 m behind the front offensive line. This line must not be crossed and the serve is played bottom-up. The first serve of the next set is done by the loser of the previous set.
- Points: Every rally scores if there is no necessity to repeat it. Points can be gained if:
- the serve is not correct
- the speeder touches the floor or the roof
- the speeder lands in the opposite court and cannot be returned
- the speeder lands outside the court (the lines count as being within the court)
- the speeder is touched two times immediately after each other
- the speeder touches the body
First World Championships: The first Crossminton (former Speed Badminton) World Championships took place on 26 and 27 August 2011. It was officially named ‘ISBO Azimut Hotels Speedminton® World Championships’.
Speed Badminton Association of India is the governing body in India responsible for organizing Crossminton games and its promotion in India.