Logo of ICO
|Founded||25 August 2011|
|Type||Federation of national associations|
|Legal status||Governing body of crossminton|
|26 national associations|
Board of Executives
Lidia Bomirska |
Daniel Robles Rodríguez
Crossminton is a racket game which is often associated with the brand Speedminton because of their historical relation. From 1 January 2016 the name of the racket sport has been changed from Speed Badminton to Crossminton. The sport combines elements from different sports like badminton, squash and tennis. Today, Crossminton is played all around the world. There is no net in between and no prescribed playground, so it can be executed on tennis courts, streets, beaches, fields or gyms. The court consists of two squares of 5.50 m (18 ft) length. They are fixed opposite to each other at a distance of 12.8 m (42 ft). Currently, there are tournaments all over the world which are organized in a growing number of clubs. On August 25, 2011 the International Crossminton Organization (ICO) was founded under the name International Speed Badminton Organisation (ISBO) in Berlin. In 2018 the ICO has already 26 members - national federations from Europe, America, Asia and Africa.
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.
|Fun Speeder||13–18 m||260 km/h|
|Match Speeder||17–25 m||290 km/h|
The special shuttlecock and the idea of the game were invented in 2001 in Berlin by Bill Brandes. The game was refined to the final game of crossminton by the Speedminton company. The inventor first named his new sport "shuttleball", but soon the game was renamed "speed badminton". Starting from January 2016 the name was changed again, to crossminton. Originally, the idea of the inventor was to create an outdoor variant of badminton, so he changed the ball to be smaller and heavier (today called speeder). The analogy of badminton now exists only in a technical way: there is no net and the game tempo is faster. In 2003, there were already 6,000 active players in Germany. The sport is growing steadily and there are numerous international tournaments across Europe.
The field consists of two squares measuring 5.5 meters (18 ft) on each side. The distance between the squares is 12.8 meters (42 ft). Crossminton can be played on half of a tennis court which can easily be modified with elastic lines. Match Speeders are used for normal games. Children and adolescents (U12) play with fun speeders on a smaller court (4x4 m) over a smaller distance (9 meters).
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.
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.
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.
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
If a player returns a speeder from outside the court, it is considered to still be in play.
Change of ends
After every set, there is a change of ends to guarantee equal opportunities concerning wind and lighting conditions. If a fifth game (tiebreak) becomes necessary, players change sides after every 6 points.
- Doubles : The doubles match is played on a single court.
At the double division, both players are standing in the same court. The coin or speeder decides the side who serves first. The serving player stands at the backline, and his partner stands in front. The serves rotate between the four players. The first serve in the following set goes to the loser of the previous one.
Crossminton can be played outside and inside, the court can be painted or pegged off. There is even the possibility to use a portable court. Crossminton played in the dark is called Blackminton. With black lights, fluorescent paints, rackets and special speeders (night speeders) with glow sticks (speedlights) it is possible to play even at night.
World & European 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’. Over 380 participants from 29 countries played in Berlin, in 10 categories. Players from Canada, the US and Australia also attended. Per Hjalmarson from Sweden won the men’s title, Janet Köhler from Germany won the women’s title and Rene Lewicki & Daniel Gossen from Germany won the doubles title in the final games. Since then the World and European Championships alternate every year.
|Year||Tournament||City||Open Division||Female Open||Open Doubles||Female Doubles||Mixed Doubles||U18 Male||U18 Female|
|2011||1. ISBO Azimut Hotels Speedminton® World Championships||Berlin||Per Hjalmarson||Daniel Gossen||Janet Köhler||Jasmina Keber||Daniel Gossen||Per Hjalmarson||not played||not played||Tomáš Pavlovský||Dasen Jardas||Alexandra Kacviňská||Lenka Levková|
|2012||3. ISBO European Championships||Poreč||Per Hjalmarson||Mattias Aronsson||Jasmina Keber||Ágnes Darnyik||Mattias Aronsson||Samo Lipušček||Krisztina Bognar||Helena Halas||Daniel Gossen||Tomáš Pavlovský||Tomáš Pavlovský||Jakub Kosicki||Zita Ruby||Alexandra Kacviňská|
|2013||2. ISBO Speedminton® World Championships||Berlin||Patrick Schüsseler||Melker Ekberg||Jasmina Keber||Marta Soltys||Mattias Aronsson||Ivo Junker||Krisztina Bognar||Barbora Syč-Kriváňová||Daniel Gossen||Tomáš Pavlovský||Bence Pálinkás||Tomáš Pavlovský||Alexandra Kacviňská||Tea Grofelnik|
|2014||4. ISBO European Championships||Warsaw||Per Hjalmarson||Mladen Stankovic||Jasmina Keber||Jennifer Greune||Tomasz Kaczmarek||Mattias Aronsson||Krisztina Bognar||Janina Karasek||Daniel Gossen||Matjaž Šusteršič||Bence Pálinkás||Jaša Jovan||Nikola Bariaková||Terezia Gibalová|
|2015||3. ISBO Speedminton® World Championships||Berlin||Per Hjalmarson||Myhailo Mandryk||Jasmina Keber||Janet Köhler||Mattias Aronsson||Patrick Schüsseler||Janina Karasek||Andrea Horn||Melker Ekberg||Matjaž Šusteršič||Nico Franke||Saudo Tejada Dámaso||Eliška Andrlová||Danaja Knez|
|2016||5. ICO European Championships||Gouesnou||David Zimmermanns||Sönke Kaatz||Danaja Knez||Rebecca Nielsen||Patrick Schüsseler||Mattias Aronsson||Andrea Horn||Alexandra Desfarges||Melker Ekberg||Tamás Dósza||Nico Franke||Szymon Andrzejewski||Lori Škerl||Rebeka Škerl|
|2017||4. ICO Speedminton® World Championships||Warsaw||Per Hjalmarson||Marcin Ociepa||Ágnes Darnyik||Janet Köhler||Robin Joop||Patrick Schüsseler||Krisztina Bognar||Anna Hubert||Melker Ekberg||Ján Ščavnický||Jaša Jovan||Nico Franke||Eliška Andrlová||Lori Škerl|
|2018||6. ICO Speedminton European Championships 2018||Skien||Petr Makrlík||Per Hjalmarson||Eliška Andrlová||Marta Urbanik||Petr Makrlík||Patrick Schüsseler||Andrea Horn||Sabina Schabek||Melker Ekberg||Nikola Kucina||Dávid Takács||Maciej Filipowicz||Anna Andrlová||Nika Miškulin|
|2019||5. ICO Speedminton® World Championships||Budapest||(future event)|
There are many international crossminton tournaments taking place all around the world under the supervision of the International Crossminton Organization. Every member country can host every year up to one 1000/500 points tournament and four 250 points tournaments. There are only five 1000 points tournaments every year, chosen by the ICO based on the applications sent by member federations. The series of 1000 and 500 points tournaments is called World Series.
By participating in international ICO tournaments the players receive ranking points based on their results. Ranking points are used to determine seeding for upcoming tournaments.
|Date||Tournament||City||Open Division||Female Open||Open Doubles|
|17.-18.3.2018||10. ICO Speedminton® Slovenian Open||Laško||Myhailo Mandryk||Melker Ekberg||Jasmina Keber||Lori Škerl||Melker Ekberg||Jaša Jovan|
|28.-29.4.2018||10. ICO Speedminton® Hungarian Open||Kiskunfélegyháza||Petr Makrlík||Per Hjalmarson||Jasmina Keber||Ágnes Darnyik||Per Hjalmarson||Grzegorz Chmielewski|
|5.-6.5.2018||11. ICO Speedminton® Croatian Open||Zagreb||Petr Makrlík||Jaša Jovan||Lori Škerl||Eliška Andrlová||Adam Kakula||Marcel Herrmann|
|19.-20.5.2018||9. ICO Speedminton® SLOVAK Open||Banská Bystrica||Petr Makrlík||Myhailo Mandryk||Lori Škerl||Barbora Syč-Kriváňová||Melker Ekberg||Adam Kakula|
|1.-2.6.2018||ICO Speedminton® Japan Open||Tokyo||David Zimmermanns||Olivér Vincze||Yuka Nishimura||Andrea Horn||Shinichi Nagata||Akihiko Nishimura|
|22.-23.6.2018||ICO Speedminton® Polish Open||Warsaw||Nico Franke||Petr Makrlík||Danaja Knez||Marta Urbanik||Melker Ekberg||Robin Joop|
|21.7.2018||2018 ICO Speedminton® Swedish Open||Gothenburg||Per Hjalmarson||Melker Ekberg||Rebecca Nielsen||Eliška Andrlová||Mattias Aronsson||Robin Joop|
|8.-9.9.2018||2018 ICO Speedminton® Serbian Open||Sombor||(future event)|
|29.-30.9.2018||8. ICO Speedminton® Czech Open 2018||Brno||(future event)|
|19.-21.10.2018||2018 ICO Speedminton® German Open||Fürstenfeldbruck||(future event)|
|9.-10.11.2018||2018 ICO Speedminton® Latvian Open||Riga||(future event)|
|17.-18.11.2018||2018 ICO Speedminton® Spanish Open||Las Palmas||(future event)|
* 1000 points tournaments are denoted in bold characters
Since 2013 the ICO organizes a national team competition called ICO Nations Cup. The concept is derived from tennis competitions like David Cup or Fed Cup, but in crossminton mixed teams consisting of both male and female players are competing. First, Regional tournaments are played in group- or elimination system and then the winners of Regional tournaments – Regional Champions – battle it out for the title of ICO Nations Cup Champion at the Final tournament.
A national team consists of at least three players – 2 male players (open category, but not as a rule) and 1 female player (women’s category, but not as a rule) – and not more than five players (3 players + 2 reserves that can step in for either singles or doubles matches). A clash between two national teams constists of 6 matches – 4 singles and 2 doubles matches.
|Year||Final Tournament Venue||Champion||Runner-up|
|2015||Eragny sur Oise||Slovenia||Germany|
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Speed badminton.|
- Crossminton - International Site about the new racket sport.
- Speedminton - Site of the producer Speedminton with videos, photos and all information about the new sport.
- ISBO / ICO– Site of the International Crossminton Organisation
- Speedminton Gekkos Berlin e.V. - Site of the first official Speed Badminton/Crossminton club in Berlin; with photos and advice. (in German)
- SbK Lipany - Speed Badminton Club Lipany. (in Slovak)
- Speed Badminton in Canada - Site of the first official Speed Badminton club in Canada.
- Speedminton Blackminton PORTUGAL - Portuguese site with photos, videos, events, online store and lots of information.
- German Speed Badminton Association / German Speed Badminton Association - The German Crossminton Association (in German)
- SC "Crossminton Bulgaria" - site of the first crossminton club in Bulgaria]
- Česká asociace crossmintonu - official site of the Czech Association of Crossminton. (in Czech)