Grab a Game
Daniel Gossen and Dasen Jardas play a game of open-air crossminton
Hailing from the mountains of Germany, Daniel Gossen very quickly swapped ski poles for crossminton rackets. Crossminton is a version of badminton, formerly known as speedminton©, that is played outdoors. After a few rallies in the streets with his accomplice, Dasen Jardas, he tells us about his passion for the up-and-coming sport.
It’s a very new sport, and there’s not yet a stereotypical crossminton player. Tennis, badminton, or squash players that take it up have distinctive styles formed in their original sports. And this variety of styles is also what makes the game so fascinating.
A Game For The Masses
The game is easy to get into. No need to have played badminton or tennis for years to start playing. In those sports, you need to learn the proper technique before you can hit the ball properly. Not in crossminton. That’s why it’s so popular with kids, and the speeder doesn’t always end up in the net when your stroke isn’t dead on. It’s really rewarding.
All The World’s a Court
The other exciting thing about crossminton is that it can be played whenever you want, wherever you want. In the street, in a park, at the beach, even in the snow: the possibilities are endless. You just need to mark the squares to start the game. All you need to play is a speeder and two special rackets. This is the sport’s major advantage, and the reason why it is gaining ever more fans.
Good game, Good game
Crossminton’s intensity makes it a spectacular game. It’s a pleasure to watch. Some of the movements inspired by tennis and badminton are particularly elegant, while the acrobatic dives are reminiscent of volleyball played with rackets.
Low Flying Objects
The fun in crossminton comes from two things. First, the game’s speed. The shots are sometimes so fast that you have to protect your body and just use your racket as a shield. Then there’s the variety of shots. Sometimes you end up returning or striking shots just 10cm off the ground!
Rules of Engagement
Crossminton is more than just a type of badminton. There’s no net and the shuttlecock, called the speeder, is much heavier. And the court is a lot bigger. The two squares that the players defend are 13m apart. The aim is to force your opponent to commit a foul or score a direct point when the speeder touches the ground within their square. It’s fun and easy to play!
Crossminton requires great agility, because the range is so short. You need to be on the ball. At higher levels of competition, this is what makes all the difference.
Singles Or Doubles
The rules change for doubles matches. The attacking player plays in front. The defender is behind and is not allowed to strike the speeder in front of the attacker. This means that pairs needs to understand each other and be in perfect sync. It’s even harder work.
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