The first rallies in Crossminton have been played with regular Badminton an Squash rackets. Badminton rackets have been to fragile for the power of the game, Squash racket on the other hand have been to long and not agile and fast enough to handle the speed of our Speeders (birdies). Therefore our sport needed special shaped rackets. Crossminton rackets have a similar length than racketball racket, but shall not exceed 61cm. The head of our rackets can have different shapes, most looking close to rather Tennis or Squash frames and shall not exceed a head size of 650cm2.
The most popular rackets are between 125 and 145grams in weight and built with a mix of graphite, carbon and kevlar.
A shuttle in crossminton is usually called a speeder®, named after the officially ICO approved match shuttle, the yellow Speedminton® Match Speeder®, which is used for all but junior U12 matches. In U12 matches, the red Speedminton® Fun Speeder® must be used.
A crossminton shuttle generally needs to be within the following specs:
- weighs 6-10 grams for U12 and 8-10 grams for all other categories.
- minimum height of 57 mm and a maximum height of 63 mm.
- diameter of the conic (cylindric) basket between 47 and 53 mm.
- the top cap is semi-spherical, consists of thermo-plastics and has a diameter of 25-27 mm.
Crossminton is played on a court consisting of two squares of 5.5 x 5.5 meters each, which are set up in a distance of 12.8 m (4 x 4 metres and 9 m distance for smaller courts). There is NO NET in crossminton! The game idea is to hit the shuttle over the 12,80m gap into the other square.
Crossminton singles and doubles are both played in the same court dimension. The width of the line when using the court lines has to be at least 2 cm and may not exceed 6cm. The width of the lines has to be consistent. Each court has a service mark 3 meters behind the front line.
Crossminton courts can be setup on almost any surface and are easy to carry so the game can be played competitive in many places.