Speedminton is the new beach badminton game that is taking the outdoor gamers by storm!
This is the new badminton alternative because of the better Speeder (Birdie) design. The Speeders are smaller and heavier then badminton shuttlecocks, so they fly better even on a windy day. Speedminton was created for outdoor fun and even glows in the dark.
How to Play Speedminton
The rules and basics are very simple, similar to badminton rules. Each player stands in approximately an 18 foot square and has to defend it. The players hit it back and forth and if the Speeder lands in the other players square you get a point. If it drops outside the zone or lands in the middle then it’s the other players point.
The official tournament play is to use a court that is 42 Feet by 18 Feet. You can just mark off an area on the beach, park, or backyard and get a game going. If you have cones great! Alternatively, on a beach you can just do your best to mark an area in the sand.
The playing zone (that is the 18 feet on your competitor’s side) is the spot you try to land in to get your points. Instead of hitting it over a net you play between 2 squares with a distance between (lets call it no mans land) acting as the net. This is playing field (shown above) is the approximately ¼ of the entire area.
To start the game players will draw and decide to see who serves first. Each player gets 3 serves each before alternating to the other player. All serves must be from servers’ box. Remember that unlike tennis every serve counts and there are faults (or mulligans). To keep it fair with disadvantages from external foces, like wind or sun, players change sides after each game.
How to Score in Speedminton
Points are awarded when:
– Not landing the Speeder in your opponents square
– If the Speeder touches the ground at any time.
– If the Speeder comes in contact with a players body
– Not returning a shot that lands in your playing field
– Hitting the Speeder out of Bounds.
– If it is hit twice by same player or team.
Also just for the record if the speeder is hit out of bounds and the player tries to return it then it counts as accepted and play continues.
The speeders are similar to the birdies but heavier and different design as described above. With the Speedminton set they normally come with 3 speeders. One for fun, one for official games, and one that can light up at night. As fair warning the official game birdies fly much faster and can go up to 190 mph and goes much further.
Rules for Doubles Speedminton Play
The rules for playing doubles is very similar to doubles game in tennis when serving with the same rules as singles Speedminton. The server has three serves in a row just like a singles game. The first service is always made from the right-hand field to the left. All serves must serve diagonal to the opposite field opponent as shown in the image below. After each serve the serving team swaps fields with their team partner and serves diagonal to the different player on the opposing team. Once the serve is returned players are free to move anywhere on their team’s field to play the speeder. Once all 4 players have had their 3 serves it returns to the first server.
How to play Speedminton at Night
The racquets are smaller so kids can use them and is being played in schools. It may seem a little more on the pricey side but when you think about what the cost of an even average tennis racquet costs its more comparable. It has definitely earned a spot in our cars trunk and treasured backyard game shelf!
Game title: Speedminton
Game description: An upgrade to my favorite game of Badminton, Speedminton is a faster and more exciting version and you can achieve speeds up to 100 km/hour
- Fun Level
- Ease to Learn
- Playing in Groups
- Athletics Required