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All About Tchoukball [ History, Rules, … ]

Tchoukball (pronounced chukebol) is a little-known sport that plays collectively as a team and promotes teamwork and peace between teams and not violence.

History of Tchoukball

The story of Tchoukball began around the year 1970, when a Swiss doctor who treated sportsmen named Dr. Hermann Brandt began to observe that most of the injuries that appeared to him of athletes was because the sports had movements that did bad to the human body and also in many cases there was violence among players due to contact,

It was at this time that he decided to create Tchoukball as a healthy alternative to other sports, promoting peace and the spirit of help among players, making this sport a lot of fun and recreational.

Despite this, there are teams of this sport and even a World Championship, both male and female, where those who always dominate the competition are the Chinese.


Tchoukball court

The measurements of a Tchoukball court can vary widely, and the most used measures are 27 meters long by 16 meters wide.


As we have said, these measurements may be different, especially in different variations such as in the Beach Tchoukball. This sport can be played in a pavilion, on a lawn, on the beach, …

At each end, a frame (a sort of inverted trampoline, see the image below) should be placed, this one has a slope of 55 degrees.

And in front of this frame, there must be an area composed of a semicircle with a radius of 3 meters (called a forbidden zone) that marks the limit where players can step on both attack and defense.


In competitions, the size and weight of the ball vary between genders and ages of the players, ranging from 54cm to 60cm in circumference and with a weight of 325 grams to 475 grams.


Tchoukball game

The game of Tchoukball aims to score more points than the opponent, making a pitch for the frame and after the ball hits it, fall to the ground without being caught by the opposing team.

Each team must have at most 12 players, and only 7 are in the field to play. The game consists of 3 parts of 15 minutes with intervals in between.

The distribution of the players usually is of 2 right wings and 2 left wings (these usually are the ones that try to finalize in each one of the pictures), two Pivot of the picture that are each one in front of a painting and the Central Pivot that distributes the game and is in the middle of the court.

The team that is attacking has the right to make 3 passes until it decides to try to finish and while this team is in the attack to make passes the other can not try to intercept or to be involved in some way in the move, being able to only position to receive the ball coming from the frame.


Basic Rules of Tchoukball

This game does not have many rules and most are simple, so let’s show you now some of the basic rules of Tchoukball.

The player/team that is trying to finish gives the team the point when:

  • He misses the frame at the time of the throw;
  • It causes the ball to fall out of play after completion;
  • He finishes and the ball in his return of the picture of remission, rebates on himself;
  • He ends up wrongly causing the ball to fall into the forbidden zone (area), before or after the throw.

And is considered fault following situations:

  • He moves by dribbling with the ball on the ground or in the air;
  • It effects more than 03 (three), passes with possession ball;
  • Plays with lower limbs, that is, below waist level;
  • Makes the fourth pass in favor of his team;
  • It comes into contact with the ground outside the boundaries of the playing field or the prohibited zone (area), in possession of the ball;
  • Drops the ball in the act of a pass or reception;
  • Voluntarily intercepts (or does not) a pass from the other team;
  • Picks up the ball after the completion of a teammate;
  • It obstructs the opponent’s movement or the free trajectory of the ball when it is over the opponent’s possession.

Fouls must be charged where they were made or where the player dropped the ball if this was the case.

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