Requirements and Game Setup For Tchoukball
How to Play the Tchoukball Game? You will need two official tchoukball rebound surfaces and a tchoukball ball to play the game. It is played on a large court, measuring 20 x 40 meters or 66 ft x 132 ft, between two teams of nine players each or on a small court, which measures approximately 16 x 27 meters, between two teams of six or seven players each. The rebound surfaces that can be used by both teams are kept at each end of the arena, and each one is within a semi-circle line of a three-meter radius, which determines the forbidden zone.
The team that has the ball has maximum three passes before being forced to shoot the ball at the rebound surface on either end of the court. Members of the other team need to place themselves keeping in mind where they suspect the ball to land so that they can get hold of it before it reaches the floor. Meantime, members of the team that shot the ball look to place themselves to recover the ball when it rebounds from the rebound surface and before it can touch the floor.
During a tchoukball game, the players of each team are not allowed to interfere with players of the other team. They may not interfere with the movements of the person carrying the ball or his teammates, intercept passes or stop a defender from positioning himself to catch the ball after the rebound.
Scoring and Penalties in Tchoukball
A player scores a point for his team if he bounces the ball off the rebound surface in such a way that it cannot be caught by a player of the opponent team before it touches the floor. The other team gets the point if the player misses the rebound surface while shooting the ball, makes the ball bounce out-of-bounds, sends the ball into the forbidden zone, or shoots the ball and it bounces back and touches the player.
Tchoukball rules and regulations
A player commits a penalty if he moves while juggling the ball in the air or dribbling it on the floor, takes more than three steps on the floor with the ball, plays using parts of the body below the knees, makes a fourth pass to his teammates, or drops the ball after it is passed to the player. A penalty is also committed when a player makes contact with the floor in the forbidden zone while holding the ball, catches a pass from the team intentionally or unintentionally, stops the opponent from freely passing the ball once they have it, or blocks them from moving.
After a penalty, the ball is passed to the other team, and the game continues from the same spot where the penalty was committed.
A pass has to be made before shooting the ball at the rebound surface. If the ball gets to one of the edges of the rebound surface and if the path of the ball is altered, then the team cannot receive a point, which is also considered as a penalty and again, the game continues from the same spot where the ball hits the floor. The ball is then given to the team that was defending at the time of the penalty.
In a bipolar game where there are two rebound surfaces, it is illegal to shoot the ball after three consecutive times at the same rebound surface. A player needs to throw the ball in-bounds from behind the baseline, and that is next to the rebound surface. This throw is not counted as one of the team’s three passes.