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What is tchoukball and how is it played?

There are many athletic sports in the world, and one of them is tchoukball. It is a Swiss game which combines the features of volleyball and squash. It is also the fastest sports played today. It was invented by Swiss biologist Dr. Hermann Brandt in the 1960s. It is a game which combines versatility, fair-play, tactics and intensity. According to Dr. Hermann Brandt, the purpose of the game is to reduce the risk of injuries and accidents.What is tchoukball

How to play tchoukball?

Just like any other game, two teams play against each other to score points. These two teams have seven players each.

 

The game has two ‘frames’ on both ends of the court. These frames are 1-meter square, of which the net is a 78cm square. The frames are inclined at 55 degrees. The court has a line which runs 3 meters and forms a semi-circle. This area is called the ‘forbidden zone.’ It is also known as the ‘D.’

World Tchoukball Championships Women’s Division 2015

World Tchoukball Championships Men’s Division 2015

Men, women, and teenagers all can play the game of tchoukball. The size of the court depends on the age of the players. The International Standard size of the court is 40m by 20m.

Unlike other games which only allow scoring at one end, tchoukball players can score at both ends. This is what makes this game exciting and interesting to watch. There are several strategies for the players to attack and defend both ends. When playing the game, the players follow various defensive and attack strategies.

In the past, there were nine players on each side, but this rule was changed in 2004. Today, in the game of tchoukball, each side has seven players on the field and there are three to five substitutes. The players are positioned at specific places on the field: the wing position, center frames and center-center positions. The shooters are closest to the frame.

To ball by ball score, the players have to throw the ball at each other until the shooter hits the ball on the frame to score a point. The ball must land outside the ‘D’ after hitting the frame or else it will be a foul.

One of the most interesting ideas about the game is that everything is in 3s. It is what makes the game even more exciting to watch.

  • Each player has three seconds with the ball.
  • Each player is allowed to take three steps with the ball in the hand.
  • The ball must be passed from one player to the other at least three times before scoring.

Another thing which makes tchoukball interesting is the no-contact rule. The players from one team are not allowed to touch their opponents at any cost. This is how tchoukball maintains its fair play. When the players do not collide with each other, there are no chances of any mishaps during the game. This was the original idea behind the game. It not only provides a chance of fair play but also makes the game safe.

World Tchoukball Championships Men’s Division 2015

Tchoukball is an indoor game that has seen a meteoric rise in its popularity in the recent years. Invented by Hermann Brandt, a Swiss biologist who was concerned with the increasing barbarism and violence in sports, tchoukball is a unique sport that has aspects of handball, volleyball, and squash. Although mixed gender games are not allowed in international championships, there have been many national level competitions that pit teams of men and women against their counterparts. Due to the uniqueness of the sport, many people are tuning into the World Tchoukball Championships that are held annually.Tchoukball Championships

Recently, the Republic of China held the World Tchoukball Championships for the year 2015. This competition had many sub-brackets such as the Men’s division, Women’s division, U18 Girls’ division, and U18 Boys’ division. Many countries participated in the event, hoping to win the illustrious title of World Champion. Even though the Republic of China has usually dominated at most tchoukball competitions held at an international level, they were given a run for their money in most of these brackets. The results for the World Tchoukball Championships (Men’s Division) for the year 2015 are mentioned below along with the group tables and points scored/conceded.

WTC 2015 Men: Group A

Rank Teams Played Won Drawn Lost Points scored Points conceded Points
1 ROC 7 7 0 0 483 235 21
2 SIN 7 6 0 1 389 270 19
3 MAC 7 5 0 2 370 283 17
4 GBR 7 4 0 3 318 281 15
5 PHI 7 3 0 4 310 327 13
6 BRA 7 2 0 5 278 375 11
7 KOR 7 1 0 6 230 399 9
8 BAN 7 0 0 7 194 402 7

WTC 2015 Men: Group B

Rank Teams Played Won Drawn Lost Points scored Points conceded Points
1 ITA 7 6 0 1 351 234 19
2 MAS 7 4 1 2 326 294 16
3 PAK 7 4 0 3 333 333 15
4 INA 7 3 0 4 299 349 13
5 HKG 7 2 1 4 290 293 12
6 FRA 7 1 0 6 217 300 9
7 THA 7 0 0 7 211 407 7
8 ROC B 7 7 0 0 421 238 0

* Season bonus points

ROC B – -21

WTC 2015 Men: Semi-Finals
ROC 68:32 MAS
SIN 41:23 ITA
WTC 2015 Men: Playoff 3rd Place
ITA 46:43 MAS
WTC 2015 Men: Final
ROC 65:41 SIN

 

Asia-Pacific Tchoukball Championships

Tchoukball has evolved ever since its first game in 1971. Today, the game is played all over the world in Asia, Europe, America and many other countries. There are a lot of events which take place biennially. One of those events is the Asia-Pacific Tchoukball Championships.Asia-Pacific Tchoukball Championships

One of the most awaited tchoukball events this year is the Asia-Pacific Tchoukball Championships 2016. It is also known as APTC 2016. It will be the 6th edition of Asia-Pacific Tchoukball Championships and is an event in which teams from Asia-Pacific take part and play to defend their tchoukball titles. This year, China will defend its title which it won in 2014 during the Asia-Pacific championships. Both Chinese men and women won that championship.

The South East Asia Tchoukball Federation with the FITB is managing the championship. It will have the men’s teams from different countries including China, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand. Every country has their men’s team, but all countries do not have a women’s team for the event. The women’s teams include Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Philippines, and Macau. The teams in the events have seven players on each side. It is a three-day event.

Just like any other tchoukball championship, this event will start with an opening ceremony. On the first day i.e. 22nd July, a few matches will be played at the opening ceremony. Delegates from the participating countries will attend the ceremony. The third day will be the day for the closing ceremony and to crown the champions. The FITB president will give the trophy to the winners and awards to the runner-ups. The delegates from all other countries will also attend the closing ceremony.

Date and venue

This year the Asia-Pacific Tchoukball Championships will take place in China. The event will be held from

22 July 2016 to 24 July 2016,

and the venue for the championships is Qujing, Yunnan, China. It will be an extraordinary gaming event. With all the teams well prepared and ready for the title, you will see an exciting tournament.

Asia-Pacific Tchoukball Seminar

The Tchoukball Federation or the FITB has always conducted seminars to make sure that people learn how to play the game. These seminars are held across the world annually, and their purpose is to provide proper tchoukball training and education to the people of that country.  The Asia-Pacific Seminar is attended by the delegates from all over Asia. The president of the Tchoukball Association also attends these seminars. It is not just an indoor seminar as there are many outdoor activities involved too.Asia-Pacific Tchoukball Seminar

Date and venue

This year, the Asia-Pacific Seminar will take place in China. The event will be held from 20th July 2016 to 21st July 2016. The FITB will host the Asia-Pacific Seminar in Qujing, Yunnan, China.

The purpose of the Tchoukball seminar

The purpose of the seminar is to teach the rules and regulations of the game to the delegates from Asia Pacific. The seminar starts with a brief history of the game and why it was invented. It teaches them strategies, tactics, and benefits of tchoukball. The purpose is to make sure that the delegates who have arrived from different parts of the country and Asia understand the game and introduce it in their respective countries. The sole purpose of the Asia-Pacific seminar is to make the game popular among these countries.

One of the major advantages of the seminar is that it teaches not only the delegates about tchoukball but also the locals. Of course, the primary goal is to introduce the game in the Asia-Pacific region via the delegates, but besides this, the locals can also participate in the event and learn. Once the seminar starts, it attracts people from the neighboring countries too. It is a 2-day event.

The seminar also draws students from different schools and colleges in the region. Many colleges register for the seminar before the event. This year, there are many countries that will send delegates to the Asia-Pacific Seminar 2016. Attend this seminar to learn about the game of tchoukball and even get a chance to meet the officials.

Pan American Tchoukball Championships

One of the most enjoyable and exciting tchoukball events is the Pan American Tchoukball Championships. It is also known as PATC 2016. It is an event in which teams from Pan America take part and play to defend their titles. In 2014, the champions were Brazil from the men’s teams and Columbia from the women’s team. They will defend their titles this year.Tchoukball Championships

The Pan American Tchoukball Federation with the FITB is hosting the championship. It will have the men’s teams from different countries including Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay, Columbia and Chile. The women’s teams include Brazil Mexico, Chile, and Columbia.

Just like any other tchoukball championship, the Pan American Championships will start with an opening ceremony where the president of the FITB will address the players, coaches and delegates from the participating countries.

THE RULES OF TCHOUKBALL

THE HISTORY OF TCHOUKBALL

HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE

The Pan American Tchoukball Championships is a three-day event. On the first day i.e. 27th July, a few matches will be played along with the opening ceremony. Delegates from Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia, and Chile will attend the opening ceremony. The third day will be the day for the closing ceremony where the FITB president will give the trophy to the champions.

The rules of the championship are simple. Throughout the tournament, every team will play a single match against every other team. The team with most wins and points will be crowned as the champion. The runner-ups will also receive awards.

Date and venue

This year, the Pan American Tchoukball Championships will take place in Mexico. The event will be held from 27th July 2016 to 29th July 2016. The venue for the championships is Morelos, Mexico. It is one of the most beautiful places and has the best courts for the game.

The purpose of the Pan American Tchoukball Championships is not just to have a tournament and crown champions. The FITB also ensures that there are several other events associated with the championship. These events along with the tournament are a great way for entertaining the audience.

Tchoukball Strategies

There is no game which does not require a proper strategy, technique, and tactics to win. The strategies adopted by the players in different games depend on the position where the players are standing. The techniques applied to win the game also depend on the rules. Tchoukball has some fascinating rules which make the game exciting to watch. The game also has different rules for positioning the players and scoring, which makes the game more interesting to watch.Tchoukball Strategies

The players adopt different strategies to play, which also reduce injuries and maximize fair play. One of the primary reasons for the popularity of the game is the tactics used to play the game. There are different tactics and strategies which are used to play and score. As it is a quick-play game, players need to be vigilant all the time, know what to do and how to prevent fouls. For example, if a player has the ball in his hand for more than three seconds, it will be a foul. It is with these rules and playing strategies to score points which make the game more exciting.

Tchoukball Strategies

Here are a few strategies which players can adopt to win the game. These are the tactics and techniques which players can use to beat their opponents.

Strategy of players during attack

To attack, the players need to be quick and well aware of the rules. During the attack, the players at the left and right wings are active and an offensive strategy is used to score the point.

Strategy by the scorer: As the frame has an upward angle of 60 degrees, it can be a challenge for the shooters. The player should try to make a shot in such a way that his opponents do not catch the rebound ball. If the player makes an overhand shot, it will rebound at the waist height, which makes it easy to catch. Thus, the shooter has to come up with a strategy to throw the ball so that the opponents do not catch it. The best strategy that the shooter can come up with is to make a shot from the extreme side angles. The player will need a good practice to make this shot.

Strategy by the center forward: During an attack, the center forward player should be alert. He must place himself in such a position that if the wing player is not able to shoot, he should be. He should stand in a place where he can catch the ball thrown at him by the wing.

Strategy of players during defense

There are certain rules for defensive play in the tchoukball game. The players are not allowed to catch the ball once it rebounds but are allowed to knock the ball upwards so that another team player catches it. It is why all players need to be very active and mentally alert during a defensive play. Here are a few strategies which players should use during this play.

During the defense, when the ball moves into their half of the court, the center frame and two wing players should line up close to the D.

In case the rebound gets past the three defenders, the strategy should change, and the defenders from another half should provide backup.

The players close to the D are in the first zone. To defend properly, they should be ready to catch the ball when it rebounds. The center frame players who are in the opposite court make the third zone. The center forward on the other opposite court should be ready to grab the ball in case of long shots.

The Rules of Tchoukball

Tchoukball is a Swiss game invented by the Swiss biologist Dr. Hermann Brandt in 1970. The game has rules for the court, equipment, players and playing method.The Rules of Tchoukball

1. The court rules

The court rules are different for a single-net and a double-net match.

Single-net match

For a single-net match, the court size is a square of 15 to 20 meters.

Double-net match

For a double-net match, the court size has a 20-meter goal line and 30 to 40m sideline.

The frame is in the middle of the goal-line, where a 3-meter semi-circle is formed known as the D.

2. The equipment rules

There are two types of equipment in the game: the rebound frame and the ball.

Rebound frame

The length of the rebound frame is 10cm. The size of the mesh is 70 x 70cm. The rebound frame is at 600.

The ball

There are two types of balls. The weight of the first ball is 400-450g, and its circumference is 56cm. This ball is for players under the age of 12.

The weight of the second ball is 420-475g, and its circumference is 58 to 60cm. This ball is for adults or players above the age of 12.

3. The player rules

The player rules are different for a single-net and a double-net match.

Single-net match

For a single-net match, there are nine players on a team and only six can play. The remaining three players are substitutes. A single-net match has a 4-player squad. If the squad reduces to three players, the team loses the game.

Double-net match

For a double-net match, there are fifteen players on a team and only nine can play. The remaining six players are substitutes. A single-net match has a 6-player squad. If the squad reduces to five players, the team loses the game.

Fouls

If a player intentionally breaks the rules three times, they are sent out by the referee.

Substitution

Only the substitution area can be used to make the substitutions. The player substituted shakes hand with the new player, comes in, and the other goes out. If the substitution is faulty, the other team gets one point.

If the referee instructs a substitution, the game must not stop. If there is any deliberate offense, the other team gets one point.

Player’s outfits

  • The players are not allowed to wear any accessory.
  • The players must wear sports shoes without studs.
  • The players must dress in a proper uniform.

4. The game duration rules

The game has three rounds. There is a 5-minute break between each round. For the male players, each round is of fifteen minutes and for female players, each round is of twelve minutes.

During the match, when a team scores three points, it wins the game. Each team has a one-minute timeout option. The referee decides when to stop and start the game.

5. The playing method rules

Actions allowed during the game

  • The players are allowed to throw, pass, catch, or hit the ball using their hands, head, arms or any other body part above the knee.
  • Maximum three passes are allowed by a single player before they can score a point.
  • A player can hold the ball for a maximum of three seconds.
  • The player can pass the ball from one hand to another hand.
  • The players are allowed to lie or kneel down during the game.

Free throws

  • A free throw will be given to the opponent if a player makes contact with the ball below their knees.
  • A free throw will be granted to the opponent if a player makes more than three passes before scoring a point.
  • A free throw will be given to the opponent if a player touches the area outside the playing field while handling the ball.
  • A free throw will be granted to the opponent if a player drops the ball.
  • A free throw is awarded to the opponent if a teammate makes a shot at the rebound and the ball touches the team member.

If a player catches the ball, they must remain in the same position to pass the ball. The referee can disqualify the player who commits three faults.

The History of Tchoukball

Tchoukball is a game which has different aspects of volleyball, basketball, handball, and tennis in it. The word “tchouk” in tchoukball is the sound when the ball rebounds from the frame.The History of Tchoukball

The Inventor of Tchoukball

Tchoukball is a Swiss game and the Swiss biologist Dr. Hermann Brandt is its inventor. It was his ideas and research on the different physical activities which created the idea of this game. In his research paper “A Scientific Criticism of Team Games” and his book “From Physical Education to Sport Through Biology” published in the 1970s, he discusses the concerns of the player’s injuries which led to the invention of the game.

The Idea Behind Tchoukball

The idea behind the game was to reduce player injuries. In his research, Dr. Hermann Brandt closely studied the cause of injuries in games such as volleyball, tennis, handball, and basketball. In his paper, he presents a way of playing a game which will reduce injuries. Thus, he introduced a new game which we now know as tchoukball. According to him, it is the safest game to play.

Founders of the National Tchoukball Federation

  • France was the first country which founded the National Tchoukball Federation in February 1971.
  • Switzerland was the second country which founded the National Tchoukball Federation in April 1971.
  • The UK was the third country which founded the National Tchoukball Federation in December 1975.
  • Taiwan was the fourth country which founded the National Tchoukball Federation in April 1978.
  • Japan was the fifth country which founded the National Tchoukball Federation in May 1981.

In the years following, 12 more countries including Brazil, India, Korea, USA, Italy, and Pakistan also established the national federations of tchoukball.

Tchoukball Championships

FITB is the governing body of tchoukball all over the world and was founded in 1971. It is the same year when the first game of tchoukball was played during the 1st Annual International Tchoukball Championship. Four teams from Switzerland, France, and the UK participated in this championship. The first champion of tchoukball was France, which beat Switzerland.

After the success of the first tchoukball tournament, the second international tournament was held in Switzerland in the year 1980. The third International Tchoukball Tournament took place in France in 1982. Taiwan held the fourth International Tchoukball Tournament in 1984.

  • China held the first World Tchoukball Championship in 1984. Both the men’s and women’s team of China won the championship.
  • Switzerland held the second World Tchoukball Championship in 1987. Both the men’s and women’s’ team of China won this championship too.
  • Germany held the third World Tchoukball Championship in 1989. Both the men’s and women’s team of China won this championship again.
  • The UK held the fourth World Tchoukball Championship in 1990. Both the men’s and women’s team of China also won this championship.

There was a break during the 1990s as the FITB did not pay much attention to the world championships. Then again in the year 2000, the World Tchoukball Championship was held in Switzerland.

First European Tchoukball Championship

The game progressed and Italy held the first European Tchoukball Championship in 2003.

First Asian Tchoukball Championship

India held the first ever Asian Tchoukball Championship in 2003.

First Beach Tchoukball Championship

Switzerland held the first World Beach Tchoukball Championship in 2005.

First South American Tchoukball Championship

Brazil held the first ever South American Tchoukball Championship in 2008.

First African Tchoukball Championship

Ghana held the first South American Tchoukball Championship in 2010.

First Youth Tchoukball Championship

China held the first ever Youth Tchoukball Championship in 2013.

How Many People Are on a Tchoukball Team?

90% people don’t know “How Many People Are on a Tchoukball Team”. Tchoukball is One of the most played games in Switzerland . It is a game which was invented by Dr. Hermann Brandt in the 1970s. It is one of the most exciting games played across the world and the quickest handball game in the world.How Many People Are on a Tchoukball Team?

Purpose of the game

According to the inventor of the game, Dr. Hermann Brandt, the goal of the game is not to just score and win. It is to play with skills while respecting the opponents. It is a game about teamwork, concentration and athleticism. There are two ways to play the game: with a single net and with a double-net.

Number of players In Tchoukball

The number of players in a tchoukball team which plays a single-net game is nine. From these nine, only six players can play the game. The remaining three are substitutes. Similarly, the number of players in a tchoukball team which plays a double-net game is fifteen. From these fifteen players, only nine players can play the game and the remaining six are the substitutes.

The intensity of the game

At the higher level, the game is very intense. The players are not allowed to have physical contact with each other, but they are free to express themselves during the match according to the rules. These rules make the game even more intense. The audience feels the intensity of the game where, after every 20 or 30 seconds, a point is scored.

The versatility of the game

There are many versions of the game and a different number of players play in each version. The game is also designed to play indoors. It can be played in small arenas as well as in outdoor arenas. The most popular type of play area is an indoor sports hall. However, this does not mean that it is an indoor game. There are versions of this game which include playing on the beach. In fact, there has been an international Beach Tchoukball Tournament. Today, beach tchoukball is played all across the world. Tchoukball is versatile. In fact, there are many versions of the game where the play area is a swimming pool. The FITB is working on wheelchair tchoukball too.

The tactics

According to the Swiss biologist who invented this game, players will enjoy the game as it is full of tactics to beat the opponent. The fact that the opponents can use the same tactics makes the game even more exciting to watch and play. Beginners find the game unique and exciting. Furthermore, it is easy to learn the game and with a limited number of players playing the game, it becomes really intense.

Teamwork is a crucial part of the game. The purpose of the game is to teach players the importance of teamwork. It makes sure that the players are always coordinating with each other and ensures that the players are vigilant and pay constant attention to the game. It tests the players for their:

  • constant attention,
  • observation,
  • anticipation,
  • intelligence,
  • athletic ability, and

It is these capabilities that make athletes a great player. The purpose of the game is not just to be a great player but a great human too. If you observe, all of these traits make a good person and not just a good team player.

Fair play

The creator of the game said that its purpose is not to just win but to ensure that the players can contribute to a greater and harmonious society. The game has a unique charter and its rules are not like any other game on earth. These rules make this game unique. Fair play and respecting opponents are an integral part of the game. The game rules focus on all the players in the game or sitting on the bench as substitutes to abide by the rules of fair play.

Where Did Tchoukball Originate in the World?

Where Did Tchoukball Originate in the World? Tchoukball is the fastest handball game in the world today, which was invented in the late 1960s. The game consists of a team of seven players that unites all the essential sporting skills including athleticism, respect for oneself and the opposing team, concentration and teamwork. Have you ever wondered how this game originated? Or how did it get its strange name? Here is a history of the origin of the sport and how it has spread across the globe over the years.Where Did Tchoukball Originate in the World

Dr. Hermann Brandt was a renowned Swiss biologist, and it was through his research into the impact of physical activities that the concept of tchoukball had its foundation. Dr. Brandt observed that various sports resulted in shocking injuries that had stopped even the toughest of athletes from participating further. After addressing these concerns in the book ‘From Physical Education to Sports Through Biology’, Dr. Brandt published his now famous paper ‘A Scientific Criticism of Team Games’. This paper won him the desired Annual World Prize from the FIEP (International Physical Education Federation) and the Thulin Prize, which was presented at the University of Lisbon in August 1970.

In this paper, Dr. Hermann Brandt examined ways in which a perfect team game can be constructed while paying heed to his fundamental concern of reducing injuries. The practical interpretation of his ideas, stemming from his in-depth study of the existing games, is the game we have come to know as tchoukball. The name sounds strange because it comes from the sound of the ball “tchouck”, which it makes when rebounding from a tchoukball frame. Dr. Brandt felt that this name would be universally accepted. He died in the November of 1972, but not before he witnessed some of his high hopes realized.

Most sports in the world can be tracked to humble beginnings and years of slow development before becoming approved and recognized as a national and international sport. Tchoukball is no exception. The game has taken patience and time to prove to people that this wonderful game is surely a ‘sport for all’. All the signs now show that the message is reaching across the world. Through the 1980s, Taiwan took tchoukball to another level. With a substantial investment, the sport became the 3rd popular sport of Taiwan, and the country consistently produced more than 200 teams for its national championships. Furthermore, Great Britain and Switzerland are two founder countries of tchoukball’s global governing body, FITB. This foundation cemented the international presence of tchoukball in Italy and Europe and is now expanding the game at an extremely fast pace.

From the start, the tchoukball game has appealed to an exceptionally broad and diverse spectrum of people, clubs, organizations, educational establishments and public services. In Great Britain, the RAF, the Fire Service, schools and holiday camps have all been exposed to the game at some point. The greatest participation in tchoukball in Great Britain was in the early 1990s when many clubs were formed around the country, playing at a high level under the aegis of the British Tchoukball Association (BTBA). However, unfortunately, due to a lack of coordination and the failure of the World Championships in 1995, many players moved on.

Nevertheless, in August 2000 in Geneva, a world tournament was held to celebrate the 30th anniversary of tchoukball’s birth. Several British players got together and participated. Soon afterward, competitive matches started again in the Great Britain with players from the south and east of the country once again reunited. On January 13th, 2002, Tchoukball UK was established. Just eight months later, Great Britain hosted the world tournament in Loughborough, which was a huge success and brought together teams from four different continents.

The future augurs well with tchoukball UK officials traveling to various parts of the country and describing the game to interested parties. The FITB now has a growing membership that comprises of enthusiastic and hard-working volunteers. These volunteers are achieving wondrous things to promote and spread the game throughout the world. The future for tchoukball is certainly bright, and Dr. Hermann Brandt’s idea of uniting nations through a spectacular and peaceful sport is now closer to reality.

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