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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.

How to Play the Tchoukball Game?

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.How to Play the Tchoukball Game

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.

Where Did Tchoukball Originate in the World

After a penalty, the ball is passed to the other team, and the game continues from the same spot where the penalty was committed.

What is tchoukball and how is it played?

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.

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