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Tchoukball

What is Tchoukball?

Tchoukball is a non-contact indoor team sport that takes inspiration from handball, volleyball and squash. Two teams consisting of seven players each compete for points by rebounding a ball off a frame, also known as a rebounder.

The main objective is to bounce the ball off the frame and have it rebound outside of the “forbidden zone” in front of the frame without any intervention from the opposing team. Each team can score on both ends of the court.

Tchoukball was created in the 1960s by Swiss biologist Hermann Brandt, who wanted to design a game that allows participants of all shapes, sizes, genders, cultures, and backgrounds to play together while reducing injuries from direct contact between players.

The sport is governed by the International Tchoukball Federation (FITB), which was founded in 1971 and now comprises 50 member associations. Tchoukball is played in over 80 countries and is most popular in Singapore, Switzerland and Taiwan.

Why teach Tchoukball to kids?

Tchoukball is an excellent game to teach children for several reasons:

1. **Inclusivity**: The sport is designed to include players of all ages, sizes, and abilities, making it accessible to children of diverse backgrounds. The simple rules and non-contact nature of the game allow children to participate without fear of injury.

2. **Skill development**: Tchoukball helps children develop essential skills such as passing, catching, and shooting. The game also requires strategic thinking and teamwork, as players must work together to create scoring opportunities.

3. **Physical benefits**: Playing Tchoukball provides children with numerous health benefits, including improved cardiovascular fitness, coordination, and overall physical activity. The game is a low-impact sport that can be enjoyed by children of all fitness levels.

4. **Concentration and focus**: The game requires children to concentrate and focus on the task at hand, which can help improve their attention span and decision-making skills.

5. **Confidence and social development**: Tchoukball encourages children to work in teams or pairs, which helps develop their confidence and social interaction skills. The game’s emphasis on fair play and respect for opponents also promotes positive social development.

What are the basic of Tchoukball?

Court Size: 29m x 15m or a Basketball Court.
Equipment: 1 x Tchoukball such as Size 3 Handball, 2 x Return Throwers.
1. The object of the game is to score points by throwing the ball at either rebound net so that the defending
team does not catch the ball before it hits the ground.
2. The ball must travel outside of the forbidden zone. No player is allowed to stand in the forbidden zone.
3. Once a point is scored, possession goes to the other team.
4. There is no running, dribbling, interference, blocking or intercepting passes allowed.
5. A dropped ball will result in a turnover where the player will hold the ball with both hands, touch it with the
ground. The player must only pass the ball and is not allowed to make a direct shot.

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