Tchoukball: History, Characteristics And Rules

The Tchoukball is a sport in which the ball is manipulated hands and looks to score points, he said ball hitting two elastic meshes which are located each at one end of the court.

The main characteristic of this sport is that it seeks to create a harmonious environment among the players, prohibiting obstructions and basing the game on respect for the opponent, teamwork and the superiority of skill over strength.

Tchoukball sport


The Tchoukball was created in the late 1960s by the Swiss biologist Hermann Brandt.

Brandt’s main intention was to create a sport in which players did not suffer serious injuries, which were an impediment to continue with their lives as athletes.

Brand also wanted to highlight harmony in competitive sports games, and to create a sport in which you won without the need to physically injure your opponents.

This is how this sport arose and that is why it is called “the sport for peace”. It is currently regulated by the International Tchoukball Federation and there are about 25 federations around the world.

How do you play Tchoukball?

Two teams participate in the game, each with seven players. In a field that measures 20 x 40 meters (this measurement is variable) there are two small trampolines or bouncing centers, one at each end.

The players have a ball and the game consists of making the ball hit the bouncing centers and, as it bounces, it lands on the floor. Players can bounce the ball off either of the two trampolines.

On the court, a forbidden zone is stipulated in front of the rebound box, which measures three meters, in which the defense cannot be located.

The match has three halves, each half lasts 15 minutes. Obstruction is prohibited (the ball will recover after a point or a foul) and the ball must not land on the ground; in case it falls, the turn of the game will be for the opposing team.

When moving, players can take a maximum of three steps while holding the ball, each player can have the ball in their hands for only three seconds, each play can make a maximum of three passes, and players will have the option to attack the same board maximum three times in a row.

The team that scores the most points will be the winner.

Ways to score points

– Every time the ball hits the bouncing center and then lands on the floor.

– When the defense player drops the ball once it rebounded on him, after having hit the elastic mesh.

– When the defense player stops the ball while being located in the forbidden zone.

– When the ball bounces below the knee of the defensive player.

They will be a point against if:

– The ball hits the net and bounces off the prohibited area.

– The ball falls out of the court.

– The ball does not hit the rebound box.

– The ball bounces off the player who threw it against the mesh.

Main features

Promotes fair play

The idea of ​​Tchoukball is to be a sport that seeks to unite rather than separate; His intention is to achieve harmony through high-level sports activity.

This is not a contact sport. No interference from players of the opposing team to stop the ball from bouncing. Any aggressive action is prohibited.

It is not about destroying the player of the opposing team, but about being so skillful and dexterous as to score as many times as possible, respecting the opponents.

It is a team sport

Tchoukball necessarily requires team members to work together in order to generate the points that will make it victorious.

The ideal is to be able to anticipate the movements of the teammates, because this is an extremely fast game and you must react with speed.

All players must constantly observe the dynamics that are generated, and must locate the most intelligent way to score points. The better the ball is distributed among the players, the more likely it is to score points.

When playing Tchoukball, the most important thing is not to have more strength or endurance, but to have more ability to sneak and get to the rebounding center.

Has high intensity

This game can be very fast. Players concentrate on getting the ball to the center of the rebound, and to do so they can perform complicated maneuvers.

All players can bounce the ball, so all players can maneuver to achieve the desired point for their team. It is considered that, in a high level game of Tchoukball, points can be scored every 20 seconds.

The goal of the game is not to destroy the opponent, but to score a point; so Tchoukball requires great mental concentration to achieve the proper movements, which in many cases are complex because you have only a limited time to achieve the score.

It is an accessible sport

Tchoukball is a game with few rules, and these are very basic, so it is possible to learn them quickly and start playing. In addition, very little furniture is needed: a ball and two elastic structures, or bouncing frames, on which to bounce the ball.

It is necessary to be in good physical condition to play Tchoukball, but it is not imperative that the players have optimal sports conditions.

There are also no age limits to play Tchoukball, since it is a sport with minimal contact between players, the risks of injury are minimal. Also, you don’t need to have specific physical characteristics, such as height, weight, or build.

Is versatile

Although Tchoukball was conceived with the intention of being played indoors, the game supports virtually any physical setting, from arenas to swimming pools.

The International Tchoukball Federation announced that they are even devising a modality for players in wheelchairs.


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