Tchoukball encourages one aim, the avoidance of conflicts and the perfection of play. During the course of the game the players are not permitted to interfere with players of the other team; they may not intercept a pass, interfere with the person carrying the ball or stop a player from taking a shot.
The defending team instead positions themselves to defend the ball against the Tchouk!
How to play Tchoukball?
To play tchoukball, two official tchoukball rebound surfaces and a handball ball are needed. The game is played on a handball court (20X40 meters) between two teams of nine players or on a basketball court between teams of six or seven players. The rebound surfaces (which can be used by both teams) are placed at each end of the court, and each one is within a semi-circle line, with a three meters radius, which defines the forbidden zone.
The team that has possession of the ball has a three-pass limit before being forced to shoot the ball at the rebound surface on either end of the court. Members of the other team must place themselves according to where they expect the ball to land, so that they can catch it before it touches the floor. Meantime, members of the other team look to position themselves to recover the ball after it rebounds from the rebound surface, before the ball can touch the floor.
During the course of the game, the players of each team are not allowed to interfere with players of the other team: they may not intercept passes, interfere with the movements of the person carrying the ball or his team-mates, or stop a defender from positioning himself to catch the ball after the rebound.
A player scores a point for his team if:
- He bounces the ball off the rebound surface in such a manner that it cannot be caught by an opponent before it touches the floor.
A player gives a point to the other team if:
- He misses the rebound surface when he shoots the ball.
- He makes the ball bounce out-of-bounds.
- He shoots the ball and it bounces back, touching him.
- He sends the ball into the forbidden zone, before or after it hits the rebound surface.
2 rebound surfaces (1 m x 1 m frames with 55 degrees incline)
The rebound surfaces are places at opposite sides of the court.
The Court and Special Zones
In front of each rebound surface is a semi-circle with a three-meter radius, which is called the forbidden zone. A player may not be in the forbidden zone unless he has just shot or passed the ball. Either case, the player's feet may not in the forbidden zone if the ball is still in his hands.
How to play Tchoukball?