Tchoukball is a fast-paced indoor team sport, a combination of volleyball and handball. It’s a non-contact sport that both boys and girls and those from different age groups can all play together. Tchoukball develops a great range of sporting skills including co-ordination, reactions, agility and vision.
Adrenaline fuelled, fast scoring and end-to-end action means Tchoukball certainly lives up to its bill as the fastest handball sport in the world.
Facts about Tchoukball
- It’s pronounced “chookball”
- It’s the third most popular sport in Taiwan
- A tchoukball is slightly smaller and harder than a football
Basic rules of Tchoukball
- Points are scored by getting the ball to bounce off the sprung mesh frames and hit the floor outside of a three metre ‘D’,
- Feet cannot be grounded inside the ‘D’ when touching the ball,
- Points are stopped by the opposition catching the ball before it hits the floor after rebounding off the mesh
- Both sides can score points at both ends,
- Everything is done in threes; each player has three seconds with the ball, can take three steps with the ball and teams have three passes of the ball before a shot must be attempted,
- Full matches last 45 minutes, but games can be tailored to lesson time.
- There are nine players a side with three substitutes.
Tchoukball in Norfolk
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Flegg High School (near Martham) has a long history of playing the sport and now Broadland Tchoukball Club, which consists of 1 junior team and 2 senior teams (men's and women's), trains once a week at Stalham Sports Centre on Tuesday evenings beginning at 18:30.
Broadland Tchoukball club boasts a number of players with international caps – 13 members made it to the 2006 Great Britain squads which won the European Championships in Macolin, Switzerland.
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