What is BEACH TCHOUKBALL?
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Tchoukball is a sport which can be played by all ages. Tchoukball is played with two 'frames'. These frames, as they are called, measure 90 centimetres square and are situated at both ends of the court.
A line runs 3 metres from the centre of the bottom of the frame around in a semi-circle. It is called the D Line and inside the semi circle is the forbidden zone.
Beach tchoukball courts are usually 21mx12m. Each team plays 5 a side.
One of the main things about Tchoukball that surprises people is that players can attack and defend at both ends.
Put quite simply, the object of the game is to throw, or 'shoot' the ball at the frame, so that it lands over the line of the D. The oppositions job is to catch the ball, and then 'shoot' it. This sequence continues until a point is scored.
Everything works in 3s. You have 3 seconds with the ball, 3 steps with the ball, and 3 passes with the ball before it has to be thrown at the frame. Tchoukball is a non-contact sport. There is no tackling involved and the only time play switches from one team to the other is when the ball is shot into the frame by the attacking team and caught by the defense.
To shoot the ball at the frame you have to jump from outside the safety zone, and release it before you land.
When the ball is shot by a team into the frame, the opposing team has to defend around the line. Typically (as shown here on the left) they will be on their knees to catch the ball. The two other players behind the defence are known as 'second line defenders'. They are defenders from the other end of the court who are there in case the ball is deflected upwards and behind the 'front line' of defence.
In order to score a point the player that has shot the ball into the frame must ensure that the ball lands outside of the 'D'. If it lands inside, it is a point to the defending team. Play will then restart from behind the frame the point was scored at.