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The Tchoukball Charter is the document that shows exactly how tchoukball is to be played. The creator of tchoukball, Dr Herman Brandt intended tchoukball to be a tool to bring peace between teams, from the simplest most friendly encounter to the most competitive international fixture. The true ethos of tchoukball is that of 'A Sport for All', a spirit sadly lost in many of today's contemporary sports.
The Charter is not a 'gesture document', but a genuine framework for sportmanship within a fast and spectacular game. The rules of tchoukball demand explicitly that players respect each other always when playing and adhere to it. Healthy celebration of one's achievements on court is encouraged, but not at the expense of the opponent's enjoyment of the game.
Tchoukball excludes any striving for prestige, whether individually or as a team; rather it is a sport in which players pursue excellence through personal training and collective effort.
Tchoukball is open to players of all degrees of ability (natural or acquired) and skill. Inevitably one will encounter players of every possible ability/skill level during play. Every player must adapt his own play and attitude (technical or tactical) to the circumstances of the moment because each player - team mate or opposing player - is due proper respect and consideration.
On a individual level: the attitude of a player is paramount for it implies respect for himself/herself, for his/her own team mates and for opposing team players regardless of whether any are stronger or weaker players than one’s self.
On a team level: no outcome, whatever it might be, should never impact one’s sense of importance, individually or as a team, and it should never lead to sectarian rivalry. From victory one can derive satisfaction and even joy, but never exaggerated pride. The joy of winning should provide encouragement. Arrogance in victory carries with it the struggle for prestige, which is a source of common conflict among humans and condemned within the sport of Tchoukball.
Tchoukball requires total dedication: one must keep constant watch on the movement of the ball and the other players - both objectively and with empathy. As one participates individually in the sport, one subjects oneself to the group’s needs. The result is that in the course of a game, different personalities come together as one when they react collectively within the game.
Thus, in Tchoukball:
there is a collective achievement within a team. This binds the players together, it teaches appreciation and esteem for the values of others, and it creates a feeling of oneness in the common effort of a small group.
there is an acceptance of the attitudes of the opposing team with whom one must engage in opportunistic play while resisting any hostile undercurrents.
each player’s major concern is to strive for beauty of play. The universal experience of sport can be summed up by the expression: “elegant play begets elegant play.”
This attitude is the basis for social interaction of Tchoukball: it encourages one to aim for perfection while always avoiding any negative conduct toward the adversary.
This basic premise is more than just the rule of a sport - it is a rule for conduct at all times, a psychological component of behavior, the basis of an individual’s personality.
The aim of Tchoukball is therefore the avoidance of conflict, with one main goal in mind: fair play that does not compromise the level of play but rather links the two teams together in common activity. The beauty of one team’s play makes possible - and reinforces - the beauty of play by the other team.
Tchoukball provides social exercise through physical activity. By pooling the resources of all, everyone participates, with the more adept players accepting responsibility for teaching the less adept; therefore, there is no real individual champion, but rather a collective striving for perfection. When one says, “let the best man win,” it should mean that a person achieves his/her best through adequate preparation. This being so, it is appropriate that the results reward the efforts which players have undertaken, individually and as a team.
Within these limits, a victory can and should bring satisfaction and meet with an adversary’s respect. Victory should inspire in an adversary a desire to do as well, without any feeling of belittlement. Winners should not convey any feeling of arrogant domination. Rather, a sense of healthy satisfaction on the winner’s side is like a handshake to encourage the adversary to continue to train properly.
For these reasons, the notion of “victor” should give way to the simpler more appropriate one of “winner.” Play as a means of perfecting one’s performance is a basic desire that every activity should include and develop. It is toward this goal that every Tchoukball team must work, whether it is in the smallest, friendliest match or the most important meeting “at the summit.”
Remember, no set of rules can replace a player’s respect for one another and the Spirit of the Game
In Dr Brandt's time, and arguably now as well, many sports produced shocking injuries that stopped even the strongest of athletes from participating further. After discussing these concerns in the book 'From Physical Education to Sport Through Biology', Dr Brandt presented his now famous paper 'A Scientific Criticism of Team Games'. This won him the coveted award of the 'Thulin Prize', presented at the University of Lisbon on August 16th 1970.
Within this paper, Dr Brandt explored ways in which to construct the perfect team game whilst paying heed to his key concern of reducing injury. The practical expression of his ideas, stemming from his critical study of existing games, is the game we have come to know as TCHOUKBALL. This strange-sounding name comes from the 'tchouk' sound of the ball rebounding from a tchoukball frame. Dr Brandt felt this would be universally accepted. He died in November, 1972, but not before he saw some of his high hopes realised.
Most games can be traced to humble beginnings and periods of slow development before becoming established as a national and international sport. Tchoukball is no exception. It has taken time and patience to convince people that this unique game is truly a 'Sport for all', but now all the signs indicate that the message is getting across. During the 1980s, Taiwan took tchoukball to a different level, with substantial investment making it the 3rd sport of Taiwan and producing consistently over 200 teams for their national championships. Switzerland and Great Britain, 2 founder countries of the FITB (tchoukball's global governing body) cemented the international presence of tchoukball in Europe.
The 90s saw a decline in tchoukball as the ryacin attack in Japan meant the World Championships were cancelled at short notice.
However, in Geneva in August 2000, a World Tournament was held to mark the 30th anniversary of tchoukball's birth. Many players from around the world got together and participated. Shortly afterwards, competitive matches restarted across Europe and Asia. The advent of the internet meant that communications improved immensely over the next few years. Now countries across the world organise matches from small friendly games through to continental and world competitions, playing sport and making new friends - truly in the spirit in which tchoukball was created.
Tchoukball is the fastest hand ball sport in the world today. Invented in the late 1960s, tchoukball is a team sport of 7 players that unites all key sporting skills; athleticism, concentration, respect for oneself and the opposition and teamwork. Here are our key values below to explain more.
Without physical contact between players or interception of the ball tchoukball players are free to express themselves whilst playing in any way permitted by the rules. At a higher level tchoukball is a very intense, extremely fast and skillful sport allowing individuals to express themselves as part of a team. The technical demands of tchoukball appeal to players who strive after beauty of play. Tchoukball games often see a point scored every 20-30 seconds and tchoukball players only get 1 point when we score!
Tchoukball was designed to be played in most situations and sporting arenas. Our standard version is played indoors in sports halls. However, tchoukball is entirely adaptable to the location. Beach tchoukball has flourished in the last 10 years and is now a major part of the FITB's work. But it doesn't stop there - tchoukball is played outdoors in many countries and can be adapted to be played in a swimming pool! We've also recently introduced wheelchair tchoukball and have started work with visually impaired athletes to expand tchoukball further.
Tchoukball is a genuine team sport. It is also totally unique. Beginners will never have played anything like tchoukball, not have experienced the diversity of demands it makes upon players. Tchoukball demands real teamwork as points are scored when the ball is distributed most effectively. Our players come in all shapes and sizes and the level of skill determines a player's success, not their strength. Good observation, constant attention by all participants, anticipation and intelligence of all facets of the game are required, as is good athletic ability.
Dr Hermann Brandt, the creator of tchoukball, wrote:
'The objective of human physical activities is not to make champions, but make a contribution to building a harmonious society'.
Tchoukball has a unique Charter which underpins the 'Spirit of the Game' so elusive in modern sport. Fair play and respect for the opposition is a fundamental part of the way in which tchoukball is played. All physical contact between players and interceptions are banned, enabling all players of differing shapes and sizes to play together.
There are 2 types of membership that the FITB offers to its affiliates National Federations: Associate Membership and Full Membership.
Associate Members are new members of the FITB working towards full membership. Associate Members may not vote at the General Assembly but may participate in FITB competitions. Associate Members commit to Full Membership typically within 5 years.
Full Members of the FITB may vote at General Assemblies and participate in FITB competitions. The current fee for Full Members is $200 per year, payable at the start of each year.