A lot is said and written about sporting conduct and behaviour 'on court' from athletes across all sports. Tchoukball has always prided itself on the way its sports men and women behave, but what makes tchoukball special?
Richard Jackson, Operations Director for Tchoukball UK, comments on tchoukball's unique 'Sporting Spirit' formed in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust and Schools Games Values.
"At the core of the Sporting Spirit of tchoukball is that all our players congratulate each other, even when losing points or matches. Our Tchoukball Charter teaches players to celebrate their own successes but never in a way that belittles the losing team. This means the losing team can react positively and train harder to improve their own game instead of feeling humiliated. This doesn’t detract from the game being great to watch. The better one team plays, the better the other team will need to play to beat them and with no negativity involved, we can deliver a great sport to watch that is still spectacular."
Referees are treated with the upmost respect and their decision is final.
Tchoukball players own up to fouls they have committed such as the ball touching the ground. Both sides are taught to do this, meaning that a player will do this in the knowledge the opposition will also own up.
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Players are encouraged to celebrate their achievements provided they don’t do so at the expense of the losing team. Tchoukball games are extremely fast and intense; 45 minute games can easily produce 3 points a minute – and we only get 1 point for each shot scored!
Sides line up before and after matches and have team calls to show their respect for each other. In a close game, players playing near each other will often shake hands at the start of the last period.
Tchoukball requires constant concentration and dedication. Players can travel anywhere on the court and play in any position, so at the advanced level, players have to be alert and ready to run at all times.
Tchoukball UK runs competitions at all levels, from development competitions for new players through to the elite National Championships and UK Tchoukball Squads. Tchoukball remains an amateur sport, and with monthly national squad training with athletes from across the UK required to meet up, commitment and determination to succeed is a must!
Tchoukball players can go anywhere on the court and can do any manoeuvre they wish within the rules. The ethos of respect and celebration of the player’s ability without any negativity means players can freely express themselves fully through their own style of play. Tchoukball has also been used as a tool for children with Special Educational Needs both mild and very severe. In these cases, the sport’s unique combination of pace and a lack of physical confrontation has greatly helped these young people.
Tchoukball is entirely inclusive. All positions are essential and if the team as a whole doesn’t work together then they will lose against good opposition.
The way to score in tchoukball is to create space and to ‘shoot’ the ball into that space so it can’t be caught. For one or two players to achieve this by themselves would be impossible. The more the whole team is used in attacking play, the more points the team will score.
The same applies to defending. It is impossible to stop the ball touching the floor and conceding a point if all seven players are not involved and working together to achieve this.