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What the hell is Tchoukball? Find out in Rimini

Are you like me, without a clue as to what tchoukball may be? Well, there’s a good way to find out more, by heading down to the internatioal tchoukball beach festival , being held on the beach in Viserba on the 9th and 19th of May.

Tchoukball is a relatively knew sport, developed by a swiss doctor, Hermann Brandt, concerned with the amount of injuries produced by most popular sports. The sport is a non-contact team sport, where throwing and catching are the principle elements of the game – which makes it ideal for mixed participation.

Wikipedia gives the following description:

The sport is played on an indoor court measuring forty metres by twenty metres (130 feet x 65 feet). At each end there is a ‘frame’ (a device similar to a trampoline off which the ball bounces) which measures one square metre and a semi-circular ‘D’ measuring three metres (10 feet) out from the frame in all directions. Each team can score on both ends on the field, and comprises twelve players, of which nine may be on the court at any one time. In order to score a point, the ball must be thrown by an attacking player, hit the frame and bounce outside the ‘D’ without being caught by the defending team. Physical contact is prohibited, and defenders may not attempt to intercept the attacking team’s passes. Players may take three steps with the ball, hold the ball for a maximum of three seconds, and teams may not pass the ball more than three times before shooting at the frame.

The games in viserba, though, give a great chance to see the sport out in the open, on the beach.

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