TCHOUKBALL:An Innovative and Non-Traditional Approach to Team Sports

ABOUT Pierre Alain Girardin

Pierre Alain Girardin
I am the founder and President of Tchoukball Inc. and an enthusiat promotor of Tchoukball in Schools more specifically in PE.


TCHOUKBALL: An Innovative and Non-Traditional Approach to Team Sports

TCHOUKBALL: An Innovative and Non-Traditional Approach to Team Sports contains all the vital information for teaching and coaching students and players to learn and achieve in the sport. Including principles of throwing and catching, offensive and defensive skills, and individual as well as team concepts and strategies, this guide will lead any teacher, coach, or player to success in Tchoukball.

This comprehensive package is loaded with reproducible, assessments templates, and sample units that provide educators with everything they need in order to simultaneously teach and assess students, and players, the lifelong value of Tchoukball. Presented in concise, user friendly format, this comprehensive package contains the following features:

  • BOUND-IN CD-ROM – PDFs of more than 50 reproducible are provided for duplication, as well as lesson plans for 12 days teaching units of 45 minutes. Additional reading materials, sample of student log book, individual and team assessments.
  • RULES OF THE GAME – The Tchoukball Charter, Official rules of the game, official interpretation of the rules, and referee hand signals are included in the book, and also as PDFs in the CD-ROM.

Each chapter includes guidance on how to implement and teach Tchoukball, from beginners to more advanced players. The templates offer a guideline to introduce the game in Physical Education class for all students to enjoy a team sport, be successful, without being afraid to be hurt, blocked, or ashamed of their athletic competencies.

Tchoukball should be part of all Physical Education programs, which are focused on the well-being of ALL students, by providing an opportunity to everyone to grow up, to be taught good social behaviors and positive values, as honesty, respect, fair-play, and trust, while having fun playing a team sport.

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Well I was often asked to write a book about Tchoukball while introducing the game to physical educators in schools. I did my best, with the help of P.E. Teachers who are enthusiast advocates of the game. Here we go !

It is with great pleasure that I write the foreword for this book. I had the good fortune to be exposed to this sport/activity several years ago when it was first being introduced in the United States by the author. I attended presentations and workshops that provided me with firsthand exposure to Tchoukball (pronounced “chookball”), and I was able to watch as students engaged for the first time in this new activity. On more than one occasion I watched as students progressed from skeptical observers to reluctant participants to enthusiastic proponents of the sport/activity. At a high school presentation I watched a female student who obviously did not regularly participate in her physical education with any degree of enthusiasm progress from spectating to casually participating to running up and down the court engaging in this activity, something her physical education specialist had never seen her do before.

The concept behind Dr. Brandt’s game has removed the threat of contact and aggressive play by dominant participants and focused on the active coverage of space rather than opponents. Students who are traditionally intimidated by their peers are now allowed the freedom to participate without the fear of injury or even bodily contact when the activity is presented correctly. Students are taught and coached to respond to the movement of the ball and the rebound off the Tchouk instead of the more traditional coverage and defense of individual opponents. This is an alien concept to many students and must be strictly enforced in order to maintain the spirit of the game.

Physical education classes have favored the skilled over the non-skilled participants for decades. The principle of developmental appropriateness lends itself directly to the game of Tchoukball. Players engage at their own level of competence and develop skills as they participate. The size of the playing area and the utilization/modification of the equipment can directly address developmentally appropriate circumstances in a physical education environment.

Tchoukball is an ideal activity to include in any district curriculum and can be introduced as soon as students develop throwing and catching skills. Concepts from mathematics and geometry as a result of the angles of approach and rebound, as well as the application of forces utilized to create the parabolic flight of the balls, are all principles that can be applied to integrate the curriculum.

I will return to where I started and identify the genuine enjoyment of the participants as the primary reason to introduce this activity into your physical education curriculum. My only caveat is that you enforce the spirit of the game from the onset to ensure enjoyment for all, not simply the athletically gifted. Society has identified childhood obesity as a cause of major concern for all children. We need to get students active in school and provide opportunities for them to engage in activities that are continuous in nature to fight this trend. Play the game the way it was meant to be played and watch it create magic in your gym!

Dr. Frank Fry

Professor of Kinesiology

West Chester University, PA U.S.A