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Throwball: Non-contact ball sport played by two teams

Throwball: Non-contact ball sport played by two teams
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Throwball is believed to have originated from a recreational sport that was well-liked by women in England and Australia during the 1930s, according to the Throwball Federation of India. The game was introduced by the YMCA to Chennai, where ladies played it as a sport in the 1940s. Together with the Indian National Throwball Championship, the Throwball Federation of India (TFI) was established. By 1990, there were separate throwball tournaments for men and women in India.

The playing field measures 12.20 by 18.30 metres and has neutral boxes positioned 1 metre on either side of the centre, making it somewhat larger than a volleyball court. The net stands 2.2 metres tall. The ball resembles a volleyball but could be a little bigger. In throwball, the ball is tossed over the net, where a player from the opposing team attempts to grab it and swiftly throw it back across the net, as opposed to volleyball, where the ball is hit or volleyed continuously during play.

Two teams of nine or seven players each compete in an official game. Each side is permitted to use three or five substitute players, with a maximum of three substitutions every set. During a set, a side is permitted to take two timeouts of 30 seconds each. A set is won by the first team to 25 points. Three sets make up a match.

Throwball is becoming more well-liked as a competitive sport in India. The International Throwball Association, which represents the sport on a global scale, was first established at the Asian level by the Indian throwball authority. In gym classes, colleges, and clubs all over Asia, including in India, Sri Lanka, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Japan, China, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, and Bangladesh, throwball is a well-liked sport. Other nations including France, Australia, Brazil, Canada, and the United Kingdom have been progressively catching on to it.

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