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Highest governing bodyInternational Throw ball Federation
Nicknamesthrow ball
First played1940s
Team membersNine players per team on court at once and five substitute
TypeIndoor or outdoor
EquipmentThrow ball
Throw ball game

Throw ball is a non-contact ball sport played across a net between two teams of nine players on a rectangular court. It is popular in Asia, especially on the Indian subcontinent, and was first played in India as a women's sport in Chennai during the 1940s. Like volleyball, the game's roots are linked with the YMCA. Both volleyball and Newcomb ball, while older games, share many similarities with throw ball. Throw ball rules were first drafted in 1955 and India's first national level championship was played in 1980.


According to the Throw ball Federation of India, throw ball is thought to have been drawn from a recreational sport popular among women in England and Australia during the 1930s.[1] The YMCA brought the game to Chennai, where it was played as a women's sport in the 1940s.[citation needed] Harry Crowe Buck, who had founded the YMCA College of Physical Education in Chennai, drafted guidelines for throw ball rules and regulations in 1955. The game reached Bangalore in the 1950s.[2]

Throw ball Federation of India (TFI) was formed along with the Indian National Throw ball Championship. By 1990 throw ball in India had become a sport for both men and women.

Rules and play[edit]

A throw ball court is not similar to a volleyball court depicted here.

The playing court is somewhat larger than a volleyball court at 12.20 by 18.30 metres (40.03 ft × 60.04 ft) with a neutral box 1 metre (3 ft 3.37 in) on either side of the center. The height of the net is 2.2 metres (7.22 ft). The ball is similar to a volleyball but may be slightly larger. While in volleyball the ball is hit or volleyed throughout play, in throw ball the ball is thrown over the net, where a member of the other team tries to catch the ball and quickly throw it back across the net.

An official game is played between two teams of nine or seven players. A minimum of three or five substitute players are allowed for each team, which can make a maximum of three substitutions during a set. A team can take two time-outs of 30 seconds each during a set. The first team to score 25 points wins a set. A match is three sets.

Service is within five seconds after the referee whistles and is done from the service zone, without crossing the end line. A player can jump while serving the ball. The service ball must not touch the net. Double touch is not allowed for receiving the service ball and players stay in 2-3-2 position during the serve.

During a rally, the ball must be caught at once with both hands, without any movement of the ball within the hands (dubs) and the player shouldn't have contact with the ground.[clarification needed] Two players are not allowed to catch the ball simultaneously. The ball is thrown within three seconds after being caught, only from above the shoulder-line and only with one hand. A player can jump when throwing the ball, which can touch the net (but not the antenna). The player should have contact with the ground when catching the ball.[clarification needed] However, the ball is not touched with any part of the body other than the palm when catching or throwing (body touch). The ball can neither be shifted (passed) to the left or right, nor deliberately pushed.

In official play, teams wear shorts and jersey uniform with numbers only in the range of 1–12 printed front and back.[3]

Major competitions[edit]

Domestic competitions[edit]


In India, the National Throw ball Championship is organized by the Throw ball Federation of India.[4]

International competitions[edit]

Kuala Lampur[edit]

A Junior International Throw ball Match was conducted in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in December 2015; eight countries participated.


  1. ^ "Welcome to thr Throwball Federation of India. Visit our official website to know more about history of throwball". Retrieved 2021-12-31.
  2. ^ "History of TFI". Throw ball Federation of India. Archived from the original on December 1, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-06.
  3. ^ "Rules and Regulations". Throw ball Federation of India. Archived from the original on December 1, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-05.
  4. ^ "National throw ball tourney next year". The Hindu. 2008-10-08. Retrieved 2008-11-05.

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