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There are 2 types of membership that the FITB offers to its affiliates National Federations: Associate Membership and Full Membership.
Associate Members are new members of the FITB working towards full membership. Associate Members may not vote at the General Assembly but may participate in FITB competitions. Associate Members commit to Full Membership typically within 5 years.
Full Members of the FITB may vote at General Assemblies and participate in FITB competitions. The current fee for Full Members is $200 per year, payable at the start of each year.
In co-operation with its affiliated national federations, the FITB will achieve its mission by:
- spreading the teaching and practice of tchoukball worldwide
- the development of high quality training programmes and modern communication tools
- the staging of world class international events
- the application of modern sport management principles
The FITB wants to promote the practice of a healthy and ethical sport and wants to encourage the teaching of the educational merits of physical activity. It aims particularly:
- to promote the practice of tchoukball as a tool for physical and educational development
- to vastly increase meetings and to encourage exchanges between as many people as possible, making sure of a well established ethical framework
- to use tchoukball as a tool to forge links between the peoples of the world
- to develop structures concerned with giving to each national association the means for them to build themselves and to grow in size.
In all its activities, the FITB will endeavour to provide maximum enjoyment for participants and spectators, maintaining strong values of mutual respect.
- Chin-cheng 'Chris' Huang, FITB President
Below are key events in the history of the FITB.
|1967||Dr Hermann Brandt organises the first official tchoukball meeting to establish a committee to run the sport.|
|1970||Tchoukball was presented internationally, winning the International Physical Education Federation (FIEP) 'Thulin Prize'.|
|1971||The FITB is founded by Switzerland and France on 05 June 1971 with Tchoukball's creator Dr Hermann Brandt as President.|
|1972||United Kingdom (under the old name of the British Tchoukball Association) joins the FITB.|
|1972||Dr Brandt passes away on 15 November, and is replaced by Dr Théodore Werey at the 1973 General Assembly of the FITB.|
|1975||An international development plan is created by the FITB to spread tchoukball throughout the world.|
|1976||The first major international tournament takes place, between France, UK and Switzerland.|
|1977||John Andrews of the FITB introduces tchoukball to Taiwan, where it is immediately extremely popular.|
|1984||The first FITB International Tchoukball Tournament takes place in Taiwan. 6 countries, 2 continents.|
|1987||FITB International Tchoukball Tournament in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. 6 countries, 2 continents.|
|1989||Tchoukball is showcased at the World Games in Karlsruhe, Germany. 5 countries, 2 continents|
|1990||World Tchoukball Tournament in Portsmouth, United Kingdom. 6 countries, 2 continents.|
|1995||Due to the Ryacin terrorist attack in Japan, the 1995 tchoukball tournament is cancelled.|
|1998||Tchoukball is introduced to Brazil by Ocelio Antonio Ferreira.|
|2000||The 30th anniversary of tchoukball inspires the beginning of the modern era of the sport.|
|2000||The FITB World Tchoukball Championship in Geneva. 6 countries, 3 continents.|
|2002||United Kingdom hosts the FITB World Tchoukball Championships at Loughborough. 7 countries, 3 continents.|
In countries where tchoukball is not quite big enough to warrant a National Federation or the regulatory sytem in the country is quite large, the FITB works with National Representatives to develop tchoukball. The goal of National Representatives is to develop tchoukball within the country, present a candidacy at an FITB General Assembly and become accepted as a formal National Federation.
|Burkina Faso||Paraguay||Nepal||Hungary||New Zealand|
|Mali||Venezuela||United Arab Emirates||Portugal|
FITB membership is approved by the FITB General Assembly that meets every 2 years. Countries must show that they are the genuine National Federation in their country and that they are active in the promotion and development of tchoukball.