How to play | TamBourelli

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“All you need to know about how to play; teams, court size, serving, scoring and formations.”


Singles or doubles (1 vs. 1, or 2 vs. 2)

Court dimensions

The court is rectangular in shape (9.14m x 3.96m) with a net (1.73m) separating the two sides.


In many sports, before play commences it is customary to shake the hands of the opposition. In TamBourelli, however, it is customary to bow to the opposition. The handshake and the bow can both be seen as acts of good sportsmanship between competitors. Every point begins with a serve and each player takes it in turns to serve throughout the match. The server can begin play from anywhere behind the baseline. The only stipulation is that the shuttlecock must go over the net and inside the opposition’s court boundaries. If a fault is made on the first service attempt the server will be given a second service. In doubles, the court is divided into four parts with a line down the middle. The service can no longer go anywhere within the opposition’s court boundaries but instead must be played on the diagonal.

How to score

There are two ways matches can be played and this has to be agreed upon before play commences. Players must agree to play a match to 21 points or 3 games of 11 points. Regardless of which type of match the players choose, to win, there must be a lead of two clear points e.g. 25-23. There are many ways for players to win a point, for example, the shuttlecock lands in the opposition court boundaries, or the shuttlecock is hit out of the court boundaries. In doubles, however, there is an opportunity to ‘save the point’ by hitting the shuttlecock twice, if necessary. If the doubles pair goes on to win the point after a double hit, the point is then saved and the score remains the same.


In TamBourelli, it is worth highlighting that it is easier to lose a point then it is to win one, making it more conducive to rallying. That is the reason many doubles pairs use a side-by-side formation as this makes it easier to cover the full width of the court and can be seen as more defensive. Although of higher risk, an aggressive front-and-back formation can be a good way to disrupt the lengthy rallies and win quick points.

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