Tenniquoits

What is Tenniquoits?

In the early years of the last century a game called Decktennis (Deck Tennis) has been played at the sports deck of big ocean liners. At that time Decktennis has been played with a ring made of rope. This game is the origin of the now international competitive sport Tenniquoits, which is also known as Ringtennis (Ring Tennis) or Tennikoit (Tenni-Koit). The basic goal of Tenniquoits is to throw a ring* of solid rubber with one hand over a net into the opposing half of the court in such a way, that the ring hits the ground or the opponent is unable to catch, control or return the ring. (*The ring, authorized by the World Tenniquoits Federation, must have a weight between 190 and 220 grams, an inner diameter between 11 and 12 cm, an outer diameter between 17 and 18cm and a thickness of 3cm.  The thickness is allowed to vary plus or minus 0.5 cm.)
While the continuous alternation of throw and catch of the ring during a match takes place, the players of Tenniquoits combine a variety of different techniques to shoot and types of defensive and offensive shots with a skilful manner to catch a receiving ring with one hand.

To present an attractive, fast and sportsmanlike match, all actions of the players have to be executed in fluidly motions without unacceptable delays during the process from the receiving to the delivery of the ring. Each game is 20 minutes long, 10 minutes per side.  The game is managed by a referee.  The player/players with the highest score at the end of the 20 minutes are the winners of the game.  Games can be played as singles, doubles or mixed doubles. Only in a few countries Decktennis developed into the competitive sport Tenniquoits with yearly national championships. This was the case in Germany (1929), South Africa (1960) and India (1960).

History of Tenniquoits

In the early years of the last century a game called Decktennis (Deck Tennis) was played at the sports deck of big ocean liners. At that time Decktennis has been played with a ring made of rope. This game is the origin of the now international competitive sport Tenniquoits, which is also known as Ringtennis (Ring Tennis) or Tenni-Koit.

Probably created from British or American sportsmen Decktennis came around the world through enthusiastic tourists, commonwealth officials and emigrants. Moreover soldiers, playing on board of military ships and in soldier camps may have arranged for bringing this sport to different parts of the world. At that time and the following decades (1930 - 1960) Decktennis was discovered at schools and universities in UK, USA and Australia and has been classified as valuable for physical education of children concerning hand-eye-coordination.
Only in a few countries Decktennis developed into the competitive sport Tenniquoits with yearly national championships. This was the case in Germany (1929), South Africa (1960) and India (1960). Under the leadership of these countries the World Tenniquoits Federation has been founded in 2004 to control and spread Tenniquoits to more nations around the world as competitive sport. The Tenni-Koit Federation of India conducted the first World Championships in 2006 with participating players from Germany, South Africa, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Brazil and India.

How is the game played?

World Tenniquoits Federation

The World Tenniquoits Federation (WTF) has been founded in 2004 under the leadership of Germany, South Africa and India.   The WTF is the highest international authority concerning the sports of Tenniquoits and obliged to the development of Tenniquoits worldwide. The purpose of the WTF is to promote and control the sport Tenniquoits and to organize international competitions between the affiliated National Tenniquoits Federations.
During November 2005, the first common international rules for the sport Tenniquoits is named “International Tenniquoits Rules (ITR)“  and officially accepted by the Executive Committee of the WTF. The ITR is obliging for all future international competitions under the leadership of the WTF and determines all issues of how to play international Tenniquoits.  Moreover it contains all binding regulations for international referees.
Another highlight in the history of the sport Tenniquoits was in January 2006, when the first international ranking was activated. The WTF ranking for men and for women contains all international results of a four years time span. Events like World Championships, International Tournaments, test-matches and national championships are relevant to create the ranking of the international top players.

Clubs and Contact details:

Position Contact person Telephone Email
Pretoria Phil Rawlins 072 370 3278 philraw@absamail.co.za
       
Gauteng North Ringtennis Union
Chairperson Phil Rawlins 072 370 3278 ringtennisgn@gmail.com
Vice-Chairperson Jaco du Toit 083 656 5505 ringtennisgn@gmail.com
Secretary Yolanda Freitag 081 336 8408 ringtennisgn@gmail.com vanstaden.yolanda@gmail.com
Treasurer Michelle Smit 079 877 5738 ringtennisgn@gmail.com
Additional Member Yvonne Viljoen 084 405 5326 ringtennisgn@gmail.com

World Championships
The Tenni-Koit Federation of India conducted the first World Championships in 2006, from the 6th – 10th of November in Chennai at the facilities of the Velammal International School, with participating players from Germany, South Africa, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Brazil and India.  The first World Championships was won by Germany.
In November 2007, the WTF awarded the holding of the 2nd World Championships 2010 to Germany.   The Championships was held from 31st of July till 6th of August 2010 in Koblenz - Germany.   The South African Team won the Second World Championship.
The third World Championship will be held in South Africa in 2014.

Members of the World Tenniquoits Federation

  • German Gymnastic Federation Division Ringtennis
  • South African Tenniquoits Board
  • Tennikoit Federation of India
  • Bangladesh Tenniquoits Federation
  • Polish Ringo Society
  • Club Athletico Paulistano — Brazil
  • New Zealand Naturist Federation
  • Pakistan Tenniquoits Federation
  • Argentine Alternative Sports Committee (Codasports)
  • Belorussian Ringo Federation
  • Kenya Ringo Association
  • Nepal Tenniquoits Federation

Upcoming events and tournaments

  • 21 Junie 2014 – Gauteng Noord Skeidsregterskursus - Munies
  • 28 Junie 2014 – SA Ringtennis Raad Algemene Jaarvergadering – Munies
  • 9 Augustus 2014 – Ringtennis vir Hospice – Centurion
  • 16 Augustus 2014 – GN Proewe – Munies