Outdoor Tamburello

player of Outdoor Tamburello

Outdoor Tamburello is practiced on open-air grounds, with 2 teams of five players. The game-field is typically rectangular in shape (80 m x 20 m) and is divided into two halves. (see diagram 1)


One of the players opens the service (battuta), which is taken from a small square, called the trampolino, situated at one corner of the battuta but outside the court. The service must travel over the middle line. The ball is then hit back and forth over the line, the side hitting it out of court or failing to return it losing a point.

The game is scored like tennis, four points constituting a game, counting 15+15+10+10. A full match is typically the best of 13 games (in Italy) or 18 games (in France). The ball is a half-filled rubber-ball, 6 cm in diameter and weighs either 88 g (in Italy) or 78 g (in France).

player of Outdoor Tamburello

A typical team of players consists of a batter who serves, a support (centrocampista) who defends the back side of the territory, a rimettitore (le tiers) who covers the mid-field, and two terzino (cordiers) who play at the front of the court to volley or smash the ball to attack the opponents. (see diagram 2)

If the ball bounces twice in your territory or your team hits it out of your opponents' field, your team loses a point. The point is also lost if the ball touches the centre line. The ball cannot be touched successively by more than one player on the same team.

FIBT International rules for Outdoor Tamburello