The Rules of Handball (Team Handball or Olympic Handball) – EXPLAINED!


Ninh explains the RULES of Handball
Handball, otherwise known as Team Handball or Olympic Handball, is a game that’s a
mixture of basketball, soccer, and ice hockey. Handball is played with two teams of 14, with 7 players taking to the court at any one time. This includes one goal keeper and 6 field
players. The objective of the game is for your team
to score more goals than the opposing team. To score a goal, a player must throw the ball
into the goal. These goals at 3m wide x 2m high.
The ball must completely cross the goal line and the shooting player must not step into
the crease for a goal to count. The goal crease is a 6m radius around the
goal, and the free throw line is a 9m radius. The court itself 40m x 20m.
The game starts by the team that wins the coin toss with a throw off.
Once a team has possession of the ball, a player must not hold onto it for more than
three seconds, nor must a player take any more than three steps.
Failure to do this results in a free throw being awarded to the opposing team.
You can pass the ball directly between teammates, or dribble the ball like in basketball, where
you bounce the ball up and down repeatedly whilst in motion.
Players must make a conscious effort to move the ball up the court and try to score.
If the referee decides that the team is making no attempt to shoot, this is known as ‘passive
play’ and the ball is awarded to the other team.
The opposing team will try and stop you by blocking the ball with their hands and arms,
making frontal body contact, and forming walls with other team mates to force errors from
the attacking team. A defender has to be careful here, as they
cannot pull the ball out of the attacking players hands, nor can they push or jump into
them. Any of these infractions results in a free throw being awarded to the other team.
The game is played in 2 x 30 minute halves, for a total playing time of 60 minutes.
Highest score at the end of time wins. If the game ends in a tie, up to 2 x 5 minute
overtime periods are played to determine the winner.
If the game is still tied after two overtime periods, it goes to a penalty shootout just
like soccer. Handball is an easy sport to understand, but
there’s a few other things you’ll need to know before you play or watch a game. For example: Goal Crease
The goal crease (or goal area) is the exclusive domain of the goalkeeper.
All players have to be aware that only the goalkeeper is allowed in the goal crease.
If an attacking player steps into the goal crease and scores a goal, the goal is disallowed.
If a defending player steps into the goal crease to stop someone shooting, a 7 metre
throw is awarded to the attacking team. Seven Metre Throw
This is the equivalent of a penalty kick in soccer.
If a defender steps into the goal crease to prevent someone shooting, or has prevented
a legitimate chance to score, a 7 metre throw is awarded.
A player lines up at the 7 metre line and gets to shoot once against the goalkeeper.
All shots that go into the goal counts. Dribble Fault
Just like the double dribble violation in basketball, a player cannot dribble the ball,
stop and then proceed to dribble again. In Handball this is known as a dribble fault,
and possession of the ball is awarded to the other team. Progressive Punishment
Just like in soccer, if you start committing fouls, you will firstly be warned with a yellow
card. If you proceed to foul again, you are handed
a two minute suspension from the game like in ice hockey. A third foul draws another
two minute suspension and If you foul a fourth time, you are shown a
red card and you are ejected from the game. You can also be shown a straight red for serious
offences. Substitution
There are unlimited substitutions in Handball, and all substitutes must cross over on the
substitution line. If you have found this video at all helpful,
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is very similar to football and basketball, check out my videos on both sports if you’re
still not sure, but in the meantime, enjoy Handball! Ninh Ly, www.ninh.co.uk, @NinhLyUK

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