All About Handball
Handball, or Team Handball as it is known in North America, is simply one of the fastest most technical team sports in the world. With high powered, dynamic, fast-paced end-to-end action, handball is truely an exciting sport to play and watch Handball is a Summer Olympic sport played on a 20m x 40m court with goals at each end. The ball is passed between team mates at high speeds and attacking players use fast counter attacks and clever moves to overcome the defence and create opportunities to score. Only the goal keeper is allowed in the 6m goal area that surrounds the goal.
The final confrontation between shooter and goal keeper adds to the dramatic outcome of the attack. Handball is reputed as being the fastest ball sport. There is a great deal of physical contact and end-to-end action involving high jumps, powerful throws and spectactular agility.
Beach handball is a rapidly developing sport that combines competition with leisure.
Played on sand by teams of four, with four substitute players per team, the action on the small court is fast and at times furious.
Extra points are awarded for particularly spectacular goals: for those scored in-flight, 360˚ spin shot, through a penalty or by a goalkeeper. Games go over two halves of 10 minutes each. There is always a winner in beach handball: a golden goal’ rule applies in a draw for the half; should each team win a half, the game is decided by a ‘shoot-out’: a field player going up against the goalkeeper.
Beach handball has developed into a competitive sport and as such aims to enter the Summer Olympic Games. Beach Handball entered the official sports programme of The World Games 2013 in Cali, Colombia for the first time (previously an invitational sport). The growing interest in this young sport can now be recognised all over Europe, South America, North Africa and Asia.
Philosophy of the Game
Mini Handball is a ball game for children. Handball rules and equipment are adapted so that children can understand, learn and enjoy the game. Playing this kind of handball, children ages 8-11 can exercise, improve their basic motor skills and coordination, which is just as important as the development of specific game concepts such as "team spirit" or "fair play."
The game and experience should always be kept in the foreground, the results and achievement in the background. it is not adults' handball! Training and tactics should not be involved.
Who Can Play the Game
Boys and girls ages 8-11 years old in co-ed teams.
The two teams include 5-6 players (4-5 field players and a goalkeeper) depending on how practised the children are, the length of the game depends on their age, but every player should be involved for roughly the same time (perhaps also in the goal).
What do you Need to Play
Small Court: 20-24m long x 12-16m wide (e.g. 20 x 13m is exactly one third of the normal handball court).
Soft Ball: a ball with a circumference of 44-49cm, should be colorful, suitable for children, soft, not too heavy, must bounce well and be easy to grab to guarantee a "fear-free" game. Children should like it and not be afraid of it.
How do you Play
Mini Handball rules are made extremely simply to allow a teacher or coach (not a referee) to make fair and easy decisions which children can understand.
The general rules - ball handling, defending, attacking, scoring, etc. - are identical with the rules of Handball.
The game should always be played in the spirit of fair play, but in case players behave unfairly, they will get substituted (not suspended) for two minutes.