What is Mini Handball?

[Ligue Côte d'Azure Handball (Fr) - Mini Handball]

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.


To experience fun 
To train and advance the young player: 

  • emphasizing a game on small surfaces 
  • with goal area and adapted goals (cages or mini Hand reducers goal) 
  • according to appropriate rules (less strict and contactless) 

To facilitate the practice of many. 
To balance the playing field between the shooter and goalie.