The Rules of Handball

  • November 8, 2019

Thinking about playing with handball? Before getting out on the court, Following is a guide to the principles of the game.


Basic handball rules

The six meter line – No handball player (other than the goalkeeper) is allowed in the goal area (within the 6m line). Exceptions are following a shot on target, once the player shoots the ball and jumps to the region.


‘Walking’ – When a handball player takes more than three steps without dribbling (bouncing the ball) or holds the ball for more than 3 seconds without bouncing it, passing or shooting, then that’s termed ‘walking’ and ownership is lost.


‘Double dribble’ – Handball players can’t get the ball and bounce it, then hold the balland bounce it. This is termed ‘dribble’ and is contrary to the rules.


‘Kicking’ – Handball players (other than the goalkeeper) must not kick the ball. If the foot touches ownership is given to the opposition.


Fouls – No tripping, holding, hitting, clinching, charging or pushing is enabled in handball.


Free-throws in handball – These are given for Ufa infringements of the rules. All defenders are needed to remain 3m (9.84feet) away from the individual taking the free-throw.


Penalty-throws in handball – when denying a clear chance these are given.


Handball sanctions – based on the seriousness of these crimes, the referee can award players with a yellow card (warning), suspension (two minutes sitting out), or a red card (dismissal).


Throw-ins – These are given after the ball has crossed a side line. It’s taken from the side who didn’t touch it with the player placing one foot on the line where ball went out and passing it back in the court.


Corners – A corner is accepted by the attacking side when a defender has knocked the ball over the goal line (other than at the goal). The player moves the ball in and puts one foot on the corner of the target line and the side line.


Goal-throws – This happens when the ball crosses the goal line and comes off a goalkeeper. The throw is then taken by the goalkeeper from inside their area.


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