By; Jordan Hoggarth

Rules & regulations;

  • In order to win a game of Handball one team must score more goals than the opposing team. To score a goal, a player must throw the ball into the opposing team’s goal making sure the whole ball crosses the goal line. One goal scored is worth one point

  • The pitch is 40m long and 20m wide. This is the largest indoor court of any sport.

  • The game consists of two 30 minute halves with a break in between. The break lasts for up to 10 minutes for the teams to re-group and refresh. However during the game, each team is awarded one single timeout.

  • Whoever has scored the most goals at the end of the game, they win the game. However if the game is tied, overtime period is granted. It has two 5 minute halves where it offers the chance for a team to score more goals and win the game. There will be no timeouts granted within this overtime. But if the score is still equal after the first 5 minutes, a 5 minute break is taken before the second half takes place. If at the end of this overtime the score is still tied, a ‘7 metre shootout’ will take place. 5 players from each team will take turns shooting from the 7-meter line attempting to score goals. If after the 5 shots each the game is still tied, the shootout will continue until one team has score at least one more goal than the other team after an equal number of attempts. The team who comes out scoring the most will then win the game.

  • During the game, if a player commits repeated fouls, of a particular foul is deemed unsportsmanlike, the referees can eliminate the player for two minutes or even disqualify him or her for the rest of the game as a disciplinary procedure.

  • Only certain kind of contact between players is allowed in handball. When players step out of line, the match officials award three throws and 7-meter shots. The free throw is made from the same position as were the foul occurred.

Three match situations;

In handball, if you take more than 3 steps or more than 5 steps with bouncing the ball in between, a foul will be permitted and the opposing team will be gifted the ball and a free pass. This is to stop players holding onto the ball for too long and to enhance fast flowing, attractive games. the foul will be taken from the spot where the foul had taken place.

Only the goalkeeper is allowed in the box, and if an outfield player goes in the box, his team will be penalised. however, an attacking player is allowed in the box in a certain situation. If an attacker jumps into the box and throws the ball towards the goal before he touches the ground again, this is a vlaid shot. However if the shot goes in and he touches the ground before releasing the ball, this will not be a valid shot and any goal will be disallowed.

If a team is winning and look as though they are trying to waste time by throwing the ball around at the back, a free throw will be awarded to the opposing team. This is because the game needs to be as fast flowing and exciting as possible. With this disciplinary action in place, it will stop teams wasting time and the game will always be fun to be invovled in and watch.

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