Communities First, Jimmy Asher Foundation and England Handball have teamed up to deliver a new format of one of the fastest growing Olympic sports in the Country. So whether you are male or female, tall or short, Handball is the sport of the future and its popularity is forever increasing in schools, colleges and youth centres up and down the country. What is Handball: Handball is an Olympic sport where two teams of seven players each (six outfield players and a goalkeeper on each team) pass a ball by throwing it to each other, with the aim of scoring by throwing it into the goal of the other team. A standard match consists of two periods of 30 minutes, and the team that scores the most goals wins.Under the new format we are reducing the teams to four players each, three outfield and one goalkeeper. The duration will be 6 minute per half.
Basic handball rules apply
After receiving the ball, players can pass, keep possession, or shoot the ball.
If possessing the ball, players must dribble (similar to a basketball dribble), or can take up to three steps for up to three seconds at a time without dribbling.
No attacking or defending players other than the defending goalkeeper are allowed to touch the floor of the goal area (within six metres of the goal). A shot or pass in the goal area is valid if completed before touching the floor. Goalkeepers are allowed outside the goal area, but are not allowed to cross the goal area boundary with the ball in their hands.The ball may not be passed back to the goalkeeper when they are positioned in the goal area.
During the conclusion of each match the scores will be read out and the player with the most points will be announced.
Code of conduct: “Can you Handle the Ball” maintains a fair play policy, sportsman like conduct is expected at all times. Violent conduct, Verbal bullying, homophobic and racist chants will result in a team being excluded from the competition at any stage and the next best available team will replace the forfeiting side.