Team Handball is an extremely fast hybrid of soccer, netball and
You can play handball indoors or outdoors, on grass, sand or timbered floor.
Players are encouraged to be athletic, flamboyant and inventive, but above
all, to work together as a team.
Handball is played on a court the size of two basketball courts. At either end
of the field is a soccer-type goal. The object is to get the smallish soccer ball into their
goal more often than your opponents can get it into yours.
The ball is moved by passing in the style of netball. Players can take three
steps and hold the ball for three seconds. Dribbling is allowed, however the
ball must be patted with the palm, meaning that passing is usually the faster option.
High-scoring, dynamic and athletic, it is an outstanding spectator sport. Working the ball into a shooting position can be eye-catching enough, but handballs greatest spectacle comes when the best players in the world wind up to shoot.
The best can leap in the air and uncoil their bodies like springs, the explosive nature of the move propelling the ball at speeds of around 100 kilometres an hour.
Handball is one of the most popular sports in the world - some say second only to soccer! It's played the world over - around 150 nations play the game. At least 15 million people from all walks of life get involved. And with good reason! There's something in it for everyone: it keeps you fit and healthy; it's fast and fun; and it promotes diverse strategies and tactics.
So what are you waiting for? There are competitions for guys, girls and kids. Give it a shot.
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