The Rules of Handball (Team Handball or Olympic Handball) – EXPLAINED!

The Rules of Handball (Team Handball or Olympic Handball) – EXPLAINED!

Ninh explains the RULES of Handball
Handball, otherwise known as Team Handball or Olympic Handball, is a game that’s a
mixture of basketball, soccer, and ice hockey. Handball is played with two teams of 14, with 7 players taking to the court at any one time. This includes one goal keeper and 6 field
players. The objective of the game is for your team
to score more goals than the opposing team. To score a goal, a player must throw the ball
into the goal. These goals at 3m wide x 2m high.
The ball must completely cross the goal line and the shooting player must not step into
the crease for a goal to count. The goal crease is a 6m radius around the
goal, and the free throw line is a 9m radius. The court itself 40m x 20m.
The game starts by the team that wins the coin toss with a throw off.
Once a team has possession of the ball, a player must not hold onto it for more than
three seconds, nor must a player take any more than three steps.
Failure to do this results in a free throw being awarded to the opposing team.
You can pass the ball directly between teammates, or dribble the ball like in basketball, where
you bounce the ball up and down repeatedly whilst in motion.
Players must make a conscious effort to move the ball up the court and try to score.
If the referee decides that the team is making no attempt to shoot, this is known as ‘passive
play’ and the ball is awarded to the other team.
The opposing team will try and stop you by blocking the ball with their hands and arms,
making frontal body contact, and forming walls with other team mates to force errors from
the attacking team. A defender has to be careful here, as they
cannot pull the ball out of the attacking players hands, nor can they push or jump into
them. Any of these infractions results in a free throw being awarded to the other team.
The game is played in 2 x 30 minute halves, for a total playing time of 60 minutes.
Highest score at the end of time wins. If the game ends in a tie, up to 2 x 5 minute
overtime periods are played to determine the winner.
If the game is still tied after two overtime periods, it goes to a penalty shootout just
like soccer. Handball is an easy sport to understand, but
there’s a few other things you’ll need to know before you play or watch a game. For example: Goal Crease
The goal crease (or goal area) is the exclusive domain of the goalkeeper.
All players have to be aware that only the goalkeeper is allowed in the goal crease.
If an attacking player steps into the goal crease and scores a goal, the goal is disallowed.
If a defending player steps into the goal crease to stop someone shooting, a 7 metre
throw is awarded to the attacking team. Seven Metre Throw
This is the equivalent of a penalty kick in soccer.
If a defender steps into the goal crease to prevent someone shooting, or has prevented
a legitimate chance to score, a 7 metre throw is awarded.
A player lines up at the 7 metre line and gets to shoot once against the goalkeeper.
All shots that go into the goal counts. Dribble Fault
Just like the double dribble violation in basketball, a player cannot dribble the ball,
stop and then proceed to dribble again. In Handball this is known as a dribble fault,
and possession of the ball is awarded to the other team. Progressive Punishment
Just like in soccer, if you start committing fouls, you will firstly be warned with a yellow
card. If you proceed to foul again, you are handed
a two minute suspension from the game like in ice hockey. A third foul draws another
two minute suspension and If you foul a fourth time, you are shown a
red card and you are ejected from the game. You can also be shown a straight red for serious
offences. Substitution
There are unlimited substitutions in Handball, and all substitutes must cross over on the
substitution line. If you have found this video at all helpful,
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the video and discuss it there. Handball is a popular sport in Europe and
is very similar to football and basketball, check out my videos on both sports if you’re
still not sure, but in the meantime, enjoy Handball! Ninh Ly,, @NinhLyUK

Comments (100)

  1. This was really helpfull

  2. thank now i know want to to learn what handball my PE teacher tell everybody to watch this and learn how you do it. You Awesome now i understand everything now.

  3. I played this in school

  4. Thank you it really helped my child because she learns handball in her school

  5. We have this in u.s.a in New York not sure about the other states our goal is smaller we play after football, basketball, then what we call it European handball with a few changes in the rules

  6. So there's a few things that are not clear in this vid and as one who played handball for a long time, id like to clear out.

    First, at the beginning of the game, you can see the players kinda "feeling the ball". This is due to a special glue handball players usually put on the ball and on the hands for a batter grip. So, by "feeling" the ball the players actually putting glue on their hands.

    Second, commit "soft" faults are actually a good move for the defensive team. A solft fault will result in a restart of the attack at the nine metre line. In handball, a very fast sport, slowing the attack and stopping their momentum by commiting soft faults is a legit and well known strategy.

    Third, the video misleads when it gets to 7 metre shots (panalty shot). Because handball is a high score game, saying that "stopping a player with a legitimate potential of scoring" is down right wrong. There is one major thing that will result in panalty, touching an attacker from behind when he is in the 9 metre radius. For an example, pushing a player in the air when he is about to shoot. Why is this different then what Ninh said ? Because commiting a fault OUTSIDE of the 9 metre raduis WILL NOT result in a panalty shot. It can cause the defensive team in a 2 minutes/red card of even worth, but it will not cause a panalty shot.

    Another thing, somewhat important thing that Ninh forgot to mantion is a corner in handball. When a defensive play, except from the goalkeeper, touching the ball last before the ball goes behind the goal line, it will result a corner. One offensive player will have to deliver a pass (or a shot as far as I remember) to one of his teammates from the corner of the field.

    Another very important thing that Ninh forgot to mantion is that when you dribble , you have to put your hand ABOVE THE BALL AND ABOVE THE BALL ONLY. Doing differently will result in the ball handed to the other team. This is different from basketball ball dribbling as in basketball you have to keep your hand from "rounding" the ball.

    I know it's hard to squeeze all the rules into one 4 minutes long vid, but some of the stuff above you could have mantioned.

  7. Hoccer > Regular handball

  8. Please make a video for American Handball

  9. Was I not attentive enough or did you make a video about HANDball and forgot to mention that touching the ball with your FOOT is not allowed?

  10. Who else played this in gym?

  11. finally a game mixed with soccer and basketball. sounds like my sport

  12. Btw Handball the sport was found by a German doctor in Berlin.

  13. thank you this video was very helpful on my country report that i was supposed to tell about traditions or games they play. Thanks again!

  14. Great video, cant wait to play handball today

  15. My P.E. teacher made it so that when you have the ball you can’t move until you throw it ?

  16. I just started handball and i wasn’t sure that i am playing it ritght but now i know

  17. I remember being introduced to this game in 1976 in PE a few months prior to the Summer Olympics in Montreal. We were informed at that time it was European Handball. It's a simple sport to play and quite fun as well. Unsure as to why it never really took off in North America though. Thanks again Ninh from John in Calgary. Hey..Where can I get one of those Iceland jerseys?

  18. Looks like High Speed Hot Potato w/ goals!

  19. It like water polo but without the pool …

  20. Hey Ninh, can you teach us the rules of rounders? (Irish baseball)

  21. Handball is easy.

  22. Please don’t use that song again. The siren in it is making me change the video. It’s fuckin annoying af

  23. You're so great.You helped me out

  24. I wonder if I can find a place to play around me

  25. I played Team Handball in Germany in the Women's League as a Goalkeeper. I still like this sport and I like it more than Basketball but the International game has changed since I have played it. First of all we women and men played in Germany in Amateur's Leaugues which were played in the Summer season on outdoor venues and fields, like sand, grass, clay, cement, etc. and with a week off between season, we played in the Hall in the Winter season. Therefore, as amateur athletes we played more games than any professional Handball Player but also more games than Basketball players. When I was still living in Germany and played this particular sport as an amateur – working full-time and playing Team Handball as recreational sport- regular games were actually 40 minutes in length. But now, in modern times and in the Olympics, men and women only play this game for 30 minutes per period. It seems like we amateurs had a lot harder work-out and game experiences than the men professional teams, like they have in Europe. It is amazing, that the men teams are recognized but we women teams are discarded even though we played by the same rules. But what else is new. Shame on you, you male Team Handball players who didn't fight for us.

  26. Team Handball is a great game because it is a lot more powerful and faster than Basketball and both teams have a goal keeper. Watch the games in the last Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro and you can see.

  27. Thank you for the help!! Im playing handball in my school and our PTC sir told us to watch a video on how to play handball and this really helped!! Wish me luck tommorow is my match!!

  28. great video as always

  29. i only watched the whole video cuz of the tekken music

  30. Really helpful
    Thanks a lot

  31. Thats not handball where i come from hand ball where i come from u have to blast a ball to the wall and when it bounces the other player has to do the same and gaa is the same creatures

  32. Great. Can you fo a video on Australian handball?

  33. Very good explanation sir

  34. Good basic information, thank you.

  35. Great overall explanation. I would only add the physical side of the game. This is no basketball. This can be full contact.

  36. Awesome videos Ninh! ? They're all clear and concise

  37. This is not the handball i played at school

  38. Objectives types questions bna do plzzzz

  39. Then why r they stepping inside the grease every time to make a shot

  40. Am I the only one who thinks handball is wall ball handball

  41. I play handball in Greece.I believe one day handball became popular sport.

  42. I want to start playing handball and this video helped me understand the game more

  43. I wish India were a strong team in Handball…. I damnnnn love this game❤❤❤❤

  44. No wonder why the goalkeeper must wear a different color jersey as his/her team made. So he/she can be allow in the crease.

  45. this game looks easy af

  46. I teach this sport to my 4th – 6th grade students. They love it. I love playing this sport too.

  47. I play goalie I; this game Edit : in

  48. So what's the "Kempa-Trick" called in your language (except German, where it's called just that)? In Sweden, we call it a "Japanare", "a Japanese", I have no idea why though.

  49. This is the National sport in my country Denmark, and we are defending olympic and world champions 🙂

  50. There’s another type of handball in ireland

  51. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee this wasn’t very helpful :C (jk)

  52. Only idiot play this game, no excitement for this game

  53. This is without a doubt the world's most underrated sport. I've played and taught this sport, and I've never met a soul who didn't enjoy it.

  54. This looks like the land version of water polo

  55. Two questions: As a defender, I'm allowed to shove/check the ball carrier as long as the ball carrier is in front of me and is facing me?

    As a ball carrier, I can negate the 3 step/ 3 second rule as long as I dribble and I'm obviously trying to set up a scoring chance?

  56. It was really useful

  57. That helps me a lot

  58. The referee can give you a 2 minute punishment from the start he doesn't have to give a yellow first

  59. One of the best sports I know. Its a real shame this isn't bigger in the UK

  60. We played a variant of Team Handball in school, but it was closer to American Football. Instead of a goal, you had to complete a pass over a line, or into an "end-zone". We couldn't dribble the ball or let the ball touch the ground at all or possession went to the other team, there weren't really positions, the 3 sec. holding the ball rule was extended to 7 sec. but for the most part the rules were the same. The beauty of playing it this way versus whats in the video, was that the teachers could come up with crazy variants of the game easily. Like for example, playing with multiple balls, or multiple balls but each are worth different point values (My personal favorite), or you didn't have to give up possession after scoring, or you can run forward as much as you want but you can only lateral it similar to Rugby. It was good fun.

  61. Sorry ninh about the sliotor

  62. Errrmmm 3 seconds I don't think that's right that you only can hold the ball for 3 seconds…. Or do you mean like standing still with it in ya hands or when u play with it and bounce

  63. I just watched and THOROUGHLY ENJOYED my 1st game of handball! @ezthejedi I completely agree…why isn't this in America? I surely would have played. I am an instant fan! I wish I had watched this video before I attended, but I was able to follow the game pretty well. Your video helped to fill in the gaps for me.

  64. thank you it helped me in pe

  65. When I played handball in 5th grade, you were physically unable to bounce the ball, because they were made of foam

  66. This helped me sooooo much thank's!??

  67. Make a video on beach handball pls

  68. You forgot to say that it is not allowed to go more than three steps without bouncing the ball one time to the ground.

  69. Football not soccer!

  70. I play handball for six years and im 11 years old

  71. Who else studying for a test?

  72. I'd say handball is pretty similar to water polo, no? Sort of like water polo on land?

  73. Why did my teacher link me here

  74. My gym teacher used this video to help us on a test. I hate gym, and tests. I've been procrastinating on this for about a month, so.. thank.

  75. Ugh. I gotta play this in gym class, I suck at catching.

  76. How tf should I as a boy play in defense against girls?

    It's our PE topic and we play boys and girls

  77. Thanks it helped me with my P.E (or gym) homework!

  78. My teacher is making me watch this for school

  79. Really appreciate your work ☺️

  80. When you get a third 2 minutes susspension you also get a red card and are not allowed to play anymore. That's 3 strikes not 4!!!!

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