Lawrence Starkman on the Rules of Handball

Lawrence Starkman is a handball enthusiast who enjoys playing the sport at his local YMCA. With origins dating all the way back to the Roman Empire, handball is been tailored and developed into a worldwide organized and marketable sport. Below, Lawrence Starkman shares the rules of his favorite sport so that others will be more educated and perhaps curious about trying the sport for themselves.

First, there are seven people to a team: six field players and one goalkeeper. Two teams play against each other on a court that is often the same hardwood material as a basketball court, however is slightly larger in surface area. There is one ball and the point of the game is to score points by throwing the ball into the other team’s goal. The game play is much like that of soccer or field hockey, with all players in action throughout both of the 30-minute halves.

The game is started with a coin toss to determine who gets the ball first. Then, a throw-off takes place, where one of the players on the starting team passes the ball into the court towards one of their teammates. Players are allowed to run with the ball for three steps or hold it for three seconds before passing or shooting. Defenders are allowed to make contact with their torsos only, much like basketball players. When penalties occur, the referee may pull a yellow or red card. Fouls can also result in free throws for the other team.