Object of the Game
- Handball combines the elements of soccer and basketball, as six players move the ball
down a floor that is larger than a basketball court and try to score by throwing the
ball past a goalkeeper into the net. A successful scoring attempt results in the award
of a single point.
- A regulation game is played in 20 min. halves with one timeout per team per half.
- The clock will stop on all penalty shots in the last two minutes of the second half
ONLY. A three-minute halftime will separate the first and second halves.
- There will be NO overtime during the regular season. Games ending in a tie will remain
- A game is played between two teams. Seven players on each team are allowed on the
court at the same time (6 players and a goalkeeper). A game may be started with a
minimum of 5 players.
- The substitution of players is allowed as long as it is done correctly.
- Substitutes may enter the game, at any time and repeatedly, without notifying the
timekeeper/scorekeeper, as long as the players they are replacing have already left
the court at the designated substitution area (half court).
- Anyone leaving or entering the court incorrectly shall be penalized for faulty substitution.
A faulty substitution shall be penalized with a free throw (opponent gets the ball
at nearest spot). Substitutions can also take place during timeouts.
- Goalkeepers are also allowed to sub but they must follow these guidelines. Goalkeepers
must wear a different colored jersey, to signify that they are the only player able
to enter the goal area. If a sub is coming in for the goalie the sub should have the
colored jersey on before entering the court.
The Goal Area
- Only the goalkeeper is allowed in the goal area, (Goal area includes the goal area
line, the solid arch.)
- **The shooting player may fly into the goal area to shoot the ball, but may not touch
the shooting line before the ball is released. Once the shooter comes down in the
goal area they must make an immediate attempt to exit the area, (all action completed
without disturbing the goalkeeper).**
- The following action occurs when entering the goal area:
- If the offensive player enters the area, the goalie then throws the ball back into
- If the defensive player enters the area, a foul shot will be attempted (if the defensive
team enters the area without causing a disadvantage then there will be no penalty)
- The ball in the goal area:
- Only the goalie may touch the ball when it is in goal area.
- If a player intentionally plays the ball into his/her own goal area, the following
- Goal if the ball goes in the goal
- A penalty shot by the opponents team if the goalie touches the ball
- If the ball comes to rest in the goal area, a penalty shot by the opponents will occur
- Play continues if the ball traverses through the goal area (without touching the goalie)
Playing the ball
Players are not allowed to:
- Dribble the ball for an unlimited amount of time.
- Run with the ball for up to three steps before and after dribbles.
- Hold the ball without moving for only three seconds.
All players (exception goalkeeper) are only permitted to hold the ball for three seconds,
three steps, or dribbles before a violation is called.
Three steps are called like in basketball (Jump stops count as one complete step)
The three second count starts as soon as the player gains control of the ball. Fumbling
of the ball does not count as possession/control
The ball is played with the hands, but it is may be touched with any part of the body
without a violation called. The ball can not be played off of the foot or below the
knee, except when the ball is thrown off the opponent to give advantage (i.e. throw
off opponent to deflect out of bounds)
If the ball is intentionally played out of bounds (delay of game), the opposing team
will be awarded a penalty shot.
If a team is noticeably stalling (not attempting to score or shoot) the official will
give the warning signal. Should the team now fail to make a recognizable attempt to
shoot on goal, the opponent will be awarded a penalty shot. This is a judgment call
by the officials, and on average there will be a 20-second count.
If both opponents gain possession of the ball simultaneously then the ball will be
awarded to the offensive team on the court where the possession occurred.
Goalkeepers: The following acts occur with the goalkeeper:
Keepers can touch the ball with any part of the body while in the act of defense inside
the goal area
Keepers may exit the goal area without possession of the ball, but then the goalkeeper
becomes subject to the rules applying to players in the playing area. When the goalie
wants to re-enter the goal area they may not be in possession of the ball. When goalies
come out of the goal area they may never go past ½ court (no power play)
Keepers may move around in the goal area without any restrictions, with the exception
of a 5-second count to release the ball
Keepers administer all throw-ins after all made goals. Once the ball is put back into
play, he or she may not receive the ball again until the defense has gained possession.
- Endanger an opponent with the ball
- Pull, hit, or punch the ball out of the hands of an opponent (similar to flag football).
- Contact the ball below the knees
- Block a throw or shot from behind.(Penalty Shot)
- Free throw- for a minor foul or violation, an indirect free throw is awarded to the
opponents at the exact spot it took place. If the foul occurs between goal area and
the 9 meter line, the throw is taken from the nearest point outside the 9 meter line.
All players on the team taking the free throw must be outside the 9 meter line. Opponents
must be 3 meters away from the ball when the throw is taken.
- Penalty shot is awarded when:
Any player on the team may take the penalty shot for a team, while shooting the penalty
shot the players pivot foot may not break contact with the penalty shot line.
All players must be outside the 9 meter line when the penalty shot is taken. Any player
can take the penalty shot. Excessive minor fouls may result in a yellow card for the
Any yellow card will also accompany an automatic 2 minute suspension for the offending
player. The team can not substitute for the suspended player (example: hockey power
play). Any ejection results in the remainder of the game being played shorthanded.
Two yellow cards for one player results in an ejection.
- A foul destroys a clear chance to score
- The goalie carries the ball back into the goalie area
- A court player intentionally plays the ball to his or her own goalie in the goal area
and the goalie touches the ball.
- Anytime a pass or shot is blocked from behind.
- Participants must remove all jewelry prior to competing.
- No hats or bandannas will be allowed. One-piece elastic headbands are the only forms
of headwear that will be allowed.
- Athletic shoes and athletic attire are required for participation. Unacceptable attire
includes jeans, jean shorts, khaki pants/shorts, button down shirts, hiking boots,
and street shoes.
- Any athletic brace with exposed metal must be covered and/or taped. The Intramural
Office will not be responsible for providing athletic tape (most metal braces will
- The Intramural Sports Department will provide a game ball for each scheduled contest