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A match consists of two periods of 35 minutes and a halftime interval of 5 minutes and there are 11 players in a team.

Umpire will check equipment to ensure it is within regulations.



Safety will cover the correct use of equipment rules and regulations that must be followed when participating in Handball


  • Gumshields for all players

  • Shin pads for all players as aswell

  • Goal keeper's protective clothing 

Rules and Regulations
  • The ball can only be hit with only the flat side of the stick.

  • The left hand should always be above the right when dribbling, shooting or passing. Do not hold the stick cross-handed                                                                                                                                                              

  • The ball cannot be played with either the feet or the hand. 

  • The ball can be dribbled by running with it on the end of the stick ("straight dribble") or rotating the stick over the ball ("Indian Dribble").

  • Sticks should be kept well below shoulder height at all times 

  • Sticks cannot be used to hit other players and should not be swung dangerously.

  • There is no body checking in field hockey and no stick-checking.

  • The ball may not be raised or lifted into another player.

  • There is no off-side rule.

  • The goalie can use their feet and body to stop the ball, though they cannot fall on the ball or hold on to the ball.

  • Obstruction. A player cannot obstruct if they are stationary, no matter which way they are facing; they must move into a position to obstruct and the obstructed player must be actively trying to play the ball. A player can turn away from a tackler so long as the ball is held in front, and the player moves away from the tackler.

  • Ball off back line: last touched by an attacker, 16 yd pass out. hit to defender; last touched by a defender, corner to attackers - hit in 5 yds along the sideline from the end line. Balls raised into the circle, especially from corners, are usually considered dangerous.

  • All free hits within 5yds of the circle - everyone must be 5 yds away.

  • If the ball hit off backline intentionally by defender or goalie - penalty corner.

  • Accidental infraction by the defender in the circle or intentional infraction inside 25 yd line - penalty corner.

  • Penalty corner: five defenders behind goal line; ball pushed out by an attacker from point 10 yds from the post (any side), defenders can run out after the ball; the ball must move outside the circle and then go back inside before a shot taken. If a shot is HIT it must not be higher than backboard (18") - if flicked it can be higher.                                                                     

  • Penalty stroke: timeout, all players behind 25 yd line except goalie and hitter. Goalie stationary with heels on the line. When umpire sees both goalie and hitter are 'ready’ -  blows the whistle. The hitter must start behind the ball and must then push or flick the ball and not hit. Goalie saves or ball misses the net leads to a 16 yd hit.

Performance Assessment Criteria

For handball, you'll get assessed on skills in isolation and in game situations. For your skills in isolation, you will be given a mark out of 10 and a mark out of 25 for skills in a game.

Skills in Isolation


In isolation, you must show very good skills of: 

• passing (right and left hand, short, long, stationary, on the move)  

• catching (one-handed, two-handed, static, on the move)

• control (stability in the performance of skills)

• footwork (running pass, running shot, dribbling)

• evasion (breakthrough, feints with and without a ball)

• shooting where appropriate to the position (jump shot from the wing, jump shot from the back court, dive shot, standing shot)

• defending (blocking, tackling, interceptions, stealing, man to man, zonal)

• goalkeeping skills (shot stopping – hands, legs, trunk, putting the ball down, long and short shots, fast attack)

Skills in Game Situations


In game situations, you must show very good skills of: 

• contribution to open play (e.g. moving up court, moving into space, creating space, interceptions) in attack and defense

• contribution to set play/moves, (free throws, goalkeeper throw, fast break, throw off, throw in) in attack and defense

• decision making (making correct decision to use techniques as appropriate)

• contribution to strategy and tactics

• demonstrating communication and influence on team performance

• applying the team strategy in open play and set play

• ability to adapt to the environment and changing circumstances  (for example loss of a player)

• adhering to rules, health and safety guidelines, and considering appropriate risk management strategies

In order to get 30-35 marks (9-10 in isolation and 21-25 in competitive situations)
You must be able to:


For the rest of the Practical Performance Assessment Criteria for Handball click here

Positions of Play

This is a court labelled with the positions of play:

Here are the roles of each player​​

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