UR Handball Rules

  1. The goal of handball is to score points by throwing the ball into the opponent’s net.  The ball can be thrown in directly or can be bounced in.
     
  2. Games are 5-on-5 including the goalie. Of the 5 players – 2 must be female.
     
  3. Players may take 3 steps, then the ball can be dribbled once (like basketball) and then the player can take 3 more steps. However, the player must pass or shoot within three seconds of receiving the ball.
     
  4. Players cannot enter either goal crease except in the act of shooting (after releasing the ball, the shooter may land inside the goal crease).
     
  5. Players can shoot while jumping into the crease but the shot must be released before either foot touches inside crease. The shot must be released while in the air. The timing of this shot must be obvious. If there is any doubt that the shooter was back on the ground at the time of the shot, then it is the goalie’s ball and any goal resulting from the play does not count.
     
  6. Goaltender cannot leave the crease.
     
  7. After a goal has been scored, play will restart witht he goalie having possession of the ball and making a pass.
     
  8. If the goalie or a defender deflects a shot or pass over/beside the net, and it goes out of bounds over the end line, the defensive team regains possession and the goalie restarts the play.
     
  9. No barging or head ducking, using elbows or swiping defenders arms away in order to get past them.
     
  10. No hitting the opposition’s arms, no holding,  and no tripping. A defender may only attempt to block a shot or pass, but only by having their hands directly above , or directly to their sides (like a jumping jack) – at no times are they allowed to try and wrap-up an offensive player.
     
  11. No kicking the ball except for the goalkeeper making a save.
     
  12. No diving on the floor to play a ball.
     
  13. When the defender fouls the attacker while shooting, then it is a free throw from the top of the crease with only the goaltender to beat.
     
  14. No reaching in to grab ball away. Ball can only be blocked. Defender is not allowed to touch the attacker when the attacker has passed the defender.
     
  15. A ball that is knocked down and bounces does not count as a dribble. If the player with possession bounces it a second time while gaining control, this counts as a dribble.
     
  16. No punching or hitting the ball.
     
  17. Team Handball is a game of positioning and not defensive contact. The rules of the game encourage lots of shooting. Please play it in this manner. Remember this is a recreational level league!