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History Team Handball originated in Europe Handball first appeared in the Olympics in the 1936 Berlin Games as an outdoor sport with 11 players on a side Simplified Rules of the Game 1 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 Typical final scores in this action-packed game run in the mid twenties 2Field of Play The court is slightly larger than a basketball court Regulation size is 20x40 meters 657 x 131 3 All court lines are referred to by their measurement in meters The most significant line on the court is the 6-meter line or goal area line Only the goalie is allowed inside the goal area Players may jump into the goal area if they release the ball before landing in the area The 9-meter line or free throw line is used for minor penalties while the 7-meter line or penalty line is used for penalty shots much like penalty kicks in soccer 3The Goal 4 The Ball A handball is made of leather and is about the size of a large cantaloupe It varies in size and weight according to the group playing The ball for men weighs 15-17 oz and is 23-24 in circumference Women and juniors use a smaller ball weighing 12-14 oz and 21-22 in circumference Youth use smaller varieties of balls for mini-handball 5Teams A game is played between two teams Seven players on each team are allowed on the court at the same time 6 court players and 1 goalie Unlimited substitution is
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