Handball (also known as team handball or Olympic
handball) is a team sport in which two teams of seven
players each (six outfield players and a goalkeeper) pass
a ball using their hands with the aim of throwing it into
the goal of the other team.
is a team sport played by two male or female
teams. The players are allowed to handle and
throw the ball using their hands, but they must
not touch the ball with their feet. The objective
of the game is to score and avoid getting goals.
The team that scores more goals in a given
period of time wins the match.
Court and Lines:
The indoor court has a hard surface. All lines are 5
centimeters (2 inches) thick; the only exception is the
goal line, which is 8 centimeters (3 inches) thick. All
lines must be prominent and of the same color.
Sidelines and Goal Lines:
The overall size of the court is 40 meters (44 yards) long by 20 meters (22
yards) wide. This is much bigger than a standard basketball court. The longer
outer boundaries of the court are called sidelines or touchlines. The shorter
boundaries are referred to as Goal Lines or End Lines.
A distance of 1 meter (1 yard) outside the court in all four directions should
be free of obstacles to allow for free throwing of the ball and safety to the
Halfway or Center Line:
This is a line parallel to the goal lines and equidistant
from both. There is a point marked at the center of the
halfway line; the game is started from there at the
beginning and re-started from the same point after
halftime and after any goal is scored.
Free-throw Line (9 Meters):
The Free-throw line is a dashed arc outside the D-zone. Its furthest point is 9
meters (9.8 yards) from the outer goal line. After an attacking team is fouled
inside the Free-throw line, players resume the game from this line.
Penalty Mark (7 Meter Mark):
The Penalty Mark is 7 meters (7.6 yards) in
front of the goal line and is 1 meter (1
yard) wide. The Penalty mark is where a
player of the opponents’ team takes a
Goal Area / Crease / D-Zone (6 Meters):
The goal is surrounded by a D-shaped area formed of two
quarter-circles, each with a radius of 6 meters (6.5
yards) and using the outer end of the goal post as the
center. A short straight line joins the open ends of the
two quarter-circles. The only player allowed in the
Crease is the goalkeeper defending that goal. This line
separates him from all the other players.
Goalkeeper Line (4 Meter Line):
The Goal Keeper line is drawn 4 meters (4.4 yards) away
from the goal and centered along the width of the court.
That line marks the outermost distance to which the
goalkeeper is allowed to go from the goal being
defended during a penalty throw.
A goal is centered along each goal line at each end of the
court. It is 3 meters (3.2 yards) wide and 2 meters (2.2
yards) tall, bolted to the wall or to the floor. It is 2
meters (2.2 yards) deep from the goal line to the
The goal posts and crossbar are made of aluminum or wood, 8 centimeters (3
inches) wide in cross-section. These three rods should be painted in alternate
colors that contrast with each other and with the court background to make
them visible from all areas of the large court. A common color code should be
used for both goals. The net should be fixed to the posts and crossbar such
that a ball thrown into it should not pass or leave the goal.
The substitution area is centered along one sideline of
the court, extending 4.5 meters (5 yards) each side from
the halfway line. Any player leaving or entering the field
must do so from there.
The rules for UCSC Intramural Handball
are derived from the International Handball
Federation (IHF), unless otherwise stated
within this document
Rule 1: Facility
All matches will be played at the OPERS East Gym.
Alcohol and tobacco are not permitted inside the complex
or in the parking lot.
Rule 2: Player Eligibility
All UCSC Intramural Sports eligibility rules
apply. Please check the Intramural Sports Rules and
Regulations carefully to see more details.
All players must have a valid, original UCSC or state-
issued photo identification to participate.