Team Handball Rules: Official Doubles Rules And Regulations

Rules and regulations to use while playing a doubles handball.

Handball is a game that is very similar to tennis. It can be played by two people against each other or it can be played by two teams of two each. Just as in tennis, there is a separate set of rules and regulations for doubles versus singles.

At the beginning of a doubles handball game, each team must inform the referee of their order of service (who will serve first, etc.) and this order must be followed throughout the game. This means that the first server must always go first. Both servers must each serve until they are out before the other side can serve. The server need not alternate which player on the other team he or she serves to.

In order to determine who serves, there is a coin toss prior to the game. The winner of the toss gets the chance to choose to serve first or to receive first. The loser of the coin toss then gets to make the same decision for the second game. If there is the need for a tiebreaker, another coin toss takes place.

While the server is serving, his teammate has specific guidelines to follow. He or she must stand erect with his or her back to the nearer side of the wall within the service box. The short line may not be crossed until after the serve.

The server also has specific guidelines. He or she must stay within the service box and must be motionless. To make a serve, the server bounces the ball on the floor prior to hitting it with his or her hand up against the wall and the ball must bounce behind the short line.

There are several ways for a serve to be disqualified. The first of these is known as a dead-ball serve. This happens when either the ball makes a bad bounce due to court conditions or if the ball is broken during the serve. This type of serve holds no penalty and the server is given another chance.



Another disqualifying serve is known as a screen serve. This happens if the receiver's view of the ball is obstructed most likely by a member of the serving team; or straddle balls which means the ball travels between the server's legs after a serve. These types of serves only count against the server if it happens twice in a row, but after the first offense, the server is granted a new serve.

A third type of serve is a fault serve. These serves are made up of violations to the games simple rules where the ball must hit the front wall and bounce back over the short line before hitting the ground. These faults include foot faults, short and long serves, and serves that hit surfaces they are not intended to. Any two such faults will result in the server being out.

Another type of serve that will cause the server to be put out is known as an out serve. These serves include serves that do not touch the front wall, missing a hit with your hand, two consecutive faults of any kind, and serving out of order. Each server on each team is given an out. Once both servers on a team are out, it is the other teams turn to serve.

There are also rules for returning a serve. The receiving team's members must be located at least 5 feet behind the short line before the serve takes place. The player receiving the serve must not hit the ball until after it has crossed the short line and must not cross the short line until after making contact with the ball. Doing so will cause a point to be awarded to the serving team. The ball is only allowed to bounce once and must make contact with the front wall after being hit.

The teams switch service after the serving team receives two outs. This happens one of several ways. The serving team performs some type of fault two consecutive times is one way. Another way is if the server hits his or her partner or the ball is otherwise hindered in an avoidable way. Another out happens when the serving team fails to return the ball.

While volleying the ball back and forth (known as a rally) there are several rules which must be followed. A player may only use one hand on the ball at a time. Using both hands results in the serving team getting a point or an out depending on which side the offender is on. Only the hand may be used. Use of the wrist or arm is prohibited. Only one player per team may touch the ball before a player from the other team touches it. Both players may take a swing, but only one may make contact. A failure to return happens when the ball bounces more than once before being hit, the ball fails to reach the front wall after contact, a ball hits another player specifically his or her partner, or by committing an avoidable hindrance.

Handball is a very quick game. It is very similar to tennis or racquetball, but is also very different and has its own set of rules and regulations. If everyone plays by the rules, it can be a fun game to play.

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