UMM CO-ED TEAM HANDBALL RULES
1. Teams shall consist of six (5 court players and one goalie) players. At least 4 players at all times
on the floor. Two men and two women at all times.
2. Rock, paper, scissors determines who gets the ball first and play is initiated by a throw-in at mid
3. The game shall consist of two twenty-minute halves, running time. Two timeouts per half. A
game can end in a tie during the regular season. For playoffs, there will 1 five overtime period
and if the game is still tied after the overtime there will be a shootout. ALL THROWS MUST
BE taken from behind the men’s 3-point basketball line. Each team selects three players to
attempt the penalty throws that will be taken alternately by the teams. The team with the most
goals after the shoot-out will be declared the winner. If still tied, a sudden death shoot-out will
determine the winner, alternating shooters and no one shoots twice until all have shot for one
team- then both teams can repeat.
4. Goals for male shooters will count as one point. A female who scores a goal will count as 2
points. A goal is scored when the entire ball has passed over the goal line, between the goal posts
and under the crossbar, provided it has been thrown, carried or propelled by hand or arms of a
member on the attacking team.
5. Substitutes may enter the game at any time as long as the player they are replacing has left the
court and they do not gain an unfair advantage.
6. The men’s 3-point line on the basketball court will be used as the six-meter line, or the goal area.
Only the goalie is allowed inside the goal area. The only exception when another player is
allowed in the goal area is when they take off from outside the goal area, and pass or shoot the
ball before landing. To avoid interference with other players, the player must then exit the goal
area as soon as possible. If an offensive player is in the circle or on the line with the ball, the ball
is given to the opponent’s goalie. A goal does not count if the offensive player releases the ball
after landing in the goal area. If the defense gains an advantage by being in the circle, a penalty
throw is awarded. A ball inside the goal area belongs to the goalie. A ball in the air, however, is
not considered to be in the goal area.
7. If a shot goes past the goalie and hits the wall, untouched by the goalie, play is stopped the goalie
is given the ball and play resumes. If the goalie touches the ball on the way by, play continues
and either team can retrieve the ball as long as both the ball and the player are outside the three-
8. After each score, the opposing team will receive the ball at mid court by checking it in with the
visiting team to make sure they are ready (like basketball).
9. A player is allowed to run three steps with the ball, or hold it for three seconds. A player can take
only three steps after catching the ball, if a player dribbles, they may only take another three steps
after dribbling. Three steps are allowed before and after dribbling. There is no limit on dribbling
the ball (or how many steps you can take while dribbling). A player may not pass the ball in the
air with the intention of catching it him or herself. Players are not permitted to dive on the floor to
play the ball. If either of these happen, the ball is immediately turned over to the other team who
takes possession at the spot of the foul.
10. It is illegal to keep the ball in a team's possession without making a recognizable attempt to attack
and to try to score. In other words, a team cannot stall otherwise the ball is given to the other
11. Just like in basketball, there is NO double dribbling allowed!
12. Defensive players are allowed to use their body to obstruct an opponent either with or without the
ball. Using the arms or legs to push, hold, trip or hit, however, is a violation and the
offensive team retains possession. Offensive players are not allowed to charge into player, if
they do, the ball goes to the other team.
13. A ball can only be stolen on the pass or if it is loose on the ground. It can not be batted out of an
opponents hands or taken away from them.
14. A throw-in is awarded to an opponent when one team loses the ball out-of-bounds on a sideline.
The ball will go to the team who did NOT touch ball last before going out of bounds. The defense
must be three meters away when the ball is thrown in. The player must have both feet touching
the court during the throw-in.
15. Teams follow the "advantage" rule: If a team fouled against is able to gain the advantage, play
continues without a penalty.
16. A penalty throw from the women’s 3-point line is awarded when an opponent destroys a clear
chance to score, when a ball is knocked out of the opponent’s hands or when there is excessive
physical contact. The thrower must release the ball BEFORE crossing the women’s 3-point line
and the defense must be behind them
17. When the penalty throw is taken, one foot must remain in contact with the floor behind the 3-
point line until the ball is released. All the other players must stand behind the thrower.
18. Un-sportsman like conduct, unusually rough play or intentionally committing three (3) personal
fouls results in another penalty throw for the opponents and the player will have a two minute
suspension from the game. During a suspension, the suspended player's team must play with one