The receiver or receivers must stand in back of the service line until the ball from the wall passes the short line. (See Rule 4.9 G) This does not affect the rules on legal hinders. The playing zone is the floor area between the front wall and the outside edges of the side and long lines. The purpose of the USHA-sponsored collegiate competition is to give college players a chance to showcase their talents under ideal conditions, and to assist in the promotion of college handball. This includes, but is not limited to, the existence of symptoms and signs observed per those listed in the USHA Concussion Protocol posted on line at ushandball.org, concerns expressed by other players, the referee, and spectators, as well as the input of the affected player. It is expected that players will always self-enforce violations not detectable by a referee. 5.) If it is determined the wrong score has been announced by the referee before the serve has become a legal serve the score shall be corrected and the serve shall be replayed. If the referee sees that a player is about to serve or receive and is not wearing eye protection, the referee should immediately stop the game and inform the player who is about to create the violation. If the player is out of timeouts, a technical shall be charged against the player. If the first serve results in a fault or hinder serve, the referee shall give the receiver a reasonable time to take a receiving position and the server reasonable time to get to his/her serving position. (See Rule 4.6.J)3.) The referee may also appeal to the line judges if he/she is uncertain of his/her own call, and may then maintain, reverse or nullify the call in question. The imaginary extension of these lines across the court indicates the service line. It is the obligation of the players to be ready to resume play on time even if the referee fails to give time warnings. In doubles, the side is retired when both partners have been put out, except on the first serve of the game as provided in Rule 4.2 A. There also should be a minimum border of at least 10 feet (but ideally 20 feet of floor beyond each side line, as well as 16 feet beyond the long line) to allow for playing space. B. Players may leave the court. The IHF Rules of the Game for Wheelchair Handball basically follow the IHF Rules of the Game for Indoor Handball. It is the duty of the player farther from the wall to get out of the way. It is encouraged for Junior events to be held in conjunction with all USHA-sanctioned tournaments. (See Rule 4.1.A) a.) Part 4, Rule 4.8 F.1: Interpretation No. The ball bounces on the floor twice before being hit. Rule 1.3 Objective. Drawings of standard one-wall courts and their surroundings are on file with the U.S.H.A. Service delay. This especially applies to a player moving in too close and being hit by, or restricting the follow-through of, the player hitting the ball. G. Touching the ball. Any failure to adhere to or abuse of this procedure may be subject to Rule 4.9.A.9 Technical. A ball that is starting to crack will often have an erratic bounce. A match may be forfeited by the referee when: 1.) The assigned referee should be present 15 minutes before match time. Gaelic handball (known in Ireland simply as handball; Irish: liathróid láimhe) is a sport where players hit a ball with a hand or fist against a wall in such a way as to make a shot the opposition cannot return, and that may be played with two (singles) or four players (doubles). The court is 20 feet wide, 20 feet high and 40 feet long, with back wall recommended minimum height of 14 feet. Knowing the Gameplay Throw the ball against the wall. The server begins the service motion with one or both feet touching the floor outside the service zone (See Rule 4.1.C ). Threat of any nature to opponent or referee. 8.) When the server or the side loses the serve, they become the receiver or receiving side, and the receiving side becomes the serving side; and so alternately in all subsequent services of the game. B. A hinder call stops the play and usually voids any situation that follows, such as the ball hitting a player who stopped playing because of the call. Start. H. Out ball. In all USHA-sanctioned tournaments, the tournament director and/or the national USHA official in attendance may decide on a change of courts before, during or after any tournament game if such a change will accommodate better spectator or player conditions. No show. Players should obtain a towel and proceed directly to the surface to be wiped, then directly return the towel. 6.) Whenever a rally is replayed for any reason, the server is awarded two serves. When the serving side loses one rally in singles or two rallies in doubles, it loses the serve (except as provided by Rule 4.2.A, Server.) Another example: A server foot faults when contacting the ball and the ball does not hit the wall first. Any of the following results in an out: 1.) The receiving player must let the ball hit the wall and bounce once before returning it. This call, like any other hinder, is based on interference affecting the play (See Interpretation No. 2.) Copyright © 2016 US Handball. 5) Service zone. Basic rules Each team has two players. A ball should be approved by the referee for use in each match in all tournaments. The player can then return the ball by hitting it and reaching the wall in one bounce off the ground. C. Result of response. The side lines should extend at least three feet beyond the long line. The purpose of the USHA Junior program is to promote a worthwhile competition on the local and national levels, and to stimulate an ideal introduction to the game. 7) Playing zone. Any serve that hits the crotch of the wall and the floor shall be considered to have hit the floor first. The service zone is the floor inside and including the short, service, and side lines. Safety holdup. Therefore, players who lose their first matches should have the opportunity to compete in a consolation bracket. Profanity. Handball courts shall be divided and marked on the floors with 2 inch wide lines. Part 1. 3.) If, on the first serve, the server appeals a non-call of a short or other service fault, and the appeal is upheld, the server is awarded a second serve. Before all tournaments, all officials and players should be briefed on 4-Wall Handball Rules and on local court hinders or other regulations. In the case just mentioned, there is initial interference, but the receiver still has time to get into good position so that the momentary hinder will not affect the play. Any served ball that does not strike the wall first. A serve may not be made until the referee has announced the score ( See Rule 3.4.A.9 ). Fault serves. var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; If a player is not ready to play (or resume play) on time, the opponent shall be awarded one point. The Game Rule 1.1 Types of games. C. Towels. All parts of the uniform, consisting of a shirt, shorts, socks and shoes, must be clean at the beginning of a match. Using two hands together or any portion of the body other than the hand to hit a ball is an out. 2: A player should be allowed to protect a bone bruise on the hand. The server or his partner moves out of the way of a legally served ball from the wall, hinder may be called not voiding any previous faults. Between games. The ball goes off a player’s hand or fist into the gallery. If the technical occurs between games or when the offender has no points, the result will be that the offender’s score will be a negative one. The floor shall be 20 feet wide from the outside edges of the sidelines. The hinder serve, like any other hinder, is based on interference affecting the play. At the discretion of the referee, equipment timeouts may be granted for shoes that come off during play, broken shoelaces, torn equipment, wet gloves, wet shirts, wet floor, or other reasons. Two-minute warning. The rules as posted on the web site shall supersede this publication. 1. On the final rally of any game such reversal must come in a reasonable time after the rally, consistent with the amount of time that would normally transpire from the end of a rally to the subsequent calling of the score. He/she should watch the reaction of the receiver. Part 4. It is not a problem if the court is smaller than the official dimensions, has one side wall, two side walls, or a rear wall. Some examples of actions that may result in technicals are: 1.) Bounces twice before it is returned. Though it is the referee’s decision, he should honor requests when made by both sides or when he detects erratic bounces. It is not necessary for the server to alternate serves to the opponents. 6) Receiving zone. Rule 3.1 Tournament director. The referee should also inform the player that a second violation will result in the match being defaulted. B. K. Play stoppage. beyond the long line. Part 4, Rule 4.7 B.1&2: Interpretation No. However, due to the different capabilities of players, the amendments listed shall be implemented and will be used for the upcoming IHF Wheelchair Handball events. Gloves must be full-fingered and the fingers may not be webbed, connected or removed. Rule 3.4 Referee. D. Lettering and graphics. If one player swings at but misses the ball, both he/she and his/her partner may make further attempts to return the ball until it touches the floor the second time. If all four line judges abstain from giving an opinion, the referee’s call stands. All entrants in any USHA event must be current USHA members. A typical handball court is a square split into four, usually marked by painted lines or expansion joints, with the highest and most prestigious position on the court being Ace, followed by King, Queen, and Dunce. A. Each entrant should be entitled to participate in a minimum of two matches. Outs are made by: A. A. Dimensions. In such an event, the Tournament Director’s determination for the need for Risk Assessment shall be based on the circumstances giving rise to the suspicion of potential injury. Part 4, Rule 4.8 A: Interpretation No. UPDATE: 2020 National Junior 4-Wall Championships CANCELED, Coney Island Players & USHA National One-Wall Open Singles. Wall. Players who call for a safety hold-up and stop play may find the referee in disagreement, in which case the referee’s call prevails. 3.) When a player “creates” a hinder by his/her movement, it is also avoidable. If the referee sees that a player is about to serve out of order, the referee should immediately stop the player from serving and inform the team as to which player should be the server. 4.) Learn the rules today. If possible, the draw shall be made at least two days before the tournament begins. Part 4, Rule 4.8 E: Interpretation No. Outfield players can touch the ball with any part of their body that is above the knee. 1.) The principal official for every match shall be the referee. This includes a player who forfeited a match due to non-cooperation in this procedure.D. However, the referee may be overruled by the chief of referees or tournament director, the latter of whom shall have final authority. The service line is parallel to the short line and its outside edge is 5 feet in front of the outside of the short line. Beyond that, there are different sub-rules for different scenarios. Disregarding those who abstain, if the majority of the officials agree with the call, the call shall stand. The USHA recommends that players select unaltered lensed eye wear, with specifications that meet or exceed either ASTM, ANSI or Snell standards.B. A player otherwise leaving the court is subject to Rule 3.4.D.3) Forfeitures.Rule 2.2 Ball. Absent such written medical clearance, all succeeding matches shall be forfeited by the player. 5) Crotch serve. The referee shall rule on all matters not covered in the USHA Official Rules. Unlike most types of handball, this version does not incorporate a wall, instead being played on a court consisting of lines on the ground. A ball striking the top edge is an out. Check on adequacy of preparation of the handball court with respect to playability. Part 4, Rule 4.3 C (6): Interpretation No. the bleeding is stopped; b.) Otherwise the call shall follow the opinion of the majority of participating officials (four line judges and one referee.) 6.) 4.) Excessive arguing. 4. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. A service box is located at each end of the service zone by lines whose outside measurements are 18 inches from and parallel to each side wall. Other interference. Lines and zones. (See Rule 4.1.D). Bounces. a.) Play shall cease until a determination by the Tournament Director that it may resume. No player shall make any physical effort to determine if the ball is cracked or otherwise unplayable without the express consent of the referee. A player has an offensive setup; in his/her effort to get into a more favorable position, the defensive player moves into the path of the ball and is hit. The top edge of the wall, if any, is not part of the court. If the ball obviously would not have reached the wall on the fly, the player who hit the shot will lose the rally. Players must have an ample supply of dry shirts. (See rule 4.6 E) Such instances would include, but are not limited to, double bounces, wrist balls, and to fairly represent injuries in the application of Rule 4.10.C. the open wound is covered with a dressing strong enough to withstand the demands of continued play; c.) any player whose uniform is soiled with blood changes the part of the uniform affected; d.) any surface contaminated with blood is cleaned. All previous defective serves are voided. Any reversal must be completed before the referee announces the score for the next rally. Any attempt to hit the ball that results in a total miss, or in the ball touching any part of the server’s body other than the hitting hand. The handball rule now has extra clarity because it does not consider intent by a player. It is recommended that the match be observed before determining what, if any, action is to be taken. 2.) For this reason, a referee should wait until after the ball is served to call a foot fault. If the matches are on, or ahead of schedule, the players must be in the court warming up at least 10 minutes before the assigned match time to assure a prompt start. During tournament play, the players must not catch balls that they assume to be out. This includes the authority of the referee and/or tournament director to remove distractive or abusive people, and to default a match if such individuals are not removed. Remind players that failure to wear eye protection properly will result in a technical, and a second violation in a forfeit. Whenever a dead-ball hinder is called, the rally is replayed and any previous fault on the server is voided. There should be a line judge, positioned at the most advantageous viewpoints, for each of the side lines, the short line and the long line. If both teams score an equal number of points in the first two games, another coin toss will be made to determine which team has the choice. C. Protests. Rule 2.3 Gloves. One-wall handball may be played by two, three or four players. A forfeit of any part of a match shall result in the forfeit of the entire match. Failure to wear eye protection properly. 3.) Rule 4.1 Serve. Rule 5.2 Scheduling. In order to deter unnecessary conflict between opponents on this issue, referees should be liberal in assessing this avoidable hinder. Play Regulations. . Rule 4.6 Rally. In addition, to keep from losing the ball, outdoor courts should be surrounded by a 12-16 foot high 1-inch chain link fence. Otherwise, the player shall be assessed an avoidable distraction hinder and lose the rally. In such a case, the referee should not make the call too quickly, but should watch the reaction of the receiver. 6.) The referee should keep the players informed as to which player is the server. var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; 8 The ball does not have to be completely broken to warrant a replay. This includes a serve that is intentionally caught. It is the player’s responsibility to have an ample supply of dry gloves. In doubles, a ball struck by one player hits that player’s partner. After the rally has ended, either player may appeal on a double-bounce call or non-call, kill shots called good, kill shots called no good and court hinders. A match can also be won by the first side winning the appropriate number of points, whether it be 15, 21, or 25 point games, as long as it’s specified on the entry. The lines shall be marked as follows: 1. 2.) The side first scoring 21 points, or 11 points in the third game “Tiebreaker” wins a game. If this occurs, the referee should stop play immediately and call a technical against the player in violation. The technical has no effect on service changes or side outs. Part 4, Rule 4.3 D (3): Interpretation No. Two consecutive hinder serves result in a fault. When the partner is hit by the serve, the “out serve” penalty supersedes the partner’s foot fault. Short line. If the referee feels that the receiver hesitates getting into position, a hinder should be called. Service zone. The occurrence of bleeding, by itself, shall not constitute an injury for the purpose of application of the injury timeout provisions of this rule. C. One touch. An official or any player may request that the ball be examined by the referee. If the injured player is unable to resume play after a period totaling 15 minutes, the match may be awarded to the opponent. Failure to wear appropriate protective eyewear properly will result in a technical ( see Rule 4.10 ), and the player will be charged a timeout to secure protective eyewear. 2 and further, if needed)2) Most Games Won  (as in who lost in three games vs. two)3) Fewest Games Lost4) Most Total Points Scored  5) Fewest Points Scored Against6) Playoff7) Coin Toss. The receiving zone is the floor area behind the short line, inside and including the side and long lines. They do offer handball courts at some of your local YMCAs, but I believe they play more of the professional way, using the smaller ball and more than one wall. Wrong score announced. Doubles. A player forcibly pushes an opponent during a rally. Court hinders. Rebound from free fall, 70-inch drop to a hardwood floor is 48 to 52 inches at a temperature of 68 degrees F.   6) Selection. The short line runs parallel to the wall with the back edge of the line 16 feet from the wall. A ball that obviously did not have the velocity or direction to be returned legally (See Rule 4.4 C) strikes another player on the court. Leaving the court. If a player’s behavior is not so severe as to warrant a technical, a technical warning may be issued without a point deduction and should be accompanied by a brief explanation of the reason for a warning. Changes of serve. Under no circumstances may a player say anything while an opponent is playing the ball. The Risk Assessment shall be performed with generally accepted concussion protocols, including an evaluation of the common medical concussion symptoms, signs, and complaints. Foot fault. A player does not move sufficiently to allow his/her opponent his/her shot. Inspect compliance of gloves and hands with rules. If the player is allowed the one offensive shot, one of the following calls should be made immediately afterward: If the player skips the ball in, that player loses the rally. A player moves into a position that effects a block or crowds his/her opponent about to return the ball; or, in doubles, one partner creates a hinder by moving in front of an opponent as his/her partner is returning the ball. The tournament director may permit a longer delay if circumstances warrant. Violations are called “foot faults.” ( See Rule 4.3 C.1 . 3) Long serve. and purposely struck by either hand or fist before the ball bounces twice so that, If the ball obviously would not have reached the wall on the fly, the player who hit the shot will lose the rally. Equipment. E. Effect of failure to return. 16 This avoidable hinder may occur when a player pushes a player, no matter how slightly, who is about to hit the ball, or when a player forcefully pushes a player in the attempt to get into position for his/her shot. Failure to report. This occurs in the following situations: 1.) All games of Wallyball are played on the basis of the first team to 15/18/21 points and is two points ahead is declared the winner. This is solely the referee’s responsibility and he/she will make the replay call if necessary. After the ball is legally served, one of the players on the receiving side must strike the ball either on the fly or after the first bounce, and before the ball touches the floor a second time, to return the ball to the wall on or between the lines first and make it rebound into the playing zone. This applies to the start of the match, between-game timeouts, timeouts during a game and glove-change timeouts. In the event of an appeal, and after a very brief explanation of the appeal by the referee, the line judges must indicate their opinions of the referee’s call. E. Defaults. ). One-wall handball may be played by two, three or four players. Field handball was first recognised at the turn of the century and G. Wallström introduced the sport of "handball" to Sweden in 1910. 3) Top line. Any official may be removed from a match upon the agreement of both singles players or both doubles teams providing there is agreement by the chief of referees or the tournament director. The server‘s foot touches the floor outside the service zone before the served ball passes through the plane of the back edge of the short line from the wall. The service zone is the area between the outer edges of the short and service lines. Too frequent complaints made against the referee’s judgment. 4. Bouncing ball outside service zone. Part 2. Bounces twice before it is returned. Start game. If, after the ball has been legally served, in the referee’s opinion, an erratic bounce is caused by a court obstruction or irregularity, a court hinder should be called. A. Player intent has no bearing on an avoidable call. If there is initial interference, but the receiver still has time to get into good position, a hinder should not be called. If, however, the receiver moves quickly and obviously is going to have time to get into good position for a shot, the hinder should not be called. Three technicals. Part 4, Rule 4.8 C: Interpretation No. This is not applicable in the case where both singles players or both doubles teams are in agreement in the request for change. During a game the referee has the authority to change balls if he deems it necessary. It is the judgment of the referee as to whether the contact impeded the play. Any violation of this rule results in a point for the server (See Rule 2.1 B.4). Rule 2.2 Ball. Any player may request a timeout, but not after the referee has announced the score, called “second serve” after a fault serve, or called “first/second serve, one hinder serve” after a hinder serve. Rule 4.5. In singles, the player winning the toss of a coin serves first in the first game. Back-swing hinder. 8) Wall edge. If there is a tie, the referee may let the call stand, reverse the call or call for a replay. (See Rule 4.7 B.1) Avoidable hinders, which should not be confused with “legal” hinders (See rule 4.7 B.1), are called when: A. 8.) Referee will award point for failure to return. 7.) If both players score an equal number of points in the first two games, another coin toss will be made to determine which player serves first. Recognizing that protective eye wear cannot guarantee 100% safety from eye injuries resulting from playing handball, protective eye wear designed for court sports must be properly worn at all times on the court. Preliminary matches. Ball hits opponent. The other player serves first in the second game. 3) Size. If you want to try it, but can't find an official type of wall, the side of a building works quite well for practice! If a tiebreaker is necessary, the team scoring the higher total of points in the first two games shall choose. The top line runs parallel to the floor, between the side lines, with its top edge 16 feet from the floor (See 2.1B8). The ball may be inspected by the referee at any time. It is also an avoidable hinder if one player, just as his/her partner is hitting the ball, moves directly in front of an opponent creating a hinder, not to be confused with a “legal “ hinder . They will not be required to wear it unless the referee deems it necessary to help keep the floor from getting wet. Handball is a competitive game in which either hand or either fist may be used to hit the ball. Five feet back of the outside edge of the short line, lines should be marked on the floor extending 6 inches from the side wall. Any player leaves the court at a time not allowed by these rules without permission of the referee. 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