The game that can be played by everyone across sexes, ages, and in line with fair-play rules at your square/school/parking lot/multi court/mini street pitch/grass area/indoor etc.
How to play: “Keep it simple” – Few rules.
(This enables more shots at the goals and will prevent many face-to-face encounters.)
The next rules are only for inspiration; it is up to you to determine how to play Street Handball in your neighbourhood.
(Quote from a street-handball event in Denmark, “We were counting goals up to around 3 and it seemed that the Instructor and later the players forgot to keep track of the score, but the match continued, and the kids enjoyed it and had fun. Finally, prizes were awarded by way of a draw.”)
Play to have fun – Avoid too many interruptions.
Have a great time, enjoy the team spirit, and observe fair play.
Options depend on the physical environment, street / market place / square / school yard / parking lot / closed-street project / multi court / mini street pitch or your outdoor handball pitch / grass area / indoor handball court.
A pitch / court with 2 goals provides more fun for everybody and it might even improve your overall fitness and let new handball players see how much fun the ´real´ game is. Playing towards 1 goal is “fine”, but one might wonder why football has become such a widespread sport? We Do Not think it would have been, had it been played with only 1 goal frame.
The Match Instructor may be a coach/parent or any third person:
Together with the team coaches, it is the task of the Match Instructor to ensure the good experience, and that all participants feel ownership of the game. The Instructor should remove the players’ attention from the result and instead focus on the good handball experience, presence in the match, the flow of the match, and avoid too many interruptions of the match. So, the Instructor is not the referee; his task is to guide the players on the rules and make the players focus on what they did well, etc.
The Instructor may stop the match temporarily if the competition becomes too challenging for a team; he may then invite the stronger team to work on: