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  1.0 Introduction and History   Beach handball (sometimes called Sandball) is a team sport where two teams pass and bounce a ball, trying to throw it in the goal of the opposing team. The game is similar to team handball, but is not played in a sports hall but on sand instead.   The history of the sports game Beach Handball starte on the Isola di Ponza , a little island in South Italy, on June 20th, 1992.   Gianni Buttarelli and Franco Schiano (two presidents of handball team in Italy) had the idea of Handballbea ch“, because of the lack of indoor halls on the island.   The first Beach Handball tournament worldwide took place at the beach of San Antonio in Ponza a month later (in July 1992).   The teams of Gaeta 84 Contax, Ciampino, Roma Populinier, Lazio Sequax as well as Polyot Celjabinsk (Ural) competed on a floodlit court for the first-ever victory at a Beach Handball tournament.   Later that same year (1992), Gianni Buttarelli and Franco Schiano founded the “Comitato Organizzatore Handball Beach (COHB)” in Italy, whi ch was the first organized association world-wide representing Beach-Handball.   The international Italian referee Giampiero Masi was in charge of fixing the rules of this young sport. Giampiero Masi became later the chairman of the “IHF Beach Handball Worki ng Group”.   The first official international Beach Handball tournament was staged under Buttarellis leadership in Rome in 1993.   The Junior National Teams of Algeria, Taiwan and the Russian province Ural, the Military Selection Team of Italy, as well as the Junior Select Team of TSV Bartenbach (Germany) were the participants.  2.0 Rules and Regulation Rule 1  –  PLAYING COURT o  The playing court (see diagram) is a rectangle 27m length X 12m width. o  The playing surface must consist of sand at least 40cm deep. o  There is a 3m safety zone surrounding the playing court. o  The playing area is 15m length X 12m width and the goal area 6m length. o  The goals are 2m height X 3m width. o  Ball stopping nets must be placed 3m behind the goal lines. Substitution areas   The substitution area for the court players is 15m length X 3m width in each side of the playing area. It is allowed to the goalkeeper and court players to leave the playing area on the shortest way over the entire sideline on the side of their team’s substitution area.     The goalkeeper must enter the court through the goalkeeper entry zone from the side of his team’s substitution area, while for the court players through their team’s substitution  area (see diagram).      Rule 2  –  START OF THE GAME, PLAYING TIME, FINAL SIGNAL, TIMEOUT AND TEAM TIMEOUT o  The winner of the coin toss chooses either the goal it wishes to defend or the respective side of substitution area. o  After the end of the 1st period, teams change ends but do not change substitution areas. o   The duration of each period is 10’ with a 5’ intermission in between periods.   o  Each period results separately. o  A match is won when a team wins best of three periods. o  If at the end of a period the score is even, the Golden Goal is used to determine the winner. o  The winner of each period is awarded one point. ‐ 1), then a Shootout is played. team has the right to request a 1’ team timeout during each period of the regular playing time, only when in possession of the ball and by raising a green card. Rule 3  –  BALL o  The game is played with a non ‐ slippery rubber ball (different size for men and women). o  At least 4 balls must be available for a match. If there are no stopping nets, more balls are needed in order to preserve the pace of the game. The reserve balls must be kept one behind each goal and one at the Table. Rule 4  –  SUBSTITUTIONS  –  EQUIPMENT o  A team consists of up to 8 players. o  At least 6 players must be present at the beginning of the match. If the number of team’s players eligible to play drops below 4 (at any given time of the match), then the opposing team wins the match. o  4 players per team (3 court players + 1 goalkeeper) may compete on the playing court. During any given moment of the match each team must have a goalkeeper on the court. This player can play as court player too in any time. o  A maximum of 4 officials per team are allowed, but only 2 of them may remain in the substitution area. o   The male athletes’ uniform consists of tank top and shorts. The female athletes’  uniform consists of tops and bikini bottoms. The athlete uniforms


Jul 23, 2017
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