What is Handball?
Handball is a game between 2, 3, or 4 players where a ball is struck with either hand against a wall, and players are required to make contact with the ball prior to a second bounce and players/teams alternate shots. This is NOT the Olympic game of team handball. It is similar to raquetball although substantially more difficult and strenuous. Maryland handball is played on a court with either 1, 3, or 4 walls. Each version of the game is similar in that the ball must hit the front wall in the air once it is struck by a players hand.
What makes handball great? Handball is a game you can play for a lifetime, it does not require a lot of equipment or people, and it is played on all skill and age levels. Handball players are a diverse fraternity of men, women, and children who share a passion for what we consider the “perfect game.” Handball is one of the best overall workouts for the body, and requires the development of dexterity on both sides of the body. Unlike raquetball or tennis, there is no backhand – players strike the ball with their non-dominant hand as well as their dominant hand!
How do players get started?
Maryland is campaigning to draw as many new players into the game as possible. Classes are being taught, and equipment is being made available for anyone wanting to learn how to play. No experience is necessary, and you do not have to be a highly talented athlete to enjoy the game. If you are interested in learning more, getting back into the game, or giving the
game a try for the first time, just e-mail Daniel Zimet at MDHandball@hotmail.com. Several 1-hour classes will be offered to beginner children and adults at the Centennial North 3-wall courts over the summer and Supreme Athletic Club during the winter. Check this website for upcoming details.