Wheelchair Handball is a fast, dynamic team sport which is played indoors or outdoors.
The aim of the game is to score as many goals as possible by throwing the ball into a soccer-style goal.
A game lasts for two halves of 20 minutes each.
Play generally involves one team forming a defensive line along their 6m goal area, while the other team attacks by passing the ball and trying to score a goal by throwing the ball in the net behind the goalkeeper.
Goals can only be scored from outside of the goalkeepers area – field players are not allowed in the keepers area.
After a goal is scored the game restarts with a throw off from the middle of the court.
Each team consist of ten players. At any one time four players are on the bench and six are on the court – five field players and one goalkeeper. Unlimited substitutions are permitted.
The ball is passed by using your hands. Players can throw the ball, catch, push or hit the ball with an open hand and hold the ball for a maximum of three seconds. A maximum of two pushes of the wheelchair is allowed before they must bounce, pass or throw the ball to another player or the goal.
While stationary they must bounce the ball repeatedly with one hand. A player can also dribble the ball while moving, once the ball is caught again it must be immediately passed or thrown at goal.
Players can receive two minute suspensions off the court as penalty for rule violations.
Sound like fun? Of course it does! To join, or find out more, contact club president Kon Kiryakudya.
To download full rules of the game, click here.