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The 2nd day of our Summer holiday handball camp was a tremendous success!

Lots of tournaments, trophies, games and waterfights!

We handed out total of 41 prizes and awards (5 balls, 13 certificates, 6 silver medallions, 12 gold medallions and 5 trophies).

Looking forward to seeing everyone at our next holiday camp!

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The kickoff to our summer holiday handball camp was a resounding success!

Lots of tournaments, trophies, games and waterfights!

We handed out total of 34 prizes and awards (5 balls, 13 certificates, 4 silver medallions, 11 gold medallions and 1 trophy).

Excited for day two tomorrow!

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The Thriving World of Handball in Australian Schoolyards

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Handball, a beloved recess activity in schoolyards across Australia, has been capturing the hearts of students for generations. This simple yet exhilarating game has become a staple in the daily routines of Australian school children, fostering not only physical activity but also social bonds and essential life skills. In this blog, we'll explore the vibrant handball culture in Australian schoolyards, from its origins and rules to its enduring popularity and the benefits it brings to young players.

The Origins of Handball in Australia:

Handball, often referred to as "four square," "downball," or simply "handball," has a rich history in Australia. While the exact origins of the game are unclear, it is believed to have been introduced to Australian schoolyards by immigrants and has since evolved into a uniquely Australian pastime. Over the years, handball has grown in popularity, with generations of students passing down their knowledge and passion for the game.

The Game Rules: Handball in Australian schoolyards typically follows a set of simple but engaging rules:

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Court Setup: A rectangular playing area is divided into four squares (hence the name "four square"). Each square is labeled with a letter from A to D, starting with "A" in the top left corner and continuing clockwise.

Players: Anywhere from two to four players can participate in a game, with each player occupying one of the squares.

Gameplay: The game starts with a player in the "A" square serving the ball by bouncing it once in their square and then hitting it towards another player's square. The receiving player must hit the ball into another square without letting it bounce twice in their square or letting it land outside the boundaries. If a player fails to do so, they are "out," and the remaining players continue playing until one player remains.

Scoring: Players aim to advance to the "A" square by eliminating opponents. The goal is to reach the "A" square and stay there as long as possible. Points are often tallied based on the number of rounds won.

Benefits of handball in Schoolyards: Handball offers a range of benefits to young players, including:

Physical Activity: Handball promotes physical fitness and coordination, helping students stay active during breaks.

Social Interaction: The game encourages social interaction, teamwork, and communication among players, helping to build essential social skills.

Healthy Competition: Handball teaches fair play, sportsmanship, and healthy competition, as players learn to win and lose graciously.

Mental Agility: Quick thinking and strategy are essential to excel in handball, enhancing cognitive skills.

Stress Relief: Handball provides a brief but effective break from academic pressures, allowing students to relax and recharge.

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Handball remains a beloved and enduring tradition in Australian schoolyards, offering a host of benefits to young players. Its simplicity, inclusivity, and capacity to foster physical activity, social bonds, and essential life skills make it a valuable addition to any school's recess activities. As the game continues to captivate the hearts of students, handball remains an important part of Australian school culture, connecting generations of players through the joy of sport.

Our Term 4 Sydney School Handball Competition yesterday was a resounding success!

Highlights of the event:

  • Hosted at 2 locations
  • Invited over 150+ schools
  • 143 students participated

Results for the North/West Sydney Conference:

  • Champions: Our Lady Of Good Counsel Forestville
  • 2nd Place: Willoughby Public School
  • 3rd Place: Mosman Public School

Results for the South/East Sydney Conference::

  • Champions: Orange Grove Public School
  • 2nd Place: Rose Bay Public School
  • 3rd Place: Greystanes High School - Official

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The second day of our Spring Holiday handball camp was incredibly enjoyable!

Lots of tournaments, trophies, games and water fight!

We're eagerly looking forward to seeing everyone again at our next camp!

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Our Spring Holiday handball camp's first day was a big success!

Lots of tournaments, trophies, games, water fight and ice blocks! Looking forward for our 2nd day tomorrow!

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The Inaugural Southern Highland Tournament on 20th September

It was attended by 210 students from 3 schools. Amazing facilities. Excellent kids - polite, keen, great listeners and supportive. Live results were shown on the big screen. 29 awards were handed out. Well done to the 14 champions and 2nd place winners. Roberston Public were the champions on 294 points, Burrawang 224 and Glenquarry 192.

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Our Term 3 Sydney School Handball Competition 10th September was a huge hit!

Over 175 children from 29 different schools participated, and we had the pleasure of awarding numerous trophies and prizes.

Champions - Rose Bay Public School

2nd Place - Annandale North Public School

3rd Place - Narrabeen Lakes Public School

Without a doubt, it marked the pinnacle of Sydney's handball competitions so far!

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Schoolyard Handball Competitions and the Competitive Spirit

In the bustling world of schoolyards, where laughter and games echo, handball Competitions and the competitive spirit hold a special place. These exciting events bring together students from different grades, fostering teamwork, sportsmanship, and a healthy sense of competition. In this article, we will explore the thrill of schoolyard handball, discussing their significance, managing the game, and the joy it brings to students.

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Our Term 2 Sydney School Handball Competition was a huge success!

100+ schools invited

107 students attended


1st Place - Narrabeen Lakes CHAMPIONS

2nd Place - Annandale North Public School

3rd Place - OLGC


We extend our sincerest gratitude to all those who joined us, and we eagerly look forward to welcoming you back for the next term!

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16 OSH centres all over NSW and Queensland

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Massive Autumn holiday program across 16 OSH centres all over NSW and Queensland

Over 700+ kids participated

Over 200+ prizes, trophies and awards

March 2023 - Term 1 2023 Sydney School Handball Competition

Term 1 2023 Sydney School Handball Competition

Very hot day. Over 40 students from 13 schools. Lots of awards and prizes

Sydney School Ranks:

1st Place - Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Primary School CHAMPIONS
2nd Place - Annandale North Public School 
3rd Place - Forest Lodge Public School
4th Place - Homebush Boys High School
5th Place - Mortdale Public School
6th Place - Killara High School
7th Place - Greenway Park Public School
8th Place - Christian Brothers High School
9th Place - Gymea Technology High School
10th Place - Lindfield East Public School
11th Place - Brookvale Public School
12th Place - Redlands School

Age Champions:

Year 1 Max Devlin - Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Primary School
Year 2 Ryan Petkovich - Annandale North Public School 
Year 3 Charlie Gove - Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Primary School
Year 4 Huxley Weiland - Forest Lodge Public School
Year 5 Harry Maginnis - Christian Brothers High School
Year 6 Andrej Vekic - Greenway Park Public School
Year 7 Callum Ly - Killara High School
Year 8 Connor Durrance - Gymea Technology High School
Year 10 Jyothir Aditya karamshetty - Homebush Boys High School

We hope to see you all again on the next tournament!

   
February 2023 - St Patrick's Mortlake

St Patrick's Catholic Primary School Mortlake

113 prizes awarded. Kids were excellent, amazing new facilities . A top 10 Best in NSW Handball rank has been given for St Patrick's Catholic Primary School Mortlake.

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Why Your Kid Should Play Schoolyard Handball

Why your students should be encouraged to play Schoolyard Handball

Handball is a fast-paced and fun sport that has been a staple in schoolyards for generations. Whether your child is looking to stay active, improve their hand-eye coordination, or make new friends, handball has something to offer. This article will explore the many benefits of playing schoolyard handball for kids.

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Increases Physical Activity

Handball is a physically demanding sport that requires quick movements and coordination. Playing handball regularly will help keep your child active and healthy.

Improves Hand-Eye Coordination

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Handball requires quick reflexes and the ability to anticipate the movements of the ball and other players. Playing handball regularly can help improve your child's hand-eye coordination.

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February 2023 - Oxford Falls Grammar

Oxford Falls Grammar

Had an amazing time with kids at Oxford Falls Grammar All the kids were engaged and enthusiastic.

Awards were handed out.

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January 2023 - Tharawal Before & After School Care Centre

Tharawal School Care Centre

Awesome kids and facility. Learnt a lot, rewarded with lots of prizes.

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January 2023 - 26 OSH Centres

26 OSH Centres

811 kids did our Handball program from 26 OSH centres in Queensland and NSW.

416 awards were handed out.

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January 2023 - Orange Grove Public School

Orange Grove Public School

Awesome kids, extremely well behaved. Learnt a lot, rewarded with lots of prizes.

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December 2022 - Bunker Hill

Bunker Hill State School QLD

All the kids were engaged, enthusiastic and learn a lot. 22 Awards were handed out.

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December 2022 - Minden State & Ripley Valley

Minden State QLD

All kids improved, enjoyed handball and were awarded lots of prizes

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Most amazing school facilities in Australia.

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November 2022 - Oxford Falls Grammar OOSH Centre

Handball Incursion for Oxford Falls Grammar OOSH Centre

Hot day! 20 kids from Oxford falls grammar care received lots of prizes and awards.

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November 2022 - KP Kids

Handball Incursion KP Kids

Indeed one of the best Incursion programs! Lots of games, heeps of fun, memberships, stars, rewards, singles and doubles tournament, trophies and prizes. Held at KP Kids Incursion Center at Humphries Road WAKELEY NSW.

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September 2022 - Gold Coast and Brisbane

Handball Incursion Gold Coast and Brisbane #5

Help 70 kids from Catholic Early EdCare, Catholic Early EdCare Runaway bay QLD and Shailer Park State School.

Delivered handball charity presents, awards and trophy to Chappy Matty for the Logan kids handball day.

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July 2022

8 Australian Handball Hack Only the Pros Know

Handball is a very simple game to learn but difficult to master. The rules are easy to follow but how well you play all depends on your skills and understanding of the rules. That is why if you want to get really good at the game, knowing a few tips and tricks from experienced players can give you the edge you need. Here are a few of them... Read more

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June 2022

Brayden's Birthday Party!

Indeed one of the best birthday parties!

Lots of games, heeps of fun, memberships, stars, rewards, singles and doubles tournament, trophies and prizes.

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March 2022

What Is Australian Handball, Anyway?

You have already noticed, Handball is everywhere in Australia. Before school, after school, during recess and lunch, the playgrounds are sure to be filled with kids playing this beloved pastime. Most schools have dedicated courts. It’s such a staple that everyone, regardless of age, has played this game at least once in their life. But to an outsider, this can be quite confusing as there are really no resources online. But you are in luck as this guide is here to help! Read on and get a deep dive into the world of Handball... Read more

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December 2021 - Brisbane and Gold Coast Tour

Brisbane and Gold Coast tour.

Incursion at the OSH Catholic Early Edcare at Upper Coomera, Beenleigh and Clear island waters

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December 2021 - Cawdor School

Cawdor School Program

Handball program and tournament for the Bushfire effected school community. Helping the P&C run Sunday parents and kids day.

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July 2021

Keyarn's 24Hr Handball Challenge -The Carers Foundation

Keyarn is 8 years old and is wanting to raise funds for The Carers Foundation in Brisbane. This foundation does amazing work, supporting unpaid carers while providing Resilience Wellbeing programs. As well as providing counselling support programs. This vital foundation also supports child carers who look after sick or disabled adult family members. Unfortunately, Keyarn knows all too well about challenges in life. Having been diagnosed with mild Cystic Fibrosis at birth, coeliac disease and most recently a very rare and progressive bone disease. So rare that only 2 other people in Australia have this condition.... read more

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June 2021

Hardball Season 2

Premiere for June 25, 2021

ABC 10 part Television Series

Trained main actors to play handball. Warm up sessions before script rehearsals.

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January 2021

National Handball Championships 2021

The inaugural first ever National Handball Australian Championships Children across Australia have come together to battle it out in the nation’s favourite childhood game.. 5000 kids all over Australia from 600 OHS facilities have played in the biggest Handball Tournament in Australia. 16 region finals and 500 kids will play in every state this coming May. Who will be the state champion?

 

 

December 2020

School Sport Program

Holy Innocents Croydon

Monday 7th December 2020

Beginners learning the basic rules, sportsmanship and loving the massive trophies and award

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November 2020

School Sport Program

Term 4 2020

12th November 2020

Tournament for year 5 and 6. Amazing players and massive trophies

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November 2020 - St Patricks Mortlake

School Sport Program

St Patricks Mortlake

Term 4 - 19th November 2020

Coaching year 2, 3 and tournament for year 4.

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November 2020 - Joan of Arc

School Sport Program

Joan of Arc

Term 4 Wednesday 4th Nov 2020

 

Great courts. Amazing experience for the students. The Girls dominate!

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September 2020

School Sport Program

St. Michaels

Term 3 Thursday 10th September 2020

Coaching Year 4, 5 and 6.

Great day amazing kids and atmosphere

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September 2020 - Holy Spirit

School Sport Program

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Wednesday 23rd September 2020

Coached 400 students. Over 20 Handball courts, amazing facilities and excellent students

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December 2018

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Term 4 December 2nd 2018

Great competition, hot day and lots of prizes

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November 2018

School Sport Program

Lindfield East Public

PSSA school program Term 3 2017 and Term 3 2018

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September 2018

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Term 3 9th Sept 2018

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June 2018

Hardball Season 1

Date: June and July 2018

ABC Me 13 part Television Series.

Trained main actors to play handball assisted in rules and end tournament filming scene

Won an International Emmy Kids Award celebrating the best children’s content from around the world. Won the Prix Jeunesse International Award for best fiction program for 7-10-year-olds

Rockie Award for the Best Children & Youth Fiction Series at the Banff World Media Festival in Canada

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