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Handball is a fast-paced and exciting sport that has been enjoyed by people all over the world for many years. In Australia, the sport is governed by the Handball Australia (HA) and has a set of rules that ensure fair play and a high level of competition. Handball Australia is committed to promoting and growing the sport of handball across the country, and works tirelessly to provide resources and support to players, coaches, referees and fans alike.

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6 Rules

  • 1. Anyone can serve. no slack serves. Alt rule: King serves to anyone or Dunce
  • 2. Full your out. Adv Alt: person plays on there out, play on 2nd time forgotten
  • 3. Lines Play on, Replay or bounce replay
  • 4. Rolls Your out
  • 5. Headers allowed (full or 1 bounce)
  • 6. 3 Square elimination. Only King goes to Dunce

Download NSW Handball Rules 2023

Sportsmanship Steps

  • 1. Player to Player healthy discussion
  • 2. Replay point or group vote
  • 3. Teacher or staff decision
  • 4. Constant problems—modify rules

5 Rules

  • 1. Ace serves to anyone. Nice serve
  • 2. Full your out. Optional add on: person plays on there out
  • 3. Lines - Replay, Lines by favour or bounce replay
  • 4. Rolls Your out
  • 5. 3 Square elimination. Only Ace goes to Dunce. Alt: 1 square Elimination only Dunce goes to Reserve

Download Queensland Handball Rules 2023

Sportsmanship Steps

  • 1. Player to Player healthy discussion
  • 2. Replay point, group vote or Scissors, paper, rock
  • 3. Teacher or staff decision
  • 4. Constant problems—modify rules

5 Rules

  • 1. King serves to anyone. no slack serves
  • 2. Full your out.
  • 3. Lines (lineo) and rolls is replay
  • 4. Body shots allowed. (1 bounce or on the full) No Headers
  • 5. Instant elimination.

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Sportsmanship Steps

  • 1. Player to Player healthy discussion
  • 2. Replay point or group vote
  • 3. Teacher or staff decision
  • 4. Constant problems—modify rules
1 1st serve, 2nd serve, 3rd serve. Fault 1, Fault 2, Fault 3, Service 1, 2 or 3. 1, 2 or 3 lives 1, 2 or 3 chances to serve the ball in or for the receiver of the serve to return the served ball (beginner rule)
2 1 square elimination 1 square down, 1 Doom, AAAD (QLD) KKKD (NSW) When you get out in a point you move down one sqaure or one position only. Example Queen gets out, Jack move to Queen, Queen moves to Jack, everyone else stays where they are
3 2 square battle   where one player would hit the ball into another players sqaure and call '2-square battle'. The other player has the option of 'accepting' or 'regecting' this offer. Only the enforcer of the battle can 'end-battle' and if the lower ranked player beats the higher-ranked player, they swap positions.
4 4 square battles   4-square battles were the same except they involved 4-squares, so if the king and queen were having a 4-square battle, the jack and dunce would vacate their squares to allow play.
5 6 sqaure U format   Played in Northcross Christian School Ryde NSW. U format - King, Queen, Joker, Knight, Jack, Dunce or King, Queen, Ace, Joker, Jack, Dunce. Extra large squares
6 AAAD (QLD) KKKD (NSW) 1 Square elimination. Only Dunce goes to reserve
7 AADD (QLD) KKDD (NSW) 2 Square elimination. Ace and King goes to Dunce
8 ADDD (QLD) KDDD (NSW) 3 Square elimination. Ace/King goes to Dunce. Everyone else goes to reserve line
9 Around the world   can be declared in some games in which the players must play the ball in a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction to the next player. The king could announce it. the ball could only be hit to next square in sequence depending on the direction of serve, causing the ball to move in a circular path around the court.
10 Ace King In Queensland Ace is the Top square not King (mainly NSW). They can set the rules for the game and can arbitrate in disputes or can be assigned as Captain of the court
11 Aces Gift Kings gift, kings breakfast When the rule is Top Sqaure serves first. Yell 'Aces gift" Ace (QLD) /King (NSW) can give ball to anyone to serve to start of a new point. Alt option. Only Queen can give the king their breakfast
12 Any name   Strait of court or instant elimination
13 Backup   Any person can take anyones shot (example random person walking through courts, a reserve or another player)
14 Banjos Old Banjos Can use whole body to hit ball. Head, Feet and chest. Ball can go over of the full.
15 Basketball   Players can decide on how many bounces allowed in your court. Example basketball 4, 4 bounces allowed. Alt basketball 4, can also mean 4 hits allowed (beginner rule)
16 Black Knight   Cant pass to Queen square they are poison. Queen can move up after point of king is out
17 Blueberries   2 handed Cherries (see Cherries rule)
18 Board order   If your name lands first (or alphabetical order) you start in Kings and others stand in Queen, Jack, Dunce in order of arrival at the court. The rest line up as reserves around the court. Alt options order by last name, height, DOB, who gets to the court first
19 Body Rally   Serve screams "Body rally" can't use hands only body or head
20 Body Shots Body parts, commander pandas Allowed to use all parts of your body above the knees
21 Bork Ghosties Pretend to hit the ball but dont. Ball flight travels across your court (but doesnt bounce) and then lands into another person square and they get out
22 Bounce replay   Ball hits the line, replay point by grabbing ball and bouncing ball on line and play on the point
23 Bounce Hit Combo, juggles Can touch ball twice example can hit the ball with hands, then kick it. Can't hit the ball twice with your hands
24 Break Break off can be called by the declarer (or a deathmatch challange), after which the play continues like normal.
25 Buddy   become friends with another, don't get them out, collude to get out others out
26 Call it   A modern version of service. Say Jumping Jacks and Jack must receive the served ball. Say goes for King serves, Queens Quills, Dunce Dungeon.
27 Cactus   Rule TBC (to be confirmed)
28 Chainsaw   slacks allowed
29 Challenge Death Rall, challenge swap squares, fight to exit, Doggie Death If there was a dispute between two players on the outcome of a rally, they could enter a sudden-death rally called a "challenge". The higher-ranked player would serve. If the higher-ranked player lost, the players would swap positions. If the lower-ranked player lost, they were "straight out" and went to the back of the queue, bypassing dunce. All players below them would be promoted one square, and the first queue player would enter dunce. If the higher-ranked player calls a challenge, the lower ranked player has the option to forfeit and be demoted to dunce instead.
30 Cheaps cheap shots' or ‘minis' the ball can bounce more than once
31 Cherries upsies, Cupcake or Watermelon Use 1 hand or 2 hands to hit or pop the ball over on the full. Ball must first move up from your hand, cant push ball down. Beginner rule. The caveat is that the player attempting the move must yell "CHERRIES!" as they do the move, or else it is illegal
32 Chesties   Can you chest to hit ball
33 Chinese Fireball   King was allowed to underarm throw the ball hard into another square
34 Chinese Serve Dragon rolls A trick serve that spins/rolls from the arm. Like a reverse dumbell curl. Alt option: If reciever catches it that are out. If they dont catch it server is out. Alt option: receiver must yell knight
35 Chicken   Exact Rule TBC. Receiver must yell "roasted" Can't hit back to server
36 Chuckies   Double bounce or bounce out and you play on your out
37 Circle   Person yells this out. Ball must be hit in a circle. Ball cant be hit diagonal or backwards
38 Combo   Can hit the ball twice if you use body parts (not your hands) example, You can header it then footsie it - It can bounce between those shots
39 Commander pandas   Can use body parts to hit the ball
40 Commands   Yell commands (also known as rules) and players must do it. Can have commands on or off. Example yell "Header" receiver must head the ball. Or kings breakfast or death rally
41 Cotters Rule   3 sqaure elimatnion. Only Top sqaure down to bottom sqaure. Everyone else gets out they go to reserve.
42 Conquer   If you leave your square to get the ball you must pause and reserve your sqaure. Otherwise a reserve can conquer or take your sqaure
43 Confusion   Unsure what happened in the play then replay the point
44 Consequences   If you are cheating or being a bad sport. Other players will deliberately target you/get you out to teach you a lesson
45 Corkscrew Twistiest, twist, apple turnovers Trick shot involving grabbies circular stair motion with your arm
46 Corners   Hits a corner of a sqaure, yell corners. Each player must stand in the corner of the court and a Bounce replay is done to start point again
47 Cradles Scoop, Grabsies, clinch Can grab/hold the ball and craddle (liek motion) the ball with one arm then fling ball out like a catapult
48 Cracks Funnies If ball hits a crack or funny bounce on the court replay point
49 Cupsies Cups Ball stays on the palm of your hand to hit a trick/angled shot. This rull allows cuping the ball but not grab
50 DC   Death rally. You can exist the rally
51 DC no nothings   Death rally. Can't exit rally
52 DDDA   3 Squre elimination. Only Ace goes to Dunce. All other squares goes to reserve line
53 DDS   Give ball to any square or person to serve
54 Death Rally Death Match, Red Knight, rally to the death, rally, deathlock, apples, Graveyard, DC, Action, permanents, challenge swap squares, death challenge 2 players rally it out and instant elimination or swap player positions. Can break it, if server or instigator of death rally calls it out - Can be declared in some variants by the King or sometimes any player, in which the declarer and the person who receives the ball must only return the ball to each other, and if returned to a different player's square, the person in the rally is out. Action no breaks - death rally cant be brocken. Sometimes this rule is only played in the diagonal sqaures. When an argument about a call comes up and there is no other way to deal with it. Challege the person. Loser automatically out.
55 Death Roll   Roll the ball your out. If receiver of rolled ball yells 'death roll' reset the point and the person that rolled the ball is not out.
56 Dead Square Poison  if you left your square for some reason (to collect the ball or get a drink etc.) without saying 'dead-square' somebody, whether they be in the game or waiting could jump into your square and 'conquer' it
57 Deadlock Thunder lock or permanent padlock, no commands Cant change the rules or add rules once the game has started
58 Deadman's   Can serve on the full and indecent. Can also mean a spin serve is allowed. Use your wrist to flip the ball forward out of your hands
59 Deny Pick lock, decline Player can cancel or deny a Death rally or service call
60 Descent Mercy, descent serve Nice serve. A friendly serve waist height. Replay point if a player receiving a serve is determined "indecent", forcing the round to start over. Alt option: 3 times of Descent serves - Head high, normal, low and slow
61 Descent, pass back, no returns Descent, pass back or your out, descent no words, pass back to me or your out, pass back softly Nice shot back to person who served the ball to you. Just a 'pass back' and it doesn't have to be descent.
62 Diamonds   Before ball is served the other three players must turn around so they don't face server. They will not know who gets the service ball
63 Diamond Challenge 3 way three way challenge (saves you from getting involved in rally and hence getting out)
64 Dibs   Ball bounces on the Line. Replay point by starting of Bouncing ball middle of the court line
65 Distraction Banter Calling out, teasing or talking in a manner to distract players. Advanced only
66 DK   Didn't know - replay point didn't know that rule existed or were playing that rule. Some one should have told me
67 Doies   Team up and play Doubles. If 4 sqaure, remove middle line and play rectangle V rectangle format
68 Dog Shots   Powerful shot, low shot or slapball down or mean shot alt meaning - can knock other person ball in there sqaure with your foot and they are out. Your other foot must stay in your sqaure
69 Doggie Death   A version of Challenge or death match. No diagonal challenge, whoever win's and you swap courts, instant elimination if you lose, can play across 2 courts and everyone else has to step out of the court, Can't yell "doggie death" on serve
70 Dogs Breakfast Tweener serve. Dog serve Underlegs Serve
71 Dubs Double bounce Bounces twice in a persons square, that person is out. Usually known as 'double' or 'double bounce'. Alternative version. Younger/beginners groups can have 2 bounces allowed. Alt: If a person does a Double Bounce and you play it on your out
72 Double Touch   If the ball is touched twice in a row by the same person, they are out. Usually known as 'double touch'. This is allowed for beginners
73 Double Dunce DD You get out in Dunce (and theres no reserve) you go to Double Dunce or Dungeon (lower level) but stay in the same sqaure. Cant move up into a new square until 2 points have finished. Can have triple and quad tripple dunce.
74 Dunce Duds Last/Lowest square or 4th position in 4 square. Alt: double dunce or DD, triple dunce or DDD. Worse than Dunce sqaure
75 Dunce in Dungeon   Dunce has the right to serve the ball to anyone
76 Edgies boundaries, borders or outliners Outside board line of court. If ball hits this line Usually a bounce reply is performed
77 Electric Line   Hits the line you are automatically out
78 Elimination - slow, medium, fast   If you get out move down 1-3 square based on speed of the game. Slow (move down 1 square) medium (2 squares) or fast (3 squares) example. Slow game get out in queen move down to Jack.
79 Elimination - instant Golden Rule Any square you get out on go instantly out to reserve line
80 Elimination - 1 square, 2 square, 3 square 1 doom, 2 doom, 3 doom, quicksilver (2 square elimination) Instant elimination based on square position ranking. Example 2 square elimination on dunce and Jack go to reserve. King and queen go to dunce
81 Eveready Rush,quick serve, ready or nots, Ace, Continuous, forever ready Quick serve. If ball is served and your not ready and miss the ball, your out. Advanced Rule
82 Falsies   King allowed to serve on the full, served at shoulder height
83 Fault   When are serve made incorrect example - a full or bounces out or not served as a descent. Baby rules - 1,2 or 3 Faults are allowed
84 Footsies body fulls, tootsies or healed, kickies, kicksies use feet. Ball must bounce normally as you play with your hands. Advanced Option - ball can roll. Alt option: Ball can go over on the full. Alt beginner rule: ball hits feet you are not out and Replay Point
85 Foul foul serve, 1st serve on the first bounce it hits in another square. Alternative: 3rd Fouls or 3 faults you are out.
86 Freebies   King could give a life to a player. A player could be given a freebie if they were deemed to have lost a rally in controversial but clear circumstances (e.g. player thought ball hit line but all other players agree it didnt). Freebies were entirely at the discretion of the king. The player receiving the freebie would still be required to go to dunce but could use the freebie to save themselves if they lost when in dunce. However, if you were deemed "straight out" (lost a challenge or were "poisoned") then you lost all your freebies when joining the end of the queue. If agreed before the start of recess or lunch, the game could be deemed "no freebies"
87 Front of line Ref   person waiting at the front of line is the ref for the game. Sometimes used in sportsmanship rule #2
88 Full overs Hit ball into another persons court without it bouncing in your sqaure first. If you do this your out. Alt you play on Full your out or called full plays. Play on twice forgotten. Alt: If a person does a Double Bounce and you play it on your out
89 Full-forgotten Forgotten Additionally, if the player continues on after a "full-played", a "full forgotten" is declared, and no one is out. Advanced rule
90 Full-played Full Plays if after a player hits a full, another player continues play and tries to hit the ball into another square, "full-played or Full plays" is declared, in this case the player who continued the game is declared out whilst the original full is not out.
91 Fumbles   Do a mistake, grab ball and play on, your not out (beginner rule)
92 Funnies cracks weird bounce, hits a crack in the cement or a stick is play on (if your advacned). Simple basic beginners rule - you can replay
93 Gamesmanship   Opposite to sportsmanship. On purpose trying to psychologically upset opponent to gain advantage
94 Ghosties 1/2 Ghost, Full Ghost, Boogies, 1 foot, 2 foot, 1 feet, 2 feet Allowed to bork, fake or pretend hit the ball to confuse other player. Can step in another players court is with 1 foot = 1/2 ghost. Full ghost = both feet. Alt if you are in a persons sqaure and they see you that player that yell ghosties and your out, so you need to be sneeky
95 Goalkeeper   Using two hands to hit the ball
96 Golden Sqaure Golden Rule Instant elimination. Any person that gets out goes to reserve
97 Grabs Grabsies, clinch, Cradles, scoop, picks Can grab/hold the ball with fingers or palm of hand for less then 1 second while hitting the ball
98 Grant   Service granted is another one, where the king could 'grant' a serve to another player. Often used in larger games where a player in alliance with the king is in a low position so they could work their way up.
99 Headers   in which a player may use their head to hit the ball. This can be done on the full into the other player's square, contradicting the necessity for the ball to bounce in a player's own square first as it would need to do if they had used their hand.
100 Head High   Ball is serves of hit too high. The person who hit the ball is out. Baby rule
101 Hipies Bellies, Waffles use of hips. Add on: can use Knees
102 I call lines Lines Players can say, 'I call lines' (if the ball bounces on a line)
103 Indecent Dog serve  is called on serve when it is a mean or nasty serve. Serve must be nice
104 In Toes Inoes, Self Intoes Interference from another player . Replay the point .Any interference in the game would result in a player calling "intoes" and the rally would be restarted by the king.
105 Instant Elimination Free for all anyone gets out they go to reserve. Alt: no king, queen, jack or dunce courts are played. First reserve goes to wherever square that the person gets out.
106 Intercept   Can reach across another persons court and play ball. You can interfer with the person or it cant bounce it that persons sqaure
107 Interference   When the ball is touched by a player waiting in line, or any other unintended target, an "interference" is called and King re-serves or a "jumps" takes place
108 Invasion   could be permitted on the liners bounce at the king's discretion.
109 Jackpot   Rule TBC (to be confirmed)
110 Jack Jelly   Jack cant stop moving (very funny)
111 Joker   Can be used as the name of a court example , King, Queen, Jack Dunce, Joker, Dungeon
112 King Ace pass to me or your out Server must past to person who says this first. The 'King' serves the ball, bouncing once within their square before entering an opponent's square.
113 King’s breakfast KB's, Ace gift, King breakfast no deny's, pass back nicely no descents, kings descent Server gives the ball to anyone they must grab ball and serve the ball back to the original server. Alt option: before service is yelled King Yells "King breakfast" and only Queen Serves the ball to king. Alt add on: King breakfast no deny's - person cant deny serving the ball to the king. Alt add on: pass back nicely no descents - server serves receiver must hit a descent shot back to King. Can't grab and serve
114 Kings Choice Kings Serve, Rejection, Aces Choice King/Ace serves to anyone. Can reject a persons call/rule Example person yells service yell Kings choice and king does not have to serve to that person
115 Kings revenge   When king gets out The server of the next point needs to serve to the old King
116 Kings waffles Queens dessert Have to serve to king or queen if they say this
117 Knight   Can be used as position name of a court example King, Queen, Knights, Jack, Dunce
118 Lefties   Hit left handed (or weaker hand) if ball goes out your not out (baby rule)
119 Lines Lines replay, hits the line, Liners, Rumble, Lines replay continuous, Lines i Claim, I call lines is play on, replay or bounce replay Examples - If the ball bounces on the line and is not a 'full' or a 'double' it’s known as 'lines'. When 'lines' is called the point is replayed. Alternative Rule: ‘Lines replay continuous’ Player who square it was on the line bounces the ball of the line and its play on. Another Lines example: replay and re-start point if it hits only the cross lines (in-between 2 squares) Bounce replay from the line where the ball landed or example #4 bounce replay from the centre of the court (the cross) and who ever sqaure the ball goes to its play on with the rally #5 hits line touch line where it hit and bounce replay on that spot # Lines replay and Queen serves the ball instead of King/Ace
120 Lines by favour Lines by favour golden key or Play on or King/Ace overrules lines by favour or Ace/King no rules, Lines i Claim After the ball hits the line. Whoever gets the ball first they replay the point by bouncing ball on the line at then hitting the ball. The point resumes as normal #1 Alternative Yell "hundreds and thousands. Ball hits line. Bounce ball on line then Ball can bounce unlimited times before you hit it. 2# Alternative: Traffic lights - hits line, Bounce ball on line, ball can only bounce 3 times before you hit it.
121 Lobicles   where the king could call 'lobicles' when they served, which meant instead of bouncing it in your square first, everyone had to lob the ball.
122 Lucky Spin   Unsure who yelled service first. King can do a lucky spin to see who receives the serve. ie King's decision
123 Majority Rules Vote When there is a dispute, e.g. if someone is meant to go out and he disagrees, Ace/king or any person calls out, "Majority rules!", and the other players put up their hands to vote whether the player stays in or has to 'hack it' (go out of the game).
124 Make Bottoms   Ace can also 'make bottoms'. This means that if he calls, say, "Bottom 3!" when he is setting the rules, if he misses a shot, he doesn't have to 'hack it' (go out of the game), but he moves down to Dunce. 'Bottoms' affects everyone - in 'bottom 3', if Kings went out he would move down to 'subs' and Dunce would move up to Queens and Queens would move up to Kings. If Queens went out he would go straight into 'subs' (substitutes - people waiting to get into the game).
125 Mantis   ball bounces in square another person can grab ball and they are out. Must stay in your court
126 Medicine White Hole, de poison, heal Return to normal play after poison sqaure.
127 Milky   Someone has a poison square. Keep playing as normal (example 3 squares) can't hit to poison square
128 Minis Bends You can sit down and play and the ball can bounce more than once in your square before you hit it. Beginner Rule
129 Mini man   Squat down play. Like a frog
130 Mini bounce   ball can bounce twice if below the knees
131 New game   Coach can call ‘new game’(if game is dragging on) Ace has to say, "Ace calls the rules!" and this means that he can choose 'Old School' or 'New School' rules. But if someone else beats him by saying, "Queens calls the rules!" (or Kings or Dunce), the person who said it first gets to choose, but people mainly let Ace do it.
132 New school rules   A collection of Modern rules all allowed. Example: Cherries, dragon rolls and headers, twistiest
133 No baby rules   A more competitive format. Rules like tipsies, minies or any other excuses are not allowed.
134 No call outs   Cant change the rules mid game eg poison, healthy, treetops, rush, lines
135 No saying   No service allowed
136 Nutties   Under legs shot
137 Obstacle   a variation of intoes. When something unexpected interrupted play, like someone running in or a foreign ball. We'd call pause, and whoever had the ball in their square was able to hold the ball and be the server for a new play.
138 Obstruction Ghosties Players can have 1 foot or entire body in another persons square. Can touch ball or player
139 Off-hands   The king could announce "off hands" were permitted. "Off hands" meant you could catch the ball with two hands after it landed in your square, let it bounce and then play a legal shot into another square. "Off-hands" where particularly useful against skimmers/slogs
140 Old King Old Ace, Strait to Dunce, Aces Serve to the old king or Ace if they get out. Alt version only if Queen gets out king King says Aces and they death match challenge
141 Old school   Basic and simple rules of the traditional game. 'Old School' rules traditional rules, played straight, simple and hard without lots of rules. This means the ball must bounce in your own square when you hit it back, and if it lands on a line you play on. If the lines are cracks separating concrete paving squares and the ball lands on a line and bounces funny, and it's a really hard shot, you can redo it. No cherries, no chesties, no special moves or tricks. If the ball is held or scooped, the person who did it is out.
142 Undeniable death Rejection Kings/Aces choice on service. You must hit the ball back to server
143 Out of square   may be called in which the server can serve from outside their square, but must still bounce the ball in their square before any others
144 Out and In   Touch another person your automatically out and reserve goes in
145 Overhead   is a call made when there are more than 4 players and the server wishes to serve to a square not adjacent to themselves, if the serve does not land in an overhead square, then the server is out, but if an adjacent square touches the ball, they are declared out.
146 Peas in a pod   When Ace gets out, the next Ace can say, "Peas in a pod" and that allows him to 'break the lock' and change the rules from 'Old School' to 'New School' and vice versa.
147 Pepsi   Exact Rule TBC. Receiver must yell "max" Can't hit back to server
148 Play Straight   PS for short. Can do fulls (the ball does not have to hit your own square before it went to another). Double bounces are not allowed
149 Play dubs   Play on double bounce = your out
150 Picks pickups Can pickup or catch the ball instead of hitting. Is used for beginers to help rally. Baby rule
151 PO? or POD   Pick on someone
152 Poison time out, Black Hole, dead square Save your square. Allowed once per player during the tournament for 2 mins. Other players can’t hit ball into your square until you are ready. Example tie your shoe lace, get a drink or first aid. Must be a legitimate reason. Other players can group vote to allow or disallow. Game continues without your square in play. When player move up they miss skip your square. Yell “unpoison” or “medicine” to come back into the game
153 Popcorn   Can bounce three times in your square
154 Power shots   grab the ball and slam it into the other person's square
155 Queens Rules   Get out from Queen and below go to reserve
156 Queens Quarrel   Queen can serve to anyone
157 Quicksies   A quick serve, a flicking spin serve rolling your wrist. Alt option: can be a full
158 Quick gold   1 square elimination. On Dunce goes to reserve line
159 Quicksilver   2 square elimination. Jack and Dunce go to reserve line
160 Rebounds   Ball can rebound of the wall or pole. Advanced rule. Creates amazing rallies and creative play
161 Replay   may be called if players are unsure who got out. Advanced rule - Only one replay is allowed per person per match (this is to avoid unsportsman like behaviour and constant replays)
162 Resurrection   Can swap positions with another person in the reserve line
163 Reserve Res, Rez Waiting in line outside of the handball court. example 1st res = 1st reserve , 2nd res = 2nd reserve
164 Rewind   Any player could announce "rewind" which would send the around the world back the other way Or anticlockwise (though this could not be done if the king had declared "no returns")
165 Rolls Rolls to the death Simple: Your out. Alt: replay and serve again. Advanced Alt rolls or Rolls to the death - play on hitting or kicking ball until someone misses it
166 Round the world   Round the World (normal) Calling this means you are forced to hit the ball to the person to your left, if you don’t, you’re out
167 Rush ever ready, continuous or quick serve, ready or nots, Quicksies, Quick Serve Serve whenever you want. If Receiver is not ready, they are out. Alt: person receiving the serve must be in there square Alt: Server must Yell "Rush" or "quicksies"
168 Sacrifice   give up your square for a friend or get out to help a friend. Swap your postion for a friends position
169 Savies play on, light saver, life saver, saves, rebounds, plays, forgetten, helpsies Yell “Savies” to save a person that was meant to be out and continue play. Player does a full, miss hits ball, hits ball out, then a friend on another court can hit the ball. Original Player doesn’t even have to hit the ball, you can hit the ball for them. You can hit the ball into their square or your square and its play on. Ball cant bounce twice. Alt: limit to 5 savies per session. Alt 2: you can't get out on a savies.
170 Scissors, paper, rock   Can be used as a challenge between two people when you are unsure who got out in the point and don't want to replay point. Can be used to start a game and decide which player starts in a particular court position
171 Scoop Scooping Hold or control the ball on your palm for 1 second
172 Scrub   when a power hit is performed.
173 Serve   To start a match or rally. Person serves. Throw ball, it must bounce in your sqaure then over the line and into another persons sqaure
174 Servies 1, 2 and 3 Service faults, 1st serve, 2nd serve, 3rd serve Service fault 1,2,& 3. 3 chances for the returner to hit the serve in. example 1st serve - if receiver hits the ball out they get another chance to receive the ball from the server
175 Service Seven Eyes, Service or Die First person to yell it out gets the serve - Player can make the call of "service" and the King must serve to them. If more than one person calls a "service", the King serves to the first one that called out. If Service is yelled at the same time, its Kings Choice. Optional: Yell Service and hand up. Alt: Server can "reject" a service. Alternative: Service receiver can also say where you want the descent serve to land. Point to waist, knees etc. The server must serve the ball to that specific area
176 Service variations   Service descent - Serve must be chest height bounce. Service Header - serve must be high for a header to be done. Service Knee low - Serve is low Knee height for a sloag/low shot to be made
177 Skimmers   shots that were hit flat and close to the ground with minimal bounce
178 Slack Slacks, dirty serve, dog serve , scum serve A mean serve or powerful low shot or not a descent serve. Slack 1, 2 3 receiver has 3 chances to get serve back. If they miss the shot its Slack 1 and they get another chance
179 Sloags Slogs, slugs, snail, skimmers One of the best shots in Handball. low shots along the ground that are fast and hard to hit. Advanced players are good at them.
180 Soft serve   Person get a nice serve how they want it
181 S.O.S   Serve Out of your Square. Can serve the ball when your away from your square or the court
182 Spells   A collection of lots of modern Rules example Fight to Exit (challenge) light saver (savies)
183 Stalking   Pass the same person. Not good gamesmanship
184 Steals   Can have one foot in other person court and hit there ball or steal there shot. After you hit the ball it must land in your court first
185 Swappies Sacrifice, switches Can swap with a persons square without doing a death rally. Usually to help a friend or team mate. Higher court can deny
186 Tag   Switch positions if you tag someone from another square
187 Targeting   Purposely and constantly aim to get someone out. Bad sportsmanship picking on the weak player to help your game or targeting a certain player because they got you out a few rallies before and you can let it go
188 Teams Friendship Players can team up. Confirmed with a handshake and foot tap. Getting a team mate out does’nt count. If you get out your team mate can give you a chance/extra life
189 Teacups Tea party, Frogs legs can sit down while playing
190 Time outs poison, black hole call when you want a rest or drink or injury, tie shoe lace or discuss strategy with team mates
191 Tipsies   Hits your finger tips - your not out. Is a baby rule
192 Travs Windows or electric sqaure, automatics speed bumps, cross court, untouch, triple bounce. Psych/Syke, Ace ball bounces in your court and travels across into another square play on. High level Advanced rule
193 Tree tops Beanstalks, Mountains, High Mountains, High Jacks, skyscrapers, High Heels, High Skys, Milky way Hitting the ball higher than head or arms reach. If Tree Tops is off - you can hit as high as you want. If treetops is on, you must hit the ball no higher than your head or arms heighest reach. Other Alt: Must yell the word "tree tops" or "Mountains" and you can serve or hit the ball really high. Alt option: if you dont yell the word and person receiving the serve plays it on, they are out.
194 Triple Dunce DDD You get out in Dunce (and theres no reserve) you go to Double Dunce or Dungeon (lower level) but stay in the same sqaure. Cant move up into a new square until 2 points have finished. Can have triple and quad tripple dunce.
195 Tweener Under legs A trick shot that involves Hitting the ball under your legs
196 Twin/triplets   A second or third ball is introduced into play. Can be havoc and usually ended the round fairly quick. If someone gets out, a mid game move-up happens, the owner of the new square would have to be quick as the others balls are still in play. Unless move-up immunity was allowed. Especially fun watching a single person needing to somehow get one or both balls away while moving up squares.
197 Two and up   this is where the ball bounces twice in your own square or out of court and you hit it upwards into an opponents square
198 Two play on rule   A shorter word for the the full rule. Full your out, play on forgotten, 2nd play on forgotten
199 Undergrounds   Serve can roll
200 Underlegs Tweener A trick shot that involves Hitting the ball under your legs
201 Underdogs   Ball can bounce twice in your court only if you hit ball under your legs
202 Upsies Cherries the ball doesn't have to bounce in your square after you hit it.
203 Unfair shots   No low or high unfair shots – replay (baby rules)
204 Wall Bounce   you can bounce off the wall when lower than chest height (of the shortest player). Must be bounced in own square before and be a descent
205 Walked Walk Dibs, walkies, walked it If a player walks out of their square, thinking they are out, they are deemed to have "walked" and are now out, despite the fact they had not violated any rules during the point.
206 White Knight   Cant pass to server. Play point with other 3 players only. Helps you not to get out
207 Yee nag   Can do a full
208 Yo Yo Pass back Person in top court yells Yo Yo. Serves the ball receiver must hit ball back to server unless receiver says "cut the string "

9 Tricks

  • Under legs
  • Headers (on the full or 1 bounce)
  • Footsies - use feet (can roll) & Hippies - use of hips. Alt Knees
  • Grabsies - Can grab the ball
  • flick shots & bork (pretend to hit)
  • Upsies— can hit on the full
  • cherry or tree tops—bounce high in the air
  • Jumping shots & Dive shots
  • Bicycle kick (like a soccer bicycle goal kick)

8 Game Formats

  • 4 square, 6 square, 8 square, 10 square
  • King of the mountain
  • Singles and doubles tournament
  • OUT and Dead Zone
  • Add ons
  • American Handball
  • Wrath of Kings
  • Mayhem (Ace in the middle)