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Although its popularity spans the globe, the Olympic sport of Team Handball is just
emerging in the United States and often suffers an identity crisis. Most of the world
calls the game "Handball," but in the U.S. there is already another game with that name.
Most Americans who hear of Team Handball envision participants on something like a
racquetball court smacking a little black ball with their hands. This vision is not
correct -- without a doubt, Team Handball is not off the wall.
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Team Handball is a dynamic court game that is fun to play and exciting to watch.
First-time spectators describe Team Handball as soccer with your hands, but they
also notice elements that remind them of basketball, water polo and ice hockey.
Participants and spectators alike enjoy the fast continuous play, the body contact
and the goalie saves as both teams -- each of which are composed of 6 court players
and a goalie -- use their natural athletic skills of running, jumping, throwing and
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Team Handball had its origins in Europe in the late 1920s, about the same time
basketball was developing in the United States, and today enjoys great popularity
throughout the world. The International Handball Federation (IHF) consists of 136
member nations and 12 million registered players. A men's handball competition was
included on the Olympic calendar at the Munich Games in 1972, after a 34 year absence,
followed by the inclusion of women's competition in the 1976 Games in Montreal. During
this past quadrennial, the U.S. Women won the Pan American Games and finished 8th in
the Olympic Games in Atlanta. The U.S. men finished 4th in the Pan American Games and
a very respectable 9th versus an excellent field in Atlanta.