Welcome! Our non-profit organization is dedicated to promoting the sport of one wall handball as played in the streets of NYC. The sport uses a large rubber ball, usually a racketball or a pink Spalding which both are easy on the hands. The sport has been accepted into the World Games with an excellent chance of being accepted into the Olympics. It has expanded into a worldwide sport with almost 50 countries now participating in the game.
See how easy it is to construct a one wall handball court in your community. It may cost about $10. to $20. to build a one wall handball court. All it takes is a little bit of paint.
The best way to promote one wall handball is to build more courts.
One Wall Handball RULES
American handball is played on a court 40 feet (12.2 m) long by 20 feet (6.1 m) wide with a one (front) wall. The serve line is 16 feet from front wall. The long line is 34 feet from front wall and 18 feet from the serve line. The front wall is 16 feet tall by 20 feet wide.
Handball may be played as singles (two players against each other), doubles (two teams of two players), or "cut-throat" (three players rotating one-against-two).
The ball is "served" by one player/team standing in the service zone, by dropping the ball to the floor of the service zone and striking it on the bounce with the hand or fist so that it hits the front wall.
The ball must hit the front wall first; the served ball must pass the short line before the first bounce, but must bounce before reaching the back line. If it lands on the short line it is counted as a fault. If it lands on either the long or side lines it is a fair ball.
If the server gets two faults in a row, he or she is out, and becomes the receiver. If a serve hits the floor before hitting the front wall, the server is out (no second serve allowed). In doubles, the server's teammate has to stand in the service area in a service box, marked by a parallel line 18 inches (46 cm) from the side line, until the ball passes the short line.
The receiver must stand at least 5 feet (1.5 m) behind the short line, indicated by dashed lines extending 6 inches (15 cm) from each side line, while the server has the ball. Once the ball is served, he or she must hit the ball either directly ("on the fly") or after the first bounce so that it bounces off the front wall.
However, if the receiver chooses to take the serve on the fly, he or she must first wait for the ball to cross the dashed line. The ball must not bounce off the floor twice. Nor can any player during a return hit the ball off the floor before it touches the front wall. The server then hits the ball on the rebound from the front wall, and play continues with the opponents alternatively hitting the ball until one of them fails to make a legal return.
After the serve and return, the ball may be played from anywhere, so long as it hits the front wall before bouncing on the floor. Players cannot hinder (block) their opponents from hitting the ball. If the server fails to make a legal return, he or she is out, and becomes the receiver.
If the receiver fails to make the return, a point goes to the server, who continues to serve until he or she is out. So, only the server/serving team can score points. The game goes to the player/team to score 21 points first, and a match goes to the player/team to win two out of three games. If tied at 21, must keep playing until server wins by 2 points.
A rubber ball, 2 1/2 or 2 1/4 inches in diameter. Most balls used in the game are racketballs or a high bounce Spalding. See photo's on side bar. They cost about $2.00 to $3.00 each.
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