Team Handball Lesson Plan

Instructor: John Hamilton

John has tutored algebra and SAT Prep and has a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics from Christopher Newport University.

Educate your students about the sport of team handball with this lesson plan. They will study a text lesson, take an accompanying follow-up quiz, and participate in three activities which will reinforce newly learned concepts.

Learning Objectives

After studying this lesson your students will be able to:

  • Describe the dimensions of the team handball court.
  • Explain the rules of team handball.
  • State some of the strategies and tactics of the game.


1-1.5 Hours


Key Vocabulary

  • Box jumps
  • Conditioning programs
  • Goal area
  • Screen
  • Traveling
  • Thrower
  • Throw-off
  • Wind sprints

Curriculum Standards

Please note that each state has different standards for physical education. Please consult your state's standards to ensure proper alignment.


  • Inform your students they are going to be learning about team handball.
  • Ask if anyone has watched or played the sport.
  • Review the key vocabulary terms.
  • Pass out copies of the text lesson Team Handball: Techniques, Equipment & Rules.
  • Read the introduction and the initial section 'Team Handball.'
    • Is team handball an Olympic sport?
    • Of what three sports does it combine aspects?
  • Next read the section 'Rules of Handball.'
    • How many players are on each team?
    • Is it played indoors?
    • What is the object of the game?
    • How long are the two halves?
    • How does the game begin?
    • How is a throw-off executed?
    • When else do throw-offs occur?
    • Can the field players kick the ball?
    • How long can a field player stand in place?
    • What three options does a field player have?
    • Who is the only player allowed in the goal area?
    • By what other two names is the goal area known?
    • When is traveling called?
    • What are some of the safety rules?
    • What are the penalties for rule violations?
  • Now read the section 'Equipment.'
    • Of what is the ball composed?
    • What do players use to improve gripping ability?
    • What is the size of the goal?
  • Next read the section 'Defensive Strategies.'
    • What is the main goal of a defensive player?
    • What two main tactics does this player employ?
  • Now read the section 'Offensive Strategies.'
    • What is a screen?
    • In what other sport is it often used?
    • How is a screen performed?
  • Next, read the section 'Conditioning Programs and Skills for Handball.'
    • What three abilities does team handball emphasize?
    • How are wind sprints performed?
    • How are box jumps performed?
  • Lastly, read the section 'Lesson Summary.'
  • Recap this lesson in its entirety.
  • Answer any questions your students may ask you.
  • Have students take the lesson quiz to demonstrate their knowledge of the material.

Activity One

  • Inform your students they are going to play their very own modified version of team handball.
  • Take your students to the gymnasium or outside (if permitted).
  • Divide your students up into two teams of seven players each.
  • Ask one player on each team to volunteer to be the goalie. Remind them that fast dodgeballs are going to be thrown at them.
  • Divide a basketball court up into two halves.
  • Set up two miniature soccer goals at either end of the court. If your school does not have them, improvise and set up some cones or other markers. In this case, you may have to act as referee and decide what is or is not a goal.
  • Hand a dodgeball to a player on one team.
    • Remember, you can only hold the ball in place for three seconds. You must pass to a teammate, shoot at the other teams's goalie, or dribble the ball.
    • Also, the other team will be trying to steal the ball from your team.
    • Furthermore, you are not allowed to push or hit anybody. This is more a game of skill and grace than hard football hits.
  • Allow the students to play, and call any fouls where you see fit.
  • Start substituting the remaining students in and out, so that everyone gets to play roughly the same amount of time.

Activity Two

  • Explain to your students they will be playing a 'Matching' type game involving team handball, and the first place team will win a small prize.
  • Divide your students up into pairs.
  • Hand out two pre-printed worksheets, one with the following ten terms, and one with the corresponding ten definitions, but not in order.

To unlock this lesson you must be a Member.
Create your account

Register to view this lesson

Are you a student or a teacher?

Unlock Your Education

See for yourself why 30 million people use

Become a member and start learning now.
Become a Member  Back
What teachers are saying about
Try it risk-free for 30 days

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Create an account to start this course today
Try it risk-free for 30 days!
Create an account