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Join the growing number of people who are discovering the fun and excitement of team handball! With more points scored than soccer and more continuous action than basketball, team handball has been a popular international sport for years, and now its popularity is on the rise in the United States. No wonder--this fast-paced team sport lets players take full advantage of their running, jumping, and throwing abilities.
Written by two former U.S. Olympic players and expert coaches, Team Handball: Steps to Success presents 12 easy-to-follow steps to becoming an accomplished player.
Each step is an easy transition from the one before. The first steps provide a solid foundation of basic skills and concepts. As players progress, they'll learn how to combine these skills to attack the goal, decide when to pass and when to shoot, and support their teammates when attacking and defending. The final steps show how teammates can organize as a unit in attack and on defense and how good communication contributes to the effectiveness of the team.
Team Handball: Steps to Success features 62 drills that develop players' shooting, dribbling, passing, and catching skills. The drills come with performance goals and a list of key points to remember in executing them. Plus, many drills include instructions for increasing or decreasing the difficulty of the drill.
By studying the book's 187 illustrations and following the simple instructions, players will learn
• why each skill or concept is important,
• the keys to proper technique,
• how to analyze and correct common errors,
• how to practice the skills in game-like situations, and
• how to check their progress.
The book's appendixes explain the basic rules of the game and show how to modify a given floor space to create a team handball court.
Part of the highly popular Steps to Success Series, this book will help players learn the game quickly and provide the foundation for their future development.
The Steps to Success Staircase The Game of Team Handball: It's Not Off the Wall! The Playing Court and Equipment
Step 1. Passing and Catching: The Essence of the Game Step 2. Piston Movement and Side Stepping: Individual Attack Moves Step 3. Dribbling: When and When Not to Dribble Step 4. Shooting: Finishing the Attack Step 5. Individual Defensive Skills: Going One-on-One Step 6. Goalkeeping: The Competitive Edge Step 7. Individual Tactics: Attack and Defend Step 8. Offensive Combinations: Supporting Your Teammates Step 9. Defensive Combinations: Help and Communication Step 10. Transitions: Fast-Break and Quick Retreat Step 11. Team Attack: Support Points Step 12. Team Defense: The 6-0 Zone
Rating Your Progress
Appendix A: Team Handball Simplified Rules Appendix B: Marking a Team Handball Court
Reita Clanton and Mary Phyl Dwight began playing team
handball more than 20 years ago. From 1974 to 1984 they were members of
the U.S. Women’s National Team. During that time they played in over 100
international games, two world championships, and five U.S. Olympic
Festivals. They reached the pinnacle of their playing careers in 1984 as
members of the women’s Olympic team, which finished in fourth place.
Clanton has coached four U.S. Olympic Festival teams, three of them gold
medal teams. Since 1987 she has been the team handball codirector, as
well as a clinician and coach, for Special Olympics International. She
is the assistant coach for women’s team handball in the 1996 Olympics
and head coach of the women’s Team 2000. She also conducts team-handball
clinics throughout the United States.
Clanton’s playing and coaching experience goes beyond team handball,
though. She has coached winning basketball programs at the high school,
junior college, and university level, and she has played on the varsity
basketball and volleyball teams at Auburn University. Her basketball
uniform number was later retired.
Clanton earned her bachelor’s degree in health and human performance
from Auburn University. A resident of Decatur, Georgia, she enjoys
singing, playing guitar, reading, and staying physically fit.
Dwight is the women’s development coach for the U.S. Team Handball
Federation. In 1995 she was the team leader for the USA Women’s
Pan-American Team, which won a gold medal. She also has coached two U.S.
Olympic Festival teams and has been the team handball director for
Special Olympics International since 1987. Like Clanton, she conducts
clinics for players of all ages.
Among Dwight’s other sporting experiences are stints as head volleyball
and softball coach at the university level. As a varsity athlete at
Southwest Missouri State University (SMSU), she was captain of her
basketball, volleyball, and track teams and competed in softball and
cross-country as well. She was elected to the school’s Athletic Hall of
Fame in 1981.
Majoring in physical education, Dwight earned her master’s degree from
Kansas State University and her bachelor’s degree from SMSU. She has
taught physical education at the high school and college level. Her
hobbies include cross training, boating, and camping. She lives in
“This is an excellent introductory textbook on the sport of team
handball written by two American-trained physical educators who have
played and coached the sport at the highest levels. It presents sport
skill components sequentially in an easily read, understood, and
implemented fashion. A beginning teacher or coach can learn what to look
for, what works, and what does not. I like the reminders and hints on
errors and corrections for success.”
Michael D. Cavanaugh-- Executive Director U.S. Team Handball
“Teachers who want to introduce the exciting game of team handball to
their students will find this book very helpful. A popular sport in
Europe, team handball is growing in popularity in the U.S, too. Since it
is a new interest, a good reference is essential. The authors are
experienced players (national level) and excellent teachers, and their
sections on team strategy should be especially useful to beginning teams
and coaches. The assessment material is also valuable.”
Judith C. Young-- U.S. Team Handball Federation Board of
Directors, Executive Director, National Association for Sport and
“A very good basic book giving coaches and teachers a lot of help.
The authors use their broad experience to advantage, methodically
explaining how to learn the tactics and skills of handball. This is the
first book of its kind in English.”
Claes Hellgren-- 1996 U.S. Olympic Team Handball Head Coach
“This thorough and well-structured book provides many practical hints
and exercises. Its language is very clear and entertaining. Trainers
will find this an excellent reference, and players also can work through
this book independently.”
Raymond Hahn-- Secretary General International Handball Federation