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Encyclopedia > Gaelic handball

Gaelic handball (Irish: Liathróid Láimhe) (also known as handball, Irish handball, court handball or wall handball) is a sport similar to racquetball and squash in that it is one of the four Gaelic Games organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association. The game may be played with two, three, or four players. The important difference between it and racquetball and squash is that the players hit the ball with a gloved hand instead of a racquet. Either the left and right hand can be used, depending on where the ball is hit. This major difference is what makes handball a much more complex and difficult game. American handball is essentially identical to Irish handball, except for certain minor rule differences. Racquetball racquet and ball Racquetball is a sport played with racquets and a hollow rubber ball on an indoor or outdoor court. ... Squash racquet and ball Players in a glass-backed squash court International Squash Singles Court, as specified by the World Squash Federation Squash is an indoor racquet sport that was formerly called Squash racquets, a reference to the squashable soft ball used in the game (compared with the harder ball... Gaelic games are the native sports of Ireland: principally Hurling, Gaelic Football and Camogie. ... For other uses, see GAA (disambiguation). ... // Leather gloves A glove (Middle English from Old English glof) is a type of garment which covers the hand of a human. ... Squash racquet and ball Racquetball racquet and ball A racquet (or racket) is a sports implement consisting of a handled frame with an open hoop across which a network of cord is stretched. ... American (or court) handball, usually referred to simply as handball, is an American form of fives played against one or more walls. ...

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Rules

A typical Handball court
A typical Handball court

Handball is played in a court, or "alley", the most common form of which measures 12.2 m by 6.1 m (40 feet by 20 feet) with a front wall 6.1 m (20 feet) high, off which the ball must be struck. In Ireland, there is a version of the game which uses a larger court, measuring 18.3 m by 9.15 m (60 feet by 30 feet). ImageMetadata File history File links Handballcourt. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Handballcourt. ... A brick wall A wall is a usually solid structure that defines and sometimes protects an area. ...


The objective of a game is to score a set total of points before your opponent does. Points are only scored by the person serving the ball. In other words, if a player wins a rally but did not serve at the start of that rally they only win the right to serve, and thus the chance to score after a subsequent rally. The serving player has two opportunities to hit the ball, from the "service area" (between the two parallel lines), off the "front wall" and across the "service line" (which is located exactly half-way down the court from the front wall). An objective or goal is a personal or organizational desired end point in development. ... This article is about a term used in economics. ...


Players take turns at hitting the ball off the "front wall" before the ball bounces twice following their opponent's previous shot. Most handball games take place in a four-walled court but there are also three-walled and one-wall versions of the game.


History

Handball-like games have originated in several places at different times. Hieroglyphs in the temple of Osiris in Egypt portray priests taking part in a game very similar to handball. Mesoamerican civilizations in South and Central America had a form of handball-like game, which was a large part of pre-Columbian culture. A section of the Papyrus of Ani showing cursive hieroglyphs. ... For other uses, see Osiris (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the culture area. ... South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ... For other uses, see Central America (disambiguation). ... The pre-Columbian era incorporates all period subdivisions in the history and prehistory of the Americas before the appearance of significant European influences on the Americas continent. ...


The modern game of handball originated in Ireland and Scotland. The earliest written record of a handball game is in the town statutes of Galway, which in 1527 forbade the playing of ball games against the walls of the town. On the west coast of Ireland, Galway had many trading links with Spain, especially the Basque regions, where the similar game of Pelota is played. It is highly likely that one game is derived from or influenced by the other. This article is about the country. ... The Statute of Grand Duchy of Lithuania A statute is a formal, written law of a country or state, written and enacted by its legislative authority, perhaps to then be ratified by the highest executive in the government, and finally published. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , Statistics Province: Connacht County: Dáil Éireann: Galway West European Parliament: North-West Dialling Code: 091 Postal District(s): G Area: 50. ... January 5 - Felix Manz, co-founder of the Swiss Anabaptists, was drowned in the Limmat in Zürich by the Zürich Reformed state church. ... Pays Basque) see Northern Basque Country. ... Pelota Vasca or Pelota Valenciana (in Spanish; pilota in Basque, Valenciano and Catalan; pelote in French, from Latin pila) is a name for a variety of court sports played with a ball using ones hand, a racket, a wooden bat (pala), or a basket propulsor, against a wall (front...


Irish immigrants brought the game to many countries in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. It is still played in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Wales and England. (17th century - 18th century - 19th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 18th century refers to the century that lasted from 1701 through 1800. ... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999... This article is about the country. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ...


Handball today

In Ireland, handball is organized by the Irish Handball Council under the auspices of the Gaelic Athletic Association. Its headquarters are just beside the Croke Park stadium. For other uses, see GAA (disambiguation). ... Croke Park (Irish: Páirc an Chrócaigh) in Dublin, Ireland is the largest sports stadium in Ireland and the principal stadium and headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), Irelands biggest sporting organisation. ...


Handball is now a very competitive game in the countries in which it is played. A world championship takes place every three years with representatives of all ages, both male and female, taking part. The top player in the 40*20 game today is Paul Brady from Co. Cavan, Ireland. He recently retained his World singles title. Championship is a term used to refer to various forms of sports competitions in which the aim is to decide which individual or team is the champion; that is, the best competitor. ...


Eoin Kennedy of the St. Brigids Club in Co. Dublin is the current top player in the 60*30 court. He has won the past four All-Ireland Championships in the code and on September 1, 2007 was the victor over Micheal 'Ducksy' Walsh in the All-Ireland final.


Micheal 'Ducksy' Walsh is also a legendary player. He currently has the world record for All Ireland Titles. He plays for Talbots Inch (60x30). Today, he designs and fits kitchens, and is regarded by many as Ireland's top player of recent times, ahead of Paul Brady, Tony Healy & Eoin Kennedy


Attempts are also being made to use the one-wall version of the game as a unifying bridge between handball and those sports to which it bears similarities such as Pelota, Fist Ball, Eton Fives and jai alai, one of those attempts being played by many international federations is the International fronton. Pelota Vasca or Pelota Valenciana (in Spanish; pilota in Basque, Valenciano and Catalan; pelote in French, from Latin pila) is a name for a variety of court sports played with a ball using ones hand, a racket, a wooden bat (pala), or a basket propulsor, against a wall (front... Eton Fives, one derivative of the British game of Fives, is a hand-ball game, similar to Rugby Fives, played as doubles in a three-sided court. ... Now defunct Milford Jai-Alai Fronton in Milford, Connecticut. ... The International fronton is an indirect style Ball game created for to come together some varieties (such as American handball, Basque pelota, Gaelic handball and Valencian fronto) and be played in the Handball International Championships. ...


See also

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  • Irish Collegiate Handball Association

Other modalities Image File history File links Commons-logo. ... The ICHA (Irish Collegiate Handball Association) is the National Governing Body for 3rd Level handball in Ireland. ...

American (or court) handball, usually referred to simply as handball, is an American form of fives played against one or more walls. ... A game of pelote as played in Ustaritz Pilota in Basque and Catalan, pelota in Spanish, or pelote in French (from Latin pila) is a name for a variety of court sports played with a ball using ones hand, a racket, a wooden bat (pala), or a basket propulsor... The International fronton is an indirect style Ball game created for to come together some varieties (such as American handball, Basque pelota, Gaelic handball and Valencian fronto) and be played in the Handball International Championships. ... Frontó is a modified Valencian pilota version of the original Basque Pelota game. ...

External links

Gaelic Athletic Association
Football Gaelic Games Hurling
Senior Championship (2007) Senior Championship (2007)
Under-21 Championship History Under-21 Championship
Minor Championship The Sunday Game Minor Championship
Junior Championship Handball Junior Championship
National Football League (2007) Senior Hardball Singles National Hurling League (2007)
Tommy Murphy Cup (2007) Christy Ring Cup (2007)
International Rules (2007) Rounders Nicky Rackard Cup (2007)
Club Football Championship Club Hurling Championship
Sam Maguire Cup Croke Park Liam McCarthy Cup
Ladies' Gaelic football Camogie
Ladies' Football Championship Interprovincial Championships Camogie Championship
Brendan Martin Cup O'Duffy Cup
Cic Fada Poc Fada

  Results from FactBites:
 
Gaelic handball - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (619 words)
Handball (Irish: Liathróid Láimhe) (also known as Gaelic handball, Irish handball, court handball or wall handball) is a sport similar to racquetball and squash.
Handball is played in a court, or "alley", the most common form of which measures 12.2 m by 6.1 m (40 feet by 20 feet) with a front wall 6.1 m (20 feet) high, off which the ball must be struck.
In Ireland, handball is organized by the Irish Handball Council under the auspices of the Gaelic Athletic Association.
Handball (disambiguation) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (219 words)
Team handball, or Olympic/European Handball is a game somewhat similar to association football, but the ball is played with the hand, not the foot.
American handball, predecessor to Raquetball played in a walled court with a smaller rubber ball and gloved or bare hands; similar to British Fives, Pelota and Gaelic handball.
A Handball is a legal method of disposing of the ball and an alternative pass to a kick (or drop punt) in Australian Rules Football.
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