Mini handball is stage 1 of the circle of a handball life, aimed at building a foundation in the sport and getting children aged between six and nine years to engage with handball.
Mini handball takes advantage of this age being the ‘golden age’ of learning, and that children are ready to learn the basic skills and rules of handball. It continues to put an emphasis on fun, with simple rules and fair play at the heart of the activity. Children are encouraged to learn by doing.
This form of handball starts to build children’s strength, endurance, speed and coordination. While there is no technical or tactical aspect to mini handball, the basic positions are introduced.
Mini handball can be played as Goalcha handball or handball-at-school, with balls adapted for younger players. In any competition, the score is not counted and players must play a minimum amount of minutes to encourage participation.