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Statutes and Regulations

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    Rules of the Game (Beach Handball)

    These Rules of the Game will take effect on 8 July 2014. For the sake of simplicity, this rule book generally uses the male form of words with respect to female and male players, officials, referees and other persons. However, the rules apply equally to both female and male participants, except Rule 3 (size of the ball). The Philosophy of Beach Handball is based on the principles of “Fair Play”. Every decision has to be taken in accordance with these principles

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    Technical Regulations (Ball Regulations)

    1. General principles These Regulations are to define the International Handball Federation’s criteria for handballs which have to be met for the ball concerned to be provided with the IHF seal of approval.

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    Technical Regulations (Goal Regulations)

    1. General principles These Regulations are to define the International Handball Federation’s criteria for goals which have to be met for the goal concerned to be provided with the IHF seal of approval.

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    Technical Regulations (Floor Regulations)

    1. General principles These Regulations are to define the International Handball Federation’s criteria for floors which have to be met for the floor concerned to be provided with the IHF seal of approval.

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    Rules of the Game (Indoor Handball)

    These Rules of the Game will take effect on 1 July 2016. The Rules Text, the Comments, the IHF Hand Signals, the Clarifications to the Rules of the Game, and the Substitution Area Regulations are all components of the overall rules. Please also note the integrated “Guidelines and Interpretations” that give additional guidance on the application of certain rules.

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    Regulations on Protective Equipment and Accessories

    These regulations provide additional explanations to the IHF Rules of the Game and include a comprehensive list of protective equipment and accessories that athletes are or are not allowed to use in official IHF indoor handball matches

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    New Guidelines and Interpretations

    This new version of the Guidelines and Interpretations valid as of 1 July 2018 has been prepared by the IHF PRC in collaboration with the IHF rules experts to clarify the correct decisions on certain situations.

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