American handball

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American handball (also called court handball or just handball in the United States ) is a ball sport similar to the English game of Fives ; Unlike squash, both are played without a racket, but with gloves or bare hands. In Scotland and Ireland ( Gaelic handball ) the game has been known since the 15th century.

Similar to squash, the playing field can consist of four walls and the floor. But there are also one-wall and three-wall versions. The ball is 1⅞ inches in diameter and weighs 2.3 ounces (71.54 grams). Gloves are often worn to protect the hands. It is played one-on-one, doubles (two against two) or as a "cut-throat" (cut throat) with three players who rotate continuously ( server- against-two).

With four-wall , one team hits the ball against the front wall. The ball must go over the fence line before it ricochets. From there it can only hit one side wall. It can be hit back directly or it can bounce off the ground once before being returned. The response must either hit the front wall or, if there is a rear wall, rebound from there to the front wall without hitting the roof or side walls.

The playing field is 20 feet (6.10 meters) wide, 20 feet high and 40 feet (12.0 meters) long.

American handball is extremely physically demanding and a very good fitness sport that trains the whole body.

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