Handballs

Handball ball

Team handball is a unique and exciting sport that has been featured prominently in the Olympics. If the sport caught your eye, this is the perfect place to learn more about the most important piece of gear in the game: the ball.


What are handballs used for?

Handball is a game that has been played both indoors and outdoors by men and women since the late 19th century. It is a physical game with the defenders able to aggressively attempt for steals and blocks, and therefore the ball is specially designed to be soft and easily gripped. This gives the offensive players an advantage to counter the intense defense they will face. Handballs can be purchased in many sizes, and there are often uniquely designed balls with team colors or the logo of a competition which can make for great keepsakes. Official balls are made with a soft foam panel that covers the ball, giving them a different feel from the balls of other popular sports.

Things To Consider

When looking for handball balls, you'll want to consider the following:

  • What size ball do you want?
  • How much are you looking to spend on a handball?
  • What surface will you be playing handball on?
  • Will you be using the handball for practice or games?

What are you looking for in a handball?

  • Affordability
  • Durability
  • Style
  • Indoor use
  • Outdoor use

Types

There are many different types of handballs that can be purchased to best fit your needs based on where you will be playing. The main types are match handballs, beach handballs, street handballs, and training handballs.

Match Handball

Handball is played on an indoor court at the highest levels of competitive handball, including the Olympics. Match handballs are designed for peak performance on these courts. Many are built with hand-stitched covers that help make the ball easily gripped and squeezed. These balls can range in price from $40-$60 for a standard ball.

Pros:

  • Colorful design for a great looking ball
  • Built for performance
  • Easy to grip

Cons:

  • Expensive, especially for special edition balls
  • Soft foam exterior can wear down with use

Beach Handball

Beach handballs are designed to keep water out and to remain usable in wet conditions. The cover is built without seams so that the ball is completely waterproof, which helps with the longevity of the ball. Extra grip is essential with beach handballs as the sand and weather play a role in ball handling.

Pros:

  • Built outdoor games
  • Designed for use in wet conditions
  • Built with seamless surface for waterproofing

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • May have to order online

Street Handball

Street handballs are often designed for both indoor and outdoor play. These balls may be best for players that are planning to use the handball on a regular basis, as they are built to last for those that frequently play in both indoor and outdoor environments.

Pros:

  • Less expensive
  • Most durability
  • Built for indoor and outdoor play

Cons:

  • Grip worse than balls intended for matches
  • May have to order online depending on location

Training Handball

Training handballs are designed for new players and children. These balls are built with a soft synthetic cover that allows players to get comfortable with the ball in a safe and enjoyable way. They are often built for indoor and outdoor use. Training handballs are generally less expensive, priced around $20-$30.

Pros:

  • Less expensive
  • Suitable for indoor and outdoor use
  • Easy to grip and squeeze
  • Good for new players

Cons:

  • Lacks aesthetic design of other types
  • May have to order online depending on location

Brands

There are many brand options to pick from as you look for a new handball. Some of the industry leaders include Molten, Select, and Hummel.

Molten

Molten produces some specially designed International Handball Federation match handballs. These balls come in many sizes from, mini to official size, and they have unique designs for different teams and matches. Molten is a company that prides itself on making the highest level of handball equipment and especially the balls themselves.

Select

Select handballs are a bit more expensive than other brands because they are hand-stitched for optimal grip, bounce, and flight. Many Select balls are built for high-level competition and come with specially designed shark skin foam to give players an edge that other balls can not provide. They produce a variety of handballs, including street, beach, and indoor balls.

Hummel

Hummel produces various different handballs, including some beach handballs that are developed to meet the unique demands of playing on the sand. They also make balls that are suitable for matches and training, with balls designed for both kids and adults that can be purchased for less than $30.

FAQ

What sizes do handballs come in?

Official match handballs are 58-60 centimeters in circumference and weigh 15-17 ounces. However, handballs come in several different sizes, including 00, 0, 1, 2, and 3. 00, 0, and 1 are generally for children, with size 1 being suitable for kids between 8 and 12. Size 2 is used by high school-age kids and women, with size 3 being the largest size available and the official size for men's competitions.

How much do handballs cost?

Handballs vary in price depending on the style and size you are looking for. High-performance indoor balls can range between $80-$100 due to the quality of material used to make the ball easier to grip and squeeze. The craftsmanship involved in hand stitching some of the best balls equates to a higher price point. Training balls can be much cheaper, from $20-$30, and even some beach and street handballs can be found for less than $50 online.

How often do you need to replace a handball?

How often a handball will need to be replaced depends largely on the type of handball you purchased, how frequently you use it, how well you take care of it, and what sort of surface you play on. Beach handballs are designed to be waterproof, and if used exclusively on the beach, they can last for years. While street and training balls are designed for indoor and outdoor play, the more they are used outdoors, the quicker they will wear down.