Handball drills for all skills

  • Mini field / 1 ball
  • Divide the group into 2 equal teams (each team starts on the back line of the mini field) 
  • Try to get the ball behind the opposing team's back line (by playing over/ running free).
  • Team that is not in possession of the ball tries to intercept/tap out/possess the ball
  • (you can make the exercise more difficult, by using a soft ball (that doesn't bounce) and don't let them run (3 passes))   

  • All players with ball on the middle line
  • Player plays the ball to the trainer and gets it back while running.
  • Player shoots the ball on target.       



  • Bring the ball to the other side in pairs and score.
  • Red brings the ball to the other side and tries to score.
  • Start in pairs from the back line.
  • At the moment red tries to score a goal, green is allowed to start to score a break-out at the other side as well.
  • Red then defends back.
  • When green has taken a chance they have to go back to defend the other two red players. 
  • These of course start when green has taken a goal attempt. 
  • This exercise can continue in current form because the players keep coming back on their own side. 
  • You can do this on time (which group has scored the most goals?) or you can set a limit to a number of goals scored.
  • Two small playing fields of about 1/8 of a handball court.
  • All participants in one of the fields.
  • Play the ball over continuously.
  • The ball must not touch the ground.
  • Participants must keep moving (dribbling).
  • "Break" is called at unexpected moments;
  • Then, all participants sprint to another field.
  • Player with ball throws ball to other field and then sprints to other field.
  • Game continues.
  • All players divide themselves over the left and right corner (in pairs)
  • The trainer shouts and at that moment the players on their own side sprint around the pilon.
  • Once around the pilon, one of the two gets the ball and goes towards the goal.
  • First, without a defender, then one defender and then two defenders
  • Each striker has one ball and there is one defender defending a mat
  • The striker passes the ball to the passing point and gets the ball back.
  • From here the attacker makes a passing move: pull over, dragging, mock pass, nillpass, land on 1 leg following with the body
  • The attacker has to push the ball onto the mat, when you've done it you walk through the ladder
  • Distribution over the middle, left and right
  • Opposing each striker is one defender and one goalkeeper in goal
  • Instruct offensive team to make passing moves: nillpass, dragging, cutting & in the run (if you can think of more)
  • Give the defending team the assignment: Defend frontal, defend in the right way

The field is divided into 5 (attack) zones. That is:

  • Zone 1: RH
  • Zone 2: RL
  • Zone 3: ML
  • Zone 4: LL
  • Zone 5: LH
  • H = high, L = low

  • Try as much as possible to occupy every zone in the attack. 
    • e.g. start the RO in from zone 2 to 3, then the MO should take over the position in zone 2.
  • Attention! 
    • This does not only apply to an in-starting player with ball. 
    • Positions of in-starting players without ball must also be taken over.

  • Ball is played around
  • RO plays the ball to the (left starting) MO
    • If necessary, the MO with ball 3 (bounce) can pass to make an angle
  • LH starts around the starting MO
  • (starting) MO turns to the starting LH
  • LH plays the ball back to the 'old' MO