Handball Overlaps

This is a game to be played like basketball or rugby style passing the ball in the hands to show how players make one-twos and third man runs.

Why use it

This session gets players on the move, quickly enhancing their understanding of combination play in preparation for a match.

Set up

You need balls, bibs, cones and goals. Set up on a 30 x 30 yard area – this is a 6v6 possession game which is, at first, played with the ball in players’ hands. We used 12 players in the session.

Handball overlaps

How to play

Split your squad into two teams of 7 players. The coach launches a high pass into the area which the players attempt to take control of. A player in possession of the ball cannot move, but can pivot in order to send passes around the area. Teams score a point by successfully constructing a third-man run pass – in other words the player who starts the move combines with two others, making a run and receiving the ball back. It’s the other team’s job to intercept passes. They’ll also take possession if their opponents mislay a pass. To add a second scoring element, players can make one-twos. However, the return pass must be instant. The first team to score 10 points is the winner.


This session relies on good teamwork and good communication. Players both in and out of possession must stay alert to supporting runs.

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