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Kinesiology (KINES)

KINES 041 (GHA) Handball (1.5) A course designed to introduce students to a basic instructional course in the fundamentals of 4-wall handball.

KINES 041 Introduction to Handball (1.5)

Kinesiology 041 is a course that has been designed to give students an introduction into the dynamic game of handball. It is a challenging game requiring the participant to be able to hit a ball with either hand during a rally in a 20'x 40' four-walled court. The technique of hitting a ball is similar to the motions used in throwing a baseball. Since both hands are used to execute shots, the development of the non-dominant hand ("off" hand) is a unique challenge. The course is structured to develop the "off" hand through a logical progression of drills and game settings, which help the participant to mirror image the dominant hand's motion.

Handball is also a sport, which develops an individual's eye/hand coordination to the highest level possible. This eye/hand coordination transfers exceptionally well for participants who pursue activities such as racquetball, tennis, squash, badminton, hitting a softball, and fielding a softball.

The tremendous amount of footwork and body movement required to execute a shot in handball develops a fitness level similar to a cross-country skiing workout. Handball is a great lifetime activity.

The fundamental skills, strategies, and rules of handball, along with game play, will be integrated throughout the course. The participant will also apply the rules of the game by being taught how to referee a match between fellow students.

Students will be evaluated by a combination of (but not limited to) evaluation techniques. Examples of those techniques are written examination, skills testing, tournament performance, and subjective evaluation of skill level and game performance.

General Education: GHA
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2001

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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