World Handball Championships Player Info.
1. The Host Committee will designate a Referee-in-Chief who will ensure competent referees are available for all matches.
2. Special efforts should be made to ensure certified referees are available for at least the semi-finals and of course the finals in each event.
3. It is recommended that as a general rule, match losers be required to referee the next game in ‘Open Tournaments’
4. Where possible, the Host Committee should ensure a referee certification program is conducted at the start of the tournament for any interested participants.
5. Agreed International Rules for 4-Wall and 1-Wall Handball to apply in all World Handball Championship games.
Note - Substitution of players in Doubles Championships will not be allowed after the first round is played.
Note - Goggles are Compulsory in ALL 4-Wall and 1-Wall Matches.
Open Tournament Seeding Procedure
1. An International Grading Committee will be formed by the WHC to agree appropriate seeding for players from each country in all grades of 1-Wall and 4-Wall. This Committee will also be tasked with ensuring that players have entered in the appropriate grades. They will advise the Hosting Committee of their deliberations. Each member of the International Committee will be required to select a small group in their Country to assist them.
2. The International Committee will also make use of the previous championship results to assist in the seeding process. The top two players in each division should be considered for seeding on the previous championship results.
3. In seeding Doubles Teams, both team members from the previous championship must be returning in order to receive consideration for seeding based on previous championship results.
4. An attempt should be made to maximise the number of international matches by ensuring that a visiting player does not meet a player from the same country.
5. The Host Seeding Committee will, from all the above considerations, prepare seeding’s in each event which will be used in preparing the draws. Their decisions shall be final in all Seeding and Grading Matters.
6. A Disciplinary Committee comprising a member of the WHC, a member of the Hosting Committee and a member of the National Governing Body (in whose jurisdiction the Games are being held) to be set up to adjudicate on all issues arising during the Championships. They will adjudicate on disputes, referee reports on players, coaches and spectators. They will have the power to remove anyone showing indiscipline (as reported by Referees or Officials in writing) from the vicinity of the Championships.
Open Draw Preparation
1. The Host Committee assumes responsibility for preparation of the draws.
2. Every effort will be made to ensure that visiting players do not meet a player from the same country in the first round.
3. It is recommended that entries should not be accepted without the entry fee or after the deadline.
4. In scheduling matches, the Host Committee should try to ensure that Junior’s and Women’s events are fairly represented on feature courts and at the main court club.
5. It is recommended that the Men’s and Women’s Open Singles and Doubles are played on different days e.g Doubles on Wednesday and Singles on Friday to ensure better finals.
‘A’/’B’/’C’ Open Events
1. It is recognised that with variations among handball played in member countries, categorisation of players based on skill levels may be difficult.
2. An ‘A’ player is a player who has not won an ‘A’ World Championship and is an ‘A’ player (Intermediate) in National Championships and Tournaments. Winners of Junior (15, 17 & 19) events in previous World Championships would automatically be ‘A’ players unless they had subsequently advanced to the ‘Open Grade’.
3. A ‘B’ player is a player who has not won a ‘B’ World Championship and is a ‘B’ player (Junior) in National Championships and Tournaments.
4. A ‘C’ Player is a player who has never won a ‘C’ World Championship and is a ‘C’ player(Junior B) in National Championships and Tournaments.
5. A Doubles Team must register in the division of the highest calibre player.
6. The Host Committee reserves the right to upgrade the categorisation of any player in its sole discretion.
7. There is a limit of 128 players in any Championship and where numbers are higher, players should be seeded into an extra division e.g Challenger or ‘D’ Division or a preliminary play-off organised.
1. All Over Age Divisions are based on the player’s age as of December 31 of the year in which the tournament is held.
2. All Junior’s must satisfy the age requirement by the last day of the Championship.
3. Entry forms should clearly explain these rules respecting each age division.
4. All entrants in age divisions should provide their date of birth in order to ensure they are in the correct age event.
5. It is the duty of each participating country to verify that their players satisfy age requirements.
6. Both players in doubles teams must meet the age requirements and players must play in the grade of the highest ranking player.
7. Players playing in the Masters ‘B’ grades must be eligible to play in the ‘B’ or ‘C’ Open divisions and must not have won a Masters ‘B’ National or World Championship in any Masters grade.
1. The decision to run Consolation Events and the format to be used is a decision of the host committee. Entry Forms must state the policy.
2. It is recommended that the consolation events be run by a separate committee to avoid putting extra pressure on the floor manager and the team responsible for the main event.
3. Consolation events are normally for the first round losers who must sign up separately for the event.
Number of Events
1. A Player may enter in a total of 4 events, 2 events in ‘4-Wall’ and 2 events in ‘1-Wall’ at the discretion of the Host Committee.
2. The Host Committee may set restrictions on events entered, which must be stated on the Entry Form. Events are defined as Singles or Doubles.
List of Events
The Host Committee will decide which events to run based on considerations such as the number of participants. It is recommended that the Host Committee consider combining events with low entries. Efforts should be made to run overage events in a round robin format where required. The entry form should state this fact.
Men’s 4-Wall Events
1 Open Singles
2 Open Doubles (Players must be from the same Country) 3 ‘A’ Singles
4 ‘A’ Doubles 5 ‘B’Singles 6 ‘B’Doubles 7 ‘C’ Singles 8 ‘C’Doubles 9 23 & Under Singles
10 23 & Under Doubles
11 Senior Singles – 35 & Over
12 Senior Doubles – 35 & Over
13 Masters Singles – 40 & Over
14 Masters Doubles - 40 & Over
15 Masters ‘B’ Singles – 40 & Over
16 Masters ‘B’ Doubles – 40 & Over
17 Veteran Masters Singles – 45 & Over
18 Veteran Masters Doubles – 45 & Over
19 Veteran Masters ‘B’ Singles – 45 & Over
20 Veteran Masters ‘B’ Doubles – 45 & Over
21 Golden Masters Singles – 50 & Over
22 Golden Masters Doubles – 50 & Over
23 Golden Masters ‘B’ Singles – 50 & Over
24 Golden Masters ‘B’ Doubles – 50 & Over
25 Veteran Golden Masters Singles – 55 & Over
26 Veteran Golden Masters Doubles – 55 & Over
27 Veteran Golden Masters ‘B’ Singles – 55 & Over
28 Veteran Golden Masters ‘B’ Doubles – 55 & Over
29 Super Masters Singles – 60 & Over
30 Super Masters Doubles – 60 & Over
31 Super Masters ‘B’ Singles – 60 & Over
32 Super Masters ‘B’ Doubles – 60 & Over
33 Veteran Super Masters Singles – 65 & Over
34 Veteran Super Masters Doubles – 65 & Over
35 Veteran Super Masters ‘B’ Singles – 65 & Over
36 Veteran Super Masters ‘B’ Doubles – 65 & Over
37 Diamond Masters Singles – 70 & Over
38 Diamond Masters Doubles – 70 & Over
39 Veteran Diamond Masters Singles – 75 & Over
40 Veteran Diamond Masters Doubles – 75 & Over
69 Platinum Masters Singles – 80 & Over
70 Platinum Masters Doubles – 80 & Over
Women’s 4-Wall Events
41 Open Singles
42 Open Doubles (Players must be from the same Country)
43 ‘B’ Singles
44 ‘B’ Doubles
45 ‘C’ Singles
46 ‘C’ Doubles
47 Masters Singles – 40 & Over
48 Masters Doubles – 40 & Over
Boy’s 4-Wall Events
49 11 & Under Singles
50 11 & Under Doubles
51 13 & Under Singles
52 13 & Under Doubles
53 15 & Under Singles
54 15 & Under Doubles
55 17 & Under Singles
56 17 & Under Doubles
57 19 & Under Singles
58 19 & Under Doubles
Girl’s 4-Wall Events
59 11 & Under Singles
60 11 & Under Doubles
61 13 & Under Singles
62 13 & Under Doubles
63 15 & Under Singles
64 15 & Under Doubles
65 17 & Under Singles
66 17 & Under Doubles
67 19 & Under Singles
68 19 & Under Doubles
Adult 1-Wall Big Ball Events
71 Men’s Open Singles
72 Men’s Open Doubles (Players must be from the same Country)
73 Men’s ‘A’ Singles
74 Men’s ‘A’ Doubles
75 Men’s ‘B’ Singles
76 Men’s ‘B’ Doubles
77 Men’s ‘C’ Singles
78 Men’s ‘C’ Doubles
79 Masters Singles – 40 & Over
80 Masters Doubles – 40 & Over
81 Golden Masters Singles – 50 & Over
82 Golden Masters Doubles – 50 & Over
83 Super Masters Singles – 60 & Over
84 Super Masters Doubles – 60 & Over
85 Diamond Masters Singles – 70 & Over
86 Diamond Masters Doubles – 70 & Over
87 Women’s Open Singles
88 Women’s Open Doubles (Players must be from the same Country)
89 Women’s ‘B’ Singles
90 Women’s ‘B’ Doubles
Boy’s 1-Wall Big Ball Events
91 Boy’s 11 & Under Singles
92 Boy’s 11 & Under Doubles
93 Boy’s 13 & Under Singles
94 Boy’s 13 & Under Doubles
95 Boy’s 15 & Under Singles
96 Boy’s 15 & Under Doubles
97 Boy’s 17 & Under Singles
98 Boy’s 17 & Under Doubles
99 Boy’s 19 & Under Singles
100 Boy’s 19 & Under Doubles
Girl’s 1-Wall Big Ball Events
101 Girl’s 11 & Under Singles
102 Girls 11 & Under Doubles
103 Girl’s 13 & Under Singles
104 Girl’s 13 & Under Doubles
105 Girl’s 15 & Under Singles
106 Girl’s 15 & Under Doubles
107 Girl’s 17 & Under Singles
108 Girl’s 17 & Under Doubles
109 Girl’s 19 & Under Singles
110 Girl’s 19 & Under Doubles
The Host Committees can run additional grades which must be approved by the World Handball Council. Host Countries do not necessarily have to run all the above grades but final grade choice must be approved by the World Handball Council.
There should be a ‘Welcoming Ceremony’ organised to celebrate the changing of events from 1-Wall to 4-Wall and the host should make this a memorable occasion by organising a social evening with Cultural Events, Catering, Parade of Nations, welcoming speeches by Hosts and Dignitaries.
Host Committees should organise a formal Closing Banquet to celebrate the success of the World Championships. This should take the form of a formal meal, cultural events and formal speeches by Hosts and World Council Officials.
A program covering all events and fixtures should be developed and incorporated in the registration pack. This pack should include a tournament memento also.
Medals for 1. 2. and 3. in Gold, Silver and Bronze should be presented for all events at special presentation functions during the Championships. The standard of Medals to be presented should reflect status of the events. Medals for the Men’s and Women’s Open events should be of a higher quality.
Snack food and Hydration to be provided for players during the Championships.
First Aid Personnel and Physiotherapy Services to be available for Players
Players can be scheduled for a maximum of 2 games per day. (To facilitate this, Singles should commence first and Doubles delayed for a few days) Schedules may have to be changed during the championships to facilitate this requirement.
Last matches should be completed by 10pm. each evening.
1-Wall and 4-Wall matches should not clash. Ideally 1-Wall Championships should finish before 4-Wall Championships begin.