How are the rules for handball dribbling and traveling different from basketball?

Palming the ball: In theory, the rules for dribbling are identical as there are no specific rules governing the motion that is to be used to direct the ball to the floor. In practice, however, “palming” or catching the ball while dribbling is more closely called in handball. Palming the ball results in a turnover.

Steps after dribbling: This situation applies after a player dribbling the ball takes his last dribble. While basketball allows 2 steps after dribbling handball allows 3 steps after dribbling. A handball player must shoot or pass the ball to a teammate before he takes his 4th step or it will result in a traveling violation.

Steps with no dribbling: This situation typically occurs when a player receives a pass, usually while moving. While basketball players can take two steps after receiving the pass, handball players can take three steps. Taking a 4th step will result in a traveling violation without.

Steps before dribbling: When a basketball player starts an offensive move (where he intends to dribble) that player must start dribbling before he takes his second step or he will be called for a travelling violation. A handball player, however, can take 3 steps before starting to dribble. (This arguably is the most significantly different travelling rule. In particular, more than one converted basketball player has been fooled by a handball player taking 3 steps, faking a jump shot, taking one dribble and then taking another 3 steps for a wide open shot.)

Double Dribbling: As with basketball, you can not dribble, then stop and hold the ball, and then start to dribble again. That is a double dribble and constitutes a turnover.

Jump stop: If a player jumps and lands with both feet at the same time, the landing only counts as one step.

Each time a foot touches the ground is counted as a step. Additionally, unlike basketball there is no pivot foot exception. In other words a player can keep one foot stationary and pivot around like a basketball player might, but each time a step is taken it counts as one of the player’s 3 steps.

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