The object of the game is to score the highest number of points by throwing the
ball into the opponent's goal, which is 2 meters high and 3 meters wide.
The game is played in 30-minute halves. The rapid, continuous play is marked
by spectacular leaps and dives. Players may take three steps before and after
a dribble. If not moving, the player may only hold the ball for three seconds;
the player must then either move, score, or pass the ball to another team
Meanwhile, the other team is trying to gain
possession of the ball by either snatching
it away or intercepting a pass. The goalie
may use any part of the body to defend the
goal. Both men and women compete separately
during tournament style competition. After
several days of preliminary rounds, finalists
advance to the gold-medal game.
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General Sports Links
Olympians will compete in dozens of sports this summer. Even though Gateway
to the Summer Games can't feature them all, you can learn about each and
every one by visiting the sites listed below.