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We always thought that handball was that game you play in a schoolyard with a little blue ball-- the one where you bounce the ball off the wall and try to hit it in a way that your opponent can't return (and the ball is allowed to bounce only once before it gets returned to the wall.) But then yesterday we were reading Time Out, and they had an article about the New York Team Handball Club based in Williamsburg. The game they described seems to have nothing to do with the handball we played growing up. A little research on the old internet turned up these rules-- but this game seems much more like raquetball, played with all four walls, and doesn't sound like the game the NYTHC is playing. Can one of you handball experts straighten us out? What exactly is handball, and how does one play?