|Top-12 Dallas Pro Invites confirmed & Team USA Battles in Federation Cup Competition in Italy. All in this week's edition!
|Your Weekly Source for Handball News
|November 28, 2008
Dallas Pro Invites Set
DALLAS - The list of professional handball players who will be attending the Dallas Pro Stop is set.
The Top-4 finishers in the Milwaukee Classic will secure their spots at the USHA Pro Stop in Dallas.
The stop will be held in conjunction with the
longest running tournament in America, the George Lee and will be held at
the Downtown Dallas YMCA. The 12 invitees will join the four qualifiers
from the Milwaukee Classic (next weekend) to make the pro round of 16.
Confirmed for Dallas are:
Naty Alvarado Jr.
Hurry and get those entries in today! The deadline to enter is November 28th. Go to the link:
|Pro Event Calendar
Dec. 5-7, USHA Qualifier No. 1 in conjunction with Milwaukee Classic, West Allis, WI
Jan. 9-11, Bob Symon Memorial & WPH Tour Stop St. Joseph, MO
Jan. 22-25, USHA Women's Classic and Women's Pro with Long Island Open, Syosset, N.Y.
Feb. 13-15, USHA Pro Stop - In conjunction with the George Lee, Dallas, TX
March 6-8, 2009 Great American Shootout & WPH Tour Stop Anchorage, AK
March 13-15, USHA Qualifier No. 2 In conjunction with the USHA Hall of Fame Tournament, Tucson, AZ
March 27-29, Mardi Gras Open & WPH Tour Stop Harahan, LA
April 17-19, USHA Pro Stop - In conjunction with the NorCal Regionals, Concord, CA
May 13-19, Canadian Four-Wall Nationals, Winnipeg, Manitoba
June 8-14, USHA Four-Wall Nationals, Fountain Valley, CA
October 4-11, Waterford Crystal 2009 World Handball Championships, Portland, OR, USA
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|Dear Handball Player,
The USHA & Court Shorts Staff wishes everyone a Wonderful Thanksgiving!
now you've awakened from your Turkey Coma, rolled (literally) out of
bed and are jostling for position in lines among the rabid throngs at
shopping centers this Friday. Or you could be avoiding them all
Whatever you plan to do with your holiday weekend,
the best thing is to put on your gloves and get back on the handball
courts! What better way to work off that Thanksgiving Dinner?
and families of Team USA are very thankful for their safety after a
scary incident on the snowy roads in Italy this weekend. Albert Apuzzi
forwarded the following update from Dori Ten:
"My wife called me @ 10am & said that when they awoke this
morning to leave on the trip to a vineyard, they discovered that there
was 4 feet of snow. That is a record for the last 20 years.
The bus was traveling downhill and wound up in a ditch. The
atmosphere changed from laughing and joking to chaos.
Theresa McCourt turned
into RoboCop and got the people under control, then dug a path so that
the people could exit the bus.
The bus is still in the ditch waiting for roadside assistance."
Fortunately, everyone escaped the incident without injury, and the bus' occupants were lucky enough to have one of "New York Finest" there to take control of the situation.
USA will be competing in the Federation Cup this weekend. Will Team
USA continue their dominance in international competition? Read the
latest press release for Italy's Federation Cup below and more in this
week's Court Shorts.
Team USA to compete in Federation Cup
Torino, Nizza Minferrato, Italy - Team USA leaves for Italy this Monday.
John "Rookie" Wright will be representing the Stars & Stripes as will doubles champs, Willie Polanco and Steve Robalino. Third place finisher, Roland Brown III rounds out the men's team.
Theresa McCourt and Dori Ten will compete for the U.S. women's team. All players are eagerly looking forward to
representing the United States and the USHA in the Fed Cup to be held
Federation Cup Press Release:
General Secretary Carlo Berrino and
chairman Massimo Corsi have presented the prestigious program of the first
edition of the 1-Wall Federation at the Ministry of Sports in Turin
on November the 19th. Not less than 12 federations have subscribed to the
tournament that will be played on November 29-30 at the indoor courts of Nizza Monferrato
and Piedmont. Eight of those federations
have included a female team in their delegation. All three major
international handball federations, CIJB, FIPV and WHC, have representing
teams competing at the 1-Wall Federation Cup.
Berrino was proud to announce the presence of some of the world s best
athletes in the 1-wall handball game at the tournament. Amongst those are John "Rookie" Wright, the uncrowned king of big ball (USA), world
champion William Polanco (USA) and manifold handball champion Paul Brady
from Ireland. Top-players from the Basque country, France and Belgium will
try to break the hegemony of the traditional 1-wall countries.
The tournament will be played in a Davis Cup based style of
competition: In the Men's tournament, the clashes between the
federations will be 2 doubles matches, and if necessary a deciding
singles match. In the Women's tournament, the competition will be over
2 singles matches with a possible deciding doubles match.
More information can be found at the official website of the 1-Wall Federation Cup.
National Junior 4-Wall Site Taking Online Entries!
2008 USHA National Juniors Four-Wall Championships come to the
beautiful Club Green Meadows in Vancouver, WA. The event is hosted by
Brian Poffenroth and Pacific NW Handball and sponsored in part by the
Jake Plummer Foundation.
Players can now enter online and see who is participating at the Official Tournament Site.
Cruzin' is BACK!
Where is Program Development Director Gary Cruz?
Cruz has been updating a list of certified USHA Handball Instructors.
Our goal is to have certified instructors in EVERY state. Check out
Cruz's latest addition to the USHA website: An Interactive Map of Handball Instructors (sorted by level)
Now websurfers can find a Handball Coach in their area with a click of a mouse!
See Last Week's Cruzin' Updates Below:
New handball classes at Gonzaga University are ROLLING!
Gonzaga University has started offering handball classes this year. Thanks to Paul Buller,
starter equipment from the USHA, and some student body interest, their
program has gotten off the ground. Mix in a recent exhibition match
and Eric Plummer played Jay Balkenbush and Pete Svennungsen, and things are looking pretty good for the new collegiate program in Spokane, Washington.
Paul Buller writes, "It was a fun match, with Jake and Eric prevailing in two games. Jay was
hurting from a leg injury and had to play the right side for most of
The students enjoyed the high caliber of play and sportsmanship
It was also great to have the GU baseball team in the audience."
In the Photo: The doubles exhibition opponents with the Gonzaga University Handball Class.
Gary Cruz, with the help of Joel Levy continues to bring handball into schools
a brief visit to Seaside, CA in September a return was scheduled where
Gary Cruz introduced handball to Donna Koenig's physical education
Cruz returned on November 17th and instructed over 200
students the basics of handball. Before he left, Cruz made sure the
school was well equipped to continue their program, leaving them with
eye guards and handballs courtesy of the USHA's Development Fund.
November 3rd, Cruz conducted handball workshops and presentations for
educators in White Plains, NY. Forty educators attended who are
interested in adding handball to their curriculum. Two schools have
already taken steps to start handball at their schools and have
requested the starter equipment from the USHA.
In Jackson, MS, level 4 USHA Certified Instructor Joel Levy gathered the names of 24 educators that are interested in future
in-service training opportunities.
Do you want to start a handball program in your area? The USHA can help you! Contact us about: Instructional Materials, getting Certified to Teach Handball, and receiving Handball Equipment for your program.
Ref Corner: You make the Call...
Ref Corner is a weekly resource to help tune your ability to referee
handball. Feel free to submit questions on any form of handball and
see the answer posted here. Now for the question:
Jim Hartzell of Des
Moines asks, "I see players wearing black gloves now and then, but
referees are not objecting. Isn't this a violation of rule 2.3 B.
'...must be light in color'...?? Or should the referee just not say
anything as I have observed?"
Last week's question:
Answer: Gloves must be light in color to let the referee know when they
are wet and need to be changed. Referee should enforce the rule. For more info on Gloves, see rule 2.3
This week's question: "Where can I bounce it?"
The server thinks he can get a little extra on his serve by dropping the
ball behind the short line and angling it forward to hit it.
Can he/she do that?
Think you have the right call? Submit your answers HERE.
Answers will be posted next week.
Court Shorts Trivia...
Last week's Trivia:
You have to start somewhere. Can you name the only Player inducted
into the Handball Hall of Fame that has won a "B" National Singles
Dave Dohman won the Collegiate National B Singles title for Lake Forest
College in 1978. Since then, Dohman has moved on to capture Open
titles as well as gain Grand Master status. Dohman's accomplishments
were recognized this year as he was successfully nominated for
induction into the Handball Hall of Fame. Ceremony will take place at
next year's National Three-Wall.
This week's question:
The NCAA introduced the Bowl Championship Series to help clear up the
mess determining a National Champion in Collegiate Football. Although
many argue it's a flawed system, it has eliminated the possibility of
schools sharing a "Co-National Title." Believe it or not,
we've had a tie in team points, resulting in Co-National Titles with
our USHA National Collegiate Team Champions. Can you name the year(s)
and which schools were involved?
Think you're a Trivia King? Submit your answers HERE. Those who answer correctly are entered in a monthly trivia drawing.
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