Author: DV

JR Handball Flourishing in PHX

Phoenix, AZ, Press, Sept 15th, 2017 – Jr handball is thriving in Phoenix, with a flourishing collegiate program at Arizona State Univ and a rapidly developing high school handball program.

Head Handball Coach, Dan Willeford, leads the Sun Devils in weekly handball practices, as the squad prepares itself for the USHA’s Collegiate Nationals.

Coach Willeford leads his team to weekend tournaments in Arizona and beyond. Six Sun Devil stars recently traveled to the Tucson R48 Pre Qualifier, where each of the collegiate players competed against the best players in the Southwest. In addition to coaching the Sun Devils team, Coach Willeford leads a one-credit handball course, attracting up to 30 new players each semester.

“JR WPH was fortunate to hold a clinic for Coach Willeford’s ASU team and handball class last spring and the amount of interest and enthusiasm for handball at ASU is truly inspiring,” revealed WPH Development Director David Fink. “Coach Willeford’s tremendous efforts at ASU are making a huge difference in growing the sport.”

When Coach Willeford is not coaching his ASU handball team and teaching handball classes at the university, Coach Willeford is coaching and organizing 3-Wall high school handball clinics and tournaments in Phoenix.

“We just held a dual meet between Camelback High School and Hayden High School with 24 combined players,” stated Coach Willeford. “This was the first high school matchup of the school year. The high school coaches did a great job with their myriad duties: coordinating with their Athletic Directors, reserving the courts, gathering permission slips, arranging transportation, defining a competition format, teaching their students the techniques & rules, etc. It was an outstanding outreach event for Arizona State University, too.  Members of the Sun Devil Handball Club were in attendance to support the players and help with the event.  Two of these Sun Devils were alums for Camelback HS and still have lots of friends The Sun Devils handed out Access ASU information so that high school students know what is required to gain admission to ASU.  No classes were missed by any of the students — ASU or high school! I’d like to point out the people who made the first high school dual meet a success. Out of the goodness of their hearts, they put in a lot of effort to benefit their students. In one way or another, they do this every day. I’d like to specifically thank Kathryn Wagner – Camelback sponsor, Jim Reitmyer – Camelback coach, Steve Kuipers – Camelback AD, Chris Hogan – Carl Hayden sponsor, coach, Martin Gracia – Carl Hayden coach, Ben Fernandez Carl Hayden coach, and Chris Oglesby – Carl Hayden AD.”

Coach Willeford also visited Phoenix’s South Mountain High School this week, talked with the Athletic Director, and coached 3-Wall handball during the South Mountain High School lunch break. “The Jaguars had already heard of the CHHS vs CBHS dual-meet,” boasted Coach Willeford. “They want in on the action!  A teacher has agreed to be the sponsor and I was invited back to campus next week to help with the next steps.”

Phoenix’s Carl Hayden High School will be holding a one-day Big Ball tournament on Saturday, November 18. If you’re in Phoenix or can make it to Phoenix, don’t miss it! To view the Carl Hayden tournament application, click HERE

Keep an eye out on juniorhandball.org, as new clinic opportunities and recaps pop up weekly. Want to coach a clinic or a junior handball program? Need more information regarding junior handball? The Junior WPH group spans multiple countries, continents and oceans with clinics happening daily. We can help! Contact WPH Development Director David Fink at fink@race4eight.com

To enable Junior WPH to continue to host junior handball clinics and tournaments across North America with Certified WPH Coaches, the World Players of Handball invites you to make a tax-deductible donation today in supporting the growth of the game. 100% of the donations received by the WPH go towards junior handball development.  Donate on-line here, or send your generous gifts through PayPal (extremehandball@cs.com) or by mailing checks to:  WPH, 3561 E. Sunrise Dr. Suite 125, Tucson, AZ, 85718.

Battle of the Border V

Junior WPH was thrilled to present the fifth edition of the Battle of the Border, pitting Team Fred Lewis Foundation (Abe Montijo) vs. Team JR WPH Juarez (Ricardo Fernandez) in one of the most competitive and friendliest junior sports rivalries in international junior sports [Author, David Fink]. Team FLF was seeking to regain the Battle of the Border Cup after losing the last two Cup encounters, while Team JR WPH Juarez was aiming to take the Cup across the border for the third consecutive time.

Team FLF and Team JR WPH Juarez split the eight exciting singles Cup matches, with a one game doubles tiebreaker needed to determine the BOTB V champion. Team FLF’s Kena Byrd-Jackson and Sophie Dellacroce were too strong for Team JR WPH Juarez’s Andres Cordoba and Angel Luna in the tiebreaker, meaning the Cup would stay in Tucson.

Battle of the Border V Results

Eder Renteria (Team JR WPH Juarez) def Belisa Camach (Team FLF) 25-16

Andres Cordova (Team JR WPH Juarez) def Josh Webster (Team FLF) 25-17

Sebastian Canales (Team JR WPH Juarez) def Kena Byrd-Jackson (Team FLF) 25-17

Angel Luna (Team JR WPH Juarez) def (Team FLF) Sophia Dellacroce 26-24

Jensen Payton (Team FLF) def Angel Araiza (Team JR WPH Juarez) 25-17

Ayden Brule (Team FLF) def (Team JR WPH Juarez) Moises Gardea 25-8

Trevor Payton (Team FLF) def (Team JR WPH Juarez) Andy Araiza 25-22

Jorge Pimental def (Team FLF) Alejandro Garcia (Team JR WPH Juarez) 25-16

*Tiebreaker: Kena Byrd-Jackson/Sophie Dellacroce (Team FLF) def Andres Cordoba/Angel Luna (Team JR WPH Juarez) 25-4

Thank you to Team FLF Executive Director and Head Coach Abraham Montijo and Team JR WPH Juarez Coach Richie “Drft” Fernandez for coaching these two incredible junior handball teams. The incredible sportsmanship and great play from the youngsters is a credit to their coaches, and the sport is incredibly fortunate to have Coach Abe and Coach Drft. If you see these two incredible handball promoters and coaches, say thank you!

Keep an eye out on juniorhandball.org, as new clinic opportunities and recaps pop up weekly. Want to coach a clinic or a junior handball program? Need more information regarding junior handball? The Junior WPH group spans multiple countries, continents and oceans with clinics happening daily. We can help! Contact WPH Development Director David Fink at fink@race4eight.com

To enable Junior WPH to continue to host junior handball clinics and tournaments across North America with Certified WPH Coaches, the World Players of Handball invites you to make a tax-deductible donation today in supporting the growth of the game. 100% of the donations received by the WPH go towards junior handball development.  Donate on-line here, or send your generous gifts through PayPal (extremehandball@cs.com) or by mailing checks to:  WPH, 3561 E. Sunrise Dr. Suite 125, Tucson, AZ, 85718.

Stay in School Handball Event

Brooklyn, NY, WPH Press, 9/6/17- JR WPH was proud to be one of the sponsors of the Labor Day Weekend Castle Hill Handball Association’s 2nd Annual Stay in School Handball Tournament, featuring 110 jr handball players at Castle Hill Ave. Handball Courts in Brooklyn, NY. Each participant of the Stay in School Handball Tournament received a free backpack with school supplies fill with school year essentials. In addition to receiving backpacks and school supplies for participating, the top three finishers in each age group won laptops, bicycles, tablets, and more. Wow!

“Big shout out to Castle Hill’s Richie Vera for the 2017 Stay in School tournament,” barked Brooklyn’s Francisco Aponte. “It was amazing to see 110 kids playing handball. Thank you Richie for loving and giving back so much to our sport, our youth will never forget events like this one.”

“Big shout out to Richie Vera for always doing great things for the Handball community and the youth at the Stay in School tournament at Castle Hill,” expressed 1-Wall Big Ball #1 Timbo Gonzalez. “Richie and his Castle Hill staff truly does this from the heart and the love for handball.”

“Richie Vera and the Castle Hill Handball Association are doing incredible things for young people in Brooklyn and JR WPH is so proud to support Richie, the Castle Hill Handball Association, and the young people playing handball,” stated WPH Development Director David Fink. “Nothing could be better than inspiring the next generation of handball players in a positive and organized Labor Day Weekend event, all while providing the youngsters back to school supplies to ensure that the kids are prepared to succeed in the upcoming school year. Thank you Richie and the Castle Hill Handball Association!”

Photos courtesy of New York City Handball (NYCHB)

The World Players of Handball and Castle Hill Handball Association are thrilled to partner in presenting the upcoming 2018 WPH Outdoor Castle Hill Handball Florida Cup January 13-14, 2018. The Florida Cup will be the WPH Outdoor VII Stop #1 and promises to be a sensational event in Hollywood Beach, FL. Details coming soon!

Keep an eye out on juniorhandball.org, as new clinic opportunities and recaps pop up weekly. Want to coach a clinic or a junior handball program? Need more information regarding junior handball? The Junior WPH group spans multiple countries, continents and oceans with clinics happening daily. We can help! Contact WPH Development Director David Fink at fink@race4eight.com

To enable Junior WPH to continue to host junior handball clinics and tournaments across North America with Certified WPH Coaches, the World Players of Handball invites you to make a tax-deductible donation today in supporting the growth of the game. 100% of the donations received by the WPH go towards junior handball development.  Donate on-line here, or send your generous gifts through PayPal (extremehandball@cs.com) or by mailing checks to:  WPH, 3561 E. Sunrise Dr. Suite 125, Tucson, AZ, 85718.

JR WPH UWF Summer ’17

– UPDATES – Pensacola, FL, WPH Press, 8/31/17- JR WPH sponsored University of West Florida continues to flourish under the direction of UWF Handball Club founder and current UWF Outdoor Recreation Director Michael Morgan. 2016 JR WPH Collegiate Coach of the Year Mike Morgan led summer clinics for West Florida youth, as well as weekly clinics and tournaments during the school year for University of West Florida collegiate athletes and handball team members.

This summer saw the UWF Handball Club leads numerous youth handball clinics for 200 local kids, emphasizing the fundamentals and rules of handball, with the emphasis on having fun on the court. Following a sensational summer of junior handball coaching, Coach Morgan and the UWF Handball Club kicked off freshman orientation at the beginning of the fall semester at UWF, introducing 400 incoming freshman to handball during UWF’s freshman orientation. The collegiate newbies were taught the basics of handball, starting with the proper swing mechanics to develop the correct handball stroke. The UWF Handball Team’s practices will kickoff this fall with a number of the incoming freshman joining, with the UWF Handball Team holding three practices during the week and an optional Sunday practice for UWF team members.

In addition to the summer youth clinics, orientation handball introduction, and weekly practices, the UWF Handball Team will embark upon an ambitious fall and winter tournament schedule. “We have a full slate of tournaments this year,” barked a proud Coach Morgan. “In the fall we plan on hitting the University of Texas in late September, the Atlanta Race Stop in early October, hosting our fall tournament at UWF, which the players have appropriately changed the named to the “I Love Handball” Classic (I love these kids) October 20-22. To finish out the fall tournaments, we head to Missouri State in early November.  As fun as the fall is, the spring semester is where we really start to see players get excited.  We hit the ground running by hosting another tournament just after the start of the semester in mid-January, then get ready for the grand daddy of them all the Collegiate Nationals in mid-February.  Our state tournament has us going to the University of South Florida (USF) in early March and we will finish off the school year with another trip out to the University of Texas in April.”

“Coach Morgan is truly one of handball’s greatest treasures,” stated WPH Development Director David Fink. “Coach Morgan’s passion and endless enthusiasm for growing the game is unsurpassed and the WPH cannot possibly express our gratitude for what Coach Morgan brings to this great sport. Thank you Coach Mike!”

Keep an eye out on juniorhandball.org, as new clinic opportunities and recaps pop up weekly. Want to coach a clinic or a junior handball program? Need more information regarding junior handball? The Junior WPH group spans multiple countries, continents and oceans with clinics happening daily. We can help! Contact WPH Development Director David Fink at fink@race4eight.com

To enable Junior WPH to continue to host junior handball clinics and tournaments across North America with Certified WPH Coaches, the World Players of Handball invites you to make a tax-deductible donation today in supporting the growth of the game. 100% of the donations received by the WPH go towards junior handball development.  Donate on-line here, or send your generous gifts through PayPal (extremehandball@cs.com) or by mailing checks to:  WPH, 3561 E. Sunrise Dr. Suite 125, Tucson, AZ, 85718.

JR WPH Harry Mellis Updates

Brooklyn, NY, WPH Press, 8/21/17- The Junior WPH sponsored Harry Mellis New York City JR handball program continues to flourish under the direction of Junior WPH superstar coach and player Danielle Daskalakis. Coach Daskalakis, one of the world’s premiere 1-Wall, 3-Wall, and 4-Wall Small Ball and Big Ball cross over stars leads an enthusiastic group of junior handball players weekly throughout the each fall, winter, and spring at the Westside YMCA in Brooklyn, New York, teaching handball fundamentals and strategies, but most importantly, life lessons and values through handball to prepare the young adults to become mature, healthy, physically active, and disciplined community leaders.

“We are really excited to kickoff our fall sessions this November,” stated Coach Daskalakis. “The Westside YMCA’s courts were just renovated this summer, adding beautiful glass doors. I have a lot of kids coming up to me asking me about the program, so it’s going to be a great fall session. Thank you to the WPH for all it does for the Harry Mellis program!”

In addition to weekly clinics at the Westide YMCA, the JR WPH sponsored Westside YMCA program plays in local tournaments and travels to regional and national tournaments. “The JR WPH Harry Mellis program traveled to the WPH’s RFC last summer and we loved having them,” stated WPH Development Director and RFC tournament director David Fink. “The youngsters were so respectful, appreciative, and all excellent players with great personalities. We can’t wait to welcome Coach D and the juniors back to the RFC next summer.”

Coach Daskalakis also travels the world to conduct junior handball clinics, most recently visiting the thriving junior handball community in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada to work with several of Canada’s top junior players, as well as a number of less experienced junior players.

Thank you to Coach Daskalakis for making a huge difference in Brooklyn and beyond and inspiring so many junior handball players.

Keep an eye out on juniorhandball.org, as new clinic opportunities and recaps pop up weekly. Want to coach a clinic or a junior handball program? Need more information regarding junior handball? The Junior WPH group spans multiple countries, continents and oceans with clinics happening daily. We can help! Contact WPH Development Director David Fink at fink@race4eight.com

To enable Junior WPH to continue to host junior handball clinics and tournaments across North America with Certified WPH Coaches, the World Players of Handball invites you to make a tax-deductible donation today in supporting the growth of the game. 100% of the donations received by the WPH go towards junior handball development.  Donate on-line here, or send your generous gifts through PayPal (extremehandball@cs.com) or by mailing checks to:  WPH, 3561 E. Sunrise Dr. Suite 125, Tucson, AZ, 85718.

Coach Peixoto Leads the Way

San Francisco, CA, WPH Press, 8/19/17- The 2nd Annual Handball JR Camp at the Olympic Club was a major success!

At this 4 day intensive Jr camp, Olympic Club Handball Coach and WPH Master Instructor, Emmett Peixoto, coached 17 junior campers of all levels of play. The camp included a focused instruction on the sidearm, overhand, and underhand swings, drills for foot-speed, back-wall, and kill shots, and guidance on basic handball strategy. Each day began with stretches and the David Chapman Warm-up Routine and culminated in a mini handball tournament, in which all of the kids played in front of each other and cheered on their fellow campers.

“It was a lot of fun,” exclaimed Amaya Ruiz after being asked what she thought of the camp, “I hope I can come back next year.” By the end of camp, Antonio Rosas was able to make the switch from the big ball to the small ball. “I am getting used to the small ball. It is hard, but fun,” remarked a thrilled Antonio. Due to the contagious enthusiasm of the handball campers, some members of the concurrent squash camp stepped on the handball court and joined the handball camp for a bit. “I like handball,” surprised squash camper Audrey said with a smile, “next year I am going to enroll in the handball camp!”

Due to the outstanding largesse of the Olympic club members and the San Jose Handball Club, a total of nine non-Olympic Club members were sponsored into the camp, shuttled to and from San Jose all four days, and provided with lunch. “The generosity is just overwhelming,” reported Emmett. “Many people donated tons of time and money to make this camp a success. I would like to especially thank Dean Crispen, Kevan Del Grande, Mike Linnik, Ron Strausbaugh, Girlie Manuel, Isabella Engler, the WPH, and all the members of the Olympic Club and San Jose Handball Club that chipped in to make this camp successful. I can’t wait until next year.”

Keep an eye out on juniorhandball.org, as new clinic opportunities and recaps pop up weekly. Want to coach a clinic or a junior handball program? Need more information regarding junior handball? The Junior WPH group spans multiple countries, continents and oceans with clinics happening daily. We can help! Contact WPH Development Director David Fink at fink@race4eight.com.

To enable Junior WPH to continue to host junior handball clinics and tournaments across North America with Certified WPH Coaches, the World Players of Handball invites you to make a tax-deductible donation today in supporting the growth of the game. 100% of the donations received by the WPH go towards junior handball development.  Donate on-line here, or send your generous gifts through PayPal (extremehandball@cs.com) or by mailing checks to:  WPH, 3561 E. Sunrise Dr. Suite 125, Tucson, AZ, 85718.

Emmett Peixoto

WPH Master Instructor

JR WPH in the Southeast

Pensacola, FL, WPH Press, Aug 18- JR WPH Coach Joel Levy continues to enthusiastically grow the game in the Southeast, hosting handball clinics for dozens of jr’s in Gulf Breeze, FL, and Pensacola, FL, while recruiting softball, football, and basketball coaches at the University of West Florida in Pensacola to play and coach handball. In the coming months, Coach Levy plans to visit the University of South Alabama (USA), University of Louisiana in Lafayette (ULL), and LSU to coach handball clinics for college students. Wow!

“UWF softball coach Ashleigh Mclean and I recently coached a great clinic in Gulf Breeze, FL for the Parks and Rec with 25 students,” stated the Pensacola-based Levy. “This semester, I’ll be working as a volunteer instructor for the UWF Recreation and Sports, offering handball classes several times per week for all of the students, staff, faculty, and athletes. With UWF Handball Club founder Michael Morgan recently named the UWF Outdoor Recreation Director, handball has an extremely bright future at UWF.”

Thank you to Coach Levy for his inspiring and sensational efforts to grow the game throughout the Southeast!

Keep an eye out on juniorhandball.org, as new clinic opportunities and recaps pop up weekly. Want to coach a clinic or a junior handball program? Need more information regarding junior handball? The Junior WPH group spans multiple countries, continents and oceans with clinics happening daily. We can help! Contact WPH Development Director David Fink at fink@race4eight.com

To enable Junior WPH to continue to host junior handball clinics and tournaments across North America with Certified WPH Coaches, the World Players of Handball invites you to make a tax-deductible donation today in supporting the growth of the game. 100% of the donations received by the WPH go towards junior handball development.  Donate on-line here, or send your generous gifts through PayPal (extremehandball@cs.com) or by mailing checks to:  WPH, 3561 E. Sunrise Dr. Suite 125, Tucson, AZ, 85718.

JR WPH in Fresno

Fresno, California, WPH Press, 8/8/17- JR WPH proudly hosted a instructional at Fresno’s Hotter Than Heck 3-Wall event on the first weekend in August, with WPH Outdoor pro and WPH Certified Coach Sal Duenas educating the youngsters on the importance of hydration, stretching and point-play strategy.  “A lot of athletes, both young and old, do not take the sun seriously enough when they train and compete outside in the summer,” stated WPH Development Director David Fink. “Failure to hydrate and prepare for the sun can have dramatic and even fatal consequences. Our goal in Fresno was to stress the importance of hydrating before, during and after training and competing in the sun, making sure that athletes fuel and replenish with electrolytes and the necessary minerals to avoid heat stroke and dehydration.”

Along with the hydration education, Coach Duenas introduced various stretching and warm-up exercises to prepare the junior players for playing a handball match. Coach Duenas then observed and coached the junior players during point-play situations. Thank you very much to Coach Duenas for teaching important lessons to the next generation of handball stars.

Keep an eye out on juniorhandball.org, as new clinic opportunities and recaps pop up weekly. Want to coach a clinic or a junior handball program? Need more information regarding junior handball? The Junior WPH group spans multiple countries, continents and oceans with clinics happening daily. We can help! Contact WPH Development Director David Fink at fink@race4eight.com

To enable Junior WPH to continue to host junior handball clinics and tournaments across North America with Certified WPH Coaches, the World Players of Handball invites you to make a tax-deductible donation today in supporting the growth of the game. 100% of the donations received by the WPH go towards junior handball development.  Donate on-line here, or send your generous gifts through PayPal (extremehandball@cs.com) or by mailing checks to:  WPH, 3561 E. Sunrise Dr. Suite 125, Tucson, AZ, 85718.