Author: DV

Carl Haden H.S. at Venice Beach

Phoenix, AZ, WPH Press, 8/18/19- Six members of Phoenix’s Carl Hayden H.S. handball team traveled 370 miles west to Venice Beach to compete in the Jul 17-21, ’19 USHA National Jr 3 Wall Championships. Recent Carl Hayden graduate Rodrigo Silva made to the semifinals of the 19-and-under singles, as well as the doubles with Chris Cedeno, earning Rodrigo MVP honors for Carl Hayden.

“Our kids had an opportunity to meet and take pictures with 3-Wall national champion Sean Lenning, what a thrill,” boasted Carl Hayden handball team head coach Chris Hogan. “Our Club would like to thank the USHA, especially Mr. Krueger, for hosting a wonderful event and experience for our students. 

Carl Hayden Falcon Family, we hope you will continue to support and encourage our students to become the best academic students, and most of all to participate in our wonderful sport of handball!”

Carl Hayden’s high school team has enjoyed numerous tournaments in Phoenix and Tucson, constructing a “Wall of Fame” in the school to commemorate a number of their handball highlights from the past year. “Coach Hogan has been an incredibly enthusiastic and positive role model to so many high school handball players at Carl Hayden High School,” stated WPH Development Director David Fink. “From holding weekly handball practices to driving the team hundreds of miles to attend clinics and tournaments, Coach Hogan has truly become of the game’s great leaders and ambassadors. Thank you Coach Hogan!”

JR WPH is proud to have supported Carl Hayden High School’s handball program and any junior handball program providing opportunities for the next generation of handball players to develop a lifelong passion for handball.

Photos Courtesy of Carl Hayden Handball Coach Chris Hogan

Follow all of results from the 2019 USHA National Junior 3-Wall Championships 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 david.fink@wphlive.tv

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 (HERE) or by mailing checks to:  WPH, 3561 E. Sunrise Dr. Suite 125, Tucson, AZ, 85718.

Become a handball insider by enjoying never before seen videos, pro commentary, special awards, Sports Casts archives and new episodes, live broadcasts, and much more by supporting the WPH and inspiring the next generation of players through the WPH Patreon program.

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’19 JR WPH NYC 1-Wall Big Ball

A Singles Championships August 25!

Brooklyn, NY, WPH Press, 8/15/19- The WPH and the Lincoln Terrace Handball Assoc. are thrilled to present the 4th annual JR WPH NYC 1-Wall Big Ball Singles Championships on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at St. John’s Recreation Center, 1251 Prospect Place, Brooklyn, NY, 11213. Entry is free to all junior players.

The JR WPH NYC 1-Wall Big Ball Singles Championships will offer Boys and Girls 19, 17, 15, and 13 under singles brackets, with awards for first and second place in each division.

“The JR WPH NYC 1-Wall Big Ball Singles Championships is one of JR WPH’s highlights of the year,” stated WPH Development Director David Fink. “The JR WPH NYC 1-Wall Big Ball Singles Championships has featured more than 300 combined junior players in its first three years and we are expecting another great turnout this year. Tournament director and WPH volunteer of the year Veronica Figueroa runs an incredible event and ensures that all of the players enjoy a wonderful day of handball.”

Players can pre-register by contacting tournament director Veronica Figueroa at veronicafig@msn.com or via Facebook private message.

On site registration at St. John’s Park will take place no later than 9:30 am on Sunday, August 25. There is no fee to enter.

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 david.fink@wphlive.tv

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 (HERE) or by mailing checks to:  WPH, 3561 E. Sunrise Dr. Suite 125, Tucson, AZ, 85718.

Become a handball insider by enjoying never before seen videos, pro commentary, special awards, Sports Casts archives and new episodes, live broadcasts, and much more by supporting the WPH and inspiring the next generation of players through the WPH Patreon program.

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JR WPH to Host Clinics at 3WB

Las Vegas, NV, WPH Press, 8/8/19- JR WPH and 3WB are thrilled to announce the JR WPH/3WB Junior Handball Clinic at the 19′ 3WB Outdoor World Championships, providing youngsters with the opportunity to learn from handball’s greatest coaches and players at the epicenter of outdoor court sports at The Strat Hotel. The 19′ 3WB clinic will be held at 9 am on Sunday, Sept 29, 2019.

JR WPH Clinic + Pro/Junior Doubles

Sunday, September 29, 2019

9 am start

Pre-register with David Fink (david.fink@wphlive.tv) or show up

Ages 7-19

Free to participate!

Juniors will learn shots and strategies + have an opportunity to play doubles with and against the coaches in the Sunday morning JR WPH/3WB clinic.

“We always love working with the WPH and we cannot wait to co-host this clinic for the youngsters,” stated 3WB founder and tournament director Mike Coulter. “Our goal is to make sure that everyone comes to the 3WB and has a great time and this clinic will ensure that the kids will have an unforgettable experience at this year’s event.”

“The 3WB Championships is the highlight of the outdoor season and JR WPH is extremely excited for the game’s top players to teach and play alongside the junior players in the 2019 3WB clinic,” stated WPH Development Director and Master WPH Instructor David Fink. “The pro players love having the opportunity to teach the next generation and the feeling is always mutual. We can’t wait for a great clinic!”

To register for the clinic in advance, please email David Fink at david.fink@wphlive.tv. If you do not register in advance, just show up at 9 am on Sunday, September 29. The clinic is open to all juniors between the ages of 7-19.

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 david.fink@wphlive.tv

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 (HERE) or by mailing checks to:  WPH, 3561 E. Sunrise Dr. Suite 125, Tucson, AZ, 85718.

Become a handball insider by enjoying never before seen videos, pro commentary, special awards, Sports Casts archives and new episodes, live broadcasts, and much more by supporting the WPH and inspiring the next generation of players through the WPH Patreon program.

Become a WPH Patreon HERE

JR WPH Coaches Summer Camp

Tucson, AZ, WPH Press, 8/6/19- JR WPH was proud to coach daily handball sessions for the 7th consecutive summer at the 10 week TRC All Sports Camp.  JR WPH Coach and TRC Summer Camp counselor Spence Hatcher coached groups of 6 to 8 youngsters each day, teaching handball fundamentals, skills, and games to the summer campers, ranging in age from 7-15.

“The kids had a really great time playing handball and most of them really looked forward to playing,” stated Coach Hatcher, who has been teaching handball at the TRC Summer Camp and in local schools in Tucson for several years. “Most of the kids played last summer and it’s been really fun to see how good a lot of them are getting.”

“I’ve always say that handball is one of the toughest sports and the best for training hand-eye coordination,” stated Tucson legend Coach Anderson, who has played, coached, and refereed virtually every sport. “I tell the parents that if you want your kids to improve their speed, dexterity, and overall skills, they should play handball. Spence did a wonderful job with the kids and the kids really love him.”

JR WPH is proud to provide opportunities for youngsters to learn handball and develop skills in Tucson and across the country.

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 david.fink@wphlive.tv

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 (HERE) or by mailing checks to:  WPH, 3561 E. Sunrise Dr. Suite 125, Tucson, AZ, 85718.

Become a handball insider by enjoying never before seen videos, pro commentary, special awards, Sports Casts archives and new episodes, live broadcasts, and much more by supporting the WPH and inspiring the next generation of players through the WPH Patreon program.

Become a WPH Patreon HERE

JR WPH Does SoCal Clinic

2019 USHA Four Wall Nationals Junior Clinic w/USHA and Junior WPH…

Fountain Valley, CA, WPH Press, 7/3/19-  Six of the world’s top pros teamed up with seven of the Southern California junior stars for a special Pro/Am 3-Wall Doubles Championship on Los Cab’s 3-Wall courts at the 69th annual USHA Four Wall National Championships. The juniors played between 5-7 matches with their heroes, enjoying the camaraderie and competition that makes handball the perfect game.

“Our kids had such a great time playing with and against the pros,” stated Coach Patrick Saito. “This was such a cool experience for them and definitely one they’ll never forget.”

“I had a great time playing doubles with the pros and I even had a chance to play some 3-Wall singles with the pros,” stated 1-Wall, 3-Wall, and 4-Wall junior singles and doubles national champion David Sanchez iii. “Thank you!”

“Playing doubles with the juniors was the most fun experience in what was perfect tournament at Los Cab,” stated WPH Development Director David Fink. “Sharing the court with the juniors and seeing their smiles is why the WPH and the USHA are so motivated to teach handball to as many people as we can.”

David Fink and his father Rodney took the Pro/Am 3-Wall Doubles title, going undefeated in five matches of round robin play.

Photos courtesy of David Sanchez and Matthew Chu

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 david.fink@wphlive.tv

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 (HERE) or by mailing checks to:  WPH, 3561 E. Sunrise Dr. Suite 125, Tucson, AZ, 85718.

Become a handball insider by enjoying never before seen videos, pro commentary, special awards, Sports Casts archives and new episodes, live broadcasts, and much more by supporting the WPH and inspiring the next generation of players through the WPH Patreon program.

Become a WPH Patreon HERE

JR WPH at Khalsa School ‘19

Tucson, AZ, WPH Press, 5/6/19- JR WPH proudly completed weekly winter and spring junior handball clinics at Tucson’s renowned Khalsa School, home to the best 1-Wall court facility on the west coast. JR WPH Coaches introduced handball to every seventh and eighth grade student at Khalsa School during the 2019 winter and spring handball initiative, breaking students into groups of 6-8 per one-hour session.

After a dynamic warm-up, the students progressively worked towards rallying, first throwing the ball with both hands, hitting the ball with both hands, serving, hitting the ball back to the wall, playing cooperative rallies, and eventually playing points. While progressively learning the sport, students were taught the 1-Wall rules and handball trivia, with the emphasis always on having fun and skill-building.

“By the end of each session, the students were not only rallying and having a great time, but all of them could tell you that Killian Carroll and Catriona Casey are the number one handball players in the world,” stated JR WPH Master Instructor David Fink. “That’s really cool!”

“It was really fun being out here with these kids,” stated JR WPH Coach and University of Arizona engineering major Spence Hatcher. “All of the kids gave their best effort and a lot of them were rallying really well by the end of the sessions.”

“The middle schoolers have really been enjoying the handball instruction,” stated Khalsa School director Nirvair Khalsa. “Thank you to the WPH for taking the time to come out and teach them.”

JR WPH will kickoff an exciting summer of junior handball coaching, complete with summer camps and collaborative junior handball coaching efforts with the USHA. Stay tuned!

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 david.fink@wphlive.tv

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 (HERE) or by mailing checks to:  WPH, 3561 E. Sunrise Dr. Suite 125, Tucson, AZ, 85718.

Become a handball insider by enjoying never before seen videos, pro commentary, special awards, Sports Casts archives and new episodes, live broadcasts, and much more by supporting the WPH and inspiring the next generation of players through the WPH Patreon program.

Become a WPH Patreon HERE

OR HS Singles & JR WPH Clinic

Beaverton, OR, WPH Press, 4/15/19-  The first ever H S State Championship was held in conjunction with the ’19 OR State Handball Championships, as Horizon Christian School (PDX) brought over a 12 students to the tournament. The students were broken into three round robin pools, with freshman Josh Rogers winning the A division, freshman Caleb Yuan winning the B division, and eighth grader Jacy Johnston winning the C division.

WPH pros and 2019 Oregon men’s open singles finalists Dalton Beall and Cody Townsend generously took time to provide a clinic for the students, with the superstars demonstrating skills to the youngsters and then engaging them in rallies. “The students absolutely loved connecting with the pros,” boasted coach Oscar Stenberg. “This has been such a rewarding experience for the students.”

“We had 27 high school and collegiate students participating, which us the most I can ever remember,” stated OR junior handball coach and donor Steve Grow. “It’s wonderful to see the next generation of players on the horizon in Oregon.”

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 david.fink@wphlive.tv

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 (HERE) or by mailing checks to:  WPH, 3561 E. Sunrise Dr. Suite 125, Tucson, AZ, 85718.

Become a handball insider by enjoying never before seen videos, pro commentary, special awards, Sports Casts archives and new episodes, live broadcasts, and much more by supporting the WPH and inspiring the next generation of players through the WPH Patreon program.

Become a WPH Patreon HERE

-Nick Flores, WPH reporter

JR King of the Courts

Phoenix, AZ, WPH Press, 4/3/19- Carl Hayden High School’s flourishing junior handball program hosted its first “Hayden JR King of the Courts” on the last weekend in March, with Carl Hayden’s enthusiastic handball team members seeking to become the first Carl Hayden High School handball “King.”

Play kicked off on Saturday, with all of Carl Hayden’s 3-Wall courts filled for the first King of the Courts. “The action was so competitive, those players who lost immediately asked for a consolation bracket,” stated Carl Hayden Head Handball Coach Chris Hogan. “The winning players were already asking to have the pizza ordered for their Advisory, the confidence!”

Uziel Rodriguez advanced to the King of the Courts final, overcoming Chris Cedeno in a sensational 16-14 one-game match to challenge Carl Hayden’s top star Rodrigo Silva for the crown. “Uziel’s and Chris’ match was a wonderful exchange of good handball,” beamed Coach Hogan.

The final was dubbed a David vs. Goliath, Uziel vs. Rodrigo. Rising handball scholar, Uziel, entered the match believing he had better odds playing the Power Ball than beating Hayden Handball Legend, Rodrigo Silva.  The early play was a classic duel of back and forth exchange of kill shots and eye-popping rallies.  Uziel would not let Rodrigo out of his sight, staying within striking distance at 1-3, 3-5, and even taking the lead at 8-7. The lack of experience, however, was eventually revealed. Rodrigo tied the match at eight and never looked back, capitalizing on Uziel’s mistakes to close out the match, 15-8.  

“Though Uziel tried to fight back, he was running out of “rocks” and Rodrigo would not allow him to score another point,” stated Coach Hogan. “It was a very good game and a learning experience for Uziel, but a “King” had to be crowned! I want to congratulate Rodrigo Silva as our first Hayden Jr. King of the Court Champion.”

With Rodrigo and Uziel making it to the finals, they both earned a pizza party for their respective Advisory’s. The Carl Hayden Handball Club wants to thank you everyone for the donations, support, and continued encouragement.  Have a great week!!

Pictures and recap courtesy of Chris Hogan

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 david.fink@wphlive.tv

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 (HERE) or by mailing checks to:  WPH, 3561 E. Sunrise Dr. Suite 125, Tucson, AZ, 85718.

Become a handball insider by enjoying never before seen videos, pro commentary, special awards, Sports Casts archives and new episodes, live broadcasts, and much more by supporting the WPH and inspiring the next generation of players through the WPH Patreon program.

Become a WPH Patreon HERE