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JR WPH at Khalsa School

Tucson, AZ, WPH Press, 12/12/19- JR WPH proudly hosted junior handball fall clinics during recess at Tucson’s Khalsa Montessori School, introducing handball to Khalsa School’s middle school students. Khalsa School boasts one of the premiere 1-Wall court facilities in the country and JR WPH enthusiastically promoted junior handball development on the pristine two-court site.

2019 marked the sixth year of JR WPH coaching at Khalsa School, as JR WPH has coached nearly a generation of students at Khalsa School.

“After a few of the kids start hitting the ball around at recess, their friends join and before you know it, the courts are full,” stated WPH Development Director David Fink. “It’s great to see the quick improvement during the sessions, as the kids quickly transition from one or two shot rallies to rallies of five or more shots.”

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.

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2019 Hayden 3-Wall Classic

Written by Chris Hogan, Carl Hayden High School Head Handball Coach-

Phoenix, AZ, WPH Press, 11/12/19-

The 2019 Hayden 3-Wall Small Ball and Big Ball Handball Classic featured 32 participants on the second weekend in November, featuring Carl Hayden High School players, ASU collegiate players, and a number of the top players in the Southwest. The Hayden Handball Classic produced some excellent big ball play by some of our local Phoenix players.  “Their athleticism and ability to hit kill shots was so impressive, they had our handball courts sizzling,” exclaimed Coach Hogan. “If I could bottle their skill set, I’d be rich by dinner.”

“The small ball final went to a tiebreaker, with the new ASU coach Zach Gault edging Phoenix’s David Munoz,” stated Coach Hogan. “By watching their volleys and selfishness to give up a point, I found myself losing 10 pounds from their effort.  What a wonderful final!!”

“The tournament on was great,” stated JR WPH ASU Coach Zach Gault. “I had fun, played pretty good.  I was able to outlast David Munoz in the third game.  My fitness is getting where I want it, I just need more court time.”

“The big ball and small ball play was really good,” stated Coach Hogan. “It’s amazing to see good rallies and how the high level players can play without the back wall. I think it really enhances movement and anticipation.”

  • Big Ball Finals: 1st Place: Ruben Cruz,  2nd Place: Albert Tabares;  
  • Big Ball C/D Finals: 1st Place: Henry Hernandez (Hayden),  2nd Place: Lorenzo Medrano (Hayden)
  • Small Ball Finals: 1st Place: Zack Gaust (ASU),  2nd Place: David Munoz (Hayden ’07 Alumni)

“The Carl Hayden Handball Club wants to thank the ASU Handball Club for coordinating 2019 Hayden Handball Classic with our Carl Hayden Handball Club,” stated Coach Hogan. “We especially want to thank Don Stewart for executing our event so everything went smoothly.  Moreover, we want to thank all who participated in this year’s event, we appreciate your competitiveness and support of our program.  We also want to thank our financial supports for their generous donations – from Don Stewart, Jim Reitmyer, Peter & Josephine Dominguez.  Finally, we want to thank Success for Kids, especially Jerry Bernard, for providing breakfast and lunch for our tournament, the USHA, especially Matt Krueger, for insuring our event, and Mr. Garcia for hosting another successful Car Show. We want to thank everybody involved in our event and hope you will continue to support and encourage our players and program.”

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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.

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Carl Hayden @ #TheMemorial

Written by Chris Hogan, Carl Hayden High School Head Handball Coach

Phoenix, AZ, WPH Press, 11/12/19-

On the first weekend of November, the Carl Hayden Handball Club journeyed to Tucson to play in the Race 4 Eight Tucson Memorial Tournament, which featured the best men’s, women’s, and senior professional handball players in the world. Carl Hayden took 11 scholars, five returning players and six new members to play again in the JR WPH Memorial double elimination singles tournament. 

The Carl Hayden players played against the top two 13-and-under players in the country from the Fred Lewis Foundation, as well as a very talented player from Ireland.  All of our players did their best and learned a little bit more about themselves and about small ball. I was very proud of their effort, their sportsmanship towards their opponents, and respect for their environment. 

The pro players and tournament directors at the Memorial Tournament were extremely supportive of our participation and our program. I want to thank David Fink, the 5th ranked player in the world & WPH Development Director and Abraham Montijo, the 15th ranked player in the world and Fred Lewis Foundation Executive Director for keeping the JR WPH event flowing.  Carl Hayden Handball Clubs looks forward to future handball events/clinics with the World Players of Handball (WPH).

Once again, I want to thank all Falcons for their support of our players, but most of all, our program. 

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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 Singles @ ’19 Memorial

Tucson, AZ, WPH Press, 11/3/19-

JR WPH was thrilled to host the 2019 JR WPH Singles at the Memorial, featuring more than 30 young handballers from Tucson’s Fred Lewis Foundation, Phoenix’s Carl Hayden High School, California, Texas, Ireland, Canada, and Mexico. The junior stars took over The Memorial courts on Saturday, bringing enthusiasm and infectious smiles to the WPH’s marquee event of the year.

Thank you to Greg Lambert, Abraham Montijo, Chris Hogan, Matt Goode, and Spence Hatcher for running an outstanding event!

“We had a great time and it was really fun watching the kids,” stated Lambert, proud father of 13-and-under champion Luke. “Everyone was patient and showed great sportsmanship. I loved running the event.”

“We want to thank the WPH for a wonderful experience at the Memorial,” stated Phoenix’s Carl Hayden Handball Coach and promoter Chris Hogan. “Most of our players played two or three matches. The courts were always active and everyone was able to play continuously throughout the event. We’re looking forward to coming back to Tucson to play again soon.”

13-and-under

Champion: Luke Lambert (AZ)

Finalist: Kai Schelble (AZ)

17-and-under

Champion: Sean Coughlan (IRE)

Finalist: Rahul Asokan (CAN)

19-and-under

Champion: Anthony Cubias (CA)

Finalist: Andres Sandoval (AZ)

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 Clinic in Portland

JR WPH was thrilled to host an clinics for Pacific University’s handball team, focusing on the handball warm up and proper technique. Top 20 R48 pro and certified personal trainer Niall O’Connor introduced several core stabilizing exercises, while R48 #5 David Fink taught the Chapman Line Drill and sidearm stroke. 

The enthusiastic college handballers ranged from players with as little as five weeks of handball experience to seasoned three-year players who will be challenging for collegiate national titles this winter.

Following the instructional, the Pacific team put their new skills to the test in target hitting games and point play. “We love working with enthusiastic college handball teams,” stated WPH Master Instructor David Fink. “The collegiate handball players are the future of our game and to see their passion for the game and drive to improve is very inspiring.”

“This was so great for the kids to get to share the court with the pros and learn how to practice and strike the ball,” stated Pacific University assistant coach Craig Tull. “These kids hear it from me and Dave (Steinberg) all the time, but to hear it from the pros meant so much to them. This team will likely produce five national champions at the upcoming Collegiate Nationals.”

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 Clinic at the ’19 3WB

Las Vegas, Nevada, WPH Press, 9/29/19 – World Players of Handball Foundation’s Junior Division were thrilled to present the JRWPH 3WB  Handball Clinic at the 2019 3WB Outdoor World Championships, providing junior Handballers with the opportunity to learn from handball’s top-coaches and players at the epicenter of outdoor court sports at THE STRAT HOTEL.

Friday night at the 2019 3WB belonged to the juniors, as nearly a dozen seasoned and new junior handball players took to 3WB’s 1-Wall courts. WPH Development Director and Master Instructor David Fink led a group of juniors in King of the Court 1-Wall doubles, followed by a target hitting competition for a 3WB shirt.

Fink then recruited current national small ball and big ball champion Timbo Gonzalez and 1-Wall star Josef Gotsch to play King of the Court doubles with another group of eager youngsters. “This is awesome and my boys and their friends are completely hooked,” beamed the father of two of the junior players. “These boys are all soccer players and they really picked up the game quickly. I can’t get them off the courts now!”

The King of the Court doubles featured multiple rallies of 10+ shots, as the juniors between the ages of 8-13 relished their court time with the game’s best players.

“We always love working with the WPH and we were thrilled to get the kids involved in this clinic,” 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 ensured that the kids at the event had an unforgettable experience at this year’s event.”

“The 3WB Championships is the highlight of the outdoor season and JR WPH was 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.”

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 at the Tucson Pre-Qual

Tucson, Arizona, WPH Press, 09/07/2019- The juniors stole the show at the 2019 World Players of Handball Foundation’s R48 Pre-Qualifier, playing up to three matches each, taking clinics, and inspiring the pro players and fans with their enthusiasm and skills.

Junior Singles

28 junior handball players from Tucson’s Fred Lewis Foundation and Phoenix’s Carl Hayden High School were the highlight of the event, as the youngsters showcased the next generation of the sport. Many of the juniors were playing in their first 4-Wall tournament, while multiple-time junior national champions Ayden Brule and Sophia Della Croce set the bar for the aspiring youngsters.

Sophie Della Croce dominated Team Carl Hayden and Team FLF en route to the 17-and-under title. SDC was never seriously threatened in her four matches, including an impressive sweep against 10+ time junior national champion Ayden Brule and the FLF’s Andres Sandoval in the final. SDC added a slam in the Women’s Singles, defeating the Pena sisters in the round robin.

Luke Lambert won the 13-and-under two-bounce singles with back-to-back tiebreaker wins against Armani Chavez and Diego Valencia. Lambert, Chavez, and Valencia were the talk of the tournament, thrilling galleries with their hustle, great swings, and great shot making. “These are future top handballers,” barked WPH mega donor Doug Clark.

JR WPH Clinic

WPH Master Instructor David Fink led Carl Hayden’s junior handball team through a series of back wall drills to develop the proper footwork and swing to develop back wall efficiency. Despite limited 4-Wall experience, Team Carl Hayden showed tremendous promise and an aptitude for learning in the clinic. “We are so grateful to the WPH for the support and attention,” boasted Carl Hayden High School Head Handball Coach Chris Hogan. “The kids could not stop talking about their experience on their way back to Phoenix!”

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 Update

Brooklyn, NY, WPH Press, 8/27/19- JR WPH with Lincoln Terrace Handball Assoc. and WPH handball ambassador Veronica Figueroa proudly hosted the 4th annual JR WPH NYC 1-Wall Singles Championships at St. John’s Park in Brooklyn, New York, on Sunday (Aug 25), featuring 90 junior players from the ages of 11 to 19. All of the participants were provided with free WPH t-shirts, lunch, prizes, and an incredible day of handball.

The youngsters demonstrated the best of what handball has to offer throughout the fourth edition of the JR WPH NYC 1-Wall Singles Championships, showcasing outstanding sportsmanship, tremendous handball skills, and a lifelong passion for the sport.

“Our goal is to inspire the next generation of community leaders through handball and events like today’s are a huge part of our mission and purpose at the World Players of Handball Foundation,” stated WPH Development Director David Fink. “We want the next generation to put down their phones and iPads and embrace the teamwork, fun, camaraderie, discipline, maturity and physically active lifestyle that handball offers.”

“I would like to thank all of the parents who came out to support their children,” stated tournament director Veronica Figueroa. “I would like to thank all of the parents who refereed and helped get the games going. Thank you to the parents who bought food. You guys are awesome!”

“Ms. V is truly a handball rock star and one of the game’s greatest ambassadors and leaders,” stated the WPH’s Fink. “I’m not sure anyone loves this sport as much as Ms. V. Veronica ran the Big Blue Ballers and LadyBallers with nearly 150 players on Saturday and turned around and ran the JR WPH NYC 1-Wall Singles Championships on Sunday. That’s amazing! Thank you to Ms. V for continuing to inspire the next generation of players and reminding all of us who love this sport what makes this game so special. Thank you Ms. V!”

Special thanks to tournament director Veronica Figueroa, Lincoln Terrace Handball Association Vice President Dana Everett, special guest referee and top 1-Wall star Kadeem Bush, Tina Johnson, George Figueroa, Ron Ruby, Jr., Henry Santana, Chef Christopher Zeigler, Brandon and Luis Martinez for the franks and hot dog lunch, and Gia Bella for buying the food.

2019 JR WPH NYC 1-Wall Singles Championships Champions and Finalists

Girls 19 and under

Champion: Shnae Cummings

Finalist: Nancy Casamiro

Girls 17 and under

Champion: Gabby Sullivan

Finalist: Jessica Lozada

Girls 15 and under

Champion: Jocelyn Rubero

Finalist: Veronica Figueroa

Girls 13 and under

Champion: Madison Torres

Finalist: Samara Ortiz

Boys 19 and under

Champion: Henry Santana

Finalist: Jack Vizhnay

Boys 17 and under

Champion: Nazir Marston

Finalist: Matthew Marcus

Boys 15 and under

Champion: Israel Beltran

Finalist: Bryan Almachi

Boys 13 and under

Champion: Daniel Lin

Finalist: Alexander Garcia

All pictures courtesy of Veronica Figueroa

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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