It may seem like a sleepy time for Olympic sports, halfway through a year with no Olympic games. But, things could not be further from the truth in the growing sport of Handball. Beyond this spring, there are still dozens of elite competitions on the international level and a handful of defining tournaments on the schedule domestically.
To get new fans and athletes on track before the summer, here are a few of the important dates to help you keep an eye on USA Team Handball's next wave of athletes.
Before that: If you are a youth athlete interested in playing college sports, don't forget to check out the USA Handball: Collegiate Handball Tryout on GMTM.
2023 National Championships, hosted by Tiffin University
Dates: April 14-16, 2023
Location: Tiffin, Ohio
The 2023 USATH College National Championships is set to take place in Columbus, Ohio, at the Ohio Expo Center from May 5-7. The event is a key platform for collegiate players to showcase their talents and compete for the national title in both men's and women's divisions. National team coaches will be present to scout for new talent, providing players with the opportunity to earn a spot on the USA Handball National Team. College handball in America has been gaining popularity in recent years, with a growing number of colleges and universities fielding teams. USA Team Handball, the governing body for the sport in the United States, has been actively promoting the development of college handball programs through initiatives such as the College National Championships.
𝐎𝐩𝐞, 𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐠𝐨𝐧𝐧𝐚 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐂𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐠𝐞 𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐎𝐡𝐢𝐨 🤾♀️🤾♂️— USA Team Handball (@USATH) February 28, 2023
🏆- 2023 USATH College Nationals
🗓- April 14-16
📍- Tiffin University
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According to USA Team Handball, the College National Championships has been held annually since 2009 and has featured teams from all over the country. The tournament follows a round-robin format, with the top teams advancing to the knockout stage. The national championships have become a highly anticipated event for college athletes and coaches, as well as fans of the sport. You can read about the top college handball teams who will be defending their titles in this article from USA Team Handball.
In addition to providing a platform for college players to showcase their skills, the College National Championships also serve as an important feeder system for the USA Handball National Team. Many current members of the national team got their start playing in college, and the national championships offer a prime opportunity for national team coaches to scout for new talent.
U.S. Women's National Team Training
Dates: April 10-16
Location: Dallas, Texas
The United States Women's National Handball Team will be hosting a training camp from April 10 to 16 in Dallas, Texas. The camp is part of the team's preparation for the upcoming Pan American Games, which will be held in Santiago, Chile, in November.
𝑨 𝑻𝒆𝒙𝒂𝒔-𝒔𝒊𝒛𝒆𝒅 𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒃𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒄𝒂𝒎𝒑— USA Team Handball (@USATH) March 30, 2023
The US Women’s National Team is holding a training camp April 10-16, 2023 in Dallas, Texas!
Experienced and new players welcome! 🤾♀️
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According to USA Team Handball, the team's head coach, Robert Hedin, will use the camp to evaluate the players and work on improving their skills and teamwork. The training camp will also provide an opportunity for new players to try out for the national team.
Want to get involved? Read How To Participate In USA Team Handball’s Collegiate Athlete Network
The US Women's National Handball Team has been steadily improving in recent years and is currently ranked 29th globally. The team's performance in the upcoming Pan American Games will be crucial to its chances of qualifying for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
Later this month, youth clubs from across the country will gear up for some of the largest handball tournaments of the year.
U19 Handball National Championship
Dates: April 29 - 30, 2023
Location: Fremont, CA
More info on the U19 National Championships will be added to this article when it becomes available.
You can stay up to date with USA Team Handball events by visiting their website or heading to the USA Team Handball page on GMTM, where you can interact with coaches, learn about the sport, and even participate in a virtual tryout.