TYREE BASTIDAS

Handball player for life.

Race of Champions - No. 1 ranked Tyree Bastidas tops the best of the best USHA national champions – fights for first place.

 

 

 

 

Above: National champion Tyree Bastidas dives during indoor tournament in preparation for the outdoor season as players watch his games from behind the wall.

 

                            Matches won (singles – small ball) at the

                            USHA National One-Wall Championships

                                      

                                             2008   2009   2010   2011    Total

1-Tyree Bastidas                      2         3          4         3         12

2-Cesar Sala                            4         3          1         3         11

2-Yuber Castro                        2         2          2         5         11

4-Satish Jagnandan                  3         4          1         2         10

5-William Polanco                   3         0          4         2         09

6-Joe Kaplan                           3         1          1         1         06

7-John Wright                         0+       2          2         2         06

8-Robert Sostre                       0+       1          3         0         04

9-Joe Durso                            1         0+        1         0+       02

 

+ did not participate

 

Tyree Bastidas finds himself in another race “The Race of Champions” He’s been fighting to keep ahead of the competition since his debut at the USHA national 1-wall championships in 2008.

The competition has been so close that only 1 match separates the top five players from each other – meaning, once a player loses a match the table above could drastically changes the order.

The Race of Champions is unique and unparalleled to any other race in the handball world. There are not qualifiers or invitations to play as only USHA 1-wall national champions with the big and small ball can compete for the honors. And just to add to the fun, guess who’s lurking just behind No 1 seeded Tyree Bastidas, tied with the ever-eager-to- displace Cesar Sala?

Yep, that would be national champion Y. Castro (Pewee).

“It hasn’t been easy to keep ahead of the competition” said Tyree.

“I’m competing only against national champions, and that is what is making it hard and interesting”

The race only takes winning matches into consideration. The competition has been so tough, that four different national champions have been crowned so far (Tyree "2010", Cesar "2008", Castro "2011", Satish "2009"), with Tyree leading the pack for the past two years. Bastidas has the early lead to be crowned Player of the Century, but there are still 88 years to go, so anything can happen.

Can Bastidas keep ahead of the race in 2012?

CHA National Four-Wall Championships - brothers Bastidas attract students, players and fans to 4-wall exhibition games in Quebec City.

 

 

 

 

Jurell Bastidas et son frère Tyree, champion new-yorkais de balle au mur, ont échangé quelques balles hier au PEPS de l'Université Laval. Mercredi, les deux frères prendront part au championnat canadien, à Brossard.

Photothèque Le Soleil, Steve Deschênes

 

(Québec) La balle au mur a beau être l'ancêtre des jeux de raquette, le sport s'avère des plus actuels. La visite du jeune champion new-yorkais Tyree Bastidas, ce midi, à l'École Saint-Jean-Eudes, témoigne de la renaissance de cette discipline à Québec.

Bastidas a 21 ans. Le coup de paume fouetté sur la petite balle bleue n'a déjà plus de secret pour lui. «Les jeunes veulent surtout savoir comment donner une rotation à la balle et lui donner de l'effet», sourit celui qui, à 19 ans, a été sacré champion des États-Unis toutes catégories de la variante à un mur. Cette même année, 2010, il raflait la triple couronne (un, trois et quatre murs) américaine junior (19 ans et moins) en simple pour une deuxième fois d'affilée.

Son frère de 26 ans, Jurell, n'est pas manchot non plus. Mais l'aîné s'adonne plus à la balle au mur «par plaisir», confie leur père. Cela ne l'empêche pas d'exceller en simple et de former un double du tonnerre avec son frérot.

«L'autre, il a la passion au ventre. Il est plus agressif. Il est sur le court pour vous tuer», explique le paternel, à propos de Tyree. Les deux se sont fait la main au PEPS de l'Université Laval, hier matin.

Où il y a une vingtaine d'années jouaient 150 adeptes, la région de Québec compte au plus 40 joueurs de balle au mur, selon l'ancien champion du monde Danny Bell. Mais l'héritage des Bell, de Kathleen Bédard et de Donald Côté a permis de réanimer le sport. Des courts ont été aménagés à l'école secondaire privée de Charlesbourg. Dont un terrain extérieur.

Le même genre d'aire de jeu où Jose Bastidas a initié ses deux fils, à Brooklyn, dans les années 90. La ville de New York compte 5000 courts extérieurs de balle au mur. Cet Équatorien d'origine marié à une Portoricaine a montré à ses fils la grosse balle, une forme plus facile à apprendre.

Plus ferme, la petite balle bondit davantage. La variante à quatre murs s'apparente beaucoup à du racquetball... sans raquette. Des versions gaélique, (pelote) basque, australienne et autres de ce jeu millénaire existent, avec balle et règles propres à chacune. «Ce que j'aime, c'est de sentir la balle», résume Tyree. «Tu n'as pas de raquette. Au moment où la balle quitte ta main, tu sais si tu as réussi ton coup ou non.»

Read more………

http://www.lapresse.ca/le-soleil/sports/actualites-sportives/201205/27/01-4529102-champions-en-nos-murs.php

USHA National (big and small ball) One-Wall Championships – best USHA national tournaments – play it, see it and love it in 2012 - Part 2

 

 

 

Above: Players practicing with the big and small ball during the Spring season.

 

If 2012 truly is the last year of our existence according to the Mayan calendar, these upcoming 1-wall tournaments will make it a great way to go out - a breathtaking experience that shouldn't be missed.

Players to watch: 

Cesar Sala; The Coney Island handball courts were considered his domain in previous years, but lately many young players are claiming these rights. C. Sala has been seen in top shape in the last three years as he has won titles in the singles and doubles divisions since 2009. Can he continue the momentum?

Joe Kaplan; He is a player with a big heart. Never underestimate his will power. He’ll push you to the edge and punish you nonstop. Mr. Kaplan is a master in disguised when engaged in a rally. Never engage him in a rally; you’ll be sorry you did. Watch out for this player!

William Polanco; He didn’t play last year in the singles due to an injury, but this year is making a comeback to claim the title that has been eluding him for so long. Polanco’s left hand is what makes his game interesting as most players don’t like to play lefties. While we can’t promise he’ll be the next champion, he can reach the finals as he’s done it in the past.

Canadian National Four-Wall Championships – Quebec handball players give brothers Bastidas a warm welcome – 4-wall exhibition games take place at Laval University.

 

 

 

 

Photos above are from the first weekend in Quebec City.  

 

Tyree and Jurell Bastidas arrived in Quebec City on Saturday, May 26 and they were welcomed by a group of local handball players who were eager to meet them and find their handball schedule for the weekend. Both brothers were treated to a world boxing fight event among Canadian World champion Lucian Bute and British opponent Carl Froch. After the boxing event Jurell and Tyree were invited to a BBQ were close to 20 local fans including Danny Bell ate and chatted till midnight.

Sunday’s 4-wall exhibition games were attended by the press, students and local players and included singles and doubles games.

After the exhibition games both players were treated to a restaurant and to a City tour throughout the afternoon.

Read more……

http://www.quebecregion.com/en

Quebec Handball Association – 1-wall exhibition games, a success story– Donald Cote is the big force behind 1-wall in Quebec City.

 

 

 

 

Photos above are from the 1-wall exhibition games at Saint-Jean-Eudes school.

 

L'École Saint-Jean-Eudes à Québec recevait le 28 mai dernier les frères Tyree et Jurell Bastidas pour des démonstrations de balle-au-mur. La journée a connu un succès complet. Plus de 300 élèves ont participé aux cliniques et démonstrations. La direction de l'école a aussi profité de l'occasion pour souligner les exploits passés d'un ancien élève, Danny Bell, et d'une enseignante, Kathleen Bédard. En effet on retrouve maintenant sur le terrain principal l'inscription des noms de ces deux champions du monde à la balle-au-mur. La tradition est en place.  Donald Côté.

Read more…………..

http://www.balleaumur.qc.ca/accueil-en.html

Blending the Past and the Present

 

 

 

For The Record:

Tyree and Jurell Bastidas are the first handball players outside Canada to have performed 1- and 4-wall exhibition games in Quebec City.

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