Photo by Holly Koffler
By Glenn Hall
It has been argued forever! Is it either four-wall players who need to combine all the skills for killing, defense, back-wall play, and accurate shot selection? Well, how about those skills plus endurance for three-wall? Yet serving is more important in one-wall, which also requires extreme speed for retrieving the off-court shots? So, who the best?
Well we think we finally have an answer! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The debate started amongst the one-wall committee and the concept was recently approved at the USHA annual board meeting in January.
The idea is to set a formula for performance at certain key events for five specific disciplines of handball, one-wall big ball and small ball, three-wall big ball and small ball, and four-wall small ball. This is how we planned to judge the best All-Around Player.
The point system is simple: awarding points for both singles and doubles (same points as singles but given to the team so each individual is awarded half), and the National Championship in each has greater points assigned. It was intended to use two events for each discipline, but it wasn’t always possible with lower levels of participation.
The following identifies the events used, and stipulates the point allocations for the final placement earned by the contestant.
Daylight Savings Time, that time we set our clocks ahead by an hour, began early this year (March 9),
For freeze-fatigued New Yorkers who have been through an epic season of snow, ice miserly mercury, the extra hour of light at the end of the day can’t arrive soon enough.
“It’s been a freakin’ crazy winter exclaimed Tyree Bastidas, a resident of Brooklyn.
While Bastidas knows that extra hour of light doesn’t guarantee instant spring. “It’ll be brighter and we’ll be brighter, and we’ll feel brighter and happier.” he said
“There will be more sun in the day and more people will be out there playing handball”
The NYAC handball tournament came to an end with Irish players taking the titles and the money offered at the WPH Pro-Stop in New York.
By the numbers: The tournament drew the most open players than any other WPH stop: men & women combined.
Most current 2013 (USHA & WPH) champions participated:
Paul Brady – USHA 4-wall
Tyree Bastidas – USHA 1-, 3- & 4-wall
Sean Lenning – USHA 3-wall
Daniel Cordova – USHA 3-wall
Tracy Davis – USHA 1-wall
Nick Nahorniack – USHA 4-wall
Catriona Casey – USHA 4-wall
Aoife McCarthy – USHA 4-wall
Luis Moreno – WPH 3-wall
Tracy Davis – WPH 3-wall
Tyree Bastidas – WPH 1-wall
Jurell Bastidas – WPH 3-wall
Foreign participation: Players from four different countries played in the Open.
No one had dared to think of the unthinkable during the last biggest 3-wall (short wall) handball tournament held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Throughout the years we have grown to the idea that only West Coast players could capture the men’s open title, and 2013 was not different.
California handball star, Emmett Peixoto, had recently finished as a runner-up at the 3-wall nationals sponsored by the USHA in the first week of September.
Three weeks later, Mr. Peixoto found himself in the finals again, but this time was at the WPH 3-wall handball tournament where he faced Jurell Bastidas from New York.
Mr. Peixoto, the favorite player to win the tournament, won the first game the same way he had done it before at the USHA 3-wall finals. But during the second game, he watched in disbelieve how the tables were turned around on him by 1-waller Jurell Bastidas. And even though Jurell came back to take the second game to force a third game, Mr. Peixoto was unable close the third game that was a repeat of his first downfall against Tyree Bastidas on the East Coast.
For the past ninety years, New York handball players have dominated the handball circuit all across the states by establishing records: individually or in teams. They have also dominated most of the divisions: Juniors, Open and Masters, including men and women.
Because New York players have such a love for the game and play with so much intensity on the court, they have managed to dominate almost every division in the USHA from 1951-2013.
Not only they have dominated and captured the most titles, but they have established the most records and milestones in the Association.
When we talk about the greatest players of the game, New Yorkers can’t be ignored.
New Yorkers always love to excel in everything they do and they always like to be first and in control of their games
From the Juniors to the Master Divisions New Yorkers have been ruling the handball sport in 1-, 3-, and 4-wall handball versions overall. Such is the case of the following USHA record holders:
USHA record holder and most versatile Junior Player in the Association:
Tyree Bastidas – New York
USHA record holder and most versatile Woman Player in the Association:
Rosemary Bellini – New York
USHA record holder and most versatile Master Player in the Association:
Max Lasskow – New York