Top Photo from l: Danielle Daskalakis, Na Liu, Brenda Pares and Sarah Au.
Middle Photos by SAHA, NBH & streetplay.com - from l: Jenny Qu, Rhonda Burchett, Taraisha Simmons and Karen McConney.
Bottom Photos from l: Gladys Miranda and Daneisha Lloyd.
It has come to our attention that more female players than male players were competing at the open level in Calgary, Canada. It's a phenomenon we have been tracking for the past several years at local tournaments and only seen in big ball competition.
While there were more female participants (26) to 19 male participants, both groups had 11 teams in the open division.
Generally, the big ball competition has always been promoted by using male players with little attention paid to female players. Perhaps big ball handball organizations should start paying more attention to women handball players to promote the game to recruit even more female players.
Anytime we see more female players than men traveling the distance, it's a sign they are more interested in promoting the game by going out of their way to compete.
The most popular big ball tournament in New York “King of the Court” was born out of the most popular female big ball tournament “Queen of the Court” in the late '90s. Sadly, the Queen of the court handball tournament disappeared after the KOTC tournament took off.
But recently, the QOTC has been resurrected and a lot of women have been competing for the crown. The recent QOTC tournaments may have contributed to the recent surge and interest in big ball competition.
Women who have been crowned at the QOTC tournament are:
Queen of the Court Champions
2015 – Jenny Qu 2014 – Daneisha (Ruby) Lloyd 2004 – Brenda-Pares 2001 – Karen McConney 2000 – Taraisha (Tee Tee) Simmons 1999 – Gladys Miranda 1998 – Gladys Miranda 1997 – Karen McConney 1996 – Rhonda Burchett (dec'ed) Read more…………….
Photo by CardCow.com
There is nothing better than celebrating NPCW around the world with a postcard showcasing the handball version of your choice.
This year we would like to celebrate with a 1-wall handball court postal card from Connecticut.
There may not be too much buzz about 1-wall handball greats in this State, but USHA Hall of Fame player, John Bike, started his handball journey here.
Mr. Bike Jr. may not have a 1-wall national title, but was good enough to beat some of the great 1-wall players to reach the finals.
NPCW has been around for some time and is a good opportunity for the handball community to celebrate this week around the world, depicting a handball version.
Most Photos by ICHA
This may sound like an awkward question, but here goes: why are young Asian-Americans so successful in the handball sport in America?
It's no secret that Asian-Americans are disproportionately stars in 1-wall handball while in school. It has been documented they make up the vast majority of players in the most popular 1-wall handball junior tournaments: The High School Spring Meet and the PSAL handball competition.
In 2007 we asked Sarah Au about her success in handball competition as a junior player and her future on handball competition after high school “We do get a lot of support from our parents when we compete as teenagers, but once we start College that support evaporates as our parents want us to fully concentrate in College” said Sarah.
“I probably won't be playing handball after I graduate from high school.”
Sarah Au did comeback in 2012 to the game she dominated as a junior player, but has been struggling to keep up with the current top players as she has been away from the game for more than four years.
We also asked Sandy Ng's opinion on this matter. “We wish our parents supports us in handball beyond high school, but that's not going to happen anytime soon” said Sandy.
“Our parents don't know too much about the handball sport and is hard for them to understand and support us playing 1-wall beyond high school.”
The lack of support beyond high school is probably the main reason why Asian-Americans players disappear from top handball competition. But it's also the reason for their success later on in life. It's a tribute to hard work, strong families and passion for education.
The 2015 fronton final Pro stop that usually takes place by the end of the year in Europe came early to America during the month of June.
The Fronton event had male and female players competing in singles divisions along a big ball event to encourage crossover.
All handball players in New York, whether small or big ball players were eliminated by mostly French players, who displayed an obvious superiority over the rest of the players, except the Mexican players.
Handball fans were also treated to a different experience at the handball courts at the Brooklyn Piers and enjoyed exciting fronton games rarely seen in America.
The annual well-organized Fronton World Tour has become so popular that players usually look forward to compete in this event. This year players from Ireland and Bolivia competed and qualified for the first time.
On July 18, most of the young handball players around the city gathered at Central Park North handball courts in Manhattan to compete at one of the most prestigious tournaments in New York. Their rivalry has been sparked throughout the city by playing at the PSAL 1-wall citywide among schools.
Some of these players (male and females) have already played at the open level but haven't been able to break through the current pro players yet, but it's just a matter of time before we start reading about them winning at the highest level of competition.
If you missed watching some of these young players during the spring season, you can watch them play at the Council Speaker's Cup (formerly the Mayor's Cup) during the summer. They put on some great matches that will make you stay and watch them play all day long.
Congratulations and good luck to the new generation of 1-wall players.