The NYS HOF salutes Tyree’s extraordinary handball legacy that will be honored during the weekend handball celebration during the most famous handball Hall of Fame tournament.
Tyree Bastidas has always towered above the competition. With his combination of pure skill, unmatched integrity and competitive spirit, he became the iconic star of his generation, the unquestioned all-around player, and the 3rd and latest member of the Greatest-All-Around player’s Club.
Handball fans are welcome to come and celebrate in Fishkill, where Bastidas will be inducted at the New York State Handball Hall of Fame during the Saturday night Banquet Celebration. He will be inducted on March 22, 2014.
“Ladies and Gentlemen….......Tyree Bastidas”
It’s almost ten year ago since Tyree Bastidas entered the handball world as a 13-year-old kid, who debuted at the USHA 1-wall junior National held at the Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx on July 17, 2004.
A Grammy salute to Tyree Bastidas for his recent nomination as the 1st USHA Grand Champion in America
Winning his first national title didn’t satisfy Tyree’s appetite for victory, and eventually decided to practice and travel to other handball tournaments other than 1-wall.
Coach M. Watson, who discovered Tyree’s handball talent on May of 2004 in a Queens handball tournament, molded and guided Tyree through his first steps in all 3 codes, while P. Williams, ICHA’s President, helped Tyree travel around the states by subsidizing some of Tyree’s handball trips, and giving him access to YMCA facilities for him to practice.
Not only did Tyree become the best all-around junior player in the Association, but also became the best and youngest all-around open player in USHA, all within ten years.
The road to success was not easy as Tyree had a rocky start by barely making the championship match of two out of four junior nationals in 2004. But Bastidas was relentless and didn’t let these obstacles be roadblocks on the way of his handball dreams. Ultimately, he succeeded.
Despite the fact the NYAC tournament drew the most players in the men’s open in recent memory, New Yorkers didn’t fair well in the two-day qualifier that took place on February 27-28.
Even 1-waller Mike Schneider, who has had a good 4-wall season this year and who had already qualified in the round of 16 by playing in previous tournaments, couldn’t get out of the first round.
Every year 1-wall players register in record numbers to support the 4-wall tourney they have supported for so long. And although New York players haven’t performed their best in 4-wall tournaments in recent years, it has not stopped them from supporting other 4-wall tourneys around the country. Whether is 3- or 4-wall handball versions, 1-wallers will continue to support them because it’s what they love doing.
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 like to excel in everything they do, they always like to be first and in control of their games. That’s why we are not surprised to see New York players to be among the first national champions since the USHA National Championships were created:
USHA National 1-wall Champion – 1959 – Oscar Obert – New York
USHA National 1-wall (women) – Champion – 1960 – Sheila Maroschick – New York
USHA National 3-wall Champion – 1951 – Vic. Hershkowitz – New York
USHA National 3-wall (women) Champion – 1981 – Allison Roberts - Ohio
USHA National 4-wall Champion – 1951 – Walter Plekan – New York
USHA National 4-wall (women) – Champion - 1980 – Rosemary Bellini – New York
USHA National 4-wall (boys) Champion – 1956 - Lance Zepp – New York
USHA National 4-wall (girls) Champion – 1979 - Allison Roberts - Ohio.
Tyree Bastidas’ website celebrates six years of continuing coverage of the youngest and most versatile player in America.
Bastidas’ website was initially open to the public in 2008 by using the following site: http://tyreebastidas.webs.com/. But it was officially inaugurated on January 2012 when it acquired the rights to its domain: http://tyreebastidas.com/
Since 2008 and until 2012, we spent a lot of time putting together his website by collecting tons of information and photos.
Tyree Bastidas’ website now includes:
Over a 1000 handball articles that include junior and open divisions.
Thousands of photos of men, women and juniors playing handball.
Complete coverage of Tyree playing handball in 1-, 3-, and 4-wall small and big ball tournaments at national and international competitions.
What originally started as a handball player’s website, it has ended up as the main source of handball information on the East Coast with full coverage across the states and abroad.
1.- The NYS HOF tournament has been cancelled.
2.- Tyree Bastidas gets ready to compete in the Australian 3-Wall National on the weekend of April 20, 2014.
We look forward to bring you more handball news through current World and USHA national (1-, 3- & 4-wall) champion, Tyree Bastidas.