Handball player for life.

USHA Grand National Champions – Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda – (sound familiar?)





Photo by Handball Central.

Don’t be that person that waited too long to play all handball versions and missed the opportunity.

You don’t want to be the person who sits at home and brags about how a great handball player you could have been, had you played all three handball versions. Also, you don’t want to be that person wasting time in handball blogs, message boards and other platforms by boasting about how great some other players could have been, had they all played the three handball versions.

True, you don’t need to know how to play handball to be a Legend in your own mind or in the virtual internet world. But in the real world, you do need to prove your handball skills to be considered a Grand National Champion. That’s why the USHA has created a great opportunity for all handball players around the world to display their talent by showcasing their handball skills in tournaments across the states.

On March 7, 2015, the USHA once again will be honoring the Great National Champions along the best players of the game. 

Call the Association, reserve a seat and be part of history by celebrating along the best players in the U.S.

USHA National 3-Wall Championships – People on and off the court.






We always talk about the players of the game and rarely talk about the people who often travel with us. Usually, these are the same people we turn to for help and consolation when things don’t go our way during the grueling games at the 3-wall courts.

Some of these people may be family members, a coach or very often our own friends who are there to help us when we need them the most. We always consider them part of the great camaraderie that exists at this great handball tournament in Maumee.

If you ever travel alone, there is no need to worry. There is always someone out there ready to help you someway or another.

Kudos to all those people who make up the vast majority of our inner circle of friends.

The 44th Annual NYAC/Burt Kossoff Invitational Handball Tournament  – It’s Tournament Time!





By John Duggan

The NYAC/Burt Kossoff handball tournament, in conjunction with the WPH men’s and women’s Pro Stop, will be held at the City House from Thursday, March 12th to Sunday, March 15.

The men’s Pro event will show the top talent in the world, with world # 1 player and tournament favorite Paul Brady proudly representing the NYAC. Other teams' players are also eying the prize, however, including Charlie Shanks, Jon Iglesias and Robbie McCarthy.

The women’s Pro event is destined to be a great event with two of the top five ranked pros representing the NYAC: Tracy Davis (#3) and Danielle Daskalakis (#5).

Club players who hope to feature in their respective divisions include Gerard Pagello, Jim Normile, Phil Clifford, Lenny DiMartino, Ted Gewertz, Rich Manciano, Lenny Aconsky, Tom Carr, Lew Buckingham and Vern Hayden.

One of the highlights of the weekend will be the junior division (under 19) with the top young local talent competing.

All NYAC members are invited to watch this spectacular event – no charge! – on the 21st floor. For those unable to attend, we are excited to announce that the event will be broadcast live on ESPN3 and Watch ESPN apps. Draws and match times will be available on line at the R2sports.com and will also be posted adjacent to the handball courts.

Albany Open 2014 – singles competition heats up





There were two pair of brothers competing at the Albany Open this year which made the competition interesting in the singles and doubles divisions.

Peter and Patrick Funchion from Ireland and Tyree and Jurell Bastidas from New York crossed paths during the men’s singles in two exciting four-wall games the Irish young men won during their run to the final, where only Peter managed to reach the championship match to face Jonathan Iglesias from New York.

Peter and Patrick displayed their best 4-wall handball skills throughout the weekend “This is why the Albany Open is my favorite tournament in the Northeast. You never know who is coming to challenge you” said Tyree Bastidas.

The Albany Open was once again dominated by players representing various countries that included: Ireland, Canada and the U.S.

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WPH R48Pro IV Stop #5 & NYAC Invitational (Qualifier, Elite, Top 16, Women and Senior Pro Stop) Handball Tournament - WPH/NYAC Broadcast Schedule:






Attached is the broadcast schedule for the NYAC/WPH Race4eight event this weekend.  For those unable to get ESPN, please contact me directly for a direct link.  WPH All Access Pass Holders will get a direct link if you cannot view:  http://wphlive.tv/category/products/membership

The brackets have not been flipped live by the NYAC Director's yet (as they have not finalized the amateurs yet), but when they do, you can track the action here:

http://www.r2sports.com/tourney/noDraws.asp?TID=11332 once we go public.

If anyone needs me, please just email or text:  520-336-6231.

Also, the Salt Lake City Players Championship is upcoming (Next Month) and will be huge.  Anyone can enter this tournament!  I mean, Pro Men, Women and Seniors will have invites, but amateurs or those that missed the invite can still play and upset the rankings/payouts/et al.  Please read the details ere:  http://wphlive.tv/tpc-in-slc-the-players-championship-in-salt-lake-city-april-16th-19th/

NYAC Write Up/Preview by Fink:  http://wphlive.tv/nyac-race4eight-preview-broadcast-schedule/

You can watch handball on ESPN/WatchESPN App on Saturday and Sunday (however, we will be live on race4eight.com on Friday).



Blending the Past and the Present




For The Record:

As of 2014, Tyree Bastidas is the only player in the Association to win the most Player of the Year Awards "POY".