Podcast: What can collegiate team handball learn from collegiate rugby’s success?

Iona College Rugby in action. Just 1 of 900 collegiate rugby clubs in the U.S.  What can collegiate team handball learn from collegiate rugby?

Iona College Rugby in action. Just 1 of 900 collegiate rugby clubs in the U.S. What can collegiate team handball learn from collegiate rugby?

In my last post regarding the state of collegiate handball I mentioned collegiate rugby as a possible model to follow.  To find out more about collegiate rugby I reached out to Bruce McLane, the head coach at Iona and a panelist on the RuggaMatrix America podcast. In a wide ranging conversation we discuss the similarities and differences between the two sports, why collegiate rugby has been successful, what USA Rugby has done or hasn’t done to facilitate growth and what steps USA Team Handball might consider taking.

Be forewarned, it’s an hour and 30 minute discussion, but one worth listening if you’re interested in how team handball might follow in rugby’s footsteps.

Winter-Classic
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Winter Classic Results

Tweet The USA Women’s team hosted Canada and Handball Club Intrepide from Guadaloupe from 17-20 December.  Handball Club Intrepide managed to go 3-0-1 with wins against both U.S. sides and a draw and a win against Canada.  The USA Blue team was the best national side with come from behind wins over both Canadian teams […]

December 24, 2014 0
The Implications of PANAM Games performance row implications for the USA Women and Men should they qualify for the PANAM Games
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Performance Rows for PANAM Games: Break for USA Women; Difficult Path for USA Men

Tweet Ruben Gomez at Mundo Handball recently posted two articles (Men and Women) assessing the Performance Rows for the Drawing of Groups A and B for the 2015 PANAM Games.  With 7 of the 8 teams known for the upcoming tournament it’s now possible to establish performance row scenarios based on who the 8th and […]

December 6, 2014 0
The USA Women are hard working, motivated and fired up, but results on the scoreboard are still lacking
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USA vs. Puerto Rico Series:  Women’s Results and Analysis:  An Older Team (for the Most Part) Running Out of Time

Tweet Previously, I reviewed the Men’s program and their 3 game series against Puerto Rico in October.  This time around I take look at the Women’s team and the state of the Residency Program on its one year anniversary.  (Additional note:  The video for these matches is no longer available at the USA Team Handball […]

November 26, 2014 0
The USA Team Handball Collegiate Club Graveyard:  Why have so many teams come and gone over the years?  And what could be done to prevent this from happening>
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Charting a Way Forward for USA Team Handball: Option 4:  Upgrade and Expand Collegiate Team Handball (Part 1: Background)

Tweet This option for USA Team Handball requires a little more explaining than the other options for consideration.  Part 1 provides the background information.  Part 2 will tackle what could be done. Background (Framing the Problem) Last weekend Army beat Air Force 31-26 in what is surely USA Team Handball’s longest, continuous club rivalry, collegiate or otherwise.  It […]

November 9, 2014 0
Watching handball at Halle George Carpentier in Paris
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A Handball Night in Paris

Tweet Team Handball News contributor, Altay Atli, was in Paris a few weeks ago and had the opportunity to meet and watch Paris St. Germain in action.  Here’s his take on that experience. Woody Allen’s 2011 film “Midnight in Paris” takes the protagonist on a phantasmagoric journey to the literary scene of 1920’s Paris, […]

November 2, 2014 0
A bright spot for the U.S. Men's Team:  E.J. Udu-Udoma is developing into a decent left wing.
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USA vs. Puerto Rico Series:  Men’s Results and Analysis:  A Developmental Side (for the Most Part) Showing Some Signs of Progress

Tweet The USA Men’s and Women’s National Teams played a 3 game series against Puerto Rico from 17-19 October, 2014. Here’s a top level assessment of the Men’s Team performance and the state of the Residency Program as it nears its one year anniversary. The Results Friday 17 October USA – PUR 24-24 (11-11)Goals – […]

October 26, 2014 0
A wishful thinking future headline?  Maybe, but arguably an overseas residency program has the best chance of making a headline like this a reality someday.
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Charting a Way Forward for USA Team Handball: Option 3: Develop or participate in a European based residency program to provide athletes more competition and opportunity for professional contracts

Tweet Background Ask just about any athlete that’s ever participated in a U.S. National Team Residency Program what the biggest shortcoming to training in the U.S. was and the conversation will undoubtedly turn to the lack of regular competition.  Great training facilities and quality coaching instruction are vitally important, but if your competition opportunities […]

October 1, 2014 0
Simply putting out the welcome mat isn't sufficient for a National Team Residency Program.  A concerted recruitment effort is needed to get more athletes to the door.
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Charting a Way Forward for USA Team Handball: Option 2: Increase the Emphasis and Support to National Team Recruiting

Tweet Background Because the U.S. has a very limited grass roots base, U.S. clubs have developed only a handful of national team caliber athletes.  To overcome this deficiency USA Team Handball has historically relied on the recruitment of “crossover athletes” for its National Teams.  There has been a lot of debate as to whether this is a […]

September 15, 2014 0
Overwhelming evidence point to the Domincan Republic Handball Federation repeatedly using overage and non-Dominican athletes on their national teams.  Will the PATHF's Executive Committee's maneuvers to disregard the Tribunal they established just 2 years ago succeed?
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The Case Against the Dominican Republic and Why Sports Federations have Independent Tribunals

Tweet Team Handball News contributor, Christer Ahl has resigned from his position as the Pan American Team Handball Federation (PATHF) President of the Commission and Tribunal for Discipline and Ethics.  Here’s some background on the Dominican Republic’s numerous violations for over age players and how the PATHF’s Executive Committee is maneuvering to disregards the tribunal’s […]

September 3, 2014 0
Handball Academy
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Charting a Way Forward for USA Team Handball: Option 1: Establish a Residency Program Focused Solely on Future Player Development

Tweet Background USA Team Handball has established Residency Programs for its Men’s and Women’s National Teams at Auburn University in Alabama.  Goals for these programs have not been explicitly stated, but based on the majority of the athletes that been recruited the programs appear to have two primary goals:  developing new players and national team preparation for competition. […]

August 24, 2014 0
Australia had the rug pulled out from them for the 2015 WC.  Who's next?:  Asia, Pan America or Africa?
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IHF Updates Competition Regulation to Make Australian-Like Removals Standard Practice

Tweet On the heels of its, after the fact  and arbitrary action to remove Australia from the 2015 Men’s World Handball Championships, the IHF now appears to have revised its regulations to make future moves clearly legal.   I’m not sure when the new Competition Regulation was posted on the IHF website, but it was […]

August 15, 2014 0
Many options for developing handball in the U.S.  Which way is the right path?
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Charting a Way Forward for USA Team Handball: Part 1: Introduction: Many Options + Limited Resources = Hard Choices

Tweet Previous commentaries have focused on the shortcomings of National Team Residency Programs, why I felt it was too soon and unwise to start a program up in Auburn and the historical debate between supporting grass roots and national team programs.  With this new series I turn the page to focus on some programs and […]

August 10, 2014 0
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