Podcast: Team USA and Aulnay’s Julia Taylor (Part 2): Reflections on Different Training Environments

Julia Taylor’s handball development journey has seen stops in a collegiate program, an overseas residency, a U.S. based residency and now an overseas club. Arguably, no U.S. player has ever experienced it all quite like the way she has.

Julia Taylor’s handball development journey has seen stops in a collegiate program, an overseas residency, a U.S. based residency and now an overseas club.  Arguably, no U.S. player has ever experience it all like the way she has.

In part 2 of my interview with Julia Taylor we discuss the different training environments that we experienced as handball players.  Both Julia and I played in college, participated in a U.S. National Residency Program and played overseas.  Julia’s overseas club experience is at a much higher level and she also spent a semester at the Aarhus Academy in Denmark.

The different topics we tackle include

  • The lack of collegiate competition, particularly on the women’s side
  • Whether a residency program should focus on national team prep or preparing individual athletes for overseas opportunities
  • Division 1 athlete crossover recruitment and training
  • Challenges and rewards of playing with a European Club

Here are some links regarding some of the topics discussed:

Collegiate Handball Commentaries:
– Overview of College Handball Challenges: Link
Success at UNC and possible implementation steps to further develop the college game:Link

Foreign Based Residency Program
– Aarhus Academy Website: Link
– Aarhus Academy Podcast Interview: Link
– Commentary on European Based Residency Program: Link

U.S. Based Residency Program Commentaries
– Commentary on shifting to development: Link
– Recruiting Challenges: Link

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Podcast: Team USA and Aulnay’s Julia Taylor (Part 1)

Team USA and Aulnay’s Julia Taylor

Julia Taylor, has been playing handball in 2010 for the University of North Carolina.  She is now a Left Wing on the USA Women’s National Team and for the Aulnay Handball Club in France.  In Part 1 of my interview with Julia we discuss how she started playing handball and the career path that led to her playing in France.  We also discuss the different tournaments that the U.S. Women have played this year including this past Summer’s Pan American Championships and the recent friendly tournament played in South Korea.

Links
UNC Handball: Link
Aarhus Academy: Link
Aulnay Handball: Link 

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Podcast: Americans Qualify for Olympic Handball for the First Time in Over 20 Years!***

American Samoa’s U17 Beach Handball Team: Headed to the Youth Olympic Games next summer in Argentina.

While this title sounds like epic news there are a few asterisks that have to be explained.  Still really great news, just not epic.

Asterisk #1:  The handball in question is “Beach Handball”
Asterisk #2:  The Olympics in question is the Youth Olympic Games
Asterisk #3:  The Americans in question are American Nationals from the U.S. Territory of American Samoa

Yes, the American Samoa Women’s U17 Beach Handball team has qualified for the Youth Olympic Games to be staged next summer in Argentina.  With only 55,000 inhabitants and, believe it or not, not enough sand on the islands to play beach handball properly, American Samoa was able to put together a team in a few short months to first win the Oceania championships and participate in the U17 Beach Handball Word Championships.  While they were beaten soundly by some of the game’s traditional powers they still qualified for the Youth Olympic Games by defeating Australia twice and thus securing the Oceania slot to the Youth Olympic Games.

To find out more about handball and beach handball in American Samoa I spoke with the U17 Women’s coach, Carl Sagapolutele Floor.  Carl fills me on the challenges of starting a handball program on a remote Pacific island, learning how to play beach handball without sand, and the road from no program to the Youth Olympic Games.

References:
Curt Flood (not to be confused with Carl Floor): Link
60 Minutes video on American Football in American Samoa: Link
American Samoa Handball Association Facebook Page:  Link

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Podcast: USA Men’s Jr Team Coach discusses the PHF JR Championships

USA Men's Jr Team Coach Mark Ortega

USA Men’s Jr Team Coach Mark Ortega

Mark Ortega discusses the Men’s Jr Team’s performance so far at the Panamerican Jr Championships in Paraguay.  USA has completed group play with a loss to Brazil and a victory over Chile.  They will likely face Uruguay in a quarterfinal match on Thursday at 2130 Local/2030 EDST.

Live Video Feed: Link

Note:  At 141 feet above sea level there’s no altitude issue with Asuncion, Paraguay.  I “obviously” was thinking of its fellow landlocked neighbor, Bolivia where the capital La Paz tops out at 11,913 ft.  God forbid there’s ever a championship there.

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Podcast: Danish League, Handball Transfers and More

Ribe Esbjerg HH's Rasmus Boysen

Ribe Esbjerg HH’s Rasmus Boysen

Rasmus Boysen is a 24 year old backcourt/defensive specialist for Ribe Esbjerg HH in Denmark top professional league.  He joins John Ryan for a discussion on a variety of topics to include:

  • The overall quality of the Danish League
  • Pros and cons of playoffs in club leagues
  • How Danes view the HBL’s Flensburg
  • The mechanics of handball transfers
  • Greenland Handball (Greenland’s Akutaaneq (Aku) Kreutzmannn is a teammate of Rasmus at REHH)
  • Meskov Brest’s Dainis Krištopāns

Ribe Esbjerg HH Club website: Link

Rasmus Boysen Player Profile: Link

Rasmus Boysen Twitter: Link

Handball Transfers website: Link

What’s a Typical Salary for a Professional Team Handball Player? (From 2007) : Link

Current and up to date detailed salary information on every major handball player: Link

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Podcast: Flensburg-Kiel (2nd half)

Flensburg hosts derby rival Kiel in battle for first place in the German Bundesliga

Flensburg hosts derby rival Kiel in battle for first place in the German Bundesliga

2nd half topic:  I discuss my current frustration with the lack of handball TV viewing opportunities in the U.S and why the new handball related reality show could lead to a major network in the U.S. broadcasting handball

Synch the video with the audio: I give a running countdown starting at 52:18 on the ehfTV clock in the lower left hand corner.

Video: Link

Podcast: Flensburg – Kiel (1st Half)

Flensburg hosts derby rival Kiel in battle for first place in the German Bundesliga

Flensburg hosts derby rival Kiel in a battle for first place in the German Bundesliga

The super bowl is over and it’s time to get your sport fix with a little handball.  What better way to do that than by watching German Bundesliga leader, Flensburg, host arch rival and 2nd place Kiel in a battle for first place.  The match is available “on demand” at ehfTV and I’ve done some “casual commentary” that you can listen to while you watch the match.  Casual in that sometimes I call the action and at other times I have a running conversation with myself on different topics.

In the first half I explain why I think the Bundesliga is the best handball league in the world and how I became a fan of Flensburg.

Synch the video with the audio:  I give a running countdown starting at 00:35 on the ehfTV clock in the lower left hand corner.

Video: Link

 

Podcast:  World Championships Reflections with ehfTV’s Tom O’Brannigan

ehfTV's Tom O'Brannigan

ehfTV’s Tom O’Brannigan

ehfTV’s Tom O’Brannigan joins the podcast to share some of his thoughts on the IHF Men’s World Championships Final Four.  We discuss France’s 31-25 defeat of Slovenia and tonight’s Norway – Croatia semifinal matchup.

Along the way we discuss a few tangents to include handball twitter, the all-Irish surname handball team (Norway’s O’Sullivan is a member), handball TV coverage around the world and American Football.  American Football?

Tom O’Brannigan Twitter: Link
Team Handball News Twitter: Link

ehfTV: Link

Tom will be back behind the mic when IFK Kristianstad hosts Rhein-Neckar Lowen in the EHF Champions League Match of the Week (MOTW) on Sunday, February 19th : Link

 

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Podcast:  Netherlands Women’s Handball: How their 10 Year Development Plan Has Vaulted them in to the World’s Elite

How has the Netherlands moved to the top of the pyramid in Women's Handball? By building a pyramid in the Netherlands first.

How has the Netherlands moved to the top of the pyramid in Women’s Handball? By building a pyramid in the Netherlands first.

It wasn’t too long ago that Netherlands Women’s Handball could diplomatically be described as mediocre.  Now thanks to their 5-1 record in preliminary and main round play they are in the semifinals of the European Championships.  Their 3rd consecutive semifinals in a major competition (2015 WC, 2016 Olympics)

How has this remarkable turnaround been accomplished?

To find out I spoke with Netherlands Handball Technical Director, Sjors Rottger and National Team player Lois Abbingh.  Rottger describes the 10 year plan that has been implemented to identify athletes at younger ages and then provide them with the training they need to eventually sign professional contracts by age 19 to 21.  Abbingh reflects on her time at the Handball Academy in Arnhem and how it prepared her for international play and a pro career.

The Netherlands takes on Denmark tomorrow (Friday, 16 December) at 1815 (CET), 1215 (U.S. East Coast) and the match can be seen live on ehftv.com.  The Gold and Bronze medal matches will be on Sunday, also on ehftv.

Netherlands Handball Vision: Link

Lois Abbingh Official Website: Link

 

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Podcast:  Redbirds Rising: Coach Ross Miner talks Illinois St Handball

Illinois State Redbirds after winning the 2016 Buckeye Classic.  Coach Ross Miner is in the back row at the far right.

Illinois State Redbirds after winning the 2016 Buckeye Classic. Coach Ross Miner is in the back row at the far right.

The Illinois St Redbirds won the Ohio State Buckeye Classic Tournament last weekend, their first ever major tournament title.  Coach Ross Miner talks about the tourney, the Team Handball Nation website, his experience at the Aarhus Academy and how he got into coaching.

And, what’s a podcast without a little controversy so we try to answer a couple of questions:

  • Is Illinois St is poised to crack into the top 3 hegemony (West Point, Air Force, North Carolina) that has dominated collegiate handball for the last 20 years? (I try to get a little bulletin board material)
  • Should the weekend tournament format for competition should be scrapped in favor of league play?

Some related links to topics discussed
Podcast on the Aarhus Academy: Link
The college handball club graveyard: Link

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Podcast:  Craig Rot Talks Youth Development in the U.S.

USA and Alberta Youth Teams at recent XPS Network North American Cup. Coach Rot is on the far right.

USA and Alberta Youth Teams at recent XPS Network North American Cup. Coach Rot is on the far right.

For the past 7 years Craig Rot has been at the forefront of youth development in the U.S., first in Minnesota and now in the Chicago area.  In this wide ranging podcast we discuss his efforts to introduce handball in schools and his after school program which is starting to produce more technically sound players.  Players that are playing key roles on youth national teams that Rot has coached at the Partille Cup, IHF Challenge Tournaments and most recently a 3 game series vs Alberta.

And, what’s a podcast without a little controversy so we debate the following topics:

  • The pros/cons of focusing on lateral growth to expose the sport at a top level to as many athletes as possible vs more in depth training on a select group
  • The challenge of getting “elite” athletes to play handball vice a more established sport
  • The pros/cons of dual citizen athletes playing on USA youth teams

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Podcast: A Discussion on Handball in California and Argentina

femebal

Femebal: The regional federation centered around Buenos Aires has been the developmental force behind Argentina’s rise in the handball world

Cal Heat’s Martin Bilello and I discuss the state of handball in California and why there’s only been 2 major clubs there for several years.  In this free flowing conversation Martin also explains how handball is organized in Argentina and what the U.S. might learn from successful development programs there.

Femebal Website: Link

 

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Podcast: High School Handball in the Bay Area

The Lycée Français de San Francisco and Sterne School exchange high fives after the first every High School Handball match in California. The Lycee de Francais won the historic affair 19-17.

The Lycée Français de San Francisco and the Sterne School exchange high fives after the first every High School Handball match in California. The Lycee de Francais won the historic affair 19-17.

It’s not every day that U.S. high schools compete against each other in handball.  Outside of a league in Montgomery County Maryland this is the only other league that I’m aware of.  To find out more, I interviewed Martin Bilello to discuss how Cal Heat has been developing youth Team Handball in the bay area and worked with 4 high schools to establish the new league.

Cal Heat Website article: Link

Youth League Website: Link

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