Podcast (Episode 34): USA Team Handball Development Discussion

Dennis Berkholtz and I dive deep into a discussion on handball development in the U.S.  Among the topics covered:

  • Whether IHF resources spent on IHF Trophy tournaments could be better spent elsewhere
  • Dual citizen participation in IHF Trophy events
  • Whether national teams could be set aside for a period of time to tackle development
  • How “development” should be defined
  • The need for a “pyramid” framework for development
  • Whether the U.S. should consider a regional focus
  • How U.S. Nationals have turned into an Expat Convention and what can be done to get more American citizens playing
    • Should clubs participating in Elite be required to have a youth program?
    • Roster caps for non-American athletes?
  • Whether the U.S. should focus on 1 task area and what that 1 area should be
  • Helping stateside players get set up in Europe
  • Whether the U.S. could focus on 1 gender and the advantages of a women’s focus
  • The challenges of handball becoming an NCAA Sport
  • Whether a beach handball focus strategy should be considered.

Whew!  That’s a lot of ground, but well worth a listen.

Here are some links to related commentaries:

Mar 2017: Youth Handball Teams: A Waste of Time? (Part 1): The perilous problem of projecting future talent: Link

Mar 2017: Youth Handball Teams: A Waste of Time? (Part 2): Looking at development from a Sr Team planning perspective: Link

May 2017: Team USA Youth and Jr Teams: Data, Observations and Analysis: Link

May 2017: Charting a Way Forward for USA Team Handball (Option 9): Youth and Junior Teams Emphasis: Fund up and Coming Athletes First: Link