USHA Player Development Coordinator
join me in thanking Ian Kelly for his fine work with the college
program as College Development Coordinator. Ian is hoping to land
a job at the University of Arizona in law enforcement and if he is
successful he plans on becoming the coach at the Univ. of AZ.
What was once two is now one!
There are pending changes
at the office and the first change is to roll the youth development
coordinator and the college development coordinator duties into one
position. I have been offered and have accepted the position.
As youth development coordinator a plan was drafted and implemented and we are pleased to report success on many levels.
I am comfortable that we can continue that success by staying on track with what has been successful and at the same time applying that formula to the college aged potential players.
- Through networking, we have been able to identify potential mentors and coaches within the handball community.
- Networking has also enabled us to perform workshops at schools and clinics at youth service organizations.
- Existing instructional materials have been improved and our teaching certification program is solid.
- Alliances are rapidly forming.
- Research on the benefits are being gathered.
On the horizon:
- I am compiling and merging information
for both college and youth programs into one program. Tracking these programs and players as they move into the handball community is essential.
- Workshops and clinics for schools and
youth programs are continually being added to my calendar and now
I am adding visits to colleges and universities.
- Contacts are continuing to be be sought and identified.
- The USHA web site is on the verge of a
makeover. This page will be changed from College Programs to
Player Development with links to other pages including pages dedicated to youth players and programs, college players and programs, and educators. Each page will contain valuable information and interactive tools including:
- instructional media
- research data on the benefits
- asset building
- leadership opportunities
- teaching certification
- mapping of programs
- lesson plans
- The USHA 'Teach the Teacher' program will be expanded to include much more than just how to stroke a handball.
- There will be an effort to identify and involve more people in our teacher training including:
NEW PLAYERS TAKE NOTE:
- students from collegiate programs
- leaders at the local level
- retired or semi retired players, especially those in the education system.
For only $21 a new player (23 and under) can get a pair of gloves, eye protection and a one-year membership to the USHA.
All players 23 and under
are now eligible for the special membership and benefit package...sign
for a one-year membership for only $10
For more information about any part of player development including great tips and support on starting and
running handball programs please check out the
links below. If you have specific questions or to schedule a clinic contact, Gary Cruz, USHA Player Development Coordinator.
Intercollegiate Rules - Find the official rules of the USHA National Collegiate Tournaments here.
National Collegiate Tournament Results - See results
from National Collegiate Handball Tournaments - 2001-2006.
a College Program - Whether you're faculty, student or
adviser, you'll find all the information you need for
starting a handball program at your school.
Materials - Videos, books, coach certifications, referee
guidelines, rule books and more.
USHA Message Board - Visit the forum specifically created for the college handball community.
Financial Support - Learn more about
Development Fund grants.
General Information - Rule books and
certification exams, local mentor and ambassadors
USHA Clinic - The USHA will visit your
program to conduct an instructional and/or referee clinic
free of charge
Play Handball On line - visit www.ebaumsworld.com/handball.html,
and test your skills against the computer with this interactive on line
handball video game. Not unlike the real thing, this fun game requires
patience and hand eye coordination to develop more skill.
Check out all of the schools that have handball programs
Learn how to start a new program
Discover all the benefits of playing "The Perfect
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