To Sunday, February 25, 2018
66th USHA National Collegiate Championships
Feb. 21-25, Hosted by Missouri State University at Robert W. Plaster Football Stadium, Springfield, MO
(All players must provide official verification of full-time student status in order to play)
Eligibility: Must be full-time college student and current USHA member. Also eligible are part-time students who are graduating and fall-semester graduates who have not completed collegiate handball eligibility (see USHA collegiate rules or contact Matt Krueger for information). Official verification of full-time status from fall or spring semester from the registrar or admissions office with the official school seal must
must be received by Feb. 10 to be included in seeding process. Class schedule slips are not valid. See Matriculation Rules.
- Enter Online (this is the preferred method of entering the 2018 Collegiate Nationals).
Step 1: Go to the USHA Web Store at www.ushandball.org to pay for entries online.
Step 2: Once entries are paid and order is received, the USHA will manually send the a link to the purchaser within 24 hours or less.
Step 3: Once given the link, enter player(s) info and submit. May submit multiple players.
Step 4: Once team/player information is received, team/player entries and info will be submitted in an Excel doc or pdf in order to confirm accuracy.
Step 5: Verification letters are due by Feb. 8 deadline. Emailed letter is acceptable, provided that the team/player submits the hard copies at the desk (no “Fast Track” entry).
- Printable entry form
- Code of Conduct
- February 1 - Hotel reservations deadline for University Plaza Hotel. Call (417) 864-7333 and mention U.S. Handball Rate.
- January 29 - Deadline to file Eligibility Appeals
- Thursday, February 8 - Deadline to submit entries, verification letters and seeding information
- Monday, February 12 - Deadline for First Draft of Seeding to Coaches
- Tuesday, February 13 - Deadline for First Challenges from Coaches
- Wednesday, February 14 - Deadline for Second Draft of Seeding to Coaches
- Thursday, February 15 - Deadline for Final Challenges from Coaches
- Friday, February 16 - Final Seeding information submitted
- Monday, February 19 - Starting Times and Draws Posted
- February 21 (12 pm) - Play may begin
- February 25-(12 pm) - Play ends
- March 5 - All American Bios and Championship Articles due
- Seeding will be entered when players enter online. We hope to not just a ranking of players on your team but a sense of their skills and how they compare to other players on your team. When combined with last years results we will create our first draft.
- Challenges policy-First round challenges do not require any written reason. A written reason for challenges in the second round will require a written reason.
- Returning player seeding policy-Players will be seeded above where they finished in the previous years unless they zero-pointed in the previous year. Requests to a seed below where they finished must be in writing and include the reason for the request.
Rule I: Matriculation
A. Participation is permitted in any collegiate handball contest provided the player is a bona fide matriculated student at an accredited university or college (not a business or trade school, etc.), and is regularly enrolled, doing full-time work as defined by the regulations of the institution at which he or she is enrolled. See note on Participation Rule II(D) below.
B. Eligibility of participants shall by verified by letter, with school seal affixed, from the office of the dean of admissions or registrar before the tournament.
Rule II: Participation
A. Participation in collegiate handball will be limited to four national collegiate tournaments over a period of five consecutive college years. This rule is intended to allow full-time undergraduates, part-time seniors and full-time graduate students to play in four national collegiate tournaments within five years from the time they played in their first such tournament as an undergraduate. Exceptions to this rule must be appealed to the national collegiate commissioner by Jan. 19. (The intent of this rule is to encourage participation of new handball players at the collegiate level; it is not for veteran players who may have returned to school.)
B. In the event of a student’s regular attendance being interrupted by military service in any of the armed forces, the period of eligibility shall be five years exclusive of time in military service, except the years in which, during the player’s military service, he or she may have represented an educational institution.
C. Transfer students or graduates from a junior college may continue handball competition without complying with the one-year residence rule. Total years of competition shall not exceed four.
D. Senior students requiring less than a full-time academic curriculum to graduate will be allowed to participate. Individuals who graduate during the fall semester who have not used up their eligibility (played 3 years or less) will be allowed to participate.
Rule III: Tournament play
A. Players may participate in only one singles event.
B. Members of a doubles team must be from the same institution.
C. Players are permitted to participate in both singles and doubles.
Rule IV: Scoring
A. Each school represented at the national tournament will be awarded points based on the achievements of its players. There is no limit to the number of participants from any school, but a maximum of six men and six women scorers will count toward the men’s, women’s and combined championships. Players entering both singles and doubles can earn points in only one event. The determinant in awarding points to players competing in both singles and doubles will be the event in which most points are won, i.e., combined singles points or doubles points.
Special note: Tournament host has the option to shorten matches by using best two-of-three to 15 points and 11-point tiebreaker for first two rounds. The Code of Conduct shall serve as a guideline for how individuals are expected to behave when participating in USHA-sponsored or endorsed activities. Guidelines of conduct include but are not limited to the examples outlined on this page.