USHA Collegiate Program Mission Statement:
It is the mission of the United States Handball Association’s Collegiate Program to promote, develop, and expand the sport of handball at the collegiate level.
Our goal is to increase awareness of handball’s lifelong benefits to university administrators and student athletes; and support recruitment and participation in a yearly intercollegiate competition.
Available Collegiate Handball Scholarships: John Sabo Sr. Memorial Scholarship, Bob and Sue Delaney Scholarship, Mardak Scholarship, David Chapman Memorial Collegiate Scholarship
USHA National Collegiate Handball Tournament Information: Hosted by Missouri State University, Feb. 21-25, 2018
2017 Results (65th USHA Collegiate Handball Championships) HERE.
Entry and Eligibility
- USHA Intercollegiate 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.
The new naming conventions will be broken into Open, A, B, and C Divisions for the men and women draws. Each Division will contain a number of brackets based upon the number of players in a division.
- Open Division – Open Bracket
- A Division – A1, A2, A3 Brackets
- B Division – B1, B2, B3, Brackets
- C Division – C1, C2, C3 Brackets
- Open Division– Open Bracket
- A Division – A1, A2 Brackets
- B Division – B1, B2 Brackets
- C Division - C Bracket
To categorize teams for Open, A, or B team titles, you would take the AVERAGE of the players’ seeds. For the 2015 men’s draw, to find the three Divisions you would divide the total number of entrants by 3, e.g. 162 entrants / 3 = 54.
- Open Division up to 54
- A Division 55 – 108
- B Division 109 - 162
To qualify for a team title, a school would still need to have a minimum of three players in a gender. Points would be calculated exactly how they were in 2015. The schools would have been divided as follows in the Men’s 2015 tournament using this method.
- Wall chart-Draws will be posted on the wall in a diamond shape to reflect where players move to as the players either win or lose in the first two rounds.
- Women's Divisions (template)
- Men's Divisions (template)
- Times- Thursday (TBD), Friday (TBD), Saturday (TBD)
- Times - TBD
- Agendas - TBD
- All Tournament -(semi and finalist Open division both genders)
- All American-top 4 (or more in case of tie) American players in top 16 Singles or finalists of Open Doubles
- Sportsmanship (both genders)
- Most Improved Player (both genders based on 2016 finish/2017 finish)