JR WPH Shines in May

Posted on May 25 2016 - 4:50am by DV

13239039_978578575583277_8602198507519166735_nJR WPH was thrilled to host three outstanding junior handball clinics in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Toronto last weekend; plus a full on 1 wall junior shootout in New York during the time of this post. Junior players from across North America were coached by R48 and WPH Outdoor stars, with each junior player learning to develop the proper stroke and to have fun on the court. “The mission of the World Players of Handball is to inspire the next generation of handball players through structured junior handball clinics with certified coaches, presenting junior handball competitions that promote sportsmanship and camaraderie, and making the game fun,” declared WPH Youth Donor and Development Director David Fink. “We created Junior WPH in 2013 to fulfill our mission of growing the game and since debuting Junior WPH three years ago, we have hosted thousands of junior handball clinics in North America in family-friendly parks, athletic clubs, tournaments, schools, universities, and YMCA’s.”

Check out Junior WPH’s most recent clinics from the middle of May ‘16 below!

13246297_978594172248384_4114289191262198169_oJunior WPH Clinic at the Vegas Lte: WPH Coaches David Fink, Shorty Ruiz, and Tanisha Groomes hosted a clinic for juniors on hand at the Vegas Lte, with Ruiz and Groomes explaining the art of the right corner kill and the “out the door” serve to the left. The inspired juniors aimed for targets, as each applied his new skills. The juniors then played points against the pros, with the end of the clinic featuring a “King of the Court” tournament. Following the clinic, the juniors played in the Junior WPH Vegas Lte Showdown, with 17-and-under and 12-and-under singles divisions and a doubles exhibition. Following the JR WPH Clinic, the juniors could not be kept off the courts. The juniors were so excited to play that they played points during every timeout and game-break of the WPH Outdoor men’s and women’s matches while awaiting their turn to play matches. “My eight-year old son started to show interest in handball this year, but after the clinic he just cannot wait to play,” beamed Manuel Yep, Sr. “He woke up the day after the clinic begging to play handball!”

13240047_978578578916610_25254135316338829_nJunior Clinic at the Canadian National Handball Championship: WPH Coaches Daniel Cordova, Ryan Bowler, and Kevin Kopchuk held a special Junior handball clinic for the youngsters in attendance at the Canadian Nationals. Known as the “hop artist,” Cordova explained and demonstrated the techniques required to execute the reverse and natural hop, as well as the fundamentals to the correct sidearm handball stroke. Canadian superstars Bowler and Kopchuk discussed the importance of letting the ball drop and having fun. “It was nice also that many juniors were able to share an experience with Coach Daniel in the court and beautiful even more, to see the parents in the gallery watching their kids go through some drills with The Mexican Maestro….clapping if they hit the target and simply pumped that the kids were having so much fun,” stated Kopchuk.

Thank you for growing the game Daniel, Ryan and Kevin!

13256473_978587958915672_5483696034439467282_nJunior Clinic at the LAAC Wafe Risner: WPH Coach Vic Perez coached a sensational clinic during the LAAC Wafe Risner, leading a group of energetic youngsters through the handball warm-up and various shots and strategies to help the juniors play better handball and have more fun on the court. After reviewing techniques and fundamentals to improve shot execution, Coach Vic held a target-hitting competition and concluded the clinic by providing the participants with the opportunity to play rallies against R48 pros Sean Lenning and Luis Moreno. Plus help from Marcos Chavez & Luis Moreno.  Thank you Coach Vic!

13323539_981825508591917_536776997246093615_oJunior WPH Invades the Big Apple:  (story added May 29th)

The World Players of Handball was thrilled to travel to New York City to host the JR WPH NYC 1-WallBall Junior Shootout, featuring more than 70 junior participants between the ages of 13-19 at Brooklyn’s St. John’s Park.  

One of the warmest days of the year in New York City challenged the fitness of New York’s top junior 1-Wall stars, with many of the youngsters competing in two divisions. The Memorial Day Weekend ’16 junior shootout featured boy’s 15-and-under singles and boy’s and girl’s 17-and-under, and 19-and-under singles brackets. 15-year-old Ray Lu showed his tremendous potential in advancing deep into the boy’s 17-and-under and 19-and-under brackets, while cruising to the 15-and-under title. Westside YMCA’s Dan Pitre dominated the deep 17-and-under field, while Juan “Chulo” Martinez, Jr. clinched the 19-and-under. Shkysi Cummings clinched the girl’s 17-and-under while impressive wins, while Westside YMCA standout Melanie Garate was outstanding in winning the girl’s 19-and-under.

WPH Coach Danielle Daskalakis and rising 1WallBall star and current “Queen of the Court” teamed to win the women’s doubles exhibition against Karen Mcconney and Quasia Figueroa.  Read More>

12593768_978594088915059_2609973456512687341_oKeep an eye out on juniorhandball.org, as new clinic opportunities and recaps pop up weekly. Want to coach a clinic or a junior handball program? Need more information regarding junior handball? The Junior WPH group spans multiple countries, continents and oceans with clinics happening daily. We can help! Contact WPH Development Director David Fink at fink@race4eight.com

To enable Junior WPH to continue to host junior handball clinics and tournaments across North America with Certified WPH Coaches, the World Players of Handball invites you to make a tax-deductible donation today in supporting the growth of the game. 100% of the donations received by the WPH go towards junior handball development.  Donate on-line here, or send your generous gifts through PayPal (extremehandball@cs.com) or by mailing checks to:  WPH, 3561 E. Sunrise Dr. Suite 125, Tucson, AZ, 85718.