Junior WPH Clinic in Columbus, Mississippi

Posted on Aug 15 2016 - 11:02am by DV

Mississippi JR Clinic 2Columbus, MS, WPH Press, 8/16/16- WPH Certified Coaches Luis Cordova and Michael Morgan coached an exciting clinic for junior players between the ages of 11-15 at Columbus, Mississippi’s downtown YMCA on Saturday, August 6th. The sensational clinic was organized by Pensacola’s Joel Levy and Alabama’s Bob Van Dyke and provided youngsters of varying skill levels, as well as the strong adult handball community in Columbus, with the opportunity to learn from two of the game’s greatest coaches. The clinic kicked off with an exhibition match between Cordova and Morgan, allowing locals to watch handball at the highest level seen in Mississippi in years. Coach Cordova and Coach Morgan followed the exhibition match with the clinic, emphasizing the proper handball techniques, rules of the game, and ways to improve and have fun on the court. The clinic ended with the juniors and locals playing two-bounce short court, “play the pro” singles, and doubles.

“We really didn’t know what to expect when we put this clinic together,” stated WPH donor and ardent Southeast Handball supporter Bob Van Dyke. “The turnout was incredibly strong and I was really impressed with the enthusiasm of all of the players and the willingness of the coaches to give back to the game. Everybody loved watching Luis and Mike play the exhibition match. The youngsters were given University of West Florida shirts, gloves, and goggles for participating and they all loved every minute of the clinic.”

“The clinic was a lot of fun and I was really impressed with the level of players in Columbus,” stated R48 top 10 pro Luis Cordova. “The juniors really enjoyed learning the game and with the strong contingent of 20-something players already playing at the Columbus YMCA, the juniors will be inspired to keep playing.”

Mississippi JR Clinic 1“I am always happy to help grow the game,” stated WPH ambassador and UWF Handball Club Founder Michael Morgan. “It’s great to travel to new places and meet and inspire new players.”

“I really appreciated the guys coming to our YMCA and coaching the clinic,” stated Columbus YMCA Executive Director Andy Boyd. “The coaches are always welcome to visit again for more clinics. We have about 20 adults and juniors playing and Joel (Levy) and I have already discussed hosting more junior handball clinics in the future.”

Following the clinic, the clinic coaches and organizers were treated to an afternoon of fishing and relaxing on Bob Van Dyke’s 200-acre family property. What a day!

Keep 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

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