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Every Tuesday and Saturday from April to October, Dan Zimet and Alan Frank meet up with buddies to play handball at Centennial Park in Ellicott City.
The games are friendly competitions among a brotherhood of 25 to 30 men ages 40 to 80, but they’re more than that to most of the players.
Zimet, a psychologist, and Frank, a lawyer, have a combined 42 national handball titles, and part of their success is attributable to how they push and test themselves in the Howard County park….
Here is some great news for our sport for the upcoming U.S. Open of Handball. (Courtesy of Vlad Kylm) I hope this email finds you well. This week we will have the U.S. Open of handball taking place in Fountain Valley, California from October 24-27. This year the organizers pushed hard to promote the sport of handball further than ever before – a contract with ESPN3 has been signed and ESPN3 has agreed to broadcast and stream the semi-finals and final matches starting Saturday at 12PM EDT. Beyond that, the WPH will also be providing a free webcast Thursday and Friday. Details on how to […]
Two weeks after the Maryland event, many of these same participants from the Maryland tournament found themselves headed for competition at the 63rd USHA National 3-Wall Championships-Maumee, Ohio (generally referred to as Toledo), against the best who decided to make the journey. This annual end of summer season tournament is steeped in tradition and ritual going back over 3 decades at this same location. And even though many of us only play in Toledo once a year, there is a familiarity that makes it a home away from home. Each of the few years since I have been attending, I look […]
If playing handball serves to enrich our lives, then the 3-wall game played outdoors throughout the warmer months and culminating with the national championships held in Toledo, Ohio, adds to the treasure trove that handball provides. Before we arrive in Toledo in late August, a talented pool of 3-wallers gather and play at Centennial Park in Columbia, MD. Throughout the summer, on any given day, the courts are always occupied with players hailing from near and far (as much as 2-3 hours drive away). The familiar and distinct sounds of the game impart the pleasures of play and competition. It […]
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Currently, our game is seeing a resurgence and prominence as snippets of action in two national beer advertising campaigns. “The most interesting man in the world” played or plays handball and of course when he drinks beer, he drinks Dos Equis. And the people of Miller Brewing show among their activities montage for Miller 64, a couple of guys slapping around a yellow ball (yellow because it is visually eye catching for those brief seconds of “action.” As the saying goes, “there is no such thing as bad publicity.” And for the players of handball, it must be a heartwarming […]
Keith Thode has put his photographs from the No Frills tournament on his web site, http://keithsphotos.toadworld.net/ Look at the bottom for the “Recent Handball Photos” link.
2013 No Frills Results