USATH announces members of Competition Committee

June 19, 2009, 7:07 p.m. (ET)

USA Team Handball today announced the 10 members of its 2009-10 Competition Committee as part of its three initiatives to grow and strengthen team handball in the United States. An entity assembled to examine formats for regular season competition, regional seasons and tournaments, and post-season championships in youth, open, elite and collegiate divisions, the committee is headed by USATH Technical Director Mariusz Wartalowicz and comprises six independent members and four affiliated with the national governing body:

Independent Members
Jacque Messel of the Chicago Inter and Midwest Region
Chris Cappelmann of ATH United and Southeast Region
Attila Agoston of Denver Team Handball and West Region
Michael Hinson of LA Team Handball and West Region
Travis Habhab of Kansas City Team Handball and Southwest Region
John Zierdt of Knight Air and Southeast Region

Mariusz Wartalowicz, Technical Director
Brian Finley, West Region Director
Pat Coggin, Midwest Region Director
Dominique Dumont, East Region Director

Members of the committee were nominated by the handball community and will meet on a monthly basis by conference call to immediately begin the process of making recommendations for USATH’s in-season and post-season structure for 2009-10 and beyond. Goals of the volunteer-based committee include establishing a credible structure, and broad acceptance, of 2009-10 playing season rules with emphasis on the following:

-   Role and value of sanctioned tournaments, sanctioned head-to-head competition and sanctioned leagues
-   Formation and execution of Southeast and Northeast Team Handball Conferences, plus West Regional League
-   Establishment of competition structures for Midwest and Southwest, where team locations are less dense
-   Quality competition with quality refereeing
-   Selection and announcement of dates, deadlines, formats for College Nationals, Elite Championship and Club Nationals
-   Recommendations to USATH staff for fee structures, performance bond implementation and other competition rules

Please contact Wartalowicz at for more information and visit USA Team Handball at