USATH releases brackets for 2009 Nationals

May 03, 2009, 12:29 p.m. (ET)

USA Team Handball has released revised brackets for next weekend's Club National Championships. Thank you to all of the individuals who provided feedback and suggestions on the tournament structure. There are three significant changes from the version released April 24:

1) Teams that lose their opening match will have one opportunity to "play back" into the main 16-team draw.
2) Teams that advance to the Final Eight will participate in two round-robin groups on Saturday to determine the competitors in the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th place games.
3) Every team is guaranteed four games, with a maximum of seven.

All games will feature 25-minute halves with a five-minute halftime. Men’s & Women’s Final will have 30-minute halves. Additional competition rules and any schedule adjustments will be relayed at the technical meeting at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 7 at Lindner Field House at Judson University.

Click here to view the 2009 Nationals men's bracket

Click here to view the 2009 Nationals women's bracket