Players and referee delegate wanted for 2012 Partille Cup

March 13, 2012, 4:19 p.m. (ET)


The USA Boys huddle at the 2011 Partille Cup.

In anticipation of official acceptance to 2012 IHF Solidarity Program and Partille Cup to be hosted in Goteborg, Sweden, June 24 through July 8, the USA Team Handball has announced search for aspiring and eligible athletes, boys and girls born primarily in 
1996 or younger as this is a target age stipulated by the International Handball Federation. 

Players born in 1995 and 1994 can still apply but their inclusion in 2012 edition will depend on availability of roster spots.  

USA Team Handball may conduct formal tryouts/evaluations for both gender groups in various regional locations.  

Recently nominated USATH Lead Coaches and Assistants, will work with local/regional team/club coaches to make sure that all interested players receive fair chance of making the teams. Players are strongly advised to contact directly the following coaches for priority consideration until May 1, 2012:

Boys Lead Coach – Attila Agoston

Boys Assistant Coach – Malgorzata Gunka

Girls Lead Coach – Julio Sainz

Girls Assistant Coach – Sonja Hansen

Prior to selection and nomination to the team(s), players will be required to confirm possession of valid US passport for travel and send a deposit of $800 towards RT airfare and personal training gear with the balance due no later than May 25, 2012.    

All other ground expenses, except for incidentals, will be covered by the IHF grant and the USATH.

If there are more quality players identified and committed to travel than roster spots available (16 per gender), we are prepared to send additional team(s).  However, members of those extra teams will have to pay additional $500 to participate per host’s pricing guidelines.

The search for the referee delegate, to accompany USATH delegation and officiate Partille Cup games, has been extended through March 23, 2012. Individuals interested in traveling to Partille should email  Selected candidate must become USATH certified official prior to the event and be approved by the National Refereeing Committee.