Second Round of Residency Tryouts Prove Successful

Dec. 12, 2013, 9:59 a.m. (ET)
USA Team Handball
National Team Office
114 Kinesiology Building
301 Wire Road
Auburn, AL, 36849-5323
Phone: 334-844-1943

December 12, 2013
For Immediate Release
By Christopher Morgan

Successful Tryout For Both USA Team Handball and Athletes

AUBURN, AL -- The USA Team Handball Federation held open tryouts last weekend at the Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum on the campus of Auburn University.

The purpose of these tryouts was to identify potential high caliber athletes to enter into a training pool that will someday represent the United States during international competition. Some athletes had a few years of playing handball under their belts whereas for most of the athletes, it was their first time ever picking up a handball.

The twelve men and six women that showed up to tryout joined the current national team players currently participating in the USA Team Handball Residency Program, also hosted by Auburn University, in two practice sessions per gender.

"It was great having fresh faces and talent on the court as well as seeing a variety of different shots," said current National Team goalie, Gabe Goudreau.

Another current player, Chris Morgan, said, "This was a great opportunity for the federation to see the diverse amount of talent that is being produced in this region."

Both athletes also mentioned how nice it was to have a few left-handed athletes trying out.

"Handball is a lot like hockey where in some position it helps when you have lefties playing," Goudreau explained.

The coaches were so thrilled with a few local athletes that one is already suiting up for practice.

"We will have tryouts at least every two months in order to locate more blue-chip athletes," Women's National Team Coach Christian Latulippe said. "The objectives is to complete a full squad of approximately 21 high talented men and women as soon as possible. The next tryouts we have planned are scheduled for January 25 and March 15."

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