Youth Pilot Program Launches in Twin Cities

Feb. 15, 2013, 12:33 p.m. (ET)

ST.PAUL, Minn. - The Mini-Handball pilot program launched last week at L’Etoile Du Nord French Immersion School in St. Paul, MN, with more than 40 kids taking part in the Wednesday (grades 4-6) and the Thursday (grades 1-3) programs. 

The 10-week pilot is being run by Craig Rot as a graduate research project in Kinesiology (Sports management) at University of Minnesota under the supervision of Professor Lisa Kihl, PhD, with the intention of creating a program with guidebook and supplemental materials that provides a comprehensive, yet easy to follow coaching plan for volunteers, teachers, administrators and coaches.

Designed both to be cost-effective and to require minimal Federation oversight, After-School Mini-handball will get kids doing what they do best, running, jumping, throwing and catching, and will do it in a fun manner that teaches them the fundamental skills of the sport, while taking away most of the guesswork administrators and sport managers experience in offering handball-related programming. 

This program will not only be flexible, meaning it can be run indoors and outdoors, and with minimal resources, but it will be adaptable, too, converting easily into Parks & Recs offerings, PE classes, or even weekend or summer festivals.

After-School Mini-Handball will run in conjunction with the USATH Mini-Handball membership program, which for $7 kids receive their very own handballs, and access to a Youth Handball Website (currently under construction), where members can create and post fun games they design around their handballs (in categories like Me & My Ball, Me & My friends, and Us & Others) and then vote in support of their favorite games. This interactive experience will offer kids a means to further their skills development, while providing kid-focused content about the sport of Team Handball, too.

If you have any questions regarding the Mini-Handball program, you can contact Craig Rot at