College Club National Championships

Feb. 20, 2013, 11:19 a.m. (ET)

Four weeks remain for clubs to register for the 2013 College Club National Championships taking place April 19-21 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Team representatives and managers are strongly encouraged to review information listed below to ensure timely registration by March 20. Individual players looking to be invited to National Team Tryouts should also read the information packet for full details. 

The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) will be USA Team Handball in conjunction with the Carolina Handball Club as a co-host. Target participation is ten men's teams and eight women's teams. High school teams may be entered in college divisions. Non-collegiate teams/clubs are encouraged to participate but cannot claim collegiate titles.

College Nationals Eligibility Standards

Player Information Card

Team Entry Form

COMPETITION DATES: April 19, 20 & 21

COMPETITION VENUE: Competitions will take place in Fetzer Hall, located at 101 Student Recreation Center CB #8610 at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

HOTELS: The following hotels serve as our hotel partners for the event. Make your reservation today by calling the hotels directly and asking for the Team Handball block. The block will remain open at a discounted rate until April 2.

Quality Inn - Headquarters Hotel ($69/nt. plus tax, non-smoking, breakfast, 919-968-3000)

1740 North Fordham Boulevard

Chapel Hill, NC 27514 

University Inn - $(69.95/nt plus tax, non-smoking, no breakfast, 9191-929-2171)

1301 North Fordham Boulevard

Chapel Hill, NC 27514 

CONCESSIONS: To be managed by Carolina HC members.

AIR TRAVEL: For those traveling by air, Raleigh-Durham International Airport ( is located less than 15 miles or 25 minutes from downtown Chapel Hill and the competition venue. Taxis and airport shuttles are available for quick transportation to the hotel. 

As United Airlines is the official airline of USA Team Handball, feel free to use the United Airlines Olympic Desk at 1-800-841-0460 or For preferred rates use promotional code ZNXZ and agreement code 613087.

GROUND TRANSPORTATION: Although both hotels are approximately 10 minutes driving distance from the competition venue, your team will most likely need to have your own cars/vans/bus

ANTI-DOPING: This event will be subject to Doping Control Procedures as administered by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Therefore, all players may be subject to random testing procedures, similar to those experienced in past years. Please remember that Doping Control Testing (conducted by the USADA) may take place after the medal rounds/finals on Sunday. Please book your flights and transportation accordingly. 

TECHNICAL MEETING: There will be a Technical Meeting at 3:00 p.m., Friday, April 19 at the Fetzer Hall (meeting room TBA).  It is mandatory that each team has a representative present at this meeting to coordinate final rules and details for this event, including uniforms’ colors for first matches.   Failure to send a representative will result in forfeiture of your Performance Bond.   Missing the roll call of all registered clubs at the beginning of the meeting will constitute a formal absence and forfeiture of your bond.   There will be no exceptions.   Detailed agenda will be emailed to your club’s registered representative. 

COMPETITION FORMAT: The 2013 USATH College Championships will be contested according to procedures outlined in the USATH Rule Book, Article IX, Section 7.

Based on the number of teams registered for both Divisions and their respective roster strength, the Competition Committee reserves the right to make the decision of ranking, seeding, drawing or any other way to place teams in Pools A and B at the later date but no later than seven days prior to the first day of the College National Championships.

MEN’S FORMAT: The first 6 teams that register and pay their participation fees in full by March 1shall be guaranteed entry into the tournament.  Other teams will be accepted on a space-available basis.  We are preparing formats based on 6-12 teams.  The goal is to have four to six games per team, with one/two on Friday, two or three on Saturday and one on Sunday.  The final brackets/format will be released at least one week prior to the start of the competition.   All teams need to be in Chapel Hill by 3 pm on Friday and prepared to play as early as 4 pm on Friday

WOMEN’S FORMAT: The first 4 teams that register and pay their participation fees in full by March 1 shall be guaranteed entry into the tournament.  Other teams will be accepted on a space-available basis. The goal is to have four/five games per team, with one on Friday, two/three on Saturday and one on Sunday.  The final brackets/format will be released at least one week prior to the start of the competition.   All teams need to be in Chapel Hill by 3 pm on Friday and prepared to play as early as 4 pm on Friday. 

TABLE OFFICIALS: Carolina HC will try to have local High Schools’ students or other volunteers to serve for table duty for any given match.  If volunteers are not available for any given match, the backup plan will be that each team provides one player or coach or staff member for the game following their game.  Should only one player be needed for table duty following a game, the individual who will serve in that capacity will come from the winning team.   This will be covered during Technical Meeting.  Failure to satisfy a table duty assignment will result in forfeiture of your Performance Bond.             

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:  Please read it carefully as the registration process has changed this year:

  1. 1. The registration/participation fee for this event will be $300.   
  2. 2. The fee (payable via check made to USATH) is due in full to confirm your participation in the tournament.  Postmarked deadline is March 20, after which time payment of $200 LATE FEE in full will be required, if space is still available. 
  3. 3. A refundable Performance Bond of $250 and Sportsmanship Bond of $250 have to accompany the participation fee and be sent to the address listed below. Both bonds will be kept in escrow and returned back to the team if no team member or team official is disqualified (with the exception of a third “yellow card”) or excluded for unsporting conduct and/or verbal/physical assault or found guilty of any other violation(s).   Please refer to the Tournament Sanctioning Guide and USATH Competition Rulebook for all details. 
  4. 4. Please submit two SEPARATE checks for your Performance Bond ($250) and your Sportsmanship Bond ($250).  Please make checks payable to USA Team Handball.
  5. 5. You will be required to submit a PRELIMINARY ROSTER as part of your event’s registration. Please ensure it is as accurate as possible.   Follow the link for the roster template (insert the link)
  6. 6. Please mail items listed in points 1 (participation fee), 3 (two bonds), 5 (roster), no later than March 20, to:

Mariusz Wartalowicz 

811 Barton Dr,

Oswego, IL 60543


The $250 Performance Bond and $250 Sportsmanship Bond will be returned to teams who comply with all rules, regulations and procedures of the 2013 College National Championships no later than two weeks after the event.

WITHDRAWAL:  SHOULD YOU NEED TO WITHDRAW FOR WHATEVER REASON, MAKE SURE THAT YOU NOTIFY Mariusz Wartalowicz by PHONE: (630) 392-9221 and send a follow-up email to:   However, once you register your participation fee becomes non-refundable. 

FORMS:  All USATH athlete/coach/referee individual as well as team/club membership registration and dues must be completed and paid on-line through AllPlayers at

If a participant is under 18 years of age, parents or legal guardians must sign off on all forms.   A coach or team official is NOT permitted to assume this authority for the under age athlete. This policy will be strictly enforced!

Onsite individual or team registration will not be available or accepted in 2013.

USA TEAM HANDBALL NATIONAL TEAM TRYOUTS: The tournament and special tryout session (date/time TBA), led by National Team Head Coach Javier Garcia Cuesta or other member of the National team Selection Committee, will serve as an official tryout for players interested in inclusion in our National Team Pool(s).   Candidates  should review information provided at, fill out Player Information Card (see attachment) and email it to no later than April 10, 2013.   Only those who will do so will be permitted to tryout and evaluated during the competition.      

ROSTERS: A preliminary roster form is required at registration, via email, no later than March 20. (Template blank roster form is included/linked here (insert link). This will allow for the Competition Committee to begin reviewing for relative roster strength, preparing match report files, and cross-checking USATH membership database.  Final rosters are due at the Technical Meeting. NO CHANGES may be made to rosters after the Technical Meeting at 3:00 PM on Friday, April 19, 2013.


Each team can bring a maximum of 16 players per team to compete in the championships. 

A maximum of 16 players may play in each game and sit, dressed in team’s uniforms, on the bench plus up to four (4) officials who also must be listed in the match report.   

Minimum roster to participate as a Team: 10 players including a goalkeeper.

No player will be allowed to compete until clearance from USA Team Handball Technical Director or designee during Technical Meeting.  His/her decision is final and not subject to any appeals.    Participation of any ineligible player(s) in any game will result in the entire team’s immediate disqualification from the Championships.

ELIGIBILITY: All teams participating in the 2013 College National Championships must adhere strictly to all rules set forth in the USATH Competition Rulebook. Specifically, all individual players and clubs must be registered/paid members of USA Team Handball and meet additional 2013 USATH College National Championships Eligibility Standards (insert link).     

A player can only play for one team throughout the Championships.  Divisions will be gender specific – meaning no females can play in any of the male divisions and no males can play in the female division.

UNIFORMS:  All teams must follow IHF rules regarding uniforms.  Failure to do so shall result in forfeiture of Performance Bond.  Make sure that you become familiar with all related official rules and pay special attention to the following:

Rule 4:7 – All the court players on a team must wear identical uniforms.   The combinations of colors and design for the two teams must be clearly distinguishable from each other. All players used in the goalkeeper position on a team must wear the same color, a color that distinguishes them from the court players of both teams and the goalkeeper(s) of the opposing team (17:3).

Note: Identical means identical including uniforms’ fabrics, color, shade, pattern, brand, etc.   We will fully enforce this detail.


Rule 4:8 – The players must wear numbers that are at least 20cm high in the back of the shirt and at least 10cm in the front. The numbers used are generally from 1-20 but new rules allow for numbers from 1-99. The color of the numbers must contrast clearly with the color and design of the shirt.

Note: No numbers can be drawn or taped to the uniforms.   Any and all violations of uniforms standards will be a Performance Bond issue and will result in forfeiture of your $250 bond. 

TICKETS: General admission is free for all guests, friends and family.  

VOLUNTEERS: Individuals interested in participating as volunteers throughout the weekend are encouraged to register by sending email to   Volunteers will receive the official USATH t-shirt and an official written confirmation of hours worked and duties performed.

FINAL NOTES: Please make plans to join us for a social hour following the completion of all competition on Saturday night.  Details shall be announced shortly.

The USA Team Handball is the rights holder for all marketing, sponsorship and broadcasting related to the 2013 USA National Championships.  Please be advised that this event may be televised – and teams may be asked to make accommodations for television.

There are special incentives available exclusively for new collegiate and HS women’s programs established that would enter teams into the 2013 Championships.   Please contact USATH Technical Director at for full details. 


Sponsorship opportunities are also available.    Please contact USATH CEO - Matt Van Houten at for more information.