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USA Team Handball

Club Nationals Announce Wild Card Format

March 07, 2013, 12:04 p.m. (ET)

The USATH Competition Committee has determined there will be five (5) 'Wild Card' slots available for the Men's Elite Division during the 2013 Club National Championships in Reno, Nevada on May 17-19. The first five automatic bids will be awarded to NYC THC as reigning 2012 Champions, the top two (2) teams from West Regional Qualifier that will take place March 16-17 in Fremont, Calif., and the top two teams from the Northeast Handball League, which is still in season.

The Wild Card(s), per USATH Rule Book (Article IX, Section 1) will be distributed based on total number of points earned (by place finished) via participation in USATH sanctioned regional tournaments including regional qualifiers.   Participating teams will earn points based on scales, listed below, awarding proportional number of points depending on the size of the tournament.

Teams eligible for those five wild cards will be released next week. Should a team decline to attend or compete in the elite division during the Club National Championships, the next highest ranked team in the qualification process from the respective region will be awarded the bid. 

Should there not be enough teams to accept bids to compete in the Elite Division, the Competition Committee reserves the right to either decrease the total number of teams in the Elite Division or invite teams from the Open division to move up. 

All Regional Qualifications must end at least 30 days prior to the opening day of the USATH Club National Championships which for 2013 falls on April 17th."

To view current standings, as of March 8, click here.

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