Beach Handball Committee Announces Championships

Feb. 14, 2014, 1:01 p.m. (ET)

The following article was written by Dede Piankova of Beach Handball.

First Annual American Open Beach Handball Championship in Gulf Shores, Alabama, April 24-27, 2014

USA Beach Handball Committee, with tremendous support from Dr. Thomas Rosandich, city officials in Gulf Shores, and the equipment grant from the International Handball Federation, were able to plan and organize the first annual American Open Beach Handball Championship (AOBHC) in Gulf Shores, Alabama, April 24-27, 2014.

During the AOBHC, they are holding the second IHF Beach Handball Masters Course and Certification for Coaches, Referees and Delegates. Once again the IHF is sending their best beach handball experts/lecturers:

1) Luiz Filipe, Chairman of the Pan Am Beach Handball Working Group, and
2) Burak Tazcan, Member of the IHF Beach Handball Working Group.

The cost for the course is $50.

This first annual American Open Beach Handball Championship is OPEN TO EVERYONE and is the start of a wonderful new legacy for Beach Handball in the USA.

The mayor of Gulf Shores is sponsoring the medals and trophies for all three divisions: Mens, Women and Youth.  He is also contributing a special Gulf Shores Mayors Cup, which he will personally present to the champions.  After the event is over, the Mayors Cup will be displayed on a pedestal in the City Hall with the names of the three winning teams.

The Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Sports Commission is providing monetary awards for the Women and the Men divisions:
First Place:      $1000
Second Place:  $500  
Third Place:     $250                                   
AOBHC has a corporate sponsor for one hour of TV coverage for the final games to be broadcast on CBS.

Registration fee for a team is $100.

For more information and registration please e-mail

or call her at 707-295-7191.