2017 College Nationals

Chapel Hill

April 21 - Feb. 23, 2017


2017 College National Championships

 April 21 - 23 @ UNC

The 2017 College National Championships (CNC) will take place at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from April 21 - 23. We have already received a significant number of teams confirming their participation and it is still possible that we will exceed the record number of teams that entered the 2016 CNC. At the 2015 CNC we inaugurated a men’s all-star demonstration match that was well received.  The plan is to continue that event.  This also serves as a means for selected players to be seen in a focused event for recruiting possibilities for the National Team.

The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) shall be USA Team Handball in conjunction with the UNC - CH Team Handball Club. Long time player & coach for UNC - CH, and former NT player, Wade Sutton has agreed to serve as the Competition Director.


COMPETITION DATES: April 21, 22, & 23, 2017

COMPETITION VENUE: We will conduct competition in the Fetzer Gym Complex on campus at the UNC - CH.

CONCESSIONS: Concessions will not be available at the venue but there are several options close to the venue for food, drinks and snacks.

AIR TRAVEL: For those traveling by air, the most convenient airport is Raleigh/Durham Airport, which is located about 15 miles from UNC - CH campus.

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 www.united.com. For preferred rates use the promotional code UO42 (that is letters UO and numbers 42).

HOTEL INFORMATION: The 2017 CNC Host Hotel is the Quality Inn in Chapel Hill located at 1740 North Fordham Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC, 27514. We are in the process of setting up a block of rooms and once that has been done more information will be provided.  This is a Stay to Play Event so you MUST book your rooms at the host hotel.  There is also free breakfast provided at the hotel.  Coaches, please e-mail Wade Sutton at unchandball@gmail.com or text him at 919 280 3150 once you book your rooms at the hotel so we can keep track.  You must call 919 968 3000 and ask for the Group Name “Team Handball Championships” to get put in this block and get the discounted rate.


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 during the Open Club Championships. 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. Doping Control has become a focal point for all sports in the USA and we need to be compliant with the demands of this important matter.

TECHNICAL MEETING: There will be a Technical Meeting at 3:00 PM, Friday, April 21 at Fetzer Gym (room TBD). It is mandatory that each team has at least one (1) representative present at this meeting to coordinate final rules and details for this event, including uniform 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 each club representative about a week before the event.

COMPETITION FORMAT: The 2017 USATH CNC will be contested according to procedures outlined in the USATH Rule Book http://www.teamusa.org/USA- Team-Handball/Resources/Clubs/USATH-Competition-Rulebook, Article IX, Section 7.  We understand that certain rules will change as mandated by the IHF on July 1 of 2016, and these new rules will be applied for the 2017 CNC.

Based on the number of teams registered for both Men’s and Women’s Divisions and their respective relative roster strength, results of matches played in the fall and winter seasons and the results of the 2016 CNC, the Competition Committee reserves the right to make the decision on ranking, seeding, drawing or any other way to place teams in appropriate preliminary pools at a date no later than 7 days prior to the first day of the 2017 CNC.

MENʼS FORMAT: To be determined based upon the final number of entered teams. Teams should be prepared to play by 4 pm on the afternoon of April 21. Every attempt will be made to complete the finals by early afternoon on April 23.  Again, plan accordingly for possible anti-doping procedures if selected.

WOMENʼS FORMAT: We will make exceptions for women’s teams in order to make for a more realistic tournament.  In other words we anticipate UNC - CH to field a team, along with two teams from West Point.  In order to field a fourth team we may allow players from Ohio State, Texas A&M and perhaps others to come together to form this team.  West Point and UNC - CH have already agreed to this format on the basis of the need to nurture women’s activity within the collegiate setting. Teams should be prepared to play by 4 pm on the afternoon of April 22.

TABLE OFFICIALS: The UNC - CH Team Handball Club will be responsible for staffing table officials (timekeeper and scorekeeper) for the first match of the day. If volunteers are not available after 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 the 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. The registration/participation fee for this event will be $450. Make the check payable to USATH, 1 Olympic Plaza, Colorado Springs, CO, 80909.
  2. The fee (payable via check made to USATH) is due in full to confirm your participation in the tournament. Postmarked deadline is April 1, 2017 after which time payment of a $200 LATE FEE in full will be required, if space is still available.
  3. A refundable Performance Bond of $250 and Discipline Bond of $250 (separate checks) will be accepted at the Technical Meeting. Both bonds will be kept in escrow and returned back to the team (or destroyed upon request) after the event. Red Cards awarded for the third two minute suspension are normally not subject to review.  However, if a team member or team official is disqualified or excluded for unsporting conduct and/or verbal/physical assault or found guilty of any other serious violation(s) this may result in a written report by the referees and a review by the Disciplinary Committee. Please refer to the Tournament Sanctioning Guide and USATH Competition Rulebook for all details.
  4. Please submit two SEPARATE checks, one for your Performance Bond ($250) and another for your Sportsmanship Bond ($250). They are due at the Technical Meeting. Please make checks payable to USA Team Handball.

A PRELIMINARY ROSTER is required as part of your event registration. Please ensure it is as accurate as possible.


WITHDRAWAL: SHOULD YOU NEED TO WITHDRAW FOR WHATEVER REASON, MAKE SURE THAT YOU NOTIFY Wade Sutton by PHONE: (919) 280 3150 and send a follow-up email to: unchandball@gmail.com. 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 TopScore. This is a new on-line membership platform that promises to be more user friendly and provide more reporting avenues than USATH had access to previously.

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 underage athlete. This policy will be strictly enforced!

Onsite individual or team registration will not be available or accepted in 2017.

ALL STAR Game and USA TEAM HANDBALL NATIONAL TEAM TRYOUTS: The last game on Saturday evening will be an ALL- Star Game. 24 players will be selected by a small committee and they will be placed into two teams. These All-Star teams will compete in a game of 2 x 20” against one another. This will be considered as an honor recognition and no one will be forced to play should they decline.

The tournament will serve as an official tryout for players interested in our National Teams (Junior and Senior). Depending on their availability we anticipate having members of the National Team Selection Committee present to observe the competition and screen new talent.

ROSTERS: A preliminary roster form is required to complete registration, via email, no later than April 1. (Template blank roster form and Waiver and Release forms will be sent to teams that officially enter by the deadline. 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 21, 2017.

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 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. Exceptions may be made to accommodate the women’s division.

No player will be allowed to compete until clearance from USA Team Handball Membership 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 being immediately disqualified from the CNC.

ELIGIBILITY: All teams participating in the 2017 CNC 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 2014 USATH CNC Eligibility Standards. A player can only play for one team throughout the CNC.  Exceptions may be made to accommodate the women’s division. Divisions will be gender specific – meaning no females can play in any of the male division teams 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 uniform’s fabrics, color, shade, pattern, and brand. 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: Entry to the matches will be free and there will be spectator areas in each gym.


VOLUNTEERS: Individuals interested in participating as volunteers throughout the weekend are encouraged to register by sending email to wade_sutton@yahoo.com

Stickum / Resin:  Stickum will not be allowed in either gym – balls will be provided by USATH (SELECT).  Warm up balls will be provided for each team and they may be accessed from the Officials Table.  Leave any balls that may have residual stickum on them at home.  This is a Performance Bond issue and will be enforced.

FINAL NOTES: We are tentatively planning for a social hour after the Saturday competition (site to be determined). We assume that this will be a public establishment. Details shall be announced shortly.

USA Team Handball is the rights holder for all marketing, sponsorship and broadcasting related to the 2017 USA CNC. Please be advised that we are planning for live streaming on Saturday and Sunday – and teams may be asked to make accommodations for this aspect of the competition.  We are also planning to have volunteers serve as color commentators and perhaps staff static cameras in assisting the streaming crew.  We will set up sign-up sheets as needed!  Don’t be bashful!

Overall, there are significant expenses that go into the staging of an event like this; facilities, referees, streaming, athletic trainers, etc.  In order to keep entry fees as low as possible, we would like to involve as many referees from the teams to join the pool of referees we are planning to engage.  In this fashion we will be stimulating the pool of college playing referees and they get a chance to possibly work with experienced referees.  Referees will receive a match fee per matches worked according to USATH guidelines. Players who have been certified, coaches and team officials are invited to join this pool for possible assignments.  Please indicate who on your roster of players, coaches and officials would like to added to the referee pool for possible assignments.

Additional information will be forwarded to you as it becomes available.  A blank roster form, Waiver & Release form and on-line membership registration information will follow in due time.

Thanks in advance for you attention to the details of this competition notice document. We look forward to your involvement in the next evolution of our CNC!