USATH will host Mens Youth and Junior North American Caribbean Zone Championships

Feb. 05, 2018, 4 p.m. (ET)

USA Team Handball will host the 2018 Men’s IHF Trophy Cup Men’s Youth and Junior North American & Caribbean Zone Championships at Lifezone 360 Facility in West Dundee, IL from Monday, May 7, 2018 through Saturday, May 12, 2018.


Since 2008, the International Handball Federation (IHF) has organized the IHF Trophy for emerging team handball nations to compete against other nations where team handball is in a developing stage. IHF covers all of the organization and transportation expenses for the tournaments across all continents to promote handball and find the “world champion of smaller handball nations.”


The newly redesigned IHF Trophy will include two age categories Junior (born on or after January 1, 1998) and Youth (born on or after January 1, 2000), and the best teams from both categories will advance to the Continental Phase, to be held later this year. The winner of the IHF Trophy InterContinental Junior Championships earns an automatic qualifier to the 2019 IHF Men’s Junior World Championships in Spain next summer.


The USATH Men’s Junior National Team won both the North American & Caribbean and Pan American IHF Trophy championships last year, qualifying for the InterContinental phase; however, at this time, the tournament was postponed due to the host cancelling the final stage, and its status is presently unknown.


Countries in our zone include Barbados, Canada, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Martinique, and United States of America, however, the final teams for each category will be decided in the future.


Evaluation dates have now been set, and interested athletes are encouraged to follow the below dates for more information:


  • USATH North Regional Training Camp. February 10 - 11. Lifezone 360, West Dundee, IL. 999 W. Main Street, West Dundee, IL. To attend this event, please contact Craig Rot at 847-651-0913, or craig@usateamhandball.org.

  • Auburn University. February 23, from 5:30 - 8:00 PM. Beard-Eaves-Memorial-Coliseum. Coliseum Dr., Auburn University, AL 36849. To attend this event, please contact Mark Ortega at 334-444-1484, or mark@usateamhandball.org.

  • West Regional Evaluation Camp. February 24, from 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM. Centerville Junior High Gym, 37720 Fremont Blvd, Fremont, CA 94536. To attend this event, please contact Martin Bilello at martin.bilello@gmail.com.

  • For players unable to attend Youth National Team evaluations, please contact Craig Rot at craig@usateamhandball.org.

  • For players unable to attend Junior National Team evaluations, please contact Mark Ortega at Mark@usateamhandball.org.