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Youth Handball Shines In Bay Area With 4th Edition Of California Cup Taking Place This Weekend

Nov. 13, 2019, 12 p.m. (ET)

Youth California Cup
The California Cup will feature five high school teams on Saturday and six middle school teams on Sunday. 

Northern California continues to stand out as a stronghold for youth handball in the United States, which is evident through its fourth edition of the Youth California Cup.

The tournament is hosted by San Francisco CalHeat Team Handball Club, and will take place at Centerville Junior High School Gym in Fremont, California.

The California Cup will feature five high school teams playing on Saturday in a round robin format, and six middle school teams playing Sunday in two groups of three, followed by semi-final and final rounds.

“The event has grown a lot, especially from last year to this year. This year, the competition is stronger than in previous years,” said event organizer Martin Bilello, who has been involved with the tournament since its first edition in 2016.


“I think a lot of the growth is thanks to the kids that went to Sweden and Canada to compete in handball competitions there. You see those kids participate in these tournaments at a higher level, and that is increasing the levels of participation and quality of play.”

Students from Leland High School competed recently in the Partille Cup, the largest youth handball tournament in the world, in Gothanburg, Sweden. Thomas Schumake took the lone American team to the event, which featured over 24,000 athletes from 90 countries.

Similarly, students from Stern School participated in the Canadian Youth Nationals tournament last summer, which also exposed them to international competition.

Bilello has been heavily involved in the tournament since the first edition in 2016, when there were only four high school teams participating. Although the teams are currently all from the Bay Area, he hopes to someday see teams from southern California participate as well.

“We've been reaching out to people in Los Angeles and San Diego to bring them here for the tournament,” Bilello said. “For sure, we’re very open to having other teams from California come up here and compete with our schools. That's a long-term goal, for sure.”

The event is free and open to the public. San Francisco CalHeat Team Handball Club will be live-streaming the matches on their Facebook page.

Youth Team Handball High School League

-Leland Chargers

-Sterne School Dolphins

-San Francisco TH

-Pioneer Mustangs

-SF CalHeat Youth


League information/results here.

Youth Team Handball Middle School League

-Bret Harte

-Castillero Cobras

-Sterne School Dolphins

-Stanbridge Academy Bulldogs

-Castillero Cobras 2

-San Francisco TH


League information/results here.