USA Team Handball's 2020 Open National Championships To Be Postponed

March 17, 2020, 8:50 p.m. (ET)

NOTE: USA Team Handball's 2020 Open National Championships have been postponed (as of March 17). Please see below for initial event information and a statement from USA Team Handball CEO Barry Siff: 

Dear USA Team Handball community,

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, and to protect the health and safety of our community, we will be postponing USA Team Handball’s Open National Championship event, which was scheduled to be held May 8-10 in Detroit, Michigan.

Considering how important this annual event is to our community and our sport, this was certainly not an easy decision to make. I have been in discussions over the past week with a dedicated working group of members from our community, and we unanimously agreed that the safety and health of our athletes, clubs and teams is paramount.

Moreover, with the current situation necessitating people stay quarantined in their homes and the CDC’s recommendation to limit gatherings to 10 people or less, we did not feel it would be possible to put on a high-quality, competitive Nationals with teams unable to train, travel or leave their homes during this time.

We are hopeful that we will find a later date for Nationals, once the situation allows, and we have enough lead time for teams and event organizers alike to prepare. In the event that we have confirmed a new date for Open Nationals, an update will be posted online and widely distributed as soon as possible. We will be sure to keep you informed along the way, and we appreciate your understanding and patience as we navigate the challenges this outbreak has presented.

Wishing all of you and your loved ones good health. Handball will be back, but for now, please be safe and smart as we work together to get through this.


Barry Siff
CEO, USA Team Handball



USA Team Handball's 2020 Open National Championships will take place in Detroit, Michigan from May 8-10, at the TCF Convention Center. We look forward to seeing you there! 

For more information on registration and the event in general, please review the following documents:

The 2020 Open National Championships Registration Letter can be found here.

Rules and regulations on equipment from the International Handball Federation can be found here.

The USA Team Handball Rule Book can be found here.

*NOTE: The event page for USATH's 2020 Open National Championships is not yet online on our membership platform, Sport:80, but will be online in the near future. Thank you for your patience!


Please email with any questions or concerns regarding the 2020 Open National Championships.