CalHeat Exuding Confidence Leading up to Open Championships
By: Sven Mayer (Club Vice President) and the San Francisco CalHeat Team Handball Club

San Francisco CalHeat has a great tradition of team handball and is one of the oldest established team handball clubs in the United States. SF CalHeat is also a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

The Men's Team has competed in almost every USA Team Handball National Championship tournament and won the championship in 1984-86 and 1990, while placing second in 1987, and third in 1996, 2001, and 2002.

The Women's Team has won the National Championship in 2003 and 2006, while placing second in 1997, 1998, 2004, and 2005, and third in 1995 and 1996.

Several U.S. handball Olympians and former U.S. National Handball Team members have played for CalHeat. Many players from all over the world, such as France, Germany, Croatia, Australia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Serbia, Bosnia, Austria, Mexico, and Brazil have played for CalHeat as well.

SF CalHeat is also very involved in the development of youth team handball players by supporting the Centerville Jr. High Team Handball club with coaching and grooming future Team USA team handball players.

The California Cup, the oldest team handball tournament on the West Coast, is also hosted annually by SF CalHeat. Teams from Canada and Mexico, and even as far as Japan participate each year, and compete to claim the trophy. Even though the CalHeat Men’s Team did not win the trophy for the last two years, the home squad has won the trophy a record six times so far (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2013).

This season, CalHeat's Men competed in three major tournaments—the 2014 B.C. Handball Cup in November (Richmond, British Columbia), 2015 California Cup in January (Fremont, Calif.), and the 2015 CPT Scott Pace Memorial Tournament in March (West Point, N.Y.). The CalHeat Women competed in the 2015 California Cup and the 2015 Select Big Four Tournament in April (Torrance, Calif.). 

The Men’s Team was able to win the 2014 BC Handball Cup against strong competition from Canada early in the season and then placed third at the California Cup and seventh at the CPT Scott Pace Memorial tournament. Recently they also managed to defeat the archrival Los Angeles THC on their home turf in an official exhibition game during the Women’s Big Four Tournament. 

Therefore the Men’s Team feels very confident and well prepared to compete at the highest level at the upcoming Open Championships in York. They might even be very well capable to challenge some of the long-standing favorites from New York and Chicago. 
At the same time, the CalHeat Women’s Team won the 2015 California Cup pretty convincingly and dominantly, and certainly must be seen as one of the favorites to win the 2015 USATH Open Championship.
"I've been playing for SF CalHeat for 15 years,” says Men’s Team Captain Jean-Marc Junique Froloff, “haven't missed one U.S. National [Championship], and I can tell that this year, SF CalHeat will have a very competitive team to send to the Men’s Elite Division. Same goes for our Women’s Team—they work hard, they play hard, and they are very competitive. I wish both of our teams the success they really deserve." 

Both CalHeat teams are already very eager to compete this year in York, particularly due to the record number of teams participating (35). As much as we wish our team good luck and all the success, we also want to wish all of the other teams well and hope that the best teams win. 

We also would like to thank USA Team Handball and the Local Organizing Committee in York, Pa. for offering the team handball community an opportunity to compete with so many different teams from all over the U.S. on such a high level for the 2015 USATH Championships. 

For more information about the San Francisco CalHeat Team Handball Club, visit the CalHeat websiteFacebook page, or contact them HERE.
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