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iHandball Announces Regional Developmental Pipeline to Cultivate Handball Talent, Expand MNT Athlete Pool

by USA Team Handball

iHandball, an Ohio-based handball program, has announced a developmental pipeline, structured to advance handball in the United States, and increase the number of athletes in the USA's men's national team pool.

The program, which is designed for athletes between the ages of 18 to 24, will begin with tryouts in Ohio and through those sessions, approximately 16 to 20 athletes will be selected to contine on in this highly advanced platform to enhance the skillset of American handball players. Tryouts will be held in two sessions: from December 8th-9th and December 9th-10th.

The age group that this programs targets put an emphasis on the upcoming Olympic Games in 2028 on home soil, set to be held in Los Angeles, with a priority to develop US-based athletes to the level necessary to compete on the international level and represent the United States.

With several colleges that have successful handball clubs already being in the region, the Midwest will be the location for the first developmental pipeline, with a hope to unveil more, in different locations, in the coming years.

Once the athletes are selected, they will commence a six-month training program, with practices being held twice a month, and focus on all facets of the sport, which are necessary to enhance the player's abilities on the court. The highlights of the program include a tournament at West Point and a trip to Norway next June, which will be accompanied by United States Men's National Team Head Coach Robert Hedin.

Hedin sees this prorgam as a huge step forward in the development of handball in the United States.

"After coaching the USA National Team for several years, it's truly exciting to witness the establishment of a high-level training ground for athletes in the USA, similar to what's seen in Europe," Hedin said. "This initiative holds promise in nurturing the development of future USA National Team players. I eagerly await the arrival of the USA Development players in June."

More information and registration link can be found here:

"This initiative holds promise in nurturing the development of future USA National Team players."
Robert Hedin, MNT Head Coach