USA Team Handball Open Championships headed to York


For the second consecutive year, York will play host to the USA Team Handball Open Championships.


The event, scheduled for May 13-15 at the York Expo Center, is the nation's largest domestic team handball tournament, with more than 1,500 athletes, spectators and coaches expected to attend. The event is estimated to provide York with a nearly $400,000 economic jolt, according to the York County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

There are 31 teams set to compete this year, traveling from Chicago, California and even Europe to compete in the three divisions — Men's Elite, Men's Open and Women's Open. All three 2015 champions will return to defend their titles, while teams from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Air Force Academy will also participate.

It is the second straight year that York will play host to the event.

Team handball is an Olympic sport that combines elements of soccer, basketball, water polo and hockey.

Along with the chance to watch the elite competition, anyone ages 10-17 will will have the chance to try team handball from noon until 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at the Utz Arena. The clinic will be led by Craig Rot, coach of the national youth, junior and deaf adult teams. The clinic will cost $20 per athlete.

The event was brought to the area through the YCCVB's Sport York initiative.

Other events coming to York: Aside from the team handball championships, two other events will be making their way toward York in the upcoming months.

From June 3-5, the annual Street Rod Nationals East Plus will also be at the York Expo Center. Then, two weeks later, the 2016 Cadet Duals National Championships wrestling tournament will also be held at the York Expo Center.

The YCCVB is seeking volunteers for all three events.

Scorekeepers and timekeepers are needed for the handball championships, as well as floor cleaners. Training for volunteers will be held Thursday, May 12.

Volunteers for registration and a Ladies Tea are needed for the street rod nationals, and cameramen and ticket takers are needed for the wrestling tournament.

Those interested in volunteering should contact Joe Bleacher at (717) 852-9675, ext. 111, or at He is the special events coordinator for the YCCVB.