The first ever Big Apple Team Handball (http://www.usateamhandball.org) Tournament will be held on January 2nd through the 3rd and will feature US National Club champions, New York City Team Handball, in a game against a star-studded cast of European professionals. The six-team tournament will feature five of Germany’s top professional teams and is being held in the US to build awareness of the sport.
Team handball, as it’s known in the US, is played in 159 nations by 39 million people. It is an Olympic sport which bares more in common with soccer and basketball than American handball. Teams of seven players play two 30 minutes halves and attempt to get a ball, about 8″ in diameter, past a goalkeeper. Games often score into the 30s.
Games will be played on a custom “ShockTower” surface by SnapSports, the official flooring provider for USA Team Handball. SnapSports will install a 9,176 square foot court 2 days before the tournament. The event, to be held at Park West High School in Manhattan, will consist of two-day tournament capped by an all-star game featuring Germany’s best players against the US National champions.