2021/2022 DCD Board of Directors Announcement

DC Diplomats Board Election Announcement For the 2021-2022 Season 


Per Article V of the bylaws the members of the DC Diplomats are supposed to reelect several positions for the Board of Directors, which in return will serve as leadership functions for the club in the  upcoming year. This document is intended to provide members with an overview of the current  positions, the process of the election, as well as instructions for people who would like to be elected to  the board.  

The current team was elected in December 2019 after the leadership positions had been vacant for six months. Because of our season schedule it was decided to only elect the current team until the end of the 2019-2020 season and then go back to an annual rhythm.  

Current Board Positions 

As of today, the following positions on the board were filled / vacant and will be up for election for the  2021/2022 season. 

President – Vacant
Vice President – Thais Passetto
Secretary – Vacant
Treasurer – Vacant
Men’s Team Representative – Vincent Villeneuve (Team Election)
Women’ Team Representative – Thais Passetto (Board Election)

Election Process 

As of today, the board has six positions that are either vacant or up for reelection. They are marked in  the table above. All positions will get elected for one year. Due to the delay of the 2019/2020 season and the cancellation of the 2020/2021 season due to COVID-19. Because of this delay the election period for the new board will begin on September 6, 2021 and last until July 1, 2022.

Everyone who was a paying member of the DC Diplomats Team Handball Club at the end of the 2019- 2020 season will be eligible to vote and be elected. In addition, due to the delay in returning-to-play, any active participant for the 2021/22 season is eligible for election as well so long as said participant commits to participate with the organization for more than twelve (12) months. The election itself will consist of three main steps, of  which the first one will start with this email today. These steps are: 

Announcement of election and collection of applications 

Every member who would like to run for a board position needs to announce his/her application in  writing to me by no later than Monday, 20 September 2021. Each candidate should include some information about him/herself, including but not limited to:  

  • Hometown
  • Age
  • Length of history with DCD
  • Estimated commitment time with DCD
  • Main objectives for the upcoming year

Please note that you cannot sign up another person to be elected. If you have someone in mind to run for a board  position, please approach him/her directly and get her to apply. 

Announcement of Candidates 

On Wednesday, 22 September 2021, a list of candidates will be sent to all voting members. This will include the short description of each person and will give people one week to read  through and inform themselves.  


The election itself will take place online starting 24 September 2021 and closing 11:59:59 PM 30 September 2021. Since the board has different positions, the vote will be organized by position, which also enables people to run for a specific position only. The procedures will be explained again before the vote.  

After the vote, the current team will prepare a report of the election that will be shared with all members. The current team will also prepare the handover of responsibilities for each position to be  completed in time for the new team to assume responsibilities by 15 October 2021.

Bryan Cothorn


Getting Started?

For everyone reading this post after watching handball in the Summer Olympics and wanting to get started, welcome! This post will hopefully serve as a primer for all of your basic questions, and to get you involved with DC Diplomats Team Handball.


DC Diplomats (DCD) was founded in March 2001 to serve as a club and development program in the Washington, DC Metro Area. Over the past twenty years, hundreds of players has passed through our ranks from over sixty countries. Over the years, DCD has served as a second home for those from abroad, a USATH National Team player pool pipeline, and a vector for bringing trophies and medals back to the region.

In recent — pre-COVID — years, DCD’s Men’s team has won multiple tournaments, finished runners-up in the Northeast Team Handball League, and won the 2017 USATH Open Division National Championship. DCD’s Women has twice finished as runners-up in the Northeast Team Handball League and finished 3rd in the 2019 USATH National Championships. All of this occurred whilst having fun, traveling across the region, and contributing players to the Australian Men’s National Team and the USA Women’s National Team.


As we re-emerge from the pandemic, DCD is looking to bring in about 40 members for the 2021/2022 season. Our goal is to have a full men’s (20 players) and women’s (20 players) team to compete in the Northeast Team Handball League’s 1st Division, various tournaments in the Northeast, and the 2022 USA Team Handball National Championships.

If you are at least 16 years of age and ready to come to practice with an open mind, we’d love to have you.


We have two forms for you to complete before we can add you to our communications list. One is the Return-to-Play Registration Form which will give us an idea of your general area and when is best for us to schedule. The second form is the COVID-19 info form. Please complete these and then you’re good to go!

Continue reading Getting Started?

DC Diplomats 2020/2021 Season COVID-19 Survey

Hi everyone,

While we hope to resume our indoor training sessions later in the fall, our summer practice sessions will take place outdoors on grass, mostly on Sundays with some flexibility considering weather conditions. Do not forget to bring a face mask and water.

We would like everyone to keep in mind that many of our game locations over the course of the season may occur in venues which require a COVID-19 vaccination. To that end, we ask that everyone take precautions to participate in our events in a safe manner, and to provide a safe environment for each other. We would therefore like you to assist us in creating a safe environment by confirming your COVID-19 vaccine status by completing this form prior to practicing with us.

We hope you are keeping well and we look forward to seeing you all soon.

DC Diplomats Return-to-Play

Hi all,

It’s been a while since we have been able to go out on the court and play handball. Let’s change that. At long last, the trends of the pandemic have shifted in our favor, and we are in a position where practices may safely begin imminently.

If you’re in the DC Metro Area, interested in playing handball, and ready to play soon, please fill out the below Google Form. We want to receive an accurate assessment of the interest and location of our player base.

Our current goals are to:

  • Begin practicing outdoors in June
  • Participate in the SSC Sportsfest Outdoor Tournament 31 July/1 August (Flanders, NJ)
  • Return to indoor practice in August/September
  • Enter the Northeast Team Handball League (NTHL) in both the Men’s and Women’s D1 Division
To help us in this process of returning-to-activity, please fill out the below Google Form:

Thank you everyone, and I hope to see you back on the court soon!