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!

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