2019 USATH National Championships – The Elite Division is Known

(Djole Radovanovic and Benjamin Briffe of NYC are heading to the Elite Division for 2019 Nationals)

With all sanctioned events in 2019 complete, it’s time to look at who has qualified for the Elite Division.

Defending Champion NYC THC has qualified automatically; a 10th consecutive NTHL title was nothing but than the cherry on top of a magnificent run.

With Army West Point Black unavailable due to graduation, Boston Team Handball and DC Diplomats join NYC from the NE Region as auto qualifiers.

With a dominant 32-6 victory over Illinois State in the finals of the MTHL Championship, Chicago Inter qualifies for Elite for the 2nd consecutive season.

And that takes us to the Wild Card. The top four (4) teams in the wild card participate in Elite. Those teams are:

San Francisco CalHeat played in four sanctioned tournaments in 2018-19. They won four sanctioned tournaments in 2018-19.  Last year’s 2nd place team is back.

NYAC returns, despite not receiving WC points for their Blue Cup victory. Can they bring the trophy back to Travers Island?

Los Angeles Team Handball Club, thanks to its win over NYC in the semifinals of Cal Cup XIII, finds its way into the Elite Division this year.

Houston Firehawks THC rounds out the field of eight.

February’s Rankings Are Live – California Dreamin


(E.J. Udo-Udoma, Gil Pires, and Los Angeles Team Handball Club made the leap from 14th to 5th in this month’s rankings)

February’s Rankings are live following Cal Cup XIII, and San Francisco CalHeat remains at the top. With their third tournament win of the year, the team from Fremont is sitting pretty at #1 in the men’s rankings.

NYC, NYAC, Chicago Inter, and Los Angeles round out the Top 5.

College(Ohio State-Scarlet has risen back to #3 in the College Top 5 poll. How will this team fare in their biggest test this season at the Arnold Sports Classic?)

Another month, another #1 ranking for Army West Point Black; however, for the first time in some time, this ranking is not unanimous.

Carolina Team Handball ranks #2 in the country at the moment. With their big test coming in the Blue Cup, will they find themselves ready to dethrone Army WPB at College Nationals?


(Rogue remains #1, but with national team callups for many of its players, does that open the field for NYC, Boston,  and others?)

Rogue is the undisputed #1 team in the country for yet another month; however, the team may have played its last games of the season already. With many of Rogue’s players on the Women’s National Team, the team may not participate at National Championships this year. If that happens…

Maybe the favorite is #2 NYC… or #3 Boston? At the time of voting, these two teams were undefeated. Whichever team wins the NTHL may be the favorite coming into Myrtle Beach.

New Year – New Rankings – A New Number One?

As 2019 roars in, we check in with the updated rankings from the voting panel. After events in West Point, NY and Houston, TX… Our number 1 teams stay exactly the same.

(Aaron Johnson of San Francisco CalHeat met Djordje Radovanovic and Benjamin Briffe of NYC Team Handball Club on the US Men National Team’s trip to Puerto Rico last month. Will they meet again at CalCup?)

On the men’s side, San Francisco CalHeat maintain their #1 position despite losing their first match of the season to #4 Chicago Inter.  #2 NYC started their season with 24-23 victories over #6 Army West Point Black and 19-13 over #13 DC Diplomats. San Francisco CalHeat and NYC may meet during CalCup on 26-27 January in what might be must watched handball action.

teamhandballnews.com Top 5 Ranking

(Texas A&M testing themselves against Dallas Team Handball in the 2018 Texas Cup)

On the college side, every men’s team is still focused on being the one to dethrone the 12 year run Army West Point Black has on the College National Championship, including #6 Texas A&M. #2 Carolina, #3 West Virginia, #4 US Air Force Academy, and #5 Ohio-State Scarlet are all preparing for this April’s event.


(NYC started their season with a victory of Philly Handball, avenging their loss on the grass at Flanders, NJ over the summer)

On the women’s side, #1 Rogue remains the team to beat. While NYC started their season with a victory and a postponement (over Philly and Penn State respectively),  Boston 8-0 record and their performance against DC Diplomats nabs them the #2 spot for this month. #4 Chicago Inter and #5 DC Diplomats complete the list.

Coming in January:

  • NTHL matches in White Plains, NY; Boston, MA; and Harrisonburg, VA
  • CalCup XIII from Fremont, CA

And… We’re Back! November’s Rankings are Live

(Akuro Zuwed of San Francisco CalHeat skies over Team Handball Academy in the finals of the Michael Lipov. )

After a season which ended with titles for NYC, Los Angeles THC, and Rogue, and a summer where the US National Teams qualified for the 2019 Pan-Ams in Peru, the 2018/19 season is finally underway. Over the past two months, we’ve seen matches take place across the NTHL sphere from West Virginia to Massachusetts, North Carolina to New York. Across the country, events have been played in Chicago, Houston, Columbus, OH, and in various locales in Minnesota.

Without any further delays, let’s get to the first set of rankings of the season!


(Rogue begins their season with a defense of their Michael Lipov title and extend their winning streak to 22 games.)

With their victory in the Michael Lipov over Chicago Inter, Rogue maintains their unanimous #1 spot in the rankings. Following behind them are 2017 and 2018 National Runner-Up NYC THC, then an undefeated Boston Team Handball team who dominated the North American Classic in Springfield, MA. DC Diplomats and Chicago Inter round out the Top 5.

teamhandballnews.com College Men

(Carolina Team Handball made their third tournament of the season in Columbus, OH. They drove home with a title and the #2 ranking.)

Another year, another Army West Point Black? So far, they are the college team to beat in the country, 3-0 against all college teams. Who can maybe stop them from winning another consecutive College National Championship? The last team to stop Army WPB in the event was Carolina Team Handball, who is currently ranked #2 in the country. Air Force Academy’s (#3) only loss this season was with an undermanned lineup to Army West Point (in West Point). Newcomers West Virginia University (#4) and Ohio State-Scarlet (#5) round out the teamhandballnews.com Top 5.


(USATH Men’s National Teamer Ethan Pickett wants his club team NYAC to be #1. Were they?)

We have a new #1 team in the US. Who is it? While NYC (#5) received the most 1st place votes, and NYAC (#2) has an impressive 8-1 record, the top team in the country at the moment is none other than San Francisco CalHeat. The undefeated team won the Michael Lipov last month, and seek to keep their edge in Dallas in early December. Chicago Inter find themselves ranked #3, slightly ahead of the upset kids — and Michael Lipov finalists — from Craig Rot’s Team Handball Academy (#4). NTHL stalwarts Army WPB and Boston find themselves in 6th and 7th position, while Carolina Blue, Houston Firehawks, and UVA Alumni all make the Top 10?

We’ll be back in a month with a new set of rankings… And hopefully fixed NTHL stats here on northeasthandball.com.

May’s Rankings – Live from Myrtle Beach

(#4 Houston Firehawks THC are ready for the chance at Nationals)

It’s Nationals weekend, and teams’ hard work throughout the season has been leading to this weekend.

Men’s Top 25 Rankings – NYAC (14-1) remains #1 in the country heading to Nationals, with NYC (14-1) #2. Joining them in the Elite Division are Chicago Inter (27-3-1, #3), Houston Firehawks (5-3-2, #4), SF CalHeat (14-1-5; #5) DC Diplomats (9-2-4, #6), Army WPB (15-1-10, #7), Boston (6-9, #9), and Los Angeles THC (6-3, #19).

Women’s Top 5 Rankings – Team Rogue (5-0) comes into Nationals as #1 in the country, flanked behind by NYC THC (9-1). Boston (8-2) and Houston Firehawks (4-0) share the 3rd spot in the country. DC Diplomats (7-3) round off the Top 5.

April’s Rankings are now live!

(Photo Courtesy Chicago Inter Team Handball)

In a March which saw activity around the country, we’ve seen some shakeups in the National Rankings!

  • The Midwest?
    • Chicago Inter won the inaugural MTHL title, with Barrington THC finishing second. Looking forward to seeing a potential 8 team MTHL next season!
    • The Arnold Classic occurred in Columbus, OH. Even though it was a bad weekend for East Coast travelers, it was a good weekend for Columbus Armada.
  • The West?
    • The Valley of the Sun tournament occurred, with San Francisco CalHeat earning their first tournament win of the season. We also saw the debuts this season (at long last) of Phoenix and Los Angeles.
    • The Sasquatch Slam occurred in Portland, OR, with Seattle taking the honors.
  • The Northeast?
    • NYC Women won the women’s division of the NTHL, and continued their prep for Nationals.
    • The Nassau Coliseum saw NYC3 taken on Long Island Tigers in special match following a Long Island Nets game. Long Island won that nail-biter by one goal.

So… How do the rankings look?

For the men, it’s NYAC, followed by NYC and Chicago Inter. DC Diplomats made a huge jump to the Top 5 as they attempt to make a decision as to which division they will enter in Myrtle Beach.

For the women, Rogue is still on top of the country. Despite the 21-10 loss to DC Diplomats, NYC remains in 2nd, with Houston, Boston, and DCD rounding out the Top 5.

And with College Nationals on the horizon, Army WPB solidifies themselves as the favorite. The voters think UVA and USAFA are in the best position to take them down, though none of the other participants are to be discounted.


March’s Rankings

(The participants for the 2018 Cal Cup)

March’s rankings are live!

In college, Army WPB keeps their hold on number one. UVA moves up to #2 with US Air Force Academy falling to #3.

The Women’s Top 5 sees Rogue as #1, but NYC rising to #2. Houston, Boston, and Chicago round off the Top 5.

And… In the Top 25… Nothing changes in the Top 6. There is plenty of movement outside of those 6 though, and teams begin to differentiate themselves.

While You Were Out

(DC Diplomats celebrate with their 1st Division National Championship. Can they move up to Elite?)

(NOTE: We’re currently having some technical difficulties with the player list; leading scorers and individual stats will return at a later date)

Last month saw three D1 Matchdays, two Women’s Matchdays, 2 D2 Matchdays, and a team punch their ticket to the Elite Division to Myrtle Beach. A lot of action occurred in the NTHL, and there’s plenty to recap.

White Plains

With 15 games to play over a weekend, games can tilt in the direction of any team. This past 3/4 February, all three divisions went the way of New York City Team Handball. NYC3 completed a double sweep in D2, winning its Saturday doubleheader over BTH2, and it’s Sunday doubleheader over Long Island Tigers. NYC’s women got their 1st big wins of the season, defeating previously undefeated Boston Team Handball and DC Diplomats. A second win over Boston later this month, and NYC Women would have the inside route for the league title. NYC’s men team? A familiar phrase to them: 2 Games, 2 Wins.


Following a wonderful youth clinic held by Boston Team Handball, their men and women had a mission for the weekend; the men needed to finish with six wins to qualify for Elite. The women needed to get their win back by NYC to have a shot of winning the league.

Complicating the matter for BTH Men? A new challenger joined the NTHL:

Many thanks to Ontario for joining us this season, especially as a last-minute replacement. The Canadians played very hard, defeating Army WPG and losing to now-league champions NYC 20-19. Boston also had a one goal defeat to NYC (15-14) on the day, and needed to defeat Ontario to get their 6th win and their Elite Division automatic bid.

A 22-13 result later, and Boston booked their tickets to Myrtle Beach.

BTH women played incredibly hard, but ultimately NYC’s defense was too much. BTH finishes their season at 8-2 (16 points) and await their final position. NYC (7-0, 14 points) will have three games to come in Millersville, MD to win the NTHL title.

Charlottesville, VA

A modified matchday due to a schedule issue, the big focus on D1 was DC Diplomats vs UVA. With a doubleheader on tap, the results were vitally important to determining which team had an edge on challenging Army West Point Black for the other Elite spot.

Game 1? DCD wins by two.
Game 2? Tie.

DCD left Charlottesville with their destiny in their own hands; if they win out at home on 1 Apr, they are going to Elite. Thanks to the tie, however, Army WPB has their destiny in the own hands as well; the DCD/WPB game on 1 Apr could be the most important game of the season.

Oh, and if either team slips up? A UVA sweep complicates the matter significantly.

NYAC Keeps Their Reign on the #1 Spot in January’s Rankings

(Boston Team Handball and the other teams are coming after NYAC and the #1 spot)

Another month, and another Top 25 is out!

Three NTHL wins from NYC (6-0) were not enough to surpass our #1 team New York Athletic Club (5-0) in this month’s rankings. Chicago Inter (16-1-1), Revol (3-2), and San Francisco CalHeat (6-4) hold on the the top 5 spots.

With their first games played, the voters felt they had a good gauge on Houston Firehawks (3-1-1), moving them up 8 places to the #6 spot in January. The voters also felt they undervalued Canadian sides Alberta Jrs (2-3) and Ontario (2-3) for their games played in the US, as they moved from outside the Top 25 into the 11th and 12th position respectively.

What will next month’s Top 25 look like? With Cal Cup games taking place at the end of the month, we might see some big moves being made!

January Rankings Are Live for… Women and College Men!

Team Rogue’s Tomuke Ebuwei thanks Santa for her team’s #1 ranking

Two new rankings have hit northeasthandball.com: A ranking of all women’s teams throughout the 17-18 from our voting panel, and a ranking of all men’s college teams in 17-18.

How are the women ranked? Defending National Champions Team Rogue (5-0) is #1 in the rankings, followed by the NTHL-leading Boston Team Handball (5-0). Defending NTHL Champion NYC (2-0), perennial powerhouse Chicago Inter (3-2), and the offensively talented DC Diplomats (4-1) round out your Top 5.

We may see some changes in these rankings as the US as California Cup XII will take place later this month.

And the college men? 11 consecutive Collegiate National Championships? 2 goals from ending NYC’s run on the top of the NTHL mountain? The Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy? Army West Point Black is your unamious #1 college team in the country. US Air Force Academy is #2, with the University of Virginia, Illinois State, and Ohio State-Gray rounding out the Top 5? Can Army West Point Black go wire-to-wire until College Nationals at West Point? We will find out!