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.
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR
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!
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.
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:
In light of the recent developments regarding the outbreak of the COVID-19 respiratory virus in the U.S., public events of all sorts and scopes have become affected. The DC Diplomat’s activities are no exception from that.
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