Four years after his death, friends gather to remember Tom Gilbert with a day of handball and a toast on or near his birthday. This year we celebrated on Saturday, September 14. Play was three morning divisions and three afternoon divisions of a four game round robin with each player changing partners for each game with winner determined by most games won or points scored. In the morning group the three division winners were: Jerry Jarrett, Marco Coromac/Javier Arellano (tie) and Roy Harvey. In the afternoon group the three division winners were: Dennis Haber, Fausto Castro and Marcus Hough. All division winners were determined by total points with less than five points separating first, second and third place. Thanks to sponsors Los Caballeros, Mark Shelgren and players and friends donations we are able to make a sizable donation to the USHA Wafe Risner Fund.9am Group 1
On Saturday, September 7, 2019, LAFD Handball hosted the annual 911 Memorial Handball Tournament at Venice Beach. 64 players competed in a modified round-robin tournament with awards presented to finalists and champions in each division.
was a huge success this past weekend. We had 35 kids this year, which was really perfect. Sometimes we have so many that its hard to give them substantial playing time. This year we were able to have them play singles in three divisions, A, B,and C. Again all kids recieved tournament shirts , USHA official headbands, free food, and a pair of Owen handball gloves.
The Open final was incredible. Vic Perez and John Wayne Cortez defeated Marcos Chavez and brother Carlos Chavez in a 11/ 10 tie breaker. Both teams had opportunities to win game. At 10, 7 John Wayne had a perfect setup floating in the air 7 ft. from front wall with no one near him and he floored it. The Chaves brother came in and got to 10,10. With one man down Marcos tried a difficult fly kill to win, only to also floor the ball. The final rally was ended with a kill by Vic to win the game. Congratulations to Vic and John Wayne for there first win at this great tournament. Marcos has won 4 times. Armondo Ortiz, and Eddie Silverya also have 4 wins each.
There was plenty of good food and a great family atmosphere. We had some big ball players come down and try little ball. Our tournament presents an opportunity for some cross play. A good time was had by all.
The donators were Tom Martinez, Mark Zamora, Mark Shelgren, Marc Penick, Tom Serrato, Tom Koop of Owen Gloves, Bo Kinnelly, Jim Mendoza, Larry Borunda, The Chicken Koop restaurant, Stephanie, Hathaway, Ben Lee, Harold Silva, Terry O'Reilly, Jimmy Ramirez, Chris Watkins, Roy Harvey, Greg Stansbury, and Tavo Martinez. I apologize is i missed anyone.Winners
The Southern California Handball Association thanks all local players that participated in the 69th USHA Nationals held at Los Cab. It’s the players that made the tournament a success and once again Southern California had more competitors than any region in the United States as well as Ireland and Canada. A shout out goes to Stephanie Hathaway who made the 35/50women’s division a real event! Thanks to the large group of volunteers that kept the tournament moving forward. We also wish to congratulate the following SCHA players who earned National titles @ Los Cab.
When you see these champions at your courts, be sure and congratulate their accomplishments. Southern California (including Las Vegas) produced 20 National championships. This proves that Southern California continues to be the strongest region of handball players in the US. The SCHA thanks all players for continuing to compete and volunteer in local and National handball events!
On Saturday, April 27, 2019, 25 Teams competed in the 2019 SCHA Doubles Tournament at Los Caballeros Sports Village. This event was a fund raiser for the upcoming 3-Wall Jr. National Championships, being held in July. SCHA is hosting, and all proceeds will be used to provide hospitality and SWAG for the Juniors. SCHA was supported by sponsors: Owen Gloves, Far West Meats, Los Cab, West Coast Handball, LAFD Handball and LAAC, who were acknowledged on the tournament shirt.
After several meetings the SCHA has set out the following plan for 2017;
Please help us get youth handball programs at your club, Boys and Girls Club, Park and Recreation or Police Athletic League.Contact Gary Cruz 949-633-2422 if: