Calgary Junior Program

Saturdays-10:00am to 12:30pm at the University of Calgary Racquet Centre (Kinesiology Bldg.) Younger, inexperienced players practice from 10:00-11:00am and teen-aged players practice from 11:00am to 12:30pm;

Sundays- 9:30am till noon at Eau Claire YMCA , teen-aged, experienced players practice from 9:30am until 11:00am and younger players practice from 10:30am to noon;

Saturdays 9:00am - 10:00am at the Acadia Recreation Complex, for new/novice junior players.

2015 saw the Calgary Handball Club in the spotlight for the 2015 World Handball Championships with 725 players competing in both 4 Wall and 1 Wall competition. Legacy facilities for 1 Wall at Clearwater Academy and 3 re-furbished 4 Wall courts at Acadia Recreation Complex will benefit our club for future play and events. We can now play one-wall handball on purpose built, official tournament quality courts. These were completed and became ready for play in January, 2015. The courts are located in Harvey Hall (Clearwater Academy Gymnasium). The address is 2521 Dieppe Ave. SW Calgary, Currie Barracks. Matches are scheduled for Sunday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00pm. Parents, please note, you are invited to participate with your children. Experienced players will be on hand to provide coaching.

Tournaments figure importantly in the juniors’ handball program. They have the opportunity each year to participate in tournaments based in Calgary, Sherwood Park and Edmonton. The most skilled players are encouraged to compete in the Canadian National Championships and the USHA National Juniors’ Championship. Calgary juniors have a strong record of accomplishment in all these competitions. The AHA provides financial support to facilitate junior participation in its programs and all the just mentioned tournaments.

We are very proud of our growing Junior Program and have been able to send some of our juniors to some great tournaments including the Moosehead Open where 17 year old Rory Rakochey won the Open title at the most recent edition in November 2016 of the Moosehead in Sherwood Park. His brother Carter at age 15 is improving rapidly and won the Masters event. Moving up to Open Play now Carter!! In carrying on the great Rakochey family handball tradition, Jerome at age 13 placed second in the Junior doubles category, resulting in a special moment where Jerome and dad Rob had a big heart to heart hug. Launie is quickly learning both 1 Wall and 4 Wall so it won't be long before all 4 are beating Rob on the courts.

We also take a lot of pride in sending some of our Junior players to the USHA Junior Nationals the past few years at Christmas break. The 2016 tournament will be held in Tucson, Arizona this year. Both Rory and Carter Rakochey will represent us at the tournament. Best of luck boys!! Also on the travel agenda for our Junior players will be the Canadian Nationals to be held in Winnipeg in May of 2017.

Novice players, aged 8-18 years old are welcome to join any of our Junior Handball programs.

Anyone wishing further information should contact Bill McGrath. His e-mail address is bmcgrath@mun.ca OR Guy Martin. Guy's email address is guy.martin@calgary.ca

Open Play

The Calgary Handball Club has established Open Play periods for both 1 Wall and 4 Wall Handball.

Our 1 Wall Open times at Clearwater Academy are Friday evenings 4:00pm - 6:00pm and Sunday evenings 6:00pm - 8:00pm. Please come out and try your hand(s) at the growing sport of 1 Wall Handball, also known as Wall Ball. Lots of fun, a good variety of ability on display, and great indoor 1 Wall courts.

Our 4 Wall Open Times have expanded with the new floors at Acadia Recreation Complex. Courts are reserved for Open players from 7:00pm-9:00pm every Tuesday night. We have our regular group of non-open players at the Eau Claire YMCA every Saturday from 12:30pm-3:30pm. Only one 4 Wall court but us old guys have a lot of fun every Saturday. If you are interested in dropping in to join this group, please come by and check it out or contact Guy Martin at 403-703-0085.