Handball slams in to its eighth year

Club president talks of her favorite memories as her year ends

By Patrick Fleming
On March 9, 2017

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Handball Club

Since it began eight years ago, the Handball Club continues to have major accomplishments.

"My favorite thing about being a member of the Handball Club is being able to compete with friends in a sport that not many people know about and represent the university at tournaments all over the nation," Angela Snow, the current president of the Handball Club, said.

Handball stands as one of the sports that many students do not know about.

The game consists of two different teams trying to get a ball into the other team’s goal, much like soccer and like soccer, each goal has a goalie guarding it.

The goal of the Handball Club is to advance the game and help students participate and compete in it.

"All in all, it has been another great year competing, and we hope to close out the year with one more trip to Austin to compete and hope for a successful tournament of our own right here in San Angelo at the end of April," Snow said.

Because Snow is graduating this year, it will be her last year as president of the club. The new president will be Corinna Mendez.

As far as competitions go, those in charge of handball manage to keep it both competitive but fair, which helps keep it inclusive.

Each team is gauged by skill and record before being put into different brackets of 16. These teams compete against other teams with similar records and skills.

By beating these other teams, one team can go up in rank and play against even more highly skilled groups.

This way, a team that may be last or incredibly low in the district will not be forced to go against the highest-ranked team in the state. However, through practice and success, they could still get the chance at some point.

The team has competed in other states like Oregon, Arizona, New Mexico, Minnesota and Missouri.

One of the few problems with this is that these events are mainly self-funded and students have to pay for their own travel-expenses. However, the club raises money to help pay for fees like this. The students do not really seem to mind this too much.

"The cool thing is, it doesn’t matter what your skill level is, you can get good at it," Dr. Warren Simpson, Director of Graduate Studies in Coaching and advisor of the Handball Club, said. "The ones who get into it, 95 percent of them and I might be low-balling there, had never heard of handball until they started tinkering, taking a class and going to one of the clubs or a tournament."

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