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The Daily Tar HeelThursday, November 8, 19905
By RODNEY CLINE
For starters, this is not the game
you go to your local YMCA or to
some small room in Fetzer Gym to
play. And it's not the game where you
hit a little round ball up against a wall
with your hand.
This is team handball the second
most popular participation sport in
Many people do not realize that
fact, said John Silva, an associate
professor of sport psychology and
coachfaculty adviser of the Carolina
Team Handball Club.
"Team Handball is very popular in
Europe and Asia," Silva said. "It's a
growing sport in the United States
right now, and the U.S. Team Hand
ball Federation is committed to growth
from the grassroots level on up, much
like what is being done with soccer in
The sport is played on a court
slightly larger than a basketball court
with six players plus a goalie on each
side. The offense is organized around
a nine-meter line, and its objective is
to penetrate up to the six-meter line
and take a shot. It may do this by
passing the ball running with it is
The defense stands around the six
meter line, and the goalie situates
himself in front of the goal. If the
defense succeeds in stopping the op
ponents' offense, possession changes
and the defending team may run a
controlled fast-break back the other
Games are played in two 30-minute
halves, and scores typically range
around 20 goals per team.
"It's like water polo on a court,
only this is more forceful," Silva said.
"In a lot of ways, it's like soccer and
Silva started the UNC's team
handball club, now in its third year of
competition, after watching the sport
at the 1988 Summer Olympics in
Seoul, South Korea, where he served
the U.S. Team Handball Federation
as a sports psychologist.
"The function of the club is to
provide anyone in the University
community the opportunity to learn
this sport and to play against good
competition," Silva said.
And finding good competition isn't
From Associated Press reports
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Florida
State University athletic officials say
they won't rush headlong into massive
schedule shuffling and don't expect to
play a full Atlantic Coast Conference
football schedule until 1995.
ACC officials had hoped to see the
Seminoles up to a full schedule by 1 993.
Associate commissioner Tom Mickle
said that if FSU could schedule six or
seven league teams in 1993, the league
would consider counting two non
conference games toward the champi
onship. "If they take one or two non-conference
games, I can see it as a possi
bility, but we've got contracts and ob
ligations," said FSU Athletic Director
Bob Goin. "I've never tried to wipe out
a football schedule and start anew.
"If I can mutually get out of anything
before 1995, I'm going to do it. But if I
can't, I'm not going to break those
Alomar unanimous choice for
A.L. rookie of the year
NEW YORK Sandy Alomar Jr., a
prospect who turned promise into pro
ductivity, became only the third unani
mous choice as rookie of the year,
winning the American League award
The Cleveland catcher joined Mark
McGwire (1987) and Carlton Fisk
(1972) as the only major leaguers to
sweep the honor since it was first pre
sented 1947. Alomar, 24, hit .290 with
nine homers and 66 RBIs and was the
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Junior goalie Rik Walls and the three-year-old UNC team handball club
finished fourth in the country in the team's first year of NCAA competition
always easy. "Our average competition
is over 500 miles away," said club
president Leo Yakutis, a graduate stu
dent in Information Sciences.
"There aren't that many universities
around with team handball programs,"
said Steven Penn, a senior left backcourt
player. "The best teams are in New
Jersey, Long Island, Wisconsin and the
That makes for some long road trips,
don't expect ACC play
Alomar received all 28 first-place
votes. Two members of the Baseball
Writers Association of America in each
AL city voted.
Steinbrenner's attorneys attacking
NEW YORK Attorneys for
George Steinbrenner on Wednesday
challenged baseball commissioner Fay
Vincent to show why the New York
Yankees owner, despite being barred
from daily operations, cannot participate
in free agent negotiations.
Last July, Steinbrenner signed an
agreement that stripped him of the
team's day-to-day control. The settle
ment provided that "it is recognized that
circumstances may arise involving
material and extraordinary financial or
business affairs of the New York Yan
kees in which Mr. Steinbrenner may
feel his participation is necessary."
Steinbrenner twice in September
asked Vincent for permission to take
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ones Silva hopes will shorten with the
advent of more clubs within North
"We would like to get clubs at other
universities in this state," Silva said.
"Appalachian State may get a team,
Davidson's is loosely formed, and East
Carolina used to have a team until their
In the meantime, North Carolina
participates in the NCAA Division II, a
part of free agent talks, and was turned
down both times.
"If free agency, and the millions of
dollars spent on free agents each year, is
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division for clubs less than five years
old. In 1988, the UNC club's first
year, the team finished fourth in the
And despite the fact that players
know little about the sport when they
join the club, UNC has sent its share
of players on to higher competition.
This year's example is Penn.
"I didn't start playing until the fall
of 1989," the senior said. "I was re
ferred to team handball by a friend
and just decided to come out. I liked it
it was a different type of challenge
from any American sport I was used
Penn liked it so much that he was
invited to train with the national team
this past summer in Colorado Springs
and to participate in the Olympic
Sports Festival. "It was awesome," he
said. "The festival was really a big
deal, and it was a great experience to
play at that level."
Penn faced a decision at the end of
the summer: Should he continue
training with the national team or re
turn to school? He opted for his edu
cation. "I think Steven's a good prospec
tive candidate for the Olympics in
1996," Silva said.
Penn and his teammates usually
play in at least three tournaments every
year, the first of which is this weekend
at West Point, the owner of the last
five national championships.
UNC hosts its own tournament
every year, too the Carolina Blue
Cup. This year's date is Feb. 16-17,
1991. "I've already received calls from
teams wanting to enter," Silva said.
"West Point wants in, and Garden
City, a powerful club team, wants to
come. We finished second last year,
but it'll be tougher this time."
While the UNC club fights its way
to national prominence, it also
struggles to promote a very little
known sport on campus, a sport based
on teamwork, much unlike the one-on-one
"Our challenge is to get people to
know the sport," Yakutis said. We
have to get the word out."
Said Silva, 'Team handball is a
great forum for competition. It is action-packed,
and once you're exposed
to it, you're hooked."
Hooked on a sport entirely differ
ent from the one played at the YMCA.
not material and extraordinary to the
Yankee partnership, then I don't know
what is," said Stephen Kaufman, an
attorney for Steinbrenner.
From Associated Press reports
URBANA, 111. The Illinois bas
ketball team was banned from
postseason play in 1 99 1 , placed on three
years' probation and limited to two new
scholarships each of the next two years.
And that's after being cleared by the
NCAA of the worst charges: offering
cash and cars to top recruits.
The NCAA stopped short Wednesday
of wiping out Illinois' season altogether,
but left no doubt it could have.
"If the most serious violations had
been found then I think from reading the
report the so-called death penalty ...
would have been imposed," said David
Berst, the NCAA's assistant executive
director for enforcement.
Such a penalty can be imposed after
a school is sanctioned twice within a
five-year period for major NCAA in
fractions. This is Illinois' third penalty
since 1984 the other two involved
Still, Illinois thought the penalties
"We disagree with several of the
committee's findings, and some of the
sanctions are harsher than we expected,"
Illinois chancellor Morton Weir said.
Illinois will be banned from off-
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play in '91
campus basketball recruiting and from
paying for visits by recruits to its cam
pus the first year. It will also be limited
to awarding just two basketball schol
arships in each of the first two seasons
of the probation.
Television coverage, however, will
not be restricted.
The scholarship sanctions were es
pecially strict. Kentucky, which got
among the toughest penalties ever im
posed by the NCAA a year ago, was
limited to three new scholarships for
That's one more each year than Illi
nois. Coach Lou Henson said he was dis
appointed that he could not award all
five scholarships he had promised to
high school recruits, but said he expected
his current players would stay.
"We're not in shambles," said
Henson, now in his 16th season.
"When we take the floor this year,
our players will be more motivated and
more inspired that perhaps ever before.'"
Weir said that the university's own
investigation turned up most of the
violations, and that the school was de
termined to abide by NCAA rules.
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