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article imageU.S. One Wall National Handball Championships in Brooklyn, NY

By William Charles Baker     Sep 27, 2013 in Sports
Brooklyn - The US one wall small ball championships are under way at Levy Park courts on Surf Avenue in Coney Island New York. This is the 53rd occurrence of the event that began September 25th and will continue through Sunday September 29th.
There are many variations of the game but the one most well known in the city is one wall.
Wikipedia: “American handball is a sport in which players use their hands to hit a small rubber ball against a wall so that it bounces off in such a way that their opponent cannot return it. There are three versions of handball (four-wall, three-wall and one-wall) that can each be played by either two players(singles), three players(cut-throat) or four players(doubles”
The names of participants may not be well known but with over $8,000 in prize money the enthusiasm is only matched by the bragging rights from a sport practiced by most children during their early and later years.
AssociatedPress: “The top male athletes participating include the Bastidas brothers – Tyree and Jurell, Pee Wee Castro, Joe Kaplan and Satish Jagnandan. Top female athletes include Danielle Daskalakis and Tracy Davis.”
There are all levels of skills for the 100 plus male and female athletes in attendance and bystanders are treated to non stop action. The location in Coney Island holds historical significance even in light of Yankee Stadium, Madison Square Garden and other well known New York City sports venues.
DailyNews: “The courts by the boardwalk were first put up during The Great Depression, said Vern Roberts, the executive director of the US Handball Association, cementing it as the center of the modern handball universe.”
As competitive sports go the equipment and places to play make it easy to become attached to participating or being a spectator.
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