A Message from the OHA

On behalf of the Ontario Handball Association, we would like to thank all the players and supporters of our recent OHA JUNIOR FUNDRAISER. It was a HUGE success financially and of course we had a great day of handball and fun!! Thank you to the Valentines Club for hosting the event and to all the volunteers and contributors who made this even a huge success!! We are looking forward to supporting our juniors traveling to the World Championships this August in Calgary.

Thank you for your continued support.

Jenine Wilson
OHA President

A Big Thank You

A big thank you goes out to Lysander Funds for their generous donations towards the Ontario juniors traveling to the World Championships.

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A Thank you

Dear everyone who contributed,
I’m sure you know that on December 26th of this year, my brother and I will be attending the USHA Junior nationals in Tucson, Arizona.
I, Alam Burgos would like to thank you all on behalf of my dad, my little brother, myself, and the rest of our family for your donation. Large or small, your donation, your time, and your effort to make my brother and I better players has been greatly appreciated.
Now, I would for you to know what it is you have really done for my brother and I.
With your donation you have not only helped us attend a national tournament, but you’ve aloud for an opportunity to be reunited with a couple of great friends from Quebec and Newfoundland. Also, you’ve given us the chance to get away (and get out of this freezing cold) and see a new part of the US.
My family and I are immensely grateful for everything. My brother and I will go, play hard and hopefully bring back a few titles to make you proud.
Alam Burgos

2014 Horseshoe

Come check out this years horseshoe Oct 24-25.


See you there!


Friday April 24th – Sunday April 26th

The OHA is pleased to announce a combined Provincial Singles and Doubles tournament this year to be held in Burlington

Stay tuned for details and the entry form!

Ribbon-Cutting Event

The OHA is pleased to announce the ribbon-cutting event on August 2nd, 2014 to celebrate our most recent installation of 1-Wall Handball Courts in St. Catharines, Ontario.

Facility : Port Weller Community Center (2-indoor and 2-outdoor courts) 1 Bogart St., St Catharines, ON, L2R 7C2


Entry : Completed entry form must be received by Monday July 28th , 2014 : Entry is free thanks to a donation by Jared Vale of www.valeugroup.com.

Entry Form


Registration : Please report to the Registration Desk at 1:00 PM on tournament day. A signed entry (Parents signature if under 18-years-of-age) required to play. Eye protection is mandatory, and will be provided if necessary


Format : The intent of the day is to introduce kids to the game of handball, and to promote “cross-play” between 1 and 4-Wall Players. (Any Ball, Any Wall!!!) Big Ball, 25-Point Games, 2-games guaranteed. Junior Divisions/Format to be determined by the number of entries. Afternoon of “Fun Doubles” play after the singles tournament is done.


Hospitality : Tournament shirt, awards, and light food/beverage during the day. Lessons for new players by Ontario, Canadian, U.S. and World Champions. Absolutely no alcoholic beverages or smoking allowed on the premises. : Be sure to bring your sunscreen and running shoes.


Tournament : Wally Oprzedek (905) 980-1012
Committee : Mark Polgrabia (905) 351-4611

OHA HIGHLIGHTS (from April of 2013-May 2014)


President- Jenine Wilson

Vice President- Adam Johnston

Membership Director- Nathan Body

Treasurer- Mark Polgrabia

Junior Co-ordinator- Wally Oprzedek

Womens Commissioner- Jenine Wilson

Webmaster/Marketing- Garrett Reynolds

Secretary- Peter Service



  • May, 2013- 4 Juniors travelled to Nationals in Winnipeg (see results posted on OHA website and Facebook page)
  • June Hill Memorial- June 1st, 2013

– Format was modified to include “senior” players, in an effort to expand the number of Big Ball 1-Wall players of all ages across Ontario. The change proved successful, resulting in our largest draw to date, with 32-players participating.

  • July, 2013- Junior Handball Clinic/Camp with Lake Forest’s Coach Dau, in Calgary

– Alam Burgos and Wally Oprzedek attended the event hosted by the AHA

– CHA & OHA funded

  • 2 Facilities scouted for potential events:

1.) National Fitness; Oakville Venue

(contact: ashley@oakvillenationalfitness.com)

4 courts available; playable but rough shape-floors

2.) Commerce West; 427 South

unavailable to general public, membership for courts is for employees of the building only.

  • Meeting with Trillium Rep (June 4th, 2013 Jenine, Mark & Wally)

– Provincial Doug Gore 416 963 4927 ext 251 (possibility for future fund requests, i.e Nationals hosted in Ontario).

– Niagara Rep Menfred 905 704 1829 Organizational (possibility for future fund requests, i.e Nationals hosted in Ontario).

– Menfred assisted the OHA in connecting with United Way rep Carol Stewart-Kirkby (905 354-9342 or carolsk@vaxxine.com).

– After working hard to complete the Niagara Neighbourhood Initiative Fund Application (aimed at increasing youth participation in community settings), on June 26th 2013 the OHA made its submission.

– In early August, the OHA was granted $2500 to be spend within 1 year of the approval. Specific project outcomes, goals and budget were created by the OHA Board and are required to be reported back to United Way by August 6th 2014 as proof of appropriate use of funds.


  • June 24th, 2013 Scotiabank Game Changer Challenge submitted to nominate Wally for ongoing contributions (see write-up).
  • Peach King Centre Clinic/Practice (Tuesday evenings, approximately 4 kids)
  • Hamilton Y Lessons (Tuesdays and Thursdays)
  • St. Catharines Y (Saturday mornings, approximately 10 kids)
  • Youth Nights in St. Catharines (Monthly, approximately 40 kids)
  • Niagara Falls Y (Wednesdays and Sundays, approximately 4 kids)
  • Port Weller 1 Wall Lessons (to commence June 14th, 2014)
  • May, 2014- 7 Juniors travelled to Nationals in Montreal (see results posted on OHA website and Facebook page)
  • Meeting with Lori Mambella at the City of St. Catharines requesting 1 wall courts to be built at the Port Weller Community Center.

– On April 11th, the OHA received confirmations the the Director of Parks and Rec for the City of St. Catharines had approved the application (Niagara Neighbourhood Initiative Fund used for submission with alterations).

– On April 30th the OHA was informed of cost for court preparation, installation and repair equalling $1000.

– The OHA Board voted to approve this cost (April 30th) as it meets the needs and goals expressed in our project outcomes of growing junior handball in Ontario.

– As of May 27th, 2014 Phase 1 is complete; the 2 outdoor 1-wall courts are ready for use.

Phase 2 will involve taping courts inside the gym of the rec center and getting a handball program offered in their fall guide.

– The OHA will be conducting a joint PR event with the City and Trillium/United Way programs later this summer.

Phase 3 & beyond could include the installation of several additional courts on the unused tennis courts and upgrades to the existing surfaces.

Richard Kearney Memorial award

CONGRATULATIONS to Wally Oprzedek and the Ontario Junior Handball players that traveled to

Montreal for this year’s Canadian Nationals. At this year’s banquet, Ontario Junior Handball players

placed 2nd

for the Richard Kearney Memorial award. This award is given to the team of Junior players

that is most successful in their tournament play through a calculation of points based on results. Great

work Wally and congratulations to the Juniors who represented Ontario so well!!

2014 Canadian Championships Results for Ontario and JUNE HILL 1-WALL HANDBALL TOURNAMENT on June 7th

Thanks to the entire Ontario Handball Community and friends for supporting our juniors this week at the 2014 Canadian Championships.
Results for the week:

4-Wall Results
-11&Under Singles: 1st- Axel Burgos and 3rd-Susan Santillan
-11&Under Doubles: 1st-Axel Burgos/Susan Santillan
-15&Under Singles: 2nd-Ivan Burgos
-17&Under Singles: 1st-Alam Burgos
-17&Under Doubles Consolation: Alam/Ivan Burgos
-19&Under Singles: 3rd-Matt Shrum

1-Wall Results
-11&Under Singles: 1st-Axel Burgos and 3rd-Susan Santillan
-15&Under Singles: 2nd-Ivan Burgos
-19&Under Singles: 2nd-Tyman Edelcourt and 3rd-Matt Shrum

All the members of Team Ontario played phenomenal ball during the week, and placed 2nd overall for the Richard Kearney Provincial Team Award. Great job, Guys!!!

Now we prepare for the 4th ANNUAL JUNE HILL MEMORIAL ONTARIO 1-WALL HANDBALL TOURNAMENT on June 7th, 2014 in Burlington, Ontario. Contact Wally at iamwallyo@gmail.com if you’d like to play ball, bring a junior to play, or help out that day. Hope to see everyone there.

Ontario Singles Cancelled

Hi Everyone,
Due to a significant lack of entries, the OHA must unfortunately cancel the Provincial Singles tournament scheduled for Saturday, May 3rd, 2014. This was a very difficult decision to make. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact an OHA Board Member.
This cancellation, along with reduced participation at the Provincial Doubles and Golden Horseshoe earlier this year, sends a strong message that we must continue to focus our efforts on increasing the number of Junior players in Ontario.

The next tournament on our calendar is the June Hill Memorial 1-Wall on Saturday June 7th at Brant Hills Public School in Burlington. We hope to have a great day of 1-Wall with both junior and senior tournament play, and a clinic for kids that want to try the game for the first time. All kids play for free, due to a generous donation by long-time OHA supporter Ted Hill. To register or volunteer for this exciting tournament, please contact Wally Oprzedek at iamwallyo@gmail.com.com. The OHA annual general meeting will be held at this tournament.
As always, the OHA needs support from its players and contributors to keep the game going. Please contact any of our board members to become involved in junior clinics, joining the board or helping with a tournament. Follow us on facebook and check out our website at http://www.ontariohandball.ca/ for upcoming events and information.
OHA Board.