Someone once said that the definition of insanity is repetitious behavior executed over and again, with the expectation of a different outcome. Now normally, one would come to expect a little insanity from the likes of Serrone, Cos and Bolling, who sit as chairmen on the tournament committee. But strangely enough, this precept happens to be the cornerstone of a tournament with an intricate history, a multitude of champions and a wide array of exciting outcomes that are anything but repetitious. Which with this year marking the 68th Annual Handballesta, perhaps there is a method to the madness that seems to defy the principles of logic and more importantly define and illustrate the parameters of sportsmanship and competition.
Seasoned Handballesta veterans can expectantly enjoy the same traditions, while fresh contenders will fully experience the unique atmosphere the Athletic Club of Overland Park provides the handball community and should expect to be met with the same challenging competition and rivalry, no matter which age, division or skill set they belong to.
To be eligible, applicants must be registered by the 1st of December, no exceptions can be made. Schedule coordination will be completed and available online or via telephone, as early as 4pm Thursday, December 4th. Any applicant under 18 years of age, must have a signed consent release to be eligible for competition.
The Athletic Club will be providing hospitality services to all Handballesta participants throughout the tournament. Complimentary food, drinks and meals will be made available by the staff for all players Saturday, as well as Sunday. First and second place winners of each division will receive cash prizes Sunday after all tournament play has concluded, while every competitor in the tournament will receive a commemorative souvenir.
For those individuals with the capacity to step outside of their competitive focus, you too also have the chance to walk away with cash in hand, even if you finish dead last. Immediately upon losing a match, players will report to the tournament coordinators for referee assignment. All referees are paid $5.00 apron upon completing their duties and returning the ball and scorecard. All players are eligible to officiate as many matches as they would like, receiving $5.00 for each. So whoever said the house always wins, either has really bad luck or is just a compulsive liar.
Nonetheless, Handballesta has carried on for almost three quarters of a century as the premiere Handball tournament for the entire United States and even at 68 years old, you can never quite know what to expect. The very essence of this tournament is defined by its longevity, as every year surpasses the previous years expectations and every play or match you are involved in at this years Handballesta becomes part of its storied history.