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2009 USHA Moment of the Year - Bastidas’ domination in the junior fields voted “Moment of the Year”. Unbeaten 19-year-old stars at USHA online poll – fans voted loud and proud.





Above: Tyree Bastidas(red shirt) hitting the ball and surprising the Irish team in the 19-and-under championship match in front of a packed gallery.

Top: A packed gallery was seen in the 19-and-under championship match. 


The verdict is in – The USHA announced its poll results. History was at stake, and Bastidas was at his best.

We would like to offer our sincere congratulations to Tyree Bastidas on his first” Moment of the Year” achievement.

No, you didn’t misread that. After six years in the game, thirty one national titles on a global scale and two World Championships, “The Game” had never been honored with the coveted “Moment of the Year” honor.

Certainly, there’s some public love for Tyree Bastidas these days. He has firmly established himself as one of the most popular players in the US.

 “Fans clearly love Bastidas, and are delighted to celebrate and honor his unforgettable six years of domination in the junior field as the latest USHA Moment of the Year, capped with his great achievements during 2009 . The fans are great. They show real love”

His impressive victories against open national champions have captivated national attention in the handball community.

Bastidas’ mission on bringing excitement and hope back to the handball community has stoked the passions of his fans, whose vote of confidence also confirmed him as the player of the decade.

As the years progressed, Bastidas has spiraled further and further as the best junior player in handball history. His passion for the game has been eye witnessed across the country, and to his credit, Bastidas has channeled that passion into a second World championship. Bastidas’ historic run culminated at the 2009 USHA National Juniors Four-Wall Championships on December 30.

Bastidas’ epic run was selected on 29% of the ballots and defied other extraordinary accomplishments by the best world players.

USHA Poll Results:

What was your favorite handball moment or feat of 2009?


Tyree Bastidas' domination in the junior fields


Paul Brady wins his 3rd consecutive World Title and 5th consecutive U.S. National 4-wall Title




Allan Garner's incredible run at the World Championships




Anna Engele wins her 11th National Open Championship




Fiona Shannon Slams in Portland for 3rd consecutive World Title








Emmett Peixoto defeats Chapman in battle for National 3-wall Title




Megan Mehilos gets her 5th consecutive National 3-wall Title




Satish Jagnandan defeats Cesar Sala to regain National 1-wall Title




32nd Annual New York Hall of Fame Tournament - brothers Bastidas roll – corner oldest Hall of Fame tournament in America - set to march on mark by winning  USHA Regional 4-wall championships later on at Albany.







Above: Coach P. Williams poses with I.C.H.A. members Tyree(green shirt) and Jurell Bastidas after their Open Men's Singles match at Fishkill, N.Y.

Top: T. Bastidas, J. Bastidas, N. Liu, A. Lee and B. Ajisafe, pose with coach P. Williams at the Hall of Fame Awards ceremony.

Above: Jurell Bastidas aiming at the ball as little brother Tyree looks on during their Open championship match.


Fishkill-N.Y. - Tyree and Jurell Bastidas, the current Northeast four-wall Open champions are so dominant they are likely to repeat again later on at the 2010 USHA four-wall Regional championships.

Both brothers found themselves in the semifinals battling strong opponents, who pushed them to the third game. And while Raul Retian put up a great display against J. Bastidas, it was not enough to earn him a pass to the championship match.

Eliel Torres, a young one-wall player, has been making vast improvements during his transition from one-wall to his four-wall game. He recently took Mike Schneider to the tiebreaker in the semifinals of the Sabo tournament on January 9th. Two months later he found himself in the semifinals against T. Bastidas, where Bastidas was pushed to the limit after coming back from a two month break from handball. T. Bastidas' last handball match was on January 9th.

With their championship match scheduled for Sunday, March 7, Jurell and Tyree Bastidas advanced to their second championship match against each other. It was the first time both brothers faced each other within New York State.

After it's over, you want to look back and say "Hey this is what we did, "T. Bastidas said "but you can't think about it while we are doing it."

T. Bastidas defeated big brother Jurell, who had rallied to beat second seeded R. Retian in a very close game the previous day, becoming the youngest player to win the oldest Hall of Fame tournament in America two years in a row.

"I've been attending this tournament for the past 32 years and this is the first time two brothers have reached the Open finals of this prestigious event"  said Bill Kennedy, the longtime USHA Northeast 4-wall Regional Commissioner.

Top: T. Bastidas, J. Bastidas, N. Liu, A. Lee and B. Ajisafe, posing with coach P. Williams at the Hall of Fame Awards ceremony.

32nd Annual New York State Hall of Fame Tournament - Honoring Banquet Held March. 6. Team Bastidas captures prestigious Hall of Fame tournament – steals attention in final game win.





Back row: Young New York Players Babalola Ajisafe, Na Liu and Jurell Bastidas posing with Amy Lee and Tyree Bastidas during the tournament

Above: :Tyree serving during the doubles open championship match

Above: Jurell Bastidas blasting the ball to the left corner side as team Bastidas capture the open doubles coveted crown.


Fishkill – N.Y. - Tyree and Jurell Bastidas marched into the doubles final championship match after playing a tough match in the semifinals. On the other side of the draw, Eliel Torres and Michael Angley also made their run to the championship match after a rough semifinals match.

Both teams showed up for their nine o'clock game on Sunday, March 7. Glenn Hall was selected as the referee for the final match, where all players were looking to be crowned at the oldest Hall of Fame tournament in America with roots in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Coach Paul Williams was present to eyewitness team Bastidas play. P. Williams has supported them for the past six years.

Team Bastidas won the championship match in two games, where team Torres/Angley put up a great long fight that lasted almost two hours. Both games were close contested, where the scores revealed the great efforts displayed on the court. Team Bastidas defeated team Torres/Angley 21-17 and 21-18, becoming the winners of the 2010 Hall of Fame tournament.

"I wasn't going to play in any tournament during March, I was supposed to be resting until April, but I heard of the WPH fireball Classic tournament and decided to come back" said T. Bastidas

"I don't know if I'm going to be ready for it, but I'm going to try to make it. After all, this type of tournaments (one-, and four-wall), do not come around to often" said Bastidas.

Team Bastidas is now focusing on winning the USHA four-wall Regional championships.

The Case For 1-Wall - Tyree Bastidas mentioned among top one-wall players - where the past meets the future.





T. Bastidas serving the ball in the men' s open division at the Mayor's Cup at Central park in the city, while partner Joe Durso stands by. Paul Angel is the designated referee, while Tyree's brother, Jurell, stands in the back(blue shirt) and watches him serve.



By Fred Lewis

“The purpose of this article is to make a case for building one-wall courts in other parts of the United States besides New York. One-wall is a great game and the WPH hopes to be involved in its promotion and proliferation throughout the world.”


Once upon a time a man by the name of Charley O’Connell convinced the director of the New York City Parks Department to build 1-wall handball courts in the neighborhood playgrounds and parks in the five boroughs of the city. O’Connell was the handball chairman of the Amateur Athletic Union, the then national governing body of handball. The result was the proliferation of 1-wall handball activity throughout New York. Today almost every public and catholic high school in this city of 8 million people has a handball team. New York is the capital of 1-wall activity, hosting almost all of the major open and junior tournaments.

Although the rest of the United States has failed to embrace 1-wall, other counties have, witness the recent competition at the World Championships in Portland.

More countries participated in the 1-wall events than the 4-wall events. There was the innovative side with the onset of team competition. This made for friendly rivalries and increased camaraderie among the participants.

Why has the rest of the United States failed to embrace 1-wall? The answer is lack of interest by the other governing bodies. They have paid lip service to 1-wall and really don’t care about promoting and marketing the game outside of New York. I think they have missed the boat and I’ll explain why.

One-wall, three-wall and four-wall are games that are different, however they all have elements that are common. Top one-wall players like Vic Hershkowitz, Oscar Obert, Decatur, Lou Russo and Tyree Bastidas also excelled at three-wall and four-wall. They learned the ambidextrous game from competing in one-wall. In addition their serves with two-way hooks accompanied them transitions they made from one-wall. Fly-killing is a must to be a top one-wall player. This is also brought over in the transition. Very few pure four-wall players use this shot to their advantage, preferring to take the ball off the back wall. One wall play sharpens the reflexes and improves agility. There are no sidewalls or back wall that allow players to adjust to angle shots or pass shots. Reaction time is instantaneous. One-wall is a very disciplined game from the standpoint of accuracy.

Because play is confined between the sidelines and backline, one must be very careful when returning serve, volleying or attempting an angle shot. There is a very small margin for error, unlike in four-wall or three-wall where you have the ability to hit the ceiling or side- walls before striking the front wall. Is one-wall difficult to play? The answer is YES but only if you want to become a top player. The courts in New York are mobbed with adults and kids who play for recreation. It is a sport they have easy access to and the use of the courts is free. The cost of constructing a one-wall court is relatively inexpensive compared to three-wall and four- wall. In Tucson the cost of constructing the site of the upcoming Fireball Tournament (2 one-wall courts) was one-third the cost of the single Freedom Park three-wall court. An enclosed four- wall court would have the added expense of a back wall, wooden floors, air conditioning, indoor lighting and possibly balcony viewing.

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Blending the Past and the Present.





For The Record:


Tyree’s favorite local tournament:

The Albany Open