Street Handball International is pleased to announce that we have made a cooperation agreement with
Street Handball American Samoa who do a lot for increasing handball in American Samoa.
We wish them the best of luck to implement Street Handball in American Samoa.
My name is Carl Sagapolutele Floor I’m 59 and I grew up in the small town of Marlboro, New York in the USA. My mom is from the tiny island of American Samoa which is located 10 degrees south of the equator in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean and I moved here with my twin daughters in 2011 to take care of her.
I am retired and so my daily routine is that I volunteer teaching handball to the students during physical education classes from Monday through Friday, from grades 1 to 8 at our local elementary school, Lupelele located in the village of Iliili.
I have been a volunteer coach of baseball, American Football and wrestling while I lived in the states for over 20 years.
I have never played handball and I never even heard of the sport until I went to my eldest son’s college graduation at Gannon University in 2013. He invited me to watch the students play a game of handball. I liked the game and when I found out that handball was an Olympic sport I decided to form a federation when I got back to American Samoa and learn the game.
We became an official recognized sport by our National Olympic Committee and after recruiting local athletes we played our first ever game at the IHF Trophy Oceania in 2014. Realizing how much I had to learn I invited and brought over USA Handball Coach Julio Seinz in 2015 to assist me with handball drills, skills and fundamentals as I learned the strategies and rules of the game.
In 2016 we were invited to participate in an IHF Oceania Beach Handball program and coaches from Australia came and taught me the game. We competed in the 1st U17 Oceania Beach Handball Championships and our U17 Women placed 1st to which we were then invited to compete at the 2017 IHF World Beach Handball Championships. The event was a qualifier for the 2018 Youth Olympics, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Our girls placed 12th but, higher than Australia and that invited us to represent Oceania at the 2018 YOG which we did.
We went on and competed in the Sr. Oceania Women’s Beach Handball Championships and placed second in 2018 and again in 2019.
I have been the head coach throughout our development and was blessed to have my twin daughters play on every team.
I realized that because we do not have an official beach handball court we train mostly on grass and with modified rules of no dribbling, essentially playing Street Handball as there’s no contact and fair play is essential. We play twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays after school.
– What is the best with Street Handball fair play rules?
It is good to have everyone touch the ball.
– How can you help Street Handball International to increase street handball in your local area and get new players?
By helping to organize competitions in Oceania and by marketing the game by showing our athletes competing in Street Handball
– Why you chose to be part of SHI? Because I am always searching for opportunities to advance my athletes.
We have been playing Street Handball for over 2 years
– We will host our first Street Handball Tournament during our Flag Day Holiday, April 7th celebrating the treaty signed with the USA where we became a territory of.
Carl Sagapolutele Floor
Street Handball Project Manager American Samoa
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