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Tucson, AZ - November, 28th 2012 - The newly formed 4 Wall Senior Pro Handball Tour, administered by the World Players of Handball (WPH) will debut in Houston, Texas, January 25th and 26th, 2013, and run alongside the second season of the R48Pro (Race4Eight) Handball Series. The SR48Pro, as it will be labeled, will feature past touring professionals, former and current national/world champions, and inspiring 40 year old (and older) athletes vying for prize money, ranking points and the ability to be added to the roster at the Player's Championship in Seattle, Washington, over Cinco De Mayo weekend (May, 2013). "We have had the idea for a few years now, but timing is everything," claims WPH Director, David Vincent. "Within moments of an Internet leak we had inquiries from hall of famers, former #1 ranked pros and current national and open champions. The buzz is very exciting!"

First to enter?

John Bike, Tyler Hamel, Naty Alvarado Jr and John Robles entered within 30 minutes of the announcement. This bracket has prize money, ranking points and ability to be selected as one of the Final Four sent to Seattle.  The entry is open to anyone celebrating their 40th in 2013 or older.

Enter HERE:  http://www.r2sports.com/tourney/home.asp?TID=10353

Top ranked players will relive their youth w/a bio page, rankings, shirts and some bragging rights (just like the old days).  

Format:

One game match to 25, halftime after the 15th point (WPH Qualifier format), win by two, traditional scoring, etc. (see WPH for more)

Schedule:

In most cases, the SR event will start on Friday (4pm - later) and end before the SNL R48 Finals on Saturday evening.

Email us for details:  weplayhandball@cs.com


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This is great to get the lost age group back into the spotlight!
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For Immediate Release
David C. Vincent
World Players of Handball
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WPH to Create Senior Pro Handball Tour

Tucson, AZ - November, 29th 2012 - The newly formed 4 Wall Senior Pro Handball Tour, administered by the World Players of Handball (WPH) will debut in Houston, Texas, January 25th and 26th, 2013, and run alongside the second season of the R48Pro (Race4Eight) Handball Series. The SR48Pro, as it will be labeled, will feature past touring professionals, former and current national/world champions, and inspiring 40 year old (and older) athletes vying for prize money, ranking points and the ability to be added to the roster at the Player's Championship in Seattle, Washington, over Cinco De Mayo weekend (May, 2013). "We have had the idea for a few years now, but timing is everything," claims WPH Director, David Vincent. "Within moments of an Internet leak we had inquiries from hall of famers, former #1 ranked pros and current national and open champions. The buzz is very exciting!"

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Just when I think I'm out, they pull me back in!" - John Bike (46), USHA Hall of Fame Member, former national and world champ; former #1 ranked pro.

"As a former ranked professional from the late 1990's, it will be my pleasure to participate in this event. I was hoping there would be a day when we would have a Senior Pro Tour and now it's here because of the WPH. As a competitive aging athlete, you never lose the thought of what it was like to compete in your prime and comparing yourself to today's elite pro contenders. To be part of a professional venue again, as well as to compete against the best players in the world closer to your age group, is a dream come true. Thank you Dave Vincent and the WPH." -John Robles (47) four time world champion, formerly ranked #3 on the pro tour, 10 time national champion.
 
The official Race4Eight season kicked off at the Simple Green US Open of Handball in Fountain Valley, CA, in October; meanwhile, stop two was held in Tucson, AZ--both featuring the top touring pros in today's game. Stop #3 will be in Houston, Texas, January 24th-26th, with an amateur qualifier played out on Thursday. Winners and losers of their respective qualifier brackets will be placed into the top 16 alongside the already established Elite Eight. "We will begin the main event [top 16] on Friday morning [1/25] and the eventual champion will be crowned Saturday night during the SNL finals," Vincent claims. "The Senior Tour will begin Friday night and wrap up with an exciting final just before the R48Pro SNL final Saturday evening. The average viewer, whether court-side or at home watching over the Internet will be truly entertained." The remaining Senior Schedule is planned to shadow all remaining Race4Eight stops to close out the season.

The WPH film crew will broadcast all matches from the show court to include semi and final games for the Seniors, in addition to the Elite R48Pros beginning Friday morning and concluding Saturday night. You can watch at
http://www.race4eight.com
with a paid subscription and the broadcast schedule will be posted on that page by Wednesday, January 23rd. To enter this event as a qualifier or senior player (must be 40 years of age in 2013) go to: http://www.r2sports.com/tourney/home.asp?TID=10353

The World Players of Handball, based out of Tucson, Arizona, has a mission of growing the sport of handball through innovation. For complete details about all stops, how to enter, scoring and formats, please contact the WPH:
weplayhandball@cs.com
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Salt Lake City is pivotal for the Senior Tour.  Naty Alvarado and John Bike have seemed to secure two of the top four spots with Alvarado still eligible to be named to the top 8 (Elite Eight) pros invited to Seattle.  If that happens, then it will be a sprint to the finish between Bike, McLaughlin, Armijo, Watkins and Hamel.  If Naty does bail, then the senior tour is wide open.

A win in Salt Lake could put you into the coveted final four.  The Final Four will be invited to Seattle alongside the Elite Eight.

Enter here:  http://www.r2sports.com/tourney/home.asp?TID=10973

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