Registration Dates for:
Open - Monday 25 June 2018.
Closes - Tuesday 31 July 2018.
Registration Dates for:
Open - Monday 3 September 2018.
Closes - Monday 15 October 2018
NB: By team registration we mean registration of the team for the league, and not players. Re player registration information please see below.
Player registrations will need to be completed two weeks before a team’s first match. Failure to upload player details on the Azolve system, will mean we cannot guarantee all teams will be have their players approved for their fixture.
Please note that when you add an individual player under-16s are classed as juniors and over 16s are classed as seniors.
There are no unexpected changes to the Mens’ Premier Handball League. Brighton HC have been promoted from the National South League replacing relegated Liverpool HC.
The Women's Premier Handball league will continue with eight teams competing for the national title. Coventry Sharks have been removed from the competition due to not meeting Fit For Purpose Criteria being on the grounds of being unable to field a youth team this past season, and no ability to enter one for the coming 2018-19 season. This sees them automatically relegated. Cambridge who finished in the relegation position were offered the option to remain in the Premier Handball League. However, they requested to return to the regional leagues. Reading Lionesses as the winners of the National play-off and Loughborough University, as the losing play-off finalist, have been promoted to the Premier Handball League.
Chelsea HC have been invited to accept the available position left in the National League South by Brighton HC’s promotion to the Premier Handball League. The National League South will continue for the 2018-19 season in a home and away format with six teams competing.
The National League North has been reduced to four teams with Deva, Newcastle and Leeds Beckett withdrawing from the National League North. The remaining teams will play a best of three series for the 2018-19 season.
The under-19, under-16, and under-14 formats will predominately follow a 2 x 20min game format for the 2018-19 season. This is to create more realistic handball matches for youth teams and also ease the time restrictions encountered when running short-game tournament formats on a single day.
The under-16 league will look to mirror the under-19 league format with teams competing in a tiered level competition. However, this can only be confirmed once the final entrants are known. This will be monitored as the travel commitments for both the under-19 and under-16 competition are considered and England Handball looks for a way of reducing the amount of travel and costs. This can include playing fixtures independently away from allocated weekends upon agreement with the relevant League Coordinators.
The under-14 league will start in September. Its exact format will be confirmed after a review of last year’s competition.
After a consultation period, the Regional South East Leagues for Men and Women will be split by region - in effect a North and South London split where applicable. The final geographic split will be decided upon following the close of team entry.
The England Handball approved venue register has been updated with venues which have come to light during the 2017-18 season. Grade A venues are now approved for 34m by 20m courts after last season’s league-specific survey.
The Azolve system will be updated for the 2018-19 season. The updates include player registration changes and team sign-ups. This will be demonstrated at the club conference for all members and information sent out accordingly. This will allow for all teams to be updated on the modified interface and user pathway.
It is a requirement for all foreign national players, regardless of age, previous playing experience, or league, to have International Transfer Certificates.
British Nationals returning from abroad to play in England will also require an ITC.
The EHF and IHF will instigate penalties/sanctions against England Handball if these regulations are not enforced.
If a player requires an ITC you they not be able to play without one.