The balance between sand and indoor: beach handball and the sport of Olympic hopes

This summer time couldn’t have been extra emotional. There was one solemn pleasure, adopted by a dance of pleasure. German beach handball gamers celebrated their first World Championship title on the sands of Crete at the finish of June, solely two weeks later to win the World Games in Birmingham, USA. “It can all sink in a little bit little by little. But the time period world champion remains to be a bit surreal and would not really feel important,” says Lena Klingler, describing her emotional state.

The 21-year-old Klingler was one of the prime scorers in the German Handball Association (DGB) choice and impressed a number of instances along with his throwing adjustments in the left outdoors place. DHB president Andreas Michelmann described the girls’s success as “a landmark” having received three of their sport’s largest tournaments in twelve months, together with final yr’s European Championships. “It was completely wonderful and utterly sudden,” says Klingler.

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However, girls’s success is not any accident. For three years now, the German Handball Federation has been working constantly with coach Aleksandar Novakovic to create steady buildings and employees continuity. Courses have been strengthened – even in winter – in order that gamers have extra time to coach particularly for beach handball and construct squads. Tactical preparations earlier than and throughout the event have additionally been expanded. The result’s now 25 consecutive victories for the Germans and they’re amongst the finest in the world.

This is accompanied by elevated consideration and appreciation in the handball scene and past, with the go to of IOC President Thomas Bach rekindling hopes that the sport can be added to the Olympic catalog in the future after makes an attempt thus far failed. Beach handball could also be slowly shaking off its popularity as a enjoyable indoor model. “Each sport has a enjoyable model and a aggressive model. There are additionally third division footballers and absolute soccer professionals who meet for a beer on Sundays. It’s the similar in beach handball,” says Klingler. Everything has its place. Except that the challenges in the sand are sometimes underestimated. Working underground is one factor, climate dependent and typically sweaty temperatures are one other.

In addition, the sport is engaging in its pace and affords spectators spectacular leisure with Kempa methods and spin throws. This will be anticipated at the German Championship, which can be held from August 5 to 7 (the closing event can be broadcast dwell on Twitch). After just a few years in Berlin, the occasion returned to Cuxhaven by way of a brief detour to Dusseldorf, the place the event at Stadion-Meer was first held in 1997 – albeit in a barely completely different type – and ran till 2011.

The males’s winners lately are BHC Sand Devils, Beach & Da Gang, SG Schurwald and The Northern Lights, whereas the Ismaning Brothers, Strandgefluster Minden and Minga Turtles are offered as favorites for the girls. Klingler, who received the title with the Turtles final yr and was voted the event’s Most worthy participant, can even be on alert towards the Beach Unicorns from Hanover, the place nationwide workforce teammate Liv Süchting will maintain the protection collectively. A couple of extra well-known faces must also be anticipated, though the schedule has modified a bit this yr because of two main tournaments and many handball golf equipment have began preparations.

There is little time for regeneration and the transition from indoor to sand shouldn’t be uncared for

This is the purpose why Klingler will be unable to take part this yr, however the VfL Waiblingen Tigers from the first division are taking part in their first friendlies. “Sometimes the corridor comes first,” says Klingler. In Germany, for instance, there aren’t any circumstances the place athletes can focus utterly on the sand, as in Spain. “It’s nonetheless not the similar in Germany,” says Klingler, who feels fortunate that his membership despatched him to the DHB programs. A reduction that not each membership does.

So there stays a balancing act between the corridor and the sand – which is usually a bit difficult at instances. In any case, there may be little time for regeneration and the change can’t be ignored. Physically, as a result of muscle groups and tendons are used otherwise and contact is extra intense away from the beach. But mentally, as a result of the recreation system is tactically completely different with two extra gamers and a bigger discipline, in addition to extra beginning actions on the flooring.

“I used to leap in beach handball throwing with each toes, and then I noticed that it was not needed presently,” says Klingler. After two coaching classes, the chief returned. Indoor pirouettes stay the exception.

Despite the indoor event this weekend, Lena Klingler could also be retaining her head down in beach handball and crossing her fingers in entrance of her telephone display for her teammates. Maybe a dance of pleasure is included.

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