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The World Junior Championships are open to players aged 18 years and under.  They include the Men’s Individual Championships, Men’s Team Championships, Women’s Individual Championships and the Women’s Team Championships.  The events are held biennially, with men’s team and women’s individual events held together one year, and the men’s individual and women’s team event held together the following year.

In 2014, the Men’s World Junior Individual and Team Championships and the Women’s World Junior Individual Championships will be held in Windhoek, Namibia.

2014 Men’s World Junior Team Championships Selection Criteria

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US Squash Junior Men’s Team (USJMT) Selection Procedures 

2014 Men’s World Junior Team Championships 

[PLEASE NOTE THAT THE WORLD SQUASH FEDERATION ARE CURRENTLY CONSIDERING CHANGES TO THE STRUCTURE OF THE WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS. IN THE INSTANCE THAT THESE CHANGES ARE ENFORCED, US SQUASH WILL MAKE ANY NECESSARY ADJUSTMENTS TO THE SELECTION CRITERIA. PLEASE SEE SECTION 7 FOR MORE DETAILS.]

1. Eligibility Criteria 

In order for players to be considered for selection they must:

  • Maintain full United States citizenship
  • Be age-eligible for the competition in question
  • Maintain US Squash membership from the start of the candidate process through the end of the competition
  • Comply with all World Squash Federation eligibility requirements regarding international championships
  • Have no documented serious on or off-court conduct violations of the US Squash Code of Conduct
  • Sign and comply with all US Squash U.S. Junior Team policies and contracts

2. Selection Process

There are three paths for selection to the USJMT

(Path A) Earning points by competing in Selection Events as listed in these criteria

Or

(Path B) Being a top 175 ranked PSA player on April 1, 2014
Or
(Path C) Age eligible college players must play in at least 4 Selection Events to make themselves eligible for selection, one of these can be the U.S. Junior Open 2013

Details of these two paths are detailed below:

(Path A)     Selection Event Points

• Six (6) players will represent the U.S. on the Junior Men’s Team in 2014.

• Points will be awarded for placing position in the following Selection Events: five (5) JCT events, the U.S. Junior Championships (Closed), and the Junior Men’s Team Playoff. Points earned in the U.S. Junior Closed and Playoff will count 1.5 times the point value of the JCT events. Points are only earned by players in the BU19 division.

• Participation in any age division of the U.S. Junior Open will earn players a standard point value regardless of finishing position (i.e. all participants get the same amount of points). This value will be added to the total points earned from the season before the point average is taken.

• After the conclusion of the U.S. Junior Championships (Closed), a player’s best three (3) out of six (6) event results will be averaged to determine the 16 players that will be invited to the Playoff. The player with the highest point average automatically earns a position on the USJMT and will not be invited to the playoff, unless a player has already earned a position on the team through Path B. If some players opt not to compete in the playoff, other players will be invited in order of point average, down to the player with the #32 point average. Seeding for the playoff will be based on a player’s individual tournament ranking points at the time of seeding.

• After the completion of the Playoff, the results from a player’s best four (4) of seven (7) tournaments will be averaged to determine the team. The top five players, regardless of age, and including the player(s) who already earned a position on the team through earning the #1 selection position or through Path B, will be selected to compete in the Junior World Championships based on the criteria outlined.

• The 6th position of the team is designated for a “developmental” player. This position will be filled by the player who finishes in the top ten (10) in the selection point standings in the BU19 division & is eligible to play in the Junior World Championships in 2016. If no player qualifies by these criteria, the player with the highest ranking in the BU17 division. In order to be eligible for the developmental position, players must meet the Eligibility Criteria in Section 1 and be 18 years of age or younger on August 31st 2016.

• In this case, the first ranking period which includes the results from the 2014 U.S. Junior Championship (Closed) will be used.

• National Teams Discretionary Positions in Selection Events will only be considered for those playing the BU19 division and will be decided upon by the National Team Selection Committee (NTSC). See Section 9 for more details.

• Please see Appendix 1 for tiebreak information in the event that two or more players have tied point averages.

(Path B)     PSA Ranking

• Any player who is ranked in the top 175 on the PSA Tour by April 1, 2014 is eligible for the USJMT provided he meets the Eligibility Criteria in Section 1. Should a position be accepted by a player based on this Path B, it would reduce the number of available positions on the USJMT via Path A.

(Patch C)     College players

• A player that is in college however will be age-eligible for the 2014 Men’s World Junior Team Championships will be required to play in at least four Selection Events (See Section 3 below for Selection Events list) not including the U.S. Junior Men’s Team Playoff.
• After the completion of the Playoff, the results from a player’s best four (4) of seven (7) tournaments will be averaged to determine the team.

3. Selection Events: 

Points are available in the following Tournaments:

September 21-23, 2013 – JCT – Connecticut
October 12-14, 2013 – JCT – Pennsylvania
November 9-11, 2013 – JCT – Massachusetts
December 14-17, 2013 – U.S. Junior Open (appearance point value only)
January 18-20, 2014 – JCT – West Coast
February 15 – 17, 2014 – JCT – Mid Atlantic
March 14 – 16, 2014 – U.S. Junior Championship (Closed)
April 11 – 13, 2014 – U.S. Junior Men’s Team Playoff (BU19 rankings only)

Note: The point breakdown for Selection Events is enumerated in a table in the PDF version of the Selection Criteria below.

4. Inability to Participate in a Selection Event 

Event Cancellation:
If an event is cancelled and a player will not have the necessary number of results to compute his average then that player will be awarded the point equivalent of his most recent selection event result.
Injury or Illness:
If a player will not have the necessary results to compute his average as a result of injury then that player may be awarded a to be determined point equivalent at the National Team Committee’s discretion.
Other Circumstances:
The National Teams Committee shall have the discretion to evaluate other circumstances, other than injury or illness, which preclude an athlete from participating in a scheduled selection event. Supporting evidence of the circumstance(s) may be required.

Note: An athlete candidate citing extenuating or other circumstances must also advise US
Squash in writing or via email to the National Coach at nationalteams@ussquash.com

5. Team Order of Play 

Once the Team has been selected, the Final Team order for the players will be at discretion of the National Team Coaches.  Their criteria will be based on, but not limited to, the following:

  • Results of challenge matches
  • General performance & Fitness Level
  • On and Off-court behavior

6. Replacement & Removal of Athletes: 

Following final selection of the Team members, replacements will only be made if:

  • An athlete voluntarily withdraws due to injury or illness, certified by a physician. If an athlete refuses verification of his illness or injury by a physician, the injury will be assumed to be disabling and the player may be removed.
  • A qualifying Team member voluntarily submits his resignation from competition in writing to the National Coach at nationalteams@ussquash.com.

Removal of Team members:

  • Any documented violations of the US Squash’s Code of Conduct are potential grounds for removal from the Team.

7. International Disclaimer 

These procedures are based on World Squash Federation rules and regulations as presently known and understood. Any change in the selection procedures caused by a change in World Squash Federation rules and regulations will be distributed to the affected athletes immediately. The selection criteria are based on the latest information available to the US Squash. However, the selection process is always subject to unforeseen, intervening circumstances, and realistically cannot account for every possible contingency.

8. Comliance with US Squash, USOC, USADA Rules and Regulations 

Players must be willing to submit Athlete Location Forms to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and comply with all US Squash, USOC and USADA regulations and requirements to remain eligible. Failure to comply will be met with disciplinary measures to be enforced by US Squash up to and including removal from the eligible player pool.

9. National Teams Committee

The committee is comprised of the following representatives:

  • Committee Chair: CEO US SQUASH (Kevin Klipstein)
  • Chair of the US SQUASH Board of Directors (John Fry)
  • All US Squash National Team Coaches
  • Director of National Teams and Certifications Rich Wade
  • Athlete Representative and Alternate (Gilly Lane, Michelle Quibell)

Appendix 1: Tiebreak Rules 

In the event that two players are tied in points, the following criteria will be used to determine team qualification:

Two way tie: 

  • Season-long head-to-head match record between the two tied players in selection events during the 2013-2014 season (including the 2013 U.S. Junior Open); if tied then:
  • The most recent head-to-head match result in a selection event during the 2013-2014 season (including the 2013 U.S. Junior Open); if no result is available then:
  • The player with the highest BU19 ranking as of the first ranking run after the Junior Closed including the 2013 U.S. Junior Championships (Closed); if tied then:
  • The player with the highest junior rating as of the first ranking run after the Junior Closed including the 2013 U.S. Junior Championships (Closed)

Three-player or above tie: 

  • Best overall winning percentage in head-to-head matches between the tied players in selection events during the 2013-2014 season (including the 2013 U.S. Junior Open); if tied then:
  • The player that has the best record in the below categories in all head-to-head matches between the tied players in selection events during the 2013-2014 season (including the 2013 U.S. Junior Open), in order of priority:
  • Percentage of Games Won to Games Lost
  • Percentage of Points Won to Points Lost
2014 Women’s World Junior Individual Championships Selection Criteria

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US Squash Junior Women’s  Selection Procedures 

2014 Women’s World Junior Individual Championships  

[PLEASE NOTE THAT THE WORLD SQUASH FEDERATION ARE CURRENTLY CONSIDERING CHANGES TO THE STRUCTURE OF THE WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS. IN THE INSTANCE THAT THESE CHANGES ARE ENFORCED, US SQUASH WILL MAKE ANY NECESSARY ADJUSTMENTS TO THE SELECTION CRITERIA. PLEASE SEE SECTION 7 FOR MORE DETAILS.]

1. Eligibility Criteria 

In order for players to be considered for the team, candidates must:

1. Maintain full United States citizenship
2. Be age-eligible for the competition in question
3. Maintain US Squash membership from the start of the candidate process through the end of the competition
4. Comply with all World Squash Federation eligibility requirements regarding international championships
5. Have no documented serious on or off-court conduct violations of the US Squash Code of Conduct
6. Sign and comply with all US Squash U.S. Junior Team policies and contracts

2. Selection Process 

The three (3) highest ranked U.S. Citizens competing in the Girls’ Under 19 Division, regardless of age eligibility to compete in future World Junior competitions, who confirm their interest will be selected to represent US Squash at the 2014 Women’s World Junior Individual Championship.

Rankings to determine qualification for this World Championship will be based on the first rankings run after the 2014 U.S. Junior Championship (Closed).

See Appendix 1 for information on tiebreak rules.

3. Additional Positions

If WSF grants US Squash additional playing positions, players will be invited based on the following criteria:

  • Any players granted additional playing positions must meet the Eligibility Criteria in Section 1 and be 18 years of age or younger on August 31st 2015. 
  • The positions are first opened to the highest ranked players finishing in the Top 10 in the GU19 Division.  Rankings to determine qualification will be based on the first rankings run that includes results from the 2014 U.S. Junior Championship (Closed). If there are no players that meet the criteria above, the top ranked players in the GU17 Division will be invited in ranking order up to the #10 position.  Rankings to determine qualification will be based on the first rankings run after the 2014 U.S. Junior Championship (Closed).

4. Replacement & Removal of Athletes:

Following final selection of the Team members, replacements will only be made if:

  • An athlete voluntarily withdraws due to injury or illness, certified by a physician.  If an athlete refuses verification of his illness or injury by a physician, the injury will be assumed to be disabling and the player may be removed.
  • A qualifying Team member voluntarily submits his resignation from competition in writing to the National Coach at nationalteams@ussquash.com.

Removal of Team members:

  • Any documented violations of the US Squash’s Code of Conduct are potential grounds for removal from the Team.

5. International Disclaimer 

These procedures are based on World Squash Federation rules and regulations as presently known and understood. Any change in the selection procedures caused by a change in World Squash Federation rules and regulations will be distributed to the affected athletes immediately. The selection criteria are based on the latest information available to the US Squash. However, the selection process is always subject to unforeseen intervening circumstances and realistically cannot account for every possible contingency.

6. Compliance with US Squash, USOC and USADA Rules and Regulations 

Players must be willing to submit Athlete Location Forms to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and comply with all US Squash, USOC and USADA regulations and requirements to remain eligible. Failure to comply will be met with disciplinary measures to be enforced by US Squash up to and including removal from the eligible player pool.

Appendix 1: Tiebreak Rules 

In the event that two players are tied in points, the following criteria will be used to determine team qualification:

Two way tie: 

  • Season-long head-to-head match record between the two tied players in selection events during the 2013-2014 season (including the 2013 U.S. Junior Open); if tied then:
  • The most recent head-to-head match result in a selection event during the 2013-2014 season (including the 2013 U.S. Junior Open); if tied then: The player with the highest GU19 ranking as of the first ranking run including the 2014 U.S. Junior Championships (Closed); if tied then:
  • The player with the highest junior rating as of the first ranking run including the 2014 U.S. Junior Championships (Closed)

Three-player or above tie: 

  • Best overall winning percentage in head-to-head matches between the tied players in selection events during the 2013-2014 season (including the 2013 U.S. Junior Open); if tied then:
  • The player that has the best record in the below categories in all head-to-head matches between the tied players in selection events during the 2013-2014 season (including the 2013 U.S. Junior Open), in order of priority:
  1. Percentage of Games Won to Games Lost
  2. Percentage of Points Won to Points Lost
2014 Men’s World Junior Team Selection Points Standings

Selection points standings as of March 17, 2014 from the selection events specified in the World Junior Team Championships selection criteria:

Junior Men's Selection Points Standings 4.14.14

The Ontario-American Challenge started in 2004 and annually brings elite juniors from around the country together for a four-day team trip filled with friends, competition, and fun.  The juniors participating gain valuable experience in an international competition along with playing the opportunity to play competitive team squash.  The top U.S. Juniors compete against Ontario’s best in the U13, U15, and U17 age divisions in pursuit of national pride and the Ontario-American Challenge Trophy.

2014 Ontario-American Challenge Selection Criteria

Age Divisions
A total of 4 players are invited in each of the boys and girls divisions in the U13, U15, and U17 age divisions, bringing together 24 players total.

Qualification
A. The top 4 ranked players in their age division as of the March 19th, 2014 Rankings Calculation.
B. If one of the top players is unable to participate, the next ranked player from the March 19th, 2014 Rankings Calculation will be invited to the event.
C. Player must be age eligible throughout the Ontario-American Challenge tournament. Example: If a player is 12 years old leading up to the Ontario-American Challenge, but either right before or during the event they will turn 13 years old, they will be ineligible to participate in the U13 division.
D. All participants must be current U.S. Citizens.

Dates
The 2014 Ontario-American Challenge will take place in August, dates TBD at the White Oaks Resort and Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada.

Past Participants and Results: Click here

Ontario-America Challenge Blog
Players and parents can follow the action during the event on the Ontario-American Challenge Blog, which can be accessed by clicking here.

May 24-26, Merion Cricket Club
June 6-8, Brunswick School
June 27-29, Yale University
July 25-27, Westchester Country Club

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2013 Women’s World Junior Team Championships

Wroclaw, Poland
Finish: 2nd Place
Coach: Scott Devoy, Lynn Leong
Team: Sabrina Sobhy | Olivia Fiechter | Reeham Sedky | Maria Elena Ubina

2012 Men’s World Junior Team Championships

Doha, Qatar
Finish: 8th Place
Coach: Adam Hamill
Team: Dylan Murray | Edward Columbia | TJ Dembinski | Devin McLaughlin

2011 Women’s World Junior Team Championships

Boston, USA
Finish: 2nd Place
Coaches: Jack Wyant, Natalie Grainger
Team: Amanda Sobhy | Olivia Blatchford | Haley Mendez | Sabrina Sobhy

2010 Men’s World Junior Team Championships

Quito, Ecuador
Finish: 12th Place
Coaches: Martin Heath, Adam Hamill
Team: Brandon McLaughlin | Ash Egan | Dylan Murray | Christopher Jung

2009 Women’s World Junior Team Championships

Chennai, India
Finish: 4th Place
Coaches: Jake Wyant, Meredith Quick
Team: Amanda Sobhy | Olivia Blatchford | Julie Cerullo | Yarden Odinak

2008 Men’s World Junior Team Championships

Zurich, Switzerland
Finish: 10th Place
Coaches: Martin Heath, Adam Hamill
Team: Todd Harrity | Alex Domenick | Thomas Mattsson | Matt Domenick

2007 Women’s World Junior Team Championships

Hong Kong, China
Finish: 8th Place
Coaches: Jake Wyant, Meredith Quick
Team: Logan Greer | Olivia Blatchford | Emily Park | Sarah Toomey

2006 Men’s World Junior Team Championships

Palmerston North, New Zealand
Finish: 13th Place
Coaches: Chris Smith, Preston Quick
Team: Reed Endresen | Trevor McGuinness | Mark Froot | Todd Harrity

2005 Women’s World Junior Team Championships

Herentals, Belgium
Finish: 4th Place
Coaches: Mark Allen, Natalie Grainger
Team: Lily Lorentzen | Kristen Lange | Amanda Siebert | Emery Maine

2004 Men’s World Junior Team Championships

Islamabad, Pakistan
Finish: 14th Place
Coaches: Mike Callaway, Chris Smith
Team: Christopher Gordon | Garnett Booth | Joe Raho | Suleyman Saleem

2003 Women’s World Junior Team Championships

Cairo, Egypt
Finish: 8th Place
Coaches: Aidan Harrison, Natalie Grainter
Team: Claire Rein-Weston | Lily Lorentzen | Audrey Duboc | Lauren McCrery

2002 Men’s World Junior Team Championships

Chennai, India
Finish: 7th Place
Coaches: Mike Callaway, Duncan Pearson
Team: Julian Illingworth | Christopher Gordon | Nicholas Chirls | Michael Gilman

2001 Women’s World Junior Team Championships

Penang, Malaysia
Finish: 4th Place
Coaches: Aidan Harrison, Natarsha Tippett
Team: Michelle Quibell | Amy Gross |  Alexandra Pearson | Kate Rapisarda

2000 Men’s World Junior Team Championships

Milan, Italy
Finish: 17th Place
Coaches: Bryan Patterson, Mark Lewis
Team: Michael Blumberg | Julian Illingworth | Patrick Malloy | Richard Repetto

1999 Women’s World Junior Team Championships

Antwerp, Belgium
Finish: 5th Place
Coaches: Benoit Desombre, Natasha Tippett
Team: Louisa Hall | Michelle Quibell | Amy Gross | Alexandra Pearson

1998 Men’s World Junior Team Championships

Princeton, USA
Finish: 20th Place
Coaches: Bryan Patterson, Ben Desombre
Team: Peter Kelly | Dylan Patterson | Eric Pearson | Noah Wimmer

1997 Women’s World Junior Team Championships

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Finish: 13th Place

1996 Men’s World Junior Team Championships

Cairo, Egypt
Finish: 15th Place
Coach: Ned Edwards
Team: Peter Kelly | David McNeely | Preston Quick | Tim Wyant

1995 Women’s World Junior Team Championships

Sydney, Australia
Finish: 8th Place
Coaches:  Alicia McConnell, Ted Mathias
Team: Julia Beaver | Lindsay Wilber | Elise O’Connell | Stephanie Teaford

1994 Men’s World Junior Team Championships

Christchurch, New Zealand
Finish: 21st Place
Coach: Mark Talbott
Team: Dave McNeely | Kevin Orphan | Jeff Blumberg | Alan Cantlin

1993 Women’s World Junior Team Championships

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Finish: 13th Place
Coaches: Julie Harris, Bill Lane
Team: Harriet Ells | Brooke Herlihy | Katherine Johnson | Ivy Pochoda

1992 Men’s World Junior Team Championships

Hong Kong
Finish: 20th Place
Coach: Don Mills
Team: Ted Bruenner | Jason Jewell | Moshin Mir | Jack Wyant

1991 Women’s World Junior Team Championships

Bergen, Norway

Finish: 8th Place
Coaches: Julie Lane, Bill Lane
Team: Latashya Khan | Aimee La Gorce | Katherine Johnson | Shireen Kaufman

1990 Men’s World Junior Team Championships

Paderborn, Germany
Finish: 19th Place
Coach: Don Mills
Team: Mac Carbonelle | Marty Clark | Rick Hartigan | Matt Ogelsby

1989 Women’s World Junior Team Championships

Hamilton, New Zealand
Finish: 8th Place
Coaches: David Temple, Martin Schneider
Team: Berkeley Belknap | Mary Belknap | Mimi Ells | Aimee La Gorce

1988 Men’s World Junior Team Championships

Edinburgh, Scotland
Finish: 18th Place

1987 Women’s World Junior Team Championships

Brighton, England
Finish: 11th Place

1986 Men’s World Junior Team Championships

Brisbane, Australia
Finish: 14th Place

1985 Women’s World Junior Team Championships

Dublin, Ireland
Finish: 9th Place

1984 Men’s World Junior Team Championships

Calgary, Canada
Finish: 10th Place

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