US Squash’s Regional Squads are a developmental pathway for junior players, providing elite coaching to top juniors within seven regions across the US. Groups of elite players will meet several times throughout the season with National Team coaches for one-day training sessions in November, January and May, culminating in the Team Regional Championships taking place in June 2015.
Regional Squads are available for boys and girls in the U13, U15 and U17 age divisions, with up to 4 players per region for Regional Squad Training events based on registered interest. These Regional Squads are designed for the players and coaches only. Parents are not allowed to be present during these sessions.
Regional Squad Qualification
A. Player is ranked within the top 50 in their age division as of three weeks prior to the Regional Squad taking place. Note that for the Great Lakes region, players within the top 75 in their age division as of three weeks prior to the Regional Squad taking place.
B. Player must be age eligible for each Squad Training Session on the day of the squad, regardless of the entry deadline date. Example: If the squad date is November 16th and a player ages up on November 15th then they will only be eligible for the older age category.
C. Players only qualify to participate in the Squad Training Session that takes place in the region in which they reside for the majority of the year. Please note: Players that reside in northern New Jersey will be eligible for the NY Regional Squad and players residing in central New Jersey will be eligible for the Pennsylvania Regional Squad.
D. Other selections at the discretion of US Squash.
E. All participants must be current U.S. Citizens.
DATES AND LOCATIONS:
Regional Squad Dates
There will be three Regional Squad Training Sessions throughout the 2013-2014 season. Each region will host a Regional Squad on:
- November 15-16, 2014 depending on location
- May 2-3, 2015 depending on location
Regional Squad Locations
1. The Great Lakes Region – Chicago
• Includes players living in these states: IA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MN, MO, ND, OH, SD, WI, WV
2. The Mid Atlantic Region – Baltimore
• Includes players living in these states: DC, DE, MD, VA
3. The New England Region – Boston
• Includes players living in these states: MA, ME, NH, RI, VT
4. The Connecticut Region – Greenwich
• Includes players living in these states: CT
5. The New York Area Region – New York City
• Includes players living in these states: NY, Northern NJ
6. The Pennsylvania Area Region – Philadelphia
• Includes players living in these states: PA, Southern NJ
7. The Western States Region – San Francisco
• Includes players living in these states: AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, UT, WA, WY
8. Regional Squads will not be scheduled in 2013-2014 in the Southeast or Central Regions – US Squash will continue to pursue squads in these regions, please await further announcements.
• Includes players living in these states: AR, CO, KS, LA, NE, OK, TX, AL, FL, GA, MS, NC, SC, TN
• Eligible players from these regions can sign up for Regional Squads in other locations
• Up to four players per age group per gender from these regions can waive into other regions.
• Players from these states will not take the place in the squad of those who have qualified for that region. Additional positions are available for these players.
COSTS AND BENEFITS:
The cost to participate in a Regional Squad session is $130 for 9am-1pm sessions, and $195 for 10am-4pm sessions per session per participant. US Squash in coordination with the Regional Coaches will determine the length of each session depending on the region. This includes all coaching, meals, team apparel, and prizes. Participants are responsible for travel both to and from the venue. Players who register will be able to view their updated regional ranking prior to the October 17th, 2013, at 12:00pm EST entry deadline. If a player does not gain entry to a squad they will receive a full refund.
REGISTRATION PROCESS AND TIMELINE:
Eligible participants will receive an invitation by US Squash allowing the player to sign up for the Regional Squad. Any players that sign up after the registration deadline, will be accepted subject to availability. Interested players can register for each event by finding their Regional Squad information page on the US Squash Calendar.
Building on the increased attention to elite junior activity at the regional level, US Squash has announced the introduction of a new team competition, the Regional Team Championships. The selection criteria and competition will mirror that of the Ontario-American Challenge whereby the top four players in each age group and gender will be invited to represent their region in the inaugural championships to take place on June 27-29, 2014 at Yale University in New Haven.
Currently seven of the nine US Squash regions conduct Regional Squads, creating the potential to have 168 players competing against one another for the 2014 Regional Team Champions title.
The Regional Team Championships is part of the new Regional Squad initiative where the top ranked juniors in each region are invited to compete against one another. There are 3 Regional Squads that take place each season where the highest ranked juniors are able to train as a team, creating a strong team dynamic and working towards a common goal before competing together in the Team Championships.
The 2014 Regional Team Championships will take place on June 27-29th at Yale University in New Haven.
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 for each region.
A. The top 4 ranked players in their age division as of the March 19th, 2014 Rankings Calculation in each region. Note: Please see the new ‘Regional Rankings’ list on the rankings page here.
B. If one of the higher ranked players is unable to participate, the next ranked player from the March 19th, 2014 Rankings Calculation will be invited to the event.
C. Players that are age-eligible as of February 25th, 2014 may compete in that age division even if they age out of the division before the competition. Example: If a player competed in the U15’s at the Junior Closed and turned 15 years of age between then and the Regional Team Championship then the player is still eligible to participate in the U15’s for the Regional Team Championships.
D. All participants must be current U.S. Citizens.
The competition will mirror the tournament schedule of the World Junior Championships.
• 4 players selected per age division per gender.
• The Head Regional Coach selects 3 players from each age group whose score will count in each match; the fourth (#4) players will play a match but the result will not count towards the team score.
• The 3 players selected can/will change for each match.
• The match score is the aggregate of the 18 matches, therefore the first team to win 10 matches wins.
• All Regions will play each other once in a Round Robin format.
– In the case of a tie, the winner is decided by a games won count back
– If two teams have the same final record, the winner is decided by their head to head result
– If three or more teams have the same final record, the winner is decided by the team that has won the most amount of games overall