US SQUASH

Events and Selection Criteria

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 U.S. SQUASH (Kevin Klipstein)
  • Chair of the U.S. 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 World Junior Women’s Team Championships Selection Criteria

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US Squash Junior Women’s Team (USJWT) 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

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In 2013, the Men’s World Team Squash Championship was held in Mulhouse, France where Team USA finished 12th place. The next Women’s World Team Squash Championships is being held in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada in December 2014.

Since 1995, Squash has been a sport of the Pan American Games.  The Pan American Games are a major sporting event held between athletes from nations of the Americas every four years in the year preceding the Olympic Games. Thousands of athletes participate in a variety of sporting competition. The Pan American Games were last held in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2011, and the next edition of the Games will be held in Toronto, Canada in 2015.

National Squads

The pinnacle of US Squash’s junior development are the Junior National Squads. The 2013-2014 season will be host to a three day national squad that will take place on January 3-5th, 2014 venue TBD.

  • The 12 highest ranked players in the BU19 division and 6 highest ranked in the GU19 division will receive invitations to attend the Junior National Squads.
  • In addition to these invitations, there will be 4 national coaches discretionary positions available for the Junior Men, and 2 national coaches discretionary positions available for the Junior Women.
  • The Junior National Squad will be selected after the November 13th, 2013, the rankings run after the Frank Millet Massachusetts JCT.

The squad will give the countries best junior players access to Team USA’s National Coaches and will allow the coaches to better develop relationships with players prior to the 2014 World Junior Championships in Namibia.

The cost to participate in the National Squad is $295 per weekend per participant. This includes all coaching, meals, team apparel, and accommodation. Participants are responsible for travel both to and from the venue. The Junior National Squads will continue in preparation for the 2014 World Junior Championships after the 2014 Junior Closed and the necessary Team USA Trial has taken place. These squads will be mandatory for all selected team players and further details for these will be available later in the season.

Ontario-American Challenge

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.

Regional Squads

RegionalSquadsUS 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 2014.

2013-2014 Regional Squads Selection Criteria

ELIGIBILITY:

Age Divisions
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 the October 16th, 2013 Rankings Calculation.  Note that for the Great Lakes and West Coast regions, players within the top 75 in their age division as of the October 16th, 2013 rankings calculation will be accepted.
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 16th or 17th depending on location
  • January 11th/12th OR February 1st/2nd depending on location TBD
  • May 4th

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:

Regional Squads
The cost to participate in a Regional Squad session is $195 per session per participant. 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:

Registration for Regional Squads will be available by September 23rd, 2013. The deadline to sign up for all Regional Squads is Thursday October 17th, 2013, at 12:00pm EST. Interested players can register for each event by finding their Regional Squad information page on the US Squash Calendar. After the Thursday October 17th, 2013 entry deadline, players who registered and qualified will not receive a refund should they withdraw.

The New England Region – Boston, November 17th Sign up here
The Connecticut Region – Greenwich, November 17th Sign up here
The New York Region – New York City, November 17th Sign up here
The Pennsylvania Region – Philadelphia, November17th Sign up here
The West Coast Region – San Francisco, November 16-17th Sign up here
The Mid-Atlantic Region – Baltimore, November 17th Sign up here
The Great Lakes Region – Chicago, November 16th Sign up here