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US Squash Academy

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The US Squash Academy serves as an elite performance academy for Team USA in an effort to continue the recent progress in the world standings.

The first US Squash Academy will take place July 9-23 at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.

The approach to the Academy is multi-layered, combining several major components of US Squash’s rapidly evolving elite development programs and bringing them together. These components include the Elite Athlete Program (EAP), prospective EAP athletes – primarily U.S. players competing in collegiate squash, the top junior prospects nationally across age divisions and the Junior Team USA players.

The Academy is under the direction of The Ganek Family US Squash Head National Coach Paul Assaiante and day-to-day operations overseen by Gilly Lane, Associate Head Coach at the University of Pennsylvania, and one of US Squash’s most successful athletes, having attended UPenn as a student-athlete, represented Team USA at multiple major events, trained in both the U.S. and the Netherlands as a professional player and achieved a world ranking of 49.

The U11 and U13 age groups will take place from July 10-15, 2016.

The U15 and U17 age groups will take place from July 17-22, 2016.

For more information please email rich.wade@ussquash.com.

US Squash Academy Junior Selection Criteria

Age Divisions: A total of 6 players are invited in each of the boys and girls divisions in the U11 and U13 in the first week and then the U15 and U17 in the second week, bringing together 24 players total for each squad week.

Qualification:

A. The top 6 ranked players in their age division as of the February 10, 2016 Rankings Calculation – the rankings run immediately after the Mid-Atlantic JCT – will receive invitations for the US Squash Academy.

B. If one of the top 6 players is unable to participate, the next ranked player from the February 10, 2016 Rankings Calculation will be invited to the event.

C. Players must be age eligible as of July 9, 2016 (the first day of the US Squash Academy) in order to participate in the US Squash Academy: If a players ages-up after July 9 and/or during the academy then they will still be eligible to participate in the academy in the age group they are in as of July 9, 2016.

D. All participants must be current U.S. Citizens.

Dates: The US Squash Academy will be divided into two separate squad weeks for the junior players.

The U11 and U13 age groups will take place from July 10-15, 2016.

The U15 and U17 age groups will take place from July 17-22, 2016.

US Squash Academy College Selection Criteria

The college component of the academy will include: an insight into life as a professional squash player and using training methods that the professionals use; becoming a US Squash Level 1 certified coach; access to a professional fitness trainer and fitness testing.

Selection Process: Announced Shortly.