Junior Nationals Preview
by USA Racquetball
Tournament Director: Connor Shane
Here we go, Juniors! Whether you are a likely contender for a spot on the U.S. Junior Team, or you are attending your very first National Junior Championships, or you fall somewhere in between, we are excited to welcome you to the 2022 USA Racquetball National Junior Championships!
Information below, and please visit the tournament website home page for more information about the event about to take place in Des Moines. https://www.r2sports.com/tourney/home.asp?TID=39341
Monday, June 20th @ 4pm MT: Draws will be published online at the tournament website home page (link above)
By Tuesday, June 21st @ 12:00 pm MT, send an email with TIME AND SEEDING DISPUTES to Championships@usaracquetball.com
Wednesday, June 22nd from 4:00-6:00 pm CT: Check-in at the YMCA
Thursday, June 23rd at 8:00 am CT: Check-in at the YMCA, throughout the day based on match times and arrivals. Check in at least 1 hour before scheduled match time.
Thursday, June 23rd at 9:00 am CT: Matches begin!
Starting Thursday, June 23rd: Live streaming on USAR Facebook page
Saturday, June 25th (Time and Location To Be Announced): Parents/Players Meeting for the parents of those players who have already qualified for the U.S. Junior Team or who feel they may qualify on Sunday.
Saturday, June 25th (Time and Location To Be Announced): Awards Ceremony & Ice Cream Social. This event is free for athletes, family, and friends. A light dinner (only) beforehand is strongly recommended!
Saturday, June 25th and Sunday, June 26th -- Medals awarded at Tournament Registration Desk -- Congratulations to the medalists!
Penn is the Official Ball of USA Racquetball. The ProPenn Green ball will be used in all matches.
Medals will be awarded for 1st - 4th in each division (Gold, Silver, Bronze, Pewter)
As of this writing (6/14/22), 103 players are entered -- 61 boys and 42 girls -- in Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles divisions.
U.S. JUNIOR TEAM QUALIFYING DIVISIONS
Boys & Girls U.S. Junior Team Qualifying divisions are defined as follows:
Esprit Cup divisions: 10 & Under, 12 & Under, and 14 & Under
World Cup divisions: 16 & Under, 18 & Under, and 21 & Under
SUMMARY ON RALLY SCORING FOR U.S. JUNIOR TEAM QUALIFYING (GOLD) DIVISIONS
Junior Team USA Qualifying divisions (Esprit Cup and World Cup) will play using IRF Rally Scoring. With rally scoring, a point is earned at the end of each rally by the winner of the rally, regardless of whether the winner of the rally is the server or the receiver.
Team USA Qualifying (Gold) divisions and scoring rules apply to Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles divisions.
- TEAM USA Gold Divisions ONLY
- 3 out of 5 games
- Rally Scoring to 11 -- all games win by two points
*Dropping out of Gold Division reverts back to standard USA Racquetball scoring*
For non-round-robin divisions: Olympic Format with 4 flights in each age group, Gold, Blue, Red & White, thus ensuring that a player typically has a minimum of 3 matches per division and eventually plays against similarly skilled players during the event. In some situations, a bye will count as a match.
Olympic Format progression, i.e., full draws that are not round robin format.
- Those players who win their first and second round matches will remain in the Gold division.
- Those who lose their first round match in the Gold division will move to the Red division. Those who win their first round match in the Red division will remain there. Those who lose their first round in the Red division will move to the White division and remain there.
- Those who lose their second round match in the Gold division will move to the Blue division and remain there.
We wish safe travels to those who are attending, and we can’t wait to see you there!
-- USA Racquetball Staff, Sponsors, and Volunteers