ADULT TEAM QUALIFYING

USA Racquetball Modifies Qualification Process for 2020-21 U.S. National Team

All players must be US citizens with valid and current US passports. If a player possesses dual citizenship and has competed for another country, the new country must request and/or be in receipt of a letter from the other country releasing the player to compete. This must take place prior to a player registering for a US Team Qualifying event. 

In an effort to help ensure that the top American racquetball players have an equal and fair opportunity to qualify for the U.S. National Team, USA Racquetball today announced changes to the qualification process for the 2020-21 U.S. National Team as described below:

Singles Selection Procedure

Singles positions on the 2020-21 U.S. National Team for both men and women will be determined by performance at three Selection Events, including:

-2019 UnitedHealthcare US OPEN Pro Division

-2020 U.S. Team Singles Qualifying Division at USA Racquetball National Doubles Championships

-2020 U.S. Team Qualifying Division at USA Racquetball National Singles Championships

Points will be awarded based on an Athlete’s finish in each event as follows:

Finish

Points

Champion

100

Runner Up

80

Semi-Finalist

60

Quarter-Finalist

30

Round of 16

10

Round of 32

5

All points will be multiplied by the following weights per event:

Weight

Qualifying Event

0.2

US OPEN Pro Division

0.3

U.S. Team Singles Qualifying Division at National Doubles Championships

0.5

Team Qualifying Division at National Singles Championships

The Top 4 Singles point recipients and the National Intercollegiate #1 Gold Singles Champion in each gender will be offered positions on the 2017-18 U.S. Adult National Racquetball Team.  Should any of the Top 4 Singles point recipients elect not to join the Team, those down the point list will receive invitations in point order until 4 players have joined the Team.  Should fewer than 4 players join the Team when the list of point recipients is exhausted, no additional players will be added until such time as they may be needed to complete a competition delegation.  U.S. Team contracts will start June 1st and end May 31st.

Position Tiebreaker: Highest USA Racquetball Singles Ranking as of May 31, 2019 will determine any tiebreak in players with the same amount of points after the 3 qualifying events.

Injury Exceptions:  Written notice from a licensed Physician describing the injury must be submitted to USA Racquetball office no later than 7 days after the first day of the Qualifying event to be missed.  The U.S. Team Committee will review documents and rule on Injury Exception within 30 days of written notice.  No Injury Exceptions for an injury occurring once the event begins.

If an Exception is granted, the Athlete will receive the lowest round of points possible for the tournament missed.  IE:  Tournament starts in the Round of 16, then Athlete receives 10 points for that tournament missed.

Extenuating Circumstances Exception:  Major life events such as a death in an Athletes immediate family, birth of child, and similar circumstances must be submitted in writing to the USA Racquetball office within 7 days after the first day of the event being missed.  The U.S. Team Committee will rule on whether the circumstance warrants an Extenuating Circumstances Exception within 30 days of written notice.  No Extenuating Circumstances Exceptions will be granted if the Athlete has played any part of a match at the qualifying event.

If an Exception is granted, the Athlete will receive the lowest round of points possible for the tournament missed.  IE: Tournament starts in the Round of 16, then the Athlete receives 10 points for that tournament missed.

Seeding:  All National Team Singles Qualifying events except the US OPEN will be seeded according to the current USA Racquetball Rankings as of the week prior to the event. 

Doubles Selection Procedure

The Champions and Runners-Up of the 2019 USA Racquetball National Doubles Championships U.S. Team Doubles Qualifying Division will be offered positions on the 2019-20 U.S. Adult National Racquetball Team.  U.S. Team contracts will start June 1, 2019 and end May 31, 2020.

 

Elite Athlete Health Insurance (EAHI) Selection Criteria:

 

 

Pursuant to the EAHI allocation from the U.S. Olympic Committee, the top 3 Male and top 3 Female Athletes according to the following criteria will be offered the EAHI.  If an Athlete declines the EAHI insurance the spot remains vacant and will not be passed to the next eligible player:

 

 

#1 Singles Point Total

 

National Doubles Champion (Highest Doubles Ranking)

 

National Doubles Champion (2nd Highest Doubles Ranking)

 

#2 Singles Point Total

 

#3 Singles Point Total

 

National Doubles Runner-Up (Highest Doubles Ranking)

 

National Doubles Runner-Up (2nd Highest Doubles Ranking)

 

#4 Singles Point Total

 

Collegiate Champion

 

 

Any Singles Point Total or Doubles player tiebreakers needed will utilize the USA Racquetball Singles and Doubles Rankings, respectively, as of May 31st, 2019.

 

The above described changes are being made to the U.S. Team Qualification Process to help ensure that the top American players have an equal and fair chance to qualify for the Team.  USA Racquetball understands that players may be unable to compete in a number of professional tour events due to schedule conflicts, economic concerns or health related matters.  The revised process allows for players to target a few specific events at which to demonstrate their skill level, while taking into consideration possible reasons for one’s inability to compete.  Additionally, higher priority is given to performance later in the qualification period, which better gauges a player’s performance closer to the time when international championships are held.  Further, under the revised process, American players will, for the most part, be able to compete for the U.S. National Team by playing directly against fellow Americans.


JUNIOR TEAM QUALIFYING
For Juniors, two events serve as qualifiers for the U.S. Junior National Team, where benchmark performances must be reached in selected divisions to earn an appointment to the team. They are:

The National High School Championships
  • Gold Division winners (1 each, male & female = 2)

The Junior Olympic Championships (effective 2003)

  • 18 and under, singles finalists (2 each, male & female = 4)
  • 16 and under, singles finalists (2 each, male & female = 4)
  • 14 and under, singles finalists (2 each, male & female = 4)
  • 18 and under, doubles champions (2 each, male & female = 4)
  • 16 and under, doubles champions (2 each, male & female = 4)
  • 14 and under, doubles champions (2 each, male & female = 4)

By reaching these benchmarks, junior athletes are appointed to the U.S. Junior Team for a term of one year, and are then added to a pool of athletes to compete internationally and conduct goodwill tours abroad.
NOTE: Junior Team USA appointments are for one year from the date earned; those athletes who qualify in one year remain on the team until they either re-qualify - or fail to do so - at the following year's event. Athletes may also re-qualify at the next available opportunity, thereby "double-qualifying" and extending their current appointments accordingly. Prior to 1998, junior teams were determined on the basis of an annual "team trial" selection process.