ADULT TEAM QUALIFYING

USA Racquetball Qualification Process for U.S. National Team

All players must be U.S. citizens with valid and current U.S. passports and members of USA Racquetball. 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 U.S. Team Qualifying event. 

The following are the Singles and Doubles Qualifying procedures for the U.S. Team beginning with the 2020-21 season. 

Singles Qualifying Procedures

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

- U.S. Team Singles Qualifying Divisions at the USA Racquetball National Doubles Championships

- U.S. Team Qualifying Divisions at the 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

0.4

U.S. Team Singles Qualifying Divisions at the National Doubles Championships

0.6

U.S. Team Qualifying Divisions at the National Singles Championships

The Top 4 Singles point recipients in each gender will be offered positions on the 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 31st of the qualifying year will determine any tiebreaker in players with the same amount of points after the 2 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 injury. The U.S. Team Committee will review documents and rule on the 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. E.g., if the tournament starts in the Round of 16, then the Athlete receives 10 points for that tournament missed.

Extenuating Circumstances Exception: Major life events such as a death in an Athlete’s immediate family, birth of a child, and similar circumstances must be submitted in writing to the USA Racquetball office within 7 days of the major life event. 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. E.g., if the tournament starts in the Round of 16, then the Athlete receives 10 points for that tournament missed.

Doubles Qualifying Procedures

The Champions and Runners-Up of the USA Racquetball National Doubles Championships U.S. Team Doubles Qualifying Division will be offered positions on the U.S. Adult National Racquetball Team. 

Elite Athlete Health Insurance (EAHI) 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 EAHI. If an Athlete declines EAHI, the spot remains vacant and will not be passed to the next eligible player. USAR petitioned the USOPC to allow a slot to pass to the next Athlete in line if someone double qualifies. As of May 2020, this petition was granted and will be applied, barring any future changes. If an Athlete double qualifies for EAHI coverage, the #1 singles point earner's slot will drop to the #2 singles point earner. 

#1 Singles Point Total

#1 Doubles Team Point Total (both players on the team)

#2 Singles Point Total (if the #1 Singles Athlete double qualifies)

 

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


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 Singles #1 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.