By any standard, NCS juniors have improved tremendously as a group in the last few years, both in number of national class players and in national ranking.
Three juniors qualified for the US SQUASH National Championship, open only to the top 32 players in each age-gender division.
Four juniors qualified for the US SQUASH Silver National Championship (open to the best 32 who are ranked no better than US #33).
Fifteen played in the US SQUASH Bronze National Championship (open to players ranked no better than US #65).
A total of twenty NCS players played in one of the national championships, eliminating the duplicates.
There was some overlap in 2010 as a few played in more than one event, which due to a rule change greatly discouraged such play in 2011.
Twenty-seven unique players participated in [...Read More...]
Have a great time at the National Capital Squash Annual Awards Party and Buffet at the blu Lounge at Sports Club/LA. The party will also feature our second annual NCS Junior Awards.
The Party is from 6 PM to 9 PM and is just $5, with the $5 discount by buying your ticket online in advance.
Your ticket includes Hors D'oeuvres and if you arrive early there is one free drink per person up to our $325 tab.
Party sponsorship proceeds support NCS programs and include admission and recognition.
The semi finals matches for the city championships will be Saturday afternoon at Sports Club/LA. Stop by to see some good squash. The finals will be Sunday from 2 PM to 5 PM.
Go to the tournament page for the latest details on the match competitors and [...Read More...]
Many NCS junior players go on to play squash in college and most of the players listed below were recruits at these colleges. Below are juniors who have played (or plan to play) squash in college, listed by their high school graduation year.
If you know of an athlete not on this list or any corrections that should be made to the list, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greg Berson – Northeastern University
Kevin Chen – Williams College
Cesar Peralta – Hobart College
Eric Caine – Yale University
Jeremy Ho – Tufts University
Bryan Keating – Cornell University
Andy Maruca – Williams College
Lindsay McDonough – Trinity College
Alexander Nassikas – Wesleyan University
Louisa Cannell -- Bowdoin College
Nick Nord -- University of Edinburgh
David Scott – Boston [...Read More...]
Rod Barnes reports the following from the Graham Company Open Junior Gold tournament in Philadelphia.
"It was very tough, and I am sure an onslaught for those who have not played a GOLD in Philly before. However, the good news is most of the NCS players played above their ranking, some of you way above your ranking. In the table below, I have extracted the data. A couple of examples below,
Dimitri is currently nationally ranked 128 with average of 174 points, but played to 550 points which is currently the equivalent of 44th in the country.
Caroline is currently ranked 94th but played to equivalent of 71st,
Bruce the Astonisher (Victor Balcer), continuing his rampage with a current ranking of 474th, earning points that would see him a well, astonishing 71st!
"(Note that to get the ranking indicating you would have to continue these results over four tournaments.)
"Besides the points reward for taking [...Read More...]
National Capital Squash is pleased to announce the first ever Mid-Atlantic Junior Series competition and prizes. Points will be awarded for finishes in each of the up to 14 junior tournaments that will be held in Maryland, DC and Virginia this coming season. At the end of the season there will be special awards for the Mid-Atlantic Junior Series champion and runner up.
You can view the winners here.
Overall Winner and Runner Up – in each Age/Gender Division
Winner, Bronze Division (national ranking 65+ on April 1, 2011) in each Age/Gender Division.
Rookie Award Winner, in each Age/Gender Division. (Played less than 4 tournaments before May 1, 2010.)
Points will be calculated using US SQUASH points earned in each tournament, and your best four results will be used. So the more you play the better your chance to get more match experience and win a [...Read More...]
National Capital Squash is pleased to publish the first Mid-Atlantic Junior Series overall standings.
Points are awarded for finishes in each of the up to 14 junior tournaments that will be held in Maryland, DC and Virginia this coming season. At the end of the season there will be special awards for the Mid-Atlantic Junior Series champion and runner up.
Overall Winner and Runner Up – in each Age/Gender Division
Winner, Bronze Division (national ranking 65+) in each Age/Gender Division.
Rookie Award Winner, in each Age/Gender Division.
Points will be calculated using US SQUASH points earned in [...Read More...]
February 8-13, 2011
AussieNick are following on from the success of the first five years of the National Capital Open and are thrilled to announce their hosting of the 2011 $12,000 PSA National Capital Open Squash Tournament. The Open will benefit the 501.3c urban youth program, SquashEmpower. This PSA Challenger event ($10k+ prize money) is coordinated with several other regional professional tournaments including the Richmond Super Series, allowing us again to attract some of the world's top squash players. AussieNick are looking for major and minor sponsors. All profits will go directly to SquashEmpower! The Open will be held at the Bethesda Sport& Health Club concurrently with the US Squash-sanctioned WinterSun Amateur tournament for a festive (and noisy) weekend of squash.
Go [...Read More...]
The Sport & Health Interclub Varsity league (SIVL) has commenced its 5th year of programming. Combining 30 minor round matches, playoffs and finals it is a busy season for the program's participants. Defending Division 1 champions Whitman High School (captain Jacqueline Barnes) and Division 2 champions (captain Alex Becker) are keen to retain the beautiful SIVL silver cups at their schools for another season.
Participants in this winters competition include in Div 1 Whitman 1A, Whitman 1B, BCC 1, Wakefield, Landon, and an Independent Combination team with students form GDS, St Albans, St Andrews, Walter Johnson, Sidwell, Landon and Pyle.
Participants in Div 2 are from Whitman 2, BCC 2, Stoneridge, and Landon 2.
Matches run from late November through February 2011. Participants will also play in an end of season tournament as part of the Sport & Health Wintersun and receive free tickets to the National Capital Open PSA tournament [...Read More...]
In September 1986, Washington hosted the USSRA Softball National Championships at area clubs. Mr. Meherji K. Madan produced a VHS videotape of the event called "A Vignette, With Love" in honor of the late Ambassador William H.G. FitzGerald, friend and sponsor of squash and creator of the annual FitzGerald Cup team match between Baltimore and Washington first held in 1955, still contested.
The Championships boasted 350 male and female players in various skill and age groups. It was hosted at five different venues! The Vignette, funded by a modest NCS grant of $1,000, captures the spirit of full cooperation among area clubs, and the excitement of the United States' most prestigious squash championship. See scenes of the competitions and interviews of the players and organizers and squash personalities including past USSRA Executive Director Darwin Kingsley and Geff Fisher, in whose honor the annual NCS Fisher Cup has been played since 1992. A lively music score [...Read More...]
To date US SQUASH has made several announcements concerning the new ranking system.
There is a page of frequently asked questions, which is a good place to start.
The details of the new system can be found here (pdf).
There is a webpage devoted to all the details here.
Much of the following advice about the new system is based on a email that Philadelphia professional Mike Jefferys wrote.
You don't get penalized for playing a tournament. You should play at least four tournaments to get a ranking that reflects your ability. Your total tournament points are divided by four, even if you only played two tournaments by [...Read More...]