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NCS Junior Awards Criteria

National Capital Squash (NCS) presents awards each year to recognize the achievements of juniors who have excelled in US Squash sanctioned play during the previous year.   Awards are usually presented between the third weekend in May to mid-June at a special ceremony.

To be eligible for any junior award a player must be a member of NCS and have no serious on- or off-court conduct violations.  Players must have played in at least three tournaments in the previous year or for a high school varsity team at a boarding school away from the NCS district.  Players must also have passed at least the Club referee exam (see this page for info on how to take it).  Rankings are generally based on the first ranking run after the National Silver Championships, except as noted below.  For players who age out after the qualification date for the national championships, the ranking for the national championship may be used.

Most Valuable Players: This award is given to any player with a national ranking from #1 to #32 (top 16 for U11) between February 1 and April 15, who was accepted to play in a full draw of the U.S. Junior Squash Championships, reached the quarterfinals of a full draw at the U.S. Junior Silver Squash Championships, was named an All-American by US Squash or ranked in the top 50 in the US Squash High School rankings.

All Stars: This award is given to any player with a national ranking of #33 to #65 (#17 to #32 in U11 and with over 800 average ranking points) between February 1 and April 15, placed 25th or higher in a full draw (or finishing in the top half or winning Plate 2 or better of a draw that did not fill) at the US Squash Silver Championship, made the semifinals of or won the 5th place match at the US Squash Bronze Championship with a draw size of 16 or more or won the Mid-Atlantic Regional Junior Championship.  If there are no players who receive a Most Valuable Player Award in an age/gender division between U13 and U19, then the highest ranked player in that division (if ranked #100 or higher and in the top 50% of nationally ranked players) will receive an All Star Award.

National Team Awards: This award is given to any player with a national ranking of #65 to #128 (and in the top 75% of nationally-ranked players) between February 1 and April 15, played in the US Squash Bronze Championship and won at least one match or ranked in the top 200 in the US Squash High School rankings.  Additionally, for age groups up through U15, the top 50% of NCS or nationally ranked players in that age gender division will receive the award whether or not they are in the top 128 nationally.

Rookie of the Year Awards: A player must receive one of the above awards to be eligible for this award.  Also he must have played in three or fewer junior tournaments during a 12 month period ending April 1 of the previous year’s season and no more than five junior tournaments before that date.  This award will be based on the first rankings run after the US Squash Bronze Championship.  For players who age out after the qualification date for the national championships, the ranking for the national championship may be used.

Up to four Awards may be given, two for boys and two for girls.  One award may be given for age groups up through U13 and another for U15 through U19.  The award will go to the player with the best relative ranking on a percentile basis, which permits a comparison between age groups.  Players in U15 to U19 must be ranked in the top 100.  Discretion may be used to award a player if he has played in four tournaments and aged out from one division to another during the season.  In that case, the final national ranking (if based on at least three tournaments) prior to aging out may be used.  Additional awards may be given if two or more players were within 1% of each other.

Most Improved Player Awards:  One award may go to a player in four groups by age and gender.  The groups are:

  • Boys U13 and U15
  • Girls U13 and U15
  • Boys U17 and U19
  • Girls U17 and U19

This award will be based on a comparison with the rating (not ranking) in the first ranking run after the National Silver Championships compared to the rating one year prior.  A player must have a rating that was not provisional and based on at least four tournaments through March 31 of the prior year to be considered for this award.  If no player in a group improves by at least 0.35 rating points, then no award would be given for that group.  If a player has a ranking in two age divisions, he is eligible to win the award for either division, but not both.

NCS reserves the right to change the criteria from year to year to account for changes in the US SQUASH ranking system or to account for other factors.

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