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NCS Juniors Make Huge Strides in 2010-2011

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.

2009-2010 Statistics

  • 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.

2010-2011 Statistics

  • Twenty-seven unique players participated in one of the national championships, a 35% increase.
  • Three NCS Juniors achieved a top 10 national ranking.
  • Three NCS juniors played US SQUASH National Championship (and two more were skilled enough to play — one who did not qualify based on citizenship and another who was unable to attend).  Among those good enough to play the event, that represents an increase of 67%.
  • Ten NCS juniors played in the US SQUASH Silver National Championship, a 150% increase.
  • Three NCS juniors either won their division or made the semifinals at the US SQUASH Silver National Championship.
  • Fifteen juniors played in the US SQUASH Bronze National Championship, the same number as last year.  If it wasn’t the weekend before the SAT, more players would have entered the Bronze championship.

The most impressive accomplishment is how many juniors moved up from one level to the next. Three new players improved enough to play at the National Championships and eight more were good enough to play in the Silver Championships.

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