The recipients include Alan Shekhtman U19 of Maugus and Clayton Cayen U13 of Marblehead, who won every match they played during the 2013 Junior International Trials and are representing the US in the World and Pan Am (for Clayton) Junior Championships. The other two recipients are: Nicole Frevold, U17 of Marblehead and Alex Cheng U19 of Boston Badminton.
"Manhattan Beach Jr International is a tournament with a long history of excellent competition which regularly draws international players in many age ranges. Players come from many countries in this hemisphere as well as Europe and Asia, especially Taiwan. In past years, the local families have also hosted players so that hotel arrangements are not necessary. While the competition is excellent, the fun is as well as they foster good friendships in the course of the event." - Beth Sopka
Record Setting MD Junior Open Tournament
by Kimberly Kratz
Two separate events packed the courts at Rally Niagara this December: its first-ever Merry Christmas Mixed Doubles Adult Tournament and the Second Fall Classic Kids Tournament Event featuring two-level competition for elementary and middle school aged students.
Classification as a “Super Regional” allowed the New England Junior Open to attract 132 players to the competition, 16 more than last year. In spite of Hurricane Sandy wrecking havoc on the U.S. East Coast, the tournament hailed participants from 13 different states. The added time length of this USAB Junior Ranking Tournament allowed room for new talent.
USAB announced a change in this year’s upcoming Junior International Trials in Los Angeles. According to its website, the Junior Advisory Group confirmed that players will have to qualify in order to compete in the trials. More information is available here. Key concerns for implementing a change this year have been: safety of its athletes, length of play days, length of tournament, a concern for garnering the best
Back in April of 2012 I competed in the Junior International Trials (JIT), which was the qualifying tournament to represent the USA. At the end of the three day tournament, I was honored enough to place in two events out of three: first place in U15 girls doubles and third place in U15 mixed doubles.
My time at nationals was an experience I will never forget because I got to play against the best players in the nation. And I liked all the competitive matches. I also like to watch all the older players and think to myself someday I want to be as good as them.