US National Team Developmental Academy

The US National Team Developmental Academy (USNTDA) is led by USNTDA Head Coach Azeem Hussain, USNTDA Assistant Coach Caroline Tao and USNT Coordinator Amanda Dallas. Openings for additional staff positions, when available, can be found here.

The USNTDA was created in April 2019 in order to provide the younger generation in quidditch more gameplay structure, experience, and knowledge that they otherwise may not receive. It was also created to provide the USNT rosters with an athletic and promising group of individuals to work with and against at training camps.

The current USNTDA is listed below. 

  • Kasye Bevers │ Texas Quidditch
  • Leo Fried │Harvard Horntails
  • Joe Goulet │ Creighton Quidditch
  • Josh Johnson │ Texas Quidditch
  • Kai Kendall │ Anteaters Forever
  • Jessica Lee │ Harvard Horntails
  • Ellie Lisec │ RPI Quidditch
  • Allyson Manzella │ Boom Train
  • Serena Monteiro │ Boston Pandas
  • Sena Morimoto │ Creighton Quidditch
  • Kyzer Polzin │ Texas Quidditch
  • Carlos Prado │ Pegasus Quidditch Club
  • John Sheridan │ Unaffiliated
  • Andrew Steinberg │ Brown Club Quidditch
  • Javien Stewart │ UTSA Club Quidditch
  • Caroline Tao │ Texas Quidditch
  • Emma Vasquez │ Boom Train
  • Jack Wang │ Texas Quidditch

PLAYER ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Athletes selected for 2023 must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • At least 18 years of age at time of selection
  • A registered member of a USQ college team in the time period of 2022-23
  • At least one of the following:
    • Be a US citizen;
    • Have lived in the US for at least three years;
    • Have played quidditch only in the US from September 2022-23

At the discretion of the coaching staff, an exception may be made for an athlete on the USNTDA that no longer meets the above requirements to  remain as part of the USNTDA.

APPLICATIONS

Any athlete that meets the aforementioned USNTDA requirements is eligible to try out for the USNTDA. If you are unable to attend a training camp, you can express interest by email to USNTDA Head Coach Hussain and USNT Coordinator Dallas at azeem.hussain@usquidditch.org and amanda.dallas@usquidditch.org, respectively.

In order to apply, you must be willing to agree to the necessary waivers and provide written commitment to various requirements:

All new applicants are also required to submit two unedited recordings of official USQ or MLQ games in which they have played. Fantasy games, merc games or games against official teams deemed unofficial will not be accepted. The footage must meet the below requirements:

  • Footage will only be considered valid if the game took place during the prior USQ season, prior MLQ season and/or the current USQ season.
  • All videos must be sent as either a YouTube, Google Drive or Dropbox link via the body of an email to the USNT Head Coach Parada with the subject line “LASTNAME_USNTDA Video Submission.”
    • The body of the email must also include the athlete’s name, position(s), gender, their USQ seasonal team, their MLQ team (if applicable) and the address of assumed residency for the upcoming summer.
    • In the body of the email, athletes are required to provide timestamps of when they were on pitch and a description of the play that takes place during each timestamp.

TRAINING CAMPS

To avoid tryout fatigue, USNT and USNTDA staff do not host open tryouts in every region each season. Training camps are held in the late fall and early spring.

Training camps are three to four hours in length. Athletes planning to attend are required to pay a registration fee unless they have already been placed on the USNT standing roster or in the USNTDA. The current registration fee is $25. For non-USQ members, it is $35.  These fees go toward the cost of tryouts and USNT fundraising.

In addition to attendance at open training camps, play throughout the USQ and MLQ seasons, public persona and disciplinary history are taken into consideration. Anonymous scouts from across the US have been selected by the head coach to observe prospects. They periodically provide the USNT and USNTDA head coaches with their feedback, which is used to make roster decisions.

PERFORMANCE REVIEW AND CUTS

The USNTDA is evaluated formally on an annual basis, but athletes may be released at the discretion of the USNTDA coaching staff. The following criteria are taken into consideration each time the USNTDA coaching staff reviews player performance:

  • Attendance/participation in USNTDA activities (virtual and in-person)
  • Film submission
  • Communication with leadership
  • Adherence to USNT and USNTDA policies
  • Participation with a USQ and/or MLQ team
  • Player performance
  • Attitude and public persona
  • Cohesiveness and interaction with teammates

ROSTER SELECTION

December: Following MLQ Championship and USQ fall regional championships, athletes with standout performances may receive USNTDA offers at the discretion of the USNTDA coaching staff.

Early May: After evaluation of US Quidditch Cup performances, athletes with standout performances receive USNTDA offers.

The USNTDA head coach meets with USNT coaching staff and scouts throughout each USQ season to discuss the USNTDA applicants. The USNTDA has no obligation to hit a minimum or maximum number of players at any point.

ROSTERED ATHLETE REQUIREMENTS

In addition to meeting the aforementioned player eligibility requirements, adhering to the signed policies and exhibiting the actions and attitude of a role model within the community, athletes are expected to make their best effort to attend closed training camps. These are held twice a year, at minimum, for the existing USNT and USNTDA. The exact dates and times are determined based on the American quidditch calendar, however, the following are potential time periods:

  • Two days following US Quidditch Cup
  • The week prior to IQA World Cup or the Continental Games
  • A weekend in December/January
  • Sundays following major, recurring regular-season tournaments such as Alamo Cup, Sin City Classic, the Oktoberfest Invitational, etc.