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US National Team unveils Developmental Academy

In an effort to enhance collegiate quidditch programs, the USNT has created the USNT Development Academy (USNTDA).

USNT staff and scouts will select the first USNTDA class in late April or early May with a public announcement scheduled for May 5.

“We’re excited to take this next step toward honing the young, talented players in our league,” said USNT Head Coach Michael “Yada” Parada. “This program will provide the USNT rosters with an athletic and promising group of individuals to work with and against at training camps, while also providing the younger generation with more gameplay structure, experience, and knowledge that they otherwise may not receive."

Regional requirements will not apply to the USNTDA. However, athletes will need to meet the following additional requirements in order to be considered:

  • At least 18 years of age at the time of selection
  • A registered member of a USQ college team in the 2018-19 season
  • 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 2018 - May 2019

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The inaugural USNTDA class will be invited to attend the week-long USNT Pan-American Training Camp where they will work closely with head coach Parada and assistant coaches Ethan Sturm and Jackson Johnson. During the camp, the USNTDA will participate in scrimmages and drills both separate and alongside the USNT. An exact schedule and affiliated costs will be released at a later date.

Members of the USNTDA will not only gain valuable insight into the expectations of what it takes to be a USNT player but also strategic knowledge they can bring back to their local community.

“We’ve seen quite a few talented collegiate players at our training camps the last two seasons,” said Amanda Dallas, USNT Coordinator. “I’m excited to see some of these faces join us in Richmond this summer for an experience that will not only help them grow as individuals but give them the tools to help their collegiate teams take the next step.”

For more information and updates about the US National Team, you can follow the USNT Facebook, USNT Twitter, and USQ Instagram.

For any questions about the developmental camp or about the US National Team, you can email National Team Coordinator Amanda Dallas at amanda.dallas@usquidditch.org.