In an effort to enhance collegiate quidditch programs, the USNT has selected their inaugural class of the USNT Development Academy (USNTDA).
USNT staff and scouts have selected the first USNTDA class based on USQ and MLQ seasonal performances.
“We're incredibly excited to welcome the first class of the USNT Developmental Academy to training camp this month,” said USNT Head Coach MIchael “Yada” Parada. “They will be a great asset in helping to train our national team for the IQA Pan-American Games. We hope to be just as much of an asset to them and give them the tools needed to, in turn, increase the skill level of their collegiate teams in the fall.”
USNT staff felt that these players were standout performers within their college programs as well as in direct competition with club players during MLQ and other summer competitions. They each displayed a high degree of composure both on and off the pitch and a high ceiling for growth that can be developed alongside the USNT.
As previously announced, the USNT will now utilize a standing team model in preparation for the 2019 IQA Pan-American Games and 2020 IQA World Cup. The decision process for the USNT standing roster will end in April 2019. The primary reason for the length of this process is that this roster will undergo minimal changes over the course of the next two years, with the next major round of adds and cuts scheduled for the 2020-21 USQ season. More info on how to apply for the USNT can be found here.
In alphabetical order, below are the seven players chosen for the USNTDA.
Kobe Kendall | Anteater Quidditch
Eleanor Lisec | RPI Quidditch
Connor McIntyre | Texas A&M Quidditch
Serena Monteiro | Tufts Quidditch
Ian Scura | Middlebury Quidditch
John Sheridan | Maryland Quidditch
Daniel Williams | UTSA Club Quidditch
Regional requirements do not apply to the USNTDA. However, athletes selected met the following minimum requirements:
The inaugural USNTDA class will attend the week-long USNT Pan-American Training Camp where they will work closely with head coach Parada, assistant coaches Ethan Sturm and Jackson Johnson and coordinator Amanda Dallas. During the camp, the USNTDA will participate in scrimmages and drills both separate and alongside the USNT.
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.
“Being able to learn from and practice alongside some of the biggest names in quidditch will truly be an honor,” said Ian Scura, USNTDA athlete. “I'm particularly excited to learn from players with different play-styles from my own, and have the chance to play with exceptional talents from outside my own region.”
The IQA Pan-American Games is in two weeks, July 13 and 14, in Richmond, Virginia. The schedule will be posted on Friday, July 5. Tickets are free. RSVP through Eventbrite here. Attendees can also pre-order a t-shirt through the same link. Trading cards will be available to pre-order on Friday.