USQ Update

USQ Update

US National Team Updates

The US National Team (USNT) shares updates regarding the upcoming season and announce a new addition to the staff.

The US National Team (USNT) shares updates regarding the upcoming season and announce a new addition to the staff.

DEVELOPMENTAL ACADEMY COACH APPOINTED

As mentioned in previous updates, the USNT has appointed Azeem Hussain to the role of USNT Developmental Academy (USNTDA) Head Coach. Hussain has extensive coaching experience at varying levels of the sport:

  • 2012-16: University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Head Coach
  • 2016-17: MLQ’s Austin Outlaws Assistant Coach
  • 2018: Austin Outlaws Head Coach
  • 2016-19: Texas Cavalry Head Coach
  • 2019-present: The Lost Boys QC Head Coach

“Last season when our staff thought up the USNTDA, we envisioned a program that would not only prepare the next generation of USNT talent, but also give college athletes the tools to push their programs to the next level,” said USNT Head Coach Michael “Yada” Parada. “We feel Hussain is the best possible person to identify and train that talent and enable these younger players to achieve our goals and their own.”

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Pictured: Azeem Hussain

A number of USNT and USNTDA openings are now live, including USNTDA coordinator and a USNTDA assistant coach to support Hussain.

Last season was the pilot for the USNTDA; 18 college athletes were offered a spot based on their performance throughout the season and seven accepted those offers. USNT staff expects and hopes to extend more offers for the 2021 class and have more athletes join the USNT during their summer training camp.

2020-21 TRYOUTS

After consulting with event partners and NGBs, the IQA and USQ decided to postpone the IQA World Cup from 2021 to either 2022 or 2023. The decision was cited as a result of “the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on national teams, as well as the ongoing safety concerns with holding large, international, in-person gatherings. The precise year of the next World Cup will be released in early 2021.”

As previously mentioned, the USNT will not be holding training camps or any in-person activities in the fall. The application for consideration for the next round of USNT drop/adds, including the USNTDA, is still scheduled to go live Nov. 1. The USNT staff hopes to hold training camps again in the spring; however, this decision will be dependent upon the ability to safely do so. If needed and able, the USNT will hold training camps exclusive to local athletes so as not to have parties from multiple states gathering in a single area. In that scenario, current standing team players, much like in the past, will be extended an open invitation to run the camps.

USNT has not received further updates from the IQA regarding the final date and location of the next IQA World Cup. However, should it be safe to compete, the USNT plans to compete and travel in the 2021 Pan-American Games or another continental tournament. 

QUESTIONS

For additional questions on the USNT program, please email USNT Coordinator Amanda Dallas at amanda.dallas@usquidditch.org. More info on the USNT and the current members and staff can be found here.