Twenty-four junior members of Team USA will travel north of the border this weekend to compete in the sixteenth Battle of the Border against Team Canada, August 2-4, at White Oaks Resort in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada.
The Battle of the Border has been an integral part of US Squash National Team programming as it provides players from Under 13 through Under 17 age categories the opportunity to represent Team USA in a team format for the first time—an experience that prepares them for a potential British Junior Open or World Junior Championships appearance.
The event consists of a combination of Team USA training squads, a mixed age-group training session with Team Canada, Reverse Test Matches and the Battle of the Border itself. This combination of programming makes it a popular event with a number of junior athletes making their second or third appearance of their junior career.
For the second year, a new format adds to the competitiveness with additional points available for the Reverse Test Matches (#1’s v #2’s, #3’s v #4’s) on the Saturday morning, which were previously worth a ¼ point, before the official Battle of the Border on Sunday.
Team USA will be aiming to retain the Battle of the Border trophy for a fourth consecutive year. Team USA will be led by an experienced coaching staff including Christina Brownell, Fabio Cechin, Madeline Perry, Chris Longman, Alex Reynolds and Parth Sharma.