Team USA

Think you've got what it takes?

We’re looking for players that want the opportunity to represent the United States on a world stage. This is the chance to be part of the first ever national team and to hopefully take home the World Championship!

What is the US National Team?

The US National Team is comprised of 5 Men's and 3 Women's teams. They will represent our country at the World Championships in Belgium next September.

How do you qualify?

The Men's and Women's teams will have the same qualification process with the only differences coming from the number of teams selected for each division.

Men's Team Qualifications

There will be one auto bid given to the top ranking 2019 Elite Team that accepts a spot on the National Team*. The four remaining teams will be selected through qualification tournaments.

*If the first ranked 2019 Elite Team doesn't accept the bid, it will drop to the next ranking team until one accepts (up to the fifth ranked team). If the fifth ranked team does not accept then the team who earns the most points from the qualifying tournaments will be awarded the additional bid. If necessary, the Premier points system will be applied to qualifier events to determine bid. NOTE - qualifiers do not count toward season points total or Elite.

Tournament Structure:

  • 2 tournaments paired with Tour Stops - Qualification tournament is a separate event on Sunday
  • Tournaments
    • Santa Monica - 6/27
    • Boston - 7/11
  • All qualification tournaments will be on grass or turf

Qualifications:

  • All teams must be premier qualified (can qualify on Saturday and play Sunday)
  • Only teams that commit to accepting the bid can play in a qualifier
  • The top two teams from each tournament win a bid
  • Once a team has won a bid, they can no longer play in qualifier tournaments

Format

  • No pool play
  • Teams are seeded based on cumulative top 5 individual non-depreciated points from past 2019 + 2020 tournaments
  • Double elimination starting in the quarterfinals
  • Best of 3 to 21, no cap

Note: If Santa Monica needs to be canceled the SRA Board will choose the remaining all men's team to represent USA. If Santa Monica runs, but Boston needs to be cancelled the SRA Board will choose the remaining two teams to represent USA.

Women's Team Qualifications

There will be one auto bid given to the top ranking 2019 Elite Team that accepts a spot on the National Team*. The two remaining teams will be selected through qualification tournaments.

*If the first ranked 2019 Elite Team doesn't accept the bid, it will drop to the next ranking team until one accepts (up to the third ranked team). If the third ranked team does not accept then the team who earns the most points from the qualifying tournaments will be awarded the additional bid. If necessary, the Women's points system will be applied to qualifier events to determine bid. NOTE - qualifiers do not count toward season points total or Elite.

Tournament Structure:

  • 1 tournament paired with a Tour Stop - Qualification tournament is a separate event on Sunday
    • 6/20 - Raleigh, NC
  • All qualification tournaments will be on grass or turf

Qualifications:

  • Only teams that commit to accepting the bid can play in a qualifier
  • The top two teams win a bid  

Format

  • No pool play
  • Teams are seeded based on cumulative top 5 individual non-depreciated points from past 2019 + 2020 tournaments
  • Double elimination starting in the quarterfinals
  • Best of 3 to 21, no cap

Note: If Raleigh needs to be canceled the SRA Board will select women's teams to represent Team USA.

What are the eligibility requirements to be on a national team?

In order to represent the country you wish to play for on the National Team, one must fulfill a minimum of one of the following requirements:
1. Be a citizen of the country.
2. Be a permanent resident of the country.
3. Hold a valid immigrant visa for the country.
4. Have lived in the country before the start of 2020.
 
*Permanent Residency (PR) is defined as: a person’s resident status in a country of which they are not citizens. PR is given by the government of a country to a person who is allowed to stay in the country indefinitely.

**Immigrant visa is a blanket term which refers to visa's which are long term, or visa's that are apart of the process to becoming a citizen
 
If a player or team that wins and accepts a bid has an injury, family emergency, or other extenuating circumstance that prevents them from participating the SRA board will vote on replacement(s), taking into consideration the result of the qualifiers, the strength of the fields, and the dynamic of the team.  

Who is on Team USA?

Peter Jon Showalter & Tyler Cisek

Becca Graham & Jordi Vigna

What do you get for making Team USA?

  • Team USA uniforms from Spikeball's official jersey provider, Savage Apparel Company.
  • Tournament registration covered.
  • 3 night stay at Molenheide Vacation Park covered (Thursday, Friday, Saturday). Includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner on-site.
  • 20% of all Team USA replica jersey sales go to players' expenses.
  • Players will wear provided jersey and teams will be referred to by players last names.

Questions? Email tournaments@spikeball.com.