Talent Development Programme for 2014
The United States of America Cricket Association (USACA) has released its Talent Development Programme for 2014.  The Plan was developed late last year and received input from the ICC Americas’ office, the USACA Youth Committee, Regional Boards and USACA Members.

ICC and USACA officials poses with players from PSAL cricket.

The Talent Development Programme will extend the development efforts made with Under 15’s and Under 19’s to now include a specific Under 17 Programme. USACA CEO, Mr. Darren Beazley explained the exciting changes for this year.

“The USACA Talent Development Programme was developed in response to plans that the ICC Americas’ has for talent development within the Region in 2014 and to begin to prepare for upcoming international duties in the coming years, with a particular emphasis on the 2016 ICC Under 19 World Cup. In addition, USACA is keen to evolve its programmes and to include technical analysis, skill refinement and training on a more regular basis.

Tournaments are important and will still be part of the Talent Development programme, but Development Squads working with Regional Development coaches on a weekly basis is fundamental to establishing the next generation of elite US players. Skill refinement cannot be achieved over the course of a weekend. I am pleased that the Regions are working with USACA to find ways to spend more time with our talented youth so that they can improve and increase their chances of succeeding in their chosen sport,” he said.

The Under 15’s Development Programme will culminate with teams competing in the AAU Junior Olympics to be staged in Des Moines, Iowa in late July.

The Under 17’s Development Programme will include the USACA Under 17 Combine in June, followed by a US National team selected to participate in an ICC Development tournament against Canada and Bermuda in July. The ICC Americas’ are yet to announce the venue.

Finally, the Under 19 Development Programme will be delivered working in conjunction with specific groups such as PSAL and the Regional bodies. Under 19 Players will be part of the US National Cricket Championships with the best five (5) Under 19’s being selected in an ICC America’s combine team to compete in a completion in the Caribbean in September.

The Plan appears on the USACA web site and more announcements will be made on developments in each programme as the year progresses.