Each season, the top twenty women in collegiate squash are selected to the All-American team. The past year’s All-American winners will be announced at the National Team Championship banquet. Each winner will receive two certificates (one for the athlete and one for her institution).
First Team All-American: The first team All-American represents the country’s top ten players. The players will be listed alphabetically.
Second Team All-American: The second team All-American represents those players ranked 11-20 and will be listed alphabetically.
Criteria: All players must compete in the Individual Championships in order to be considered for All-American status. If a player does not compete in the Individual Championships, she is still eligible to receive a national ranking.
The following criteria will be used when ranking players for First and Second Team All-American status:
- Overall season head-to-head match results
- Results of Individual Championships
- Strength of schedule
Procedures: The protocol for review and selection are as follows:
- Coaches must email (on the CSA form) the Ranking Chair & Committee all relevant individual player results at designated deadlines (see calendar).
- The Committee will review the results and construct a tentative First Team and Second Team list.
- The list will then be sent out to all coaches of member institutions.
Hardship Waiver: The Executive Committee may approve a hardship waiver for injury, illness, or the death of a family member that prevents a player from participating in the Individual Championships if she would otherwise have been ranked in the top twenty. If the committee does not approve a hardship waiver, Honorable Mention All-American can be awarded to such players as the Executive Committee decides deserve that honor. Information on injuries and illnesses preventing athletes from participating must be brought to the attention of the Executive Committee by the head coach of the individual (promptly). No appeals from players or parents will be accepted. All appeals must meet the appeal requirements. The Executive Committee’s judgment will be final and if the Committee feels a player was intentionally avoiding the event they will rule accordingly.
Below is the protocol for applying for a hardship waiver:
- A letter from the player’s coach explaining the injury, illness, or death of a family member that prevented her from competing in the Individual Championship. An accompanying letter from the player’s doctor documenting the medical problem should be included in cases of injury or illness.
- This information must be emailed to all members of the Executive Committee by the first Wednesday after the completion of the Individual Championships. Any relevant doctor’s letters should be faxed.
- All relevant issues will then be reviewed by the Committee and any necessary adjustments made to the First and Second Teams.
- The Chair will then email the final All-American Teams to all coaches within seven days.