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Welcome to the CNRA Juniors Area

California and Nevada are the home to many national and world champions who started out as beginners in our Junior Program—people like Rocky Carson, José Rojas, Janel Tisinger, Aubrey O’Brien, to name just a few.

Our organization is committed to increasing junior participation in California and elevating racquetball to a sport where junior players can begin playing and continue playing for their entire lives. We have a dedicated Junior committee that meets monthly to foster the development and participation in racquetball. Our discussions and plans include options for the first time young player through the experienced national junior champions.

We encourage your help, support, and participation, whether it is introducing racquetball to a junior, attending a tournament with your kids, or making a small donation, of which 100% helps fund California junior racquetball. With any money raised, we will help clubs form junior programs, and run junior events. We also hope to continue offering grants and monetary assistance to our junior players who compete in national and world events.

Please take a moment to explore our site, and our junior links. Thanks you’re your interest in our racquetball junior players.

2020-21 US Junior Team Selection

2020-21 Junior Team

(Aug 31, 2020)  There is this annual trek in June of each year of Junior players, along with family members, to the USA Junior National Championships. These are held in different locations each year, with the last couple being in Portland, Oregon and Des Moines, Iowa… In 2020 it was to be in Fullerton, yes California.. Sometime in March/April of this year it was decided to cancel this event with no re-scheduling due to the Covid-19. One of the results of this event is deciding which players will be representing Team USA at the Junior Worlds… Top two finishers in singles and top team in doubles for each age group qualify.

Without the tournament, USA Racquetball had to come up with a different way to determine the team in case the Junior Worlds do happen (Currently on calendar for December in Bolivia). What happened was basically a three step process… 1) Players had to let USAR know they were interested in being part of the team 2) Players were given an application to complete that included tournament history, other sports interests etc.. 3) Players were asked to submit videos for 4 weeks showing what they are currently doing for training, play etc… After the first two weeks, the number of players was narrowed down, with remaining players continuing with video the next two weeks.. Team coach Charlie Pratt and others reviewed videos etc.. and came up with a team along with alternates (non point earners for Esprit). California is well represented on this list of players selected. Please see below… Congratulations to all that made the team and for all that put in the time end effort . Brian Dixon – CNRA Junior Director

World Cup
Boys 18s
#2 singles – Julius Ellis
Alt – Iain Dunn and Cody Thomas

Girls 18s
Doubles – Nikita Chauhan

Boys 16s
#2 Singles – Vedant Chauhan
Doubles – Krish Thakur

Girls 16s
#1 Singles – Heather Mahoney
Doubles – Alondra Canchola and Arya Cyril
Alts – Tess La Rue and Esha Cyril

Boys 14s
#1 Singles – Nikhil Prasad
Alts – Paul Saraceno and Advait Kartik

Esprit Cup
Boys 12s
#1 Singles – Nathan Rykhus #2 Singles – Eshan Ali
Non point earners – Alexander Pappas

Girls 12s
#1 Singles – Aanshi Thakur
Doubles – Victoria Rodriguez and Jordan Ellis
Non point earners – Camila Canchola

Boys 10s
Doubles and Singles - #1 Singles – Ashton Guiraud #2 Singles – Manav Raghuram
Non point earners – Ved Kartik

Girls 10s
Singles and Doubles - #1 Singles – Alea Guiraud #2 Singles – Natalia Canchola

World Cup Team – 8 players Alternates – 6 players
Esprit Team – 9 players Non Point – 3 players

CNRA Junior State Championships A Huge Success!

[ Tournament Results ] [ Photo Album ]

The California Nevada Racquetball Association (CNRA) Junior Championships took place January 20th at Primetime Athletic Club in Burlingame. It was a full day of play with over 70 players attending from across the state. This is the largest turnout for a Junior State Championship we have had in many years.

Jazmin Trevino, our tournament director, made sure players and referees were at their courts. Heather Mahoney and Dane Elkins also helped out at the desk, checking in players, finding refs, handing out shirts, and medals etc. Thank you Jazmin, Dane, and Heather!

The day began with the Multibouncers at 8:30am and continued non-stop through the day finishing at 7:30pm. Lunch was sponsored by the CNRA Junior Committee and went quickly.

We did a few things differently this year. Annually, the CNRA Board looks to assist players attending the Junior National championships. This year, only players attending this event (State Championships), are eligible for this assistance. Funds for players will be determined based on number of players attending Nationals and funds available. For the 18 and under, Boys and Girls, there was $1,200 offered as “Junior National Scholarship”. These funds are to be used to offset expenses in attending the Nationals to be held in Des Moines, IA this year. As there were no girls signed up in the 18 and under, these funds were allocated to the boys division only. The top 6 players were awarded, 1st – Dane Elkins ($400), 2nd Antonio Rojas ($300), Semis Ricky Diaz and Sahil Thakur ($150 each), 5th and 6th Ivan Hernandez and Bryan Barbera ($100 each). Thank you to Mike Lippitt and Reaching Your Dream for contributing $1,000 to this event.

As part of this event we had asked for sponsors of the CNRA Junior fund, which supports junior programs as well as players attending Nationals and Worlds. Thank you to new GOLD sponsor Darrell Vincent and Bronze Sponsor Premium Properties Sorokin Family. If you wish to also be a sponsor of the CNRA Junior fund, please contact me (707-766-9105)

Thank you to Primetime Athletic Club for hosting this event. Also, Dave George (Racquetball Director) for helping to set it up etc. Primetime is a terrific facility with 7 courts and a great overall atmosphere. Thank You!!!

Thank You to the parents and family members for attending and being supportive of many of the players. Many family members jumped in for reffing duties when needed, which was greatly appreciated.

Thank you all for a great event, and looking forward to next year’s tournament (s). If your club would like to host a junior’s tournament, please let us know how we can help.

- Brian Dixon
CNRA Jr Director
bridix@gmail.com | 707-766-9105

NorCal and SoCal Junior State Championships

(Apr 07, 2017)  Over 50 young players hit the courts at Prime Time in Burlingame and Los Cab in Fountain Valley for our annual NorCal and SoCal Junior State Championships. Tournament Directors, Kim Randolph and Dorcy Norton did an awesome job ensuring everyone had plenty of play and a great time. Most went home with one of our new championship medals for their efforts. Brian Dixon the CNRA Junior Committee chairman was responsible for making these championships a success. Pictures will be posted soon. Congrats to all of the juniors!!!!!

[NorCal results] [SoCal results]

Congratulations to Dane Elkins and all our California/Nevada High School National Players

(Apr 07, 2017)  Dane Elkins recently achieved something that has only been done one other time in the 30-year history of the High School National Championships. Dane not only won the Boys #1 Singles but also partnered with Jared Anwar to win the Boys #1 Doubles and Atossa Rejaei to win the Mixed #1 Doubles. With his #1 Gold in the Singles Dane was appointed to the 2017 US Junior National Team. Congratulations Dane for this accomplishment and congratulations to Jared Anwar and Atossa for being great partners!

You can read more about the High School Nationals: http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Racquetball/Features/2017/March/13/Dane-Elkins-Gets-The-Trifecta-at-High-School-Nationals

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