BBC Juniors to Compete at JIT

jr panam teamFour Juniors from team BBC are set to compete at the Junior International Trials (JIT) this month in Southern California. The best of the best will meet at the Los Angeles Badminton Club March 25-28 to fight for a spot on the USA Junior National Team.

From the Bellevue Badminton Club, William Hu, Annette Lam, Ben Chen, and Adrian Unruh have qualified to play in the trials. These juniors have traveled to many tournaments throughout the years to compete and earn enough ranking points to be considered some of the best in the country. With a spot on the national team at stake, the tournament is often considered even more difficult than the Junior Nationals because of the format. Over four days players will battle it out in a round robin with other top players and teams before advancing to the knockout stage. It is not uncommon for some players to play 6-7 tough matches each day.

The top finishers of each event will have the opportunity to represent the United States at the Junior Pan American Championships (this year in Peru), and the Junior World Championships (This year in Spain). It is a great honor to be selected to the team as have Adrian Unruh and Ben Chen been in the past. We wish our juniors the best of luck in the trials and the last few weeks of preparation before they fly out.