by Ian Marshall, Editor
The allocation of the tournament to the region completes the full circle; basically qualification for the event is through four distinct regions of the continent, those being North America, South America, the Caribbean and Central America.
In 2016, the inaugural edition was staged in the west coast Canadian city of Burnaby, the following year, Buenos Aires was the destination, before last year Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic played host. Now it is the turn of Central America.
Overall, as is the tradition, a total of 16 teams will compete in each of the boys’ team and girls’ team events. Basically the allocation is four from each of the Caribbean, Central America and South America plus two from North America, being Canada and the United States. One from the Pan American Junior Ranking plus one from the host nation completes the list.
Should the full complement of teams from any region not be filled, the extra places are allocated as per Pan American Junior Ranking.
In addition, for the individual events, players listed in the top 16 of the Pan American Junior Ranking but not already qualified via the team events, receive invitations.
Overall, a national association is limited to four boys and four girls, doubles pairs must be from the same national association; seeding as per the latest available under 18 world ranking lists, in realistic terms June 2019.
Notably the team events will be organized on the World Championships format (A v X, B v Y, C v Z, A v Y, B v X); moreover, three boys’ team and three girls’ teams will qualify for the 2019 World Junior Championships to be staged later in the year in Bangkok.
South American Junior Championships
Boys: Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Chile
Girls: Ecuador, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay
Central American Junior Championships
Boys: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama, El Salvador
Girls: El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belize
Caribbean Junior Championships
Boys: Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Barbados, Jamaica
Girls: Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico
Boys: Canada, United States
Girls: Canada, United States
Pan American Junior Ranking
Girls: Peru, Argentina, Panama