US Junior Nationals gearing up for spring and summer

This just in (via email:

2009 Event Schedule

Our 2009 USJN schedule is as follows:

April 17-19 Windy City Classic (Chicagoland, IL)
April 17-19 California Classic (Los Angeles, CA)
May 2-3 Gateway Challenge (St. Louis, MO)
May 16-17 Mid America Challenge (Normal, IL)
May 16-17 Steel City Challenge (Pittsburgh, PA)
May 23-24 Memorial Day Chalenge (Toledo, OH)
May 23-24 Big Apple Challenge (Northern NJ)
June 6-7 Battle at the Border (Kansas City, MO)
June 12-14 USJN’s Midwest National Championships (9U-13U) (Indy, IN)
June 19-21 Southern Showcase (Atlanta, GA)
June 26-28 Great America Showcase (Chicagoland, IL)
June 26-28 West Coast Showcase (Irvine, CA)
July 27-30 Hershey Showcase (Hershey Park, PA)
July 5-8 Premier Invitational – EAST (Hampton, VA)
July 5-8 Premier Invitational – MIDWEST (Cincinnati, OH)
July 9-11 Blue Star Select Tournament (Las Vegas, NV)
July 9-11 Vegas “Sweet 16” Invitational (Las Vegas, NV)
July 9-10 Midwest Challenge (Chicagoland, IL)
July 11-12 East Coast Challenge (Philadelphia, PA)
July 22-25 Nike 17U National Championships (Washington, DC)
July 25-27 15-12U National Championships (Washington, DC)
July 25-27 Mountain Madness (Denver, CO)
July 25-27 Summer Final – MIDWEST (Chicagoland, IL)
July 28-30 Blue Star’s Elite Invitational (Augusta, GA)
July 30-31 Summer Final – EAST (Philadelphia, PA)

Event locations are still being finalized, according to Chris Menning of Bluestar Basketball.

More info about the organization:

US Junior Nationals / Blue Star Basketball

US Junior Nationals has the track record of providing some of the best competition in the country & providing the opportunity to compete in front of college coaches & national evaluators. Please be aware that there are many oranizations out there trying to replicate/market using our good name. Please be careful and know that the only place you will find USJN events is at www.usjn.com

The Blue Star Invitational Camps & US Junior Nationals were started in 1981 with the singular purpose of giving girls basketball players an opportunity to compete against the nation’s best players, in first class settings, in front of college coaches during the NCAA observation periods. In Late 90’s, to reflect the changes to the NCAA Observation Calendar, we have revised our event schedule to include the Blue Star College Showcases to recognize the importance of spring/summer/fall exposure and competition in front of college coaches. Blue Star has the largest database of college women’s basketball coaches in the country for all levels D1/D2/D3/NAIA/JC allowing us to be the ‘bridge’ between prospects/teams and college recruiters.

Thank you again for your continued support of USJN. We look forward to you enjoying the familiarity of our tournament experience. If you have any questions or comments, please contact the main office at 215-245-9080 or email at office@usjn.com. Please go to the specific event pages to find prices, locations, schedules, hotel specials, etc.

Thanks. We look forward to seeing you at this year’s USJN/Blue Star Basketball Events!

If I was rich and idle, I’d make these tournaments my excuse for a good road trip.

2 COMMENTS

  1. What can you tell me about these Jr. National tournaments? Are there certain regions that are better to attend or have better competition? For example I see there were tons of teams in Denver last year and quite a bit fewer teams in Vegas. But is the Vegas competition better? Just trying to figure out how this all works

  2. Chris Mennig of Bluestar Basketball answers your questions:

    Vegas has two seperate events…. a elite group and a regular/regional group that competes.

    Denver has one event but typically we seperate by National or Regional/Local level (you do this when you register so we can schedule accordingly)

    Here is the ‘about us’ page – http://www.usjn.com/about.php

    PS…. .there is a difference between US Junior Nationals (us) and USA Jr Nationals (copy cat group that tries to play off of our name that is out there) so be cautious of this when looking at tournaments/events.

    Hope that helpls answer your questions, anonymous.

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