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USACA announced on June 2nd that it had named Hemant Buch of California Cricket Academy as the overall head of youth tournaments for 2014. Mr. Buch has been the Chairman of the National Youth Development Committee since July of 2012.
'Buch’s commitment in Northern California with the academy and tireless focus on fund raising and sponsorship support make him an ideal candidate to take on this role with USACA and the AAU on a national level,' USACA noted in a media release.
The AAU Junior Olympics Games introduced cricket to its list of sports in 2013, largely due to the efforts of Michigan Cricket Association and other ACF member leagues.
This year, USACA asserted control over the AAU relationship and committed to conducting an Under 17 tournament at the AAU Olympics in Iowa. According to USACA's website, Heartland Cricket League will act as the local organizer for the AAU tournament.
Following the latest announcement, the AAU Cricket tournament will likely be managed by Mr. Buch. USACA has said very little so far regarding the selection process and lead-in games for the AAU event in Iowa.
The National U15 tournament will see the top two teams from the Eastern Conference and Western Conference face off for top honors. The tournament is expected to be held in Santa Clara, CA, between June 26th and 29th. Mr. Buch's academy, the CCA, is based in the Bay Area and has experience with conducting invitational tournaments of this size. "The key is to have an owner who is currently engaged on a day to day basis with the youth communities in a key market like Northern California,” Michael Gale, First VP of USACA said in the media release.
Mr. Buch's appointment could potentially help USACA avert another planning and PR incident just days after the organization came under attack for not having a single-point-of-contact for the Men's National Championship following the CEO's departure.
With less than a month left, parents of participating Under 15 kids have privately expressed concerns about the lack of comprehensive information regarding the California tournament.
USACA published a brief congratulatory message on Facebook announcing that that the Atlantic Region U15 squad had won the Eastern Conference event held over the Memorial Day weekend. No mention was made in the Facebook post of the team that finished second and detailed scorecards as well as points table are awaited.
The Western Conference event was conducted over the Thanksgiving weekend in 2013. North West finished at the top of the table and Central West finished second in that tournament.