Team USA Training Center
Team USA Training Center is a European style competition course used the day after ProMiniGolf tournaments by players who qualify based on the National
Championship and Player Point Standings.
Team USA course is located behind the Hawaiian Rumble at 33rd Avenue South Hwy. 17, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582.
The Team USA course is the only course recognized by the World MiniGolf Sport Federation.
|The Team USA course is the only course to eventually get into the World Games
(minor league for the olympics) and the actual Olympics.
Team USA courses are available from ProMiniGolf Development. Contact Bob Detwiler at (834) 458-2585 for more
Team USA Selections
While many WMF and international competitions reward the top players on an individual level, most (including World Championships) are primarily TEAM
Competitions. Just like Basketball, Soccer and Hockey, the players that are selected for Team USA squads are the players which their National Association feel
gives THE TEAM the best opportunity to win or be competitive.
The following are the main criteria used in the USPMGA -Team USA selection process (in no particular order):
|- Tournament Results: Performance in all USPMGA-Sanctioned Tounaments are considered, with special emphasis on USPMGA Majors (U.S. Open and
Masters) and the tournaments played at Official Team USA Training Centers.
- Experience in International Competitions: Past experience playing on WMF approved surfaces shortens the amount of "teaching" done at competitions, and allows
the team members and coaches to concentrate more on actual training.
- Physical and Mental Fitness: Players should be in good general health, both physically and mentally, to be able to handle the precision and pressure required
to play well. All Team USA Players and prospective players are subject to random drug testing, at the player's cost.
- Teamwork and Sportsmanship: The players selected need to work together as a cohesive unit, so they meust display good teamwork and sportsmanship to each
other, plus they must be respectful to the coaches, Team USA officials, as well as the players and representatives from other nations. After all, they are
representing the United States and the Sport of Minigolf.
Selection for Team USA is handled by USPMGA President Robert Detwiler. Though Mr. Detwiler considers input from other USPMGA Officials, Team USA Coaches and
past Team USA Players, it is still ultimately his decision as to who is selected to play for Team USA.