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USA Cricket Association (USACA) is governed by an elected Board composed of national officers and regional representatives. USACA is a 501(c)3 registered charity.
USACA's primary objective is to promote, encourage, foster and develop interest and participation in the game of cricket throughout the United States of America.
Domestically, USACA has a pyramidal system of competitions and tournaments to encourage the growth of cricket throughout the country and to identify talented young players.
Volunteers are critical to the success of the game in the USA. Volunteers form the base of cricket's pyramid and are the foundation of USA cricket. These people are involved in member clubs and leagues that are part of the eight regions across the country.
The USACA regions organize inter-league tournaments, which are used to identify players for selection to represent their respective regions. Regional teams then participate in national tournaments. These national tournaments are at the top of the pyramid and are used by the National Selection Committee to select USA teams.
USACA are also aiming to increase junior and youth participation in cricket through working closely with schools and clubs across the country. The hope is to have a strong playing pathway from entry-level, grassroots participation right through to senior and national representation for men and women.
"Volunteer financing" is a challenge that faces many sports organizations. Funding is necessary to run the national, regional, league, and club organizations as well as grow junior, youth and women's participation in the game.
Recognizing this, USACA began seeking strategic partners to help develop the commercial aspects of USA cricket so as to create additional income streams to ensure financial sustainability of its development program.
Through an RFQ process and detailed discussions, the USACA Board recently settled on a robust international solution with the formation of Cricket Holdings America, LLC (CHALLC) in partnership with New Zealand Cricket, an ICC full member, and other successful international investment and marketing entities. CHALLC can help transform governance of USACA to more predictable management with larger cash flows for all the stakeholders, offering additional development options for USA cricket.
The immediate impact of this partnership was the official ICC match between Full Members New Zealand and Sri Lanka in 2010. Branded the "Pearl's Cup" the event was held at the Lauderhill Stadium and was a huge success.
However, American cricket fans are extremely eager to see Full members playing ICC official matches on its shores. Imagine India playing England in New York City or Pakistan playing Sri Lanka in Chicago or Ireland playing Scotland in Boston.
The sell out crowds at the 2012 T20 matches between the West Indies and New Zealand at Lauderhill Stadium are evidence of the appetite for cricket in the USA. USACA is working towards a long-term engagement with the West Indies Cricket Board to host Full members in Florida as the opening act of tours to the Caribbean.