Youth participation represents one the fastest growing areas of the sport today and it is important to emphasis basic fundamentals and FUN. Competition is certainly a part of the sport but kids, parents, and coaches should focus on enjoyment, and learning proper skills and healthy exercise habits that will last a lifetime rather than winning and losing.
The "Youth" age division is comprised of athletes age 15 and under, with racing age determined on December 31st of the competition year. Age categories are generally broken down into ages 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, and 13-15. Distances are short and intended simply to expose our youngest triathletes to basic elements of triathlon and give them a taste of the unique sense of accomplishment that comes with finishing a triathlon.
Suggested Race Distances for Youth Athletes:
Beginning at age 12, youth also have the opportunity to compete in draft-legal triathlons, called F1 or Youth Elite Cups. These super-sprint distance races mimic the ITU World Cup and Olympic format of racing. Youth Elites do not have to qualify for these events, but generally should have above-average swim skills, the ability to ride in a peloton, and a strong run.
More questions? Contact your Regional Athlete Development Coordinator (RADC) Shelly O'Brien.
Youth Finisher Awards:
USAT-SMW will provide Youth Finisher's Awards to race directors for their next USAT sanctioned event. Race directors can read about the details this program at the link below. To obtain the USAT SMW Youth Finisher’s Award click on the link shown below. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about this.
W9 Form (to be turned in with all youth finisher award requests)
USAT SMW Regional Youth Race Series 2017:
McKinney Kiwanis Youth Tri
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Sunny Kids Tri
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Typhoon Kids Tri
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Tri Youth Racing
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Cooper Youth Tri
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Tri Aggieland Kids
Sunday, July 8, 2017
Hill Country Kids Tri
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Lil Buggy Kids Tri (Regional Championship)
Monday, September 4, 2017
REGIONAL CHAMPION AWARDS WILL BE MAILED TO ALL TOP 3 WINNERS, due to the complexity of award calculations (double points event), and to ensure absolute final rankings, there will be no on-site awards presentation at Lil Buggy - USAT SMW Regional Championship final event.
The series consists of independently-produced, owned and operated, youth course triathlons referred to as "stages". All stages are located in the South Midwest Region of USA Triathlon, which includes Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Texas.
Points will be awarded to Eligible Athletes finishing in 1st through 10th place in the male and female, in their respective age categories, 7-8, 9-10. 11-12, 13-15 divisions of each stage.
In order to promote participation, the SMW Regional Youth Race Series finals standings will be based off of participation. Each race counting equally, the exception will be the SMW Youth Regional Championship race, which grants double points.
Place - Points:
· 1st - 100
· 2nd - 90
· 3rd - 82
· 4th - 75
· 5th - 69
· 6th - 63
· 7th - 58
· 8th - 53
· 9th- 49
· 10th - 45
High Performance Teams:
High Performance Teams play an integral role in the identification, recruitment, development, and age-appropriate competitive preparation of emerging youth elite, junior elite, and U23 athletes, with the goal of developing well-rounded athletes capable of success at the highest levels of competition and progression within the USAT Sport Performance Program.
IconOne Multisport - San Antonio, Texas
Outrival Racing - The Woodlands, TX
SelecTRI - The Woodlands, TX
Team Playtri Elite - Dallas/McKinney, Texas
T3 Multisports - Round Rock, Texas
Tri4Him - Dallas, Texas
Triple Threat Youth and Junior Racing - Rogers, AR