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USAT Triathlon's junior development programming is specifically aligned with the USAT High Performance Plan. This plan is developed and accepted by the U.S. Olympic Committee and is designed to guide the program over the course of a four year Olympic cycle (or "quad"). Certain programming, such as junior development camps and draft-legal development races, is implemented to support this plan. Before USAT grants the use of a specific designation or title to an event, it reviews the proposal in the larger context of the High Performance Plan taking into consideration the overall viability and sustainability of the event in the context of the entire plan. Some programs are intentially designed to be limited in size to create a systematic increase in selectivity or competitiveness in these events over the course of the quad. In other areas, USAT High Performance may incentivize growth via targeted grants or proactive engagement of experienced event organizers to deliver more opportunities for athletes across the spectrum. The ultimate goal is to provide the right opportunities at the right time, while building a program that is sustainable over time.
FAQs about Youth Elite/Junior Elite Triathlon
Descriptions of Youth F1, Youth Elite, Junior Elite, and Elite Development Formats
Recommended Race Distances for Youth and Juniors
Sample ITU Race Briefing Slides
High Performance Camps
USA Triathlon High Performance Junior Development Camps play a key role in preparing young athletes for national and international competition. Camps designated under this program are aligned with the goals and objectives of the USAT High Performance Plan, a four year plan developed in conjunction with the U.S. Olympic Committee. USAT HP camps are organized into three distinct level:
Skills Camps serve as the preparatory level experience for emerging Junior Elite athletes.
Select Camps further enrich the Junior Elite athletes' knowledge and readiness for national and international draft-legal racing.
National Select Camps, such as the Junior Elite Women's Camp, offer special attention to the unique needs of accomplished Junior Elite athletes in identified sub-categories of development.
USA Triathlon Performance Pyramid
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