Webinar: Starting a Youth Triathlon Club
Topic: Starting a Youth Triathlon Club
Youth triathlon is one of the fastest growing sports. In 2010, over 37,000 seven to seventeen-year-olds were members of USA Triathlon, which represented about a quarter of the total USAT membership. Preparation and participation in a youth triathlon represents unique challenges for the youth triathlete and parents. Triathlon is not part of most school physical education curriculums and parents may not have a working knowledge of what a triathlon is — as they do for mainstream sports such as basketball or soccer. In addition, there are very few organized club or triathlon training programs for youth triathletes.
During this webinar, Todd and Christy share their experiences and discuss what to consider when starting a youth triathlon club including:
- Establishing a business and marketing plan
- Special considerations for youth athletes
- How to gain community involvement
Join them to learn how to bring youth triathlon from an individual sport into the team/club environment.
USAT Certified Race Directors receive one CEU for attending. If you cannot attend this webinar at the specified time and date, you can register in advance and the complete webinar recording will be made available after it is finished.
Todd Waldner brings over 24 years of triathlon training and racing experience to the iCAN Junior Triathlon Club which he founded in 2006. The first youth focused club in central California, with 130 club members, an annual growth over 40%, and an athlete return rate of nearly 70%, the iCAN Junior Triathlon Club has established sustainability. Recently, Waldner's efforts led his team to a first-place national youth club finish at the 2011 USAT Youth National Championships in San Diego and the Overall Team Champion at IronKids Triathlon also in San Diego earlier in the year.
Christy Lausch has 13 years of multisport experience including qualifying for Team USA, the Ironman World Championship 70.3, and achieving consecutive USA Triathlon All American rankings. She and her husband, Brian Lausch, founded the MINI COW TRI CLUB in 2008 which became an Official USA Triathlon club in the Spring of 2010. While at this time primarily a development club, the MINI COW TRI CLUB consistently places youth triathletes on the podium at regional events.
Event Type: National
Entry Fee: $14.99 for USAT Members or Race Directors (0 CEU); $24.99 for USAT Certified Race Directors (1 CEU); $29.99 for Non-USAT Members (0 CEU)
Event Date: Oct. 26, 2011
Start Time: 2:00 PM MST
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