Metro Parks Waiver
All athletes competing at the Youth and Junior National Championships will need to bring a signed copy of the Metro Parks waiver with them to packet pick-up. The waiver needs to be signed by a parent or guardian if the athlete is under 18 years of age. Any athlete who does not have a waiver on file by the start of their race WILL NOT BE ABLE TO COMPETE. CLICK HERE to obtain a copy of the Metro Parks waiver.
The Team Relay race will take place on Sunday, August 4, 2013.
Entry fee: $30.00 per person (4 person teams in 2012)
The race field will be limited to 50 teams (200 athletes)
Race Distances: 250 meter swim, 5 kilometer draft-legal bike and 1.2 kilometer run
There are 50 “team spots” available for the Mixed Team Relay at Youth Elite / Junior Elite Nationals; accommodating participation by 200 athletes. Each team must be comprised of two (2) females and two (2) males. Athletes must be between the age of 13 and 19 as of December 31st of the competition year.
In order to afford as many USAT High Performance Teams and Registered Clubs as possible with the opportunity to participate in the Mixed Team Relay there will be two registration periods.
First Registration Period: In the First Registration Period, which takes place beginning April 1st and ending May 15th, USAT will allocate team spots as follows:
- The Top 3 teams from the prior year’s Mixed Team Relay Championship will be awarded one (1) team spot each;
- The Top 10 teams from the prior year’s Development Team National Championship will be awarded one (1) team spot each;
- USAT High Performance Teams in good standing will be awarded one (1) team spot each; and,
- USAT Registered Clubs in good standing that make a formal request for a team spot by March 15th will be awarded one (1) team spot each on a first-come, first-served basis until all spots are allocated or the First Registration Period ends, whichever comes first.
All allocations are cumulative, meaning, in the First Registration Period, a team/club that earned a Top 3 finish in the Relay Championship in 2012, a Top 10 finish in the Development Team Championship in 2012, and is a High Performance Team in good standing in 2013 will be awarded three (3) team spots, accommodating participation by 12 athletes (6 females/6 males).
Between April 1st and May 15th, High Performance Teams and Registered Clubs must claim their allocated spots by completing the online registration process. Spots not claimed by May 15th will revert to the pool of team spots available in the Second Registration Period.
Second Registration Period: The Second Registration Period will begin June 15th and remain open until 14 days prior to the individual championships or until all 50 team spots are filled, whichever comes first. Available team spots may be claimed by registering online on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be no wait list. There are no refunds if withdrawing a team.
Deadline for Setting Team Composition: Coaches must enter the names of the relay team athletes in the online registration system – in the exact order of the relay – no later than ten (10) days prior to the event weekend or risk forfeiting the team spot.
Performance/Injury Substitutions: Coaches are allowed no more than three (3) injury- and/or performance-related substitutions following the conclusion of the individual championships held the day prior to the Mixed Team Relay. Substitutions must be delivered to the Event Organizer or his/her designee within two (2) hours of the finish of final Youth Elite or Junior Elite competition of the day. Substitutes must have competed in the individual championship or be registered for the Mixed Team Relay already (i.e. the athlete must be in the timer’s database already).
Numbering: Each HPT or Club will be assigned a random number for the purpose of calling up the first athlete to the start line and rack assignments in transition. HPTs or Clubs may assign an internal ranking designator to each of its teams at the time of registration, such as Team 1, Team 2, and so on. This must be readily apparent in the registration database or USAT will assign a ranking of its choosing. The Event Organizer will assign the first team from each HPT or Club a starting position according to the random order assigned all HPTs and Clubs before repeating the process until all relay teams are given a call-up position.
The order by which each athlete completes the relay will be requested at the time of registration and may be altered only during the substitution window or when replacing an injured or ill athlete.
The Event Organizer will assign individual race numbers as follows (for example):
11 – First Athlete (Female)
12 – Second Athlete (Male)
13 – Third Athlete (Female)
14 – Fourth Athlete (Male)
201 – First Athlete (Female)
202 – Second Athlete (Male)
203 – Third Athlete (Female)
204 – Fourth Athlete (Male)
Composite/Foreign Teams: The organization of composite teams is allowed, provided they are associated with an HPT or Registered Club or organized by the USAT High Performance Department. The names of combined HPTs or clubs must be identifiable in the team name, such as “HPT-Club Composite 1”. Composite teams will not factor in subsequent year allocations of team spots. Teams comprised of athletes representing other countries may enter the Mixed Team Relay either during the Second Registration Period or earlier at the discretion of the USAT High Performance Department to further USAT’s solidarity initiatives or enhance the quality of field, however, their results will not factor in subsequent year allocations of team spots.
Maximum Number of Teams: Any single HPT or Registered Club may enter a maximum of five (5) team relay squads, unless the event is undersubscribed at the end of the Second Registration Period, in which case there will be no limit and spots can be claimed first-come, first-served. Composite teams will not count toward the maximum.
- All team members must attend a mandatory meeting with the team relay race official at 2 p.m. on August 2 at the Meridian Conference Center.
- Athletes must wear a team uniform that fully covers his/her torso from race start to finish. Matching team uniforms are highly encouraged.
- Wetsuits are not allowed if the water temperature is above 20°C (68°F).
- Athletes must move forward after the start signal (no lateral or rearward movement along the start line).
- All penalties will be assessed in the Penalty Box located on the run course and may be served by any team members currently on the field of play.
- Blocking or interfering with the forward progress of another competitor is not allowed.
- Athletes lapped on the bike course will be withdrawn from the competition.
- Aero helmets are not permitted. Helmet chin-strap must be buckled at all times while touching the bike.
- All equipment must be placed in your individual transition bin after use (e.g. swim cap, goggles, helmet).
- Bicycle must have a traditional triangular frame; wheels must have at least 16 spokes; handlebars must be traditional drop-style with bar-ends plugged; clip-on aerobars may not extend beyond the brake levers' foremost line and must be bridged; no bar-end gear shifters allowed; elbow pads are allowed.
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