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Calling All Youth & Junior Triathletes!

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 Location: Voice of America Park, West Chester, Ohio
 Registration Closes: July 29 at 11:59 p.m. MT
 

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USA Triathlon is headed back to West Chester, Ohio for the ninth consecutive year! The 2020 Youth & Junior Nationals will take place on Aug. 1-2, 2020 at Voice of America Park. Youth athletes of all experience levels are invited to participate in this fun and iconic event.

West Chester first hosted rising youth and junior triathlon stars in 2012 and is a prime location for the National event, with more than 20 of the 38 active High Performance Teams within a day's drive of the venue. Youth & Junior Nationals is scheduled for Aug. 1-2, 2020, and tentatively scheduled for the first weekend in August in 2021. The event has sold out for the last five years, with nearly 1000 athletes ages 7-19 competing annually. The two-day event is contained within Voice of America Park and supported through a strong partnership with the Butler County Visitors Bureau and other community organizations. Click here to read more on this continued partnership in West Chester, Ohio.

American Development Model (ADM) Adjustments

Beginning in 2020, Youth & Junior Nationals will see several changes to align with the American Development Model (ADM), a concerted effort between the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee and its sport National Governing Bodies to apply long-term athlete development principles in a way that resonates with the culture of sport in the United States.  The ADM aims to create early positive experiences for youth athletes across all sports by promoting sustained sport participation. Emphasis is placed on developmentally appropriate activities, including foundational skill development, coordination and motor control. Click here to read the full press release about the changes to Youth & Junior Nationals.

The major adjustments to Youth & Junior Nationals include:

  • The word “Championships” will be removed from the overall event name (Youth & Junior Nationals) in an effort to emphasize participation and personal goal setting over competition for younger age groups.
  • The youth age group race is now open to athletes up to age 18 (previously limited to ages 7-15).
  • National Champion titles will only be awarded to athletes ages 13-18. Athletes aged 7-12 will still receive placement awards, five places deep. In the PC Open division, the top male and female finishers overall will earn national champion titles.
  • The Youth and Junior Elite and Mixed Relay races will remain in the same format as previous years.
  • All athletes will record their goal times for their races as part of the registration process. A “goal time board” will also be available at the venue for athletes to write down their goals and finishing times. As part of the ADM, this process encourages athletes to focus on advancing their personal bests versus placement relative to other athletes.
  • Starting in 2021, the High School National Championships, historically held in conjunction with the Collegiate Club National Championships, will be removed from USA Triathlon's championship schedule. High school-aged athletes will be encouraged to participate in either the youth age group or junior elite races at Youth and Junior Nationals.
  • In 2020 and beyond, there are slight adjustments to the schedule to accommodate the older athlete. Click here to view the current event schedule.

New 2020 Schedule of Events!

August 1, 2020

  • Youth Age Groups 13-18: 300m swim, 10k bike, 2.5k run
  • Junior Elite: 750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run
  • Youth Elite: 375m swim, 10k bike, 2.5k run

August 2, 2020

  • PC Open (Ages 7-18): 200m swim, 10k bike, 2k run
  • Youth Age Groups 11-12: 200m swim, 10k bike, 2k run
  • Youth Age Groups 7-10: 100m swim 5k bike, 1k run
  • Mixed Relay: 250m swim, 5k bike, 1.2k run