Six NGBs partner to launch Team USA Pro Days series

April 01, 2019, 12:27 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (April 1, 2019) USA Weightlifting together with USA Rugby, USA Cheer, USRowing, USA Bobsled/Skeleton and USA Triathlon will host six combine style events at universities throughout the country in a joint effort to expand their talent pools.

Each Team USA Pro Day is free to participate and will feature athletic testing to include sprints, jumps and skills tests and scouts from each National Governing Body (NGB) will be on hand to identify potential talent in their respective sports.

“At USA Weightlifting, we are always working to expand our sport,” said Director of Grassroots Development Suzy Sanchez. “We’re excited to discover the depth and range of talent on our university campuses and introduce new athletes to our weightlifting community.”

While each Pro Day will be hosted on a university campus, participants are not required to be enrolled or a student athlete to participate. Pro Days are open to 18 to 24-year-olds. Athletes identified for their potential talent will be individually invited to train with sport specific coaches in their area.

“With our current focus on reaching prospective triathletes at the collegiate and post-collegiate levels, USA Triathlon looks forward to partnering with Team USA to identify new talent through combines across the country,” said Tim Yount, Chief Sport Development Officer at USA Triathlon. “We have seen success at the highest levels of our sport through talent transfer from swimming, running and other sports, so we know there are opportunities to find the next great triathlon talent through this system.”

In addition to partnering together, the NGBs are excited to work with the United States Olympic Committee’s Next Olympic Hopeful program. The talent identification program, presented by Milk Life and supported by 24 Hour Fitness, aims to increase the pipeline of world-class athletes pursuing Olympic sport in the United States. Results from the Pro Day on May 5th at Baylor University in Waco, Texas will be shared with Next Olympic Hopeful scouts.

One winner from each sport will be invited to join national team camps and will be eligible to receive financial, training and medical support as they prepare to compete for a spot on Team USA at the Olympic Games. Athletes are invited to apply through the online portal here, where they provide details about their experience and complete a pre-screen.

The following test events will be conducted at each Team USA Pro Day:

  • 10m, 30m, 40m sprint

  • Vertical jump

  • Triple hop (two feet)

  • 10 sec max watt row

  • 1 minute average watt row

  • 3RM back squat

  • 1RM power clean

  • Rugby Skills event

  • Cheer skills event

  • Max pull ups

  • Burnout row

Team USA Pro Day Schedule (Click to register):

USAFA – Saturday April 13th, Colorado Springs, CO

Northern Michigan University – Saturday April 27th, Marquette, MI

University of Montana- Monday April 29th, Missoula

Baylor University – Saturday May 4th, Waco, TX **NOH AND USOC**

UNC- Chapel Hill – Saturday May 18th, Chapel Hill, NC

East Tennessee State University – Sunday May 26th, Johnson City, TN

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