July 15–17, 2014
 Check-in Tuesday, July 15, 7 a.m.
Check-out Thursday, July 17,  6 p.m.
McDaniel College
Westminster, MD



We're super excited to bring the Mid-Atlantic's only USA Triathlon Skills Camp back to McDaniel College in Westminster, MD this July. Designed for the novice to intermediate level 12–17 year-old triathlete and taught exclusively by USA Triathlon Certified Coaches, our three-day two-night Skills Camp will focus on the fundamentals within triathlon's four disciplines: swimming, biking, running, and transition.


Granted designation by USA Triathlon, the National Governing Body of multisport, USA Triathlon Skills Camps are designed with the novice to intermediate level 12–17 year-old triathlete in mind. These camps focus on the fundamentals of triathlon's four disciplines: swimming, biking, running, and transition. In the pool, triathletes will work on swim stroke fundamentals, starts, buoy turns, navigation, and simulated open water swimming. On the bike, triathletes will practice cornering, climbing, descending, and braking skills and be introduced to pack riding and entry-level, draft-legal racing skills. Run drills will focus on dynamic warm-ups, proper form, and transition runs. Significant focus will be placed on mastering ITU-style flow through transitions with flying mounts and dismounts. Triathletes will also learn about sports nutrition and how to structure their training, and USA Triathlon Certified Youth and Junior Coaches will discuss how to keep triathlon in balance with school sports. Triathletes will benefit from working with coaches having specific youth triathlon education, training and certification while learning alongside peers who share their interest in the sport of triathlon.


Christy Lausch is co-founder and Head Coach of the MINI COW TRI CLUB's Development, Competition, and High Performance Teams. Christy leverages 16 years of multisport experience, holds USA Triathlon Certified Level 1 Coach and USA Triathlon Youth & Junior Coaching Certifications, and leads curriculum development for the Mid-Atlantic Region's USA Triathlon Skills Camp. Christy's mentoring and coaching now extends to the entire USA Triathlon Mid-Atlantic Region as Regional Athlete Development Coordinator.

Caryn "CJ" Jaffe is a Registered Nurse, USA Triathlon Certified Level 1 Coach, six-time Ironman finisher, former Team in Training Mentor for the Columbia Triathlon and EagleMan Triathlon, and was a 2013 athlete on Team REFUEL Got chocolate milk?

Ian O'Brien is former British Military and head coach of one of the top collegiate teams in the country, West Point Triathlon. Ian holds a USA Triathlon Certified Level 1 Coach, British Triathlon Level III (USAT level III equivalent), and British Cycling Level II certifications.

Jake Fox is a competitive age group triathlete and holds both a USA Triathlon Certified Level 1 Coach and a USA Triathlon Youth & Junior Coaching Certification. Jake is Assistant Coach of the MINI COW TRI CLUB.

Mollie Brewer is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Exercise Physiology. Mollie races in both non-drafting and draft legal triathlons, stage road races, cyclocross, mountain bike, and BMX races. Mollie is a head coach for the Swim for Smiles/Triangle Multisport Triathlon Team in Chapel Hill, NC.


While previous multisport experience is not required, campers must be able to swim 200 meters continuously, confidently ride a road bike with drop handle bars (no hybrid bikes or triathlon bikes with aero bars), and run 2 kilometers without stopping.


The Mid-Atlantic Region USA Triathlon Skills Camp will be hosted at McDaniel College. McDaniel College is a private college located in Westminster, MD, a small, historic town just 30 miles northwest of Baltimore's Inner Harbor and 60 miles north of Washington, D.C. Triathletes will enjoy traditional dormitory housing adjacent to the pool and dining hall and a short walk to the track. Sports fields and reserved parking lots will provide areas for transition, bike handling, and running drills, and the surrounding area will allow triathletes to safely practice individual and group riding techniques.

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$400 camp fee ($450 after June 30) includes traditional dormitory housing and three meals per day. Registered campers will receive a "What to Bring" checklist prior to camp. Check in will be the morning of Tuesday, July 15, and check out will be the evening of Thursday, July 17. Campers and parents will be required to read and sign our Code of Conduct.


Questions about Skills Camp? Contact the Head Coach, Christy Lausch, at christy@MiniCowTriClub.com.