July 14–16, 2015
 Check-in July 14, 7 a.m.
Check-out July 16, 6:30 p.m.
McDaniel College
Westminster, MD


USA Triathlon Junior Elite Skills Camp
July 14–16, 2015

The Mid-Atlantic's only USA Triathlon designated Junior Elite Skills Camp returns to McDaniel College in Westminster, MD this July. Designed for the novice to intermediate level 12–16 year-old triathlete and taught exclusively by USA Triathlon Certified Coaches, our three-day two-night Skills Camp focuses on the fundamentals within triathlon's four disciplines: swimming, biking, running, and transition.

The Mid-Atlantic Region USA Triathlon Skills Camp follows USA Triathlon's age group competition rule. If your triathlete was born in the years 1999–2003, they may attend camp.

About USA Triathlon Skills Camps

Granted designation by USA Triathlon, the National Governing Body of multisport, USA Triathlon Skills Camps are designed with the novice to intermediate level 12–16 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.

Online Registration, Fees, and Camp Size

Register online at imAthlete.com/events/skillscamp. Registration will close once the camp size has reached 25 campers to maintain a five to one camper to staff ratio.

$450 February 3 – June 22, 2015 
$550 June 23 – July 13, 2015

The registration fee does not include USA Triathlon youth membership or registration transaction fees.

USA Triathlon Youth Membership Required

The USA Triathlon Junior Elite Skills Camp is a USA Triathlon Sanctioned Event. Participants must be USAT youth members. If your triathlete's membership has expired, expires before camp, or he/she is not a USAT youth member, you may renew or purchase a youth membership at the time of registration. An annual (12 calendar months) USAT youth membership is $15 and includes these benefits.

Your Coaches

Christy Lausch is co-founder and Head Coach of the MINI COW TRI CLUB's Development, Competition, and High Performance Teams. Christy leverages 18 years of multisport experience, holds USA Triathlon Certified Level 1 Coach and USA Triathlon Youth & Junior Coaching Certifications. Christy is also Talent Identification Coordinator within the USA Triathlon Mid-Atlantic Region.

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?

Jake Fox is a competitive age group triathlete and holds USA Triathlon Certified Level 1 Coach and USA Triathlon Youth & Junior Coaching Certifications, and is a USA Cycling Level 3 Coach. Jake is Assistant Coach of the MINI COW TRI CLUB.

Amy Maxwell holds USA Triathlon Certified Level 1 Coach and USA Triathlon Youth & Junior Coaching Certifications, is a USA Track & Field Certified Level 1 Coach, and is a Corrective Exercise Specialist and Personal Trainer certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

Athletic Prerequisites

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.

Camp Location

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.

Outside the Mid-Atlantic Region? Find a USA Triathlon Skills Camp near you.

Equipment Needs, Check In, and Code of Conduct

Registered campers will receive a "What to Bring" checklist prior to camp. Check in will be 7 a.m. Tuesday, July 14, and check out will be 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 16. 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.