Which Team Is Right for My Triathlete?

The answer depends in part on your triathlete's age. After that, their interest and competitiveness and your family's schedule and commitment level come into play.

Speaking of age, USA Triathlon's Age Group Competition Rule or "age up rule" is oftentimes a new experience for triathletes and parents, especially those coming to the sport from swimming or running. Simply, triathletes compete based upon their age on December 31 of the year of the event.

Development Team

Development Team is for new or recreational triathletes ages 7–13 (born in 2004–2010).

Triathletes will practice one day per week mid-April through late August and should commit to participate in at least two team designated races.

18 Week Season
April–May: Sunday
June–August: Tuesday
Season membership $250

More information may be found on our Development Team page.

Competition Team

Competition Team is for triathletes ages 11–17 (born in 2000–2006) interested in racing at a competitive level within the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Triathletes will practice one day per week mid-April through mid-June, and then two days per week from mid-June through late August. In addition, coaches may provide specific workouts for triathletes to complete on their own.

11–15 year-old triathletes should commit to participate in at least two team designated races and the USA Triathlon Youth National Championship in West Chester, Ohio August 5–6. 16–17 year-old triathletes may choose to race in select super sprint races identified by Coach Christy.

18 Week Season
April–May: Sunday
June–August: Tuesday, Thursday
Season membership $400

More information may be found on our Competition Team page.

High Performance Team

High Performance Team is for triathletes ages 13–19 (born in 1998–2004) committed to training for and racing in draft-legal triathlons across the country.

Triathletes will practice twice per week January to May and up to three times per week June, July and August.

Triathletes will commit to participate in at least two qualifying Cups in the USAT Junior Elite Series with a goal of qualifying for and racing in the USAT Youth Elite and Junior Elite National Championship in West Chester, Ohio August 5–6.

34 Week Season
January–May: Sunday, Thursday
June–August: Tuesday, Thursday

High Performance Team is by invite only. Please email Coach Christy if you are interested in learning more about benchmark qualifications, the Junior Elite Series, commitment and costs.