USA Triathlon Junior Elite Skills Camp

June 27–29, 2017
McDaniel College
2 College Avenue Westminster, MD

Our Junior Elite Skills Camp in late June allows triathletes to use the camp as a lead-in to the USAT Flatlands Elite Cup in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Our Junior Elite Skills Camp returns for a fifth year to McDaniel College this Summer. 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.

At a Glance

  • USA Triathlon Certified Coaches
  • Three days, two nights
  • 12–16 year-olds (born in 2001–2005)
  • Check in Tuesday morning, check out Thursday evening
  • Road bike with drop style handle bars required

About Junior Elite Skills Camps

"A camp is worth a year of racing experience." Steve Kelley, USA Triathlon Junior/U23 Program Manager

 Junior Elite 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.

Junior Elite Skills Camps follows USA Triathlon's age group competition rule. Triathletes born in the years 2001–2005 may attend our Junior Elite Skills Camp.

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 style handle bars (hybrid bikes and triathlon bikes with aero bars are not allowed), and run 2 kilometers (1.24 miles) without stopping.

Registration, Fees, Camp Size

Registration will close once the camp size has reached 25 campers to maintain a five to one camper to staff ratio.

February 1 – March 31, 2017
Early Registration $400 (Save $100)

April 1 – May 31, 2017
Registration $450 (Save $50)

June 1 – June 25, 2017
Late Registration $500

Please note, registration fees above do not include imATHLETE transaction fees or USA Triathlon youth membership.

USA Triathlon Sanctioned Event

Our Junior Elite Skills Camp is a USA Triathlon Sanctioned Camp (241716). It signifies that USA Triathlon has reviewed and approved our course curriculum and emergency and safety plans, and that our coaching staff all hold current USA Triathlon coaching certifications which includes CPR certification and an NCSI background check.

USA Triathlon Youth Membership Required

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 now only $10 and includes these benefits.

Your Coaches

Christy Lausch leverages nearly 20 years of multisport experience, holds USA Triathlon Certified Level 1 Coach and USA Triathlon Youth & Junior Coaching Certifications, is USA Triathlon Talent Identification Coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic Region and as Head Coach of the Mini Cow Tri oversees its Development, Competition and High Performance Teams.

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.

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.

Skills Camp Guide

Our Skills Camp Guide will be emailed to triathletes and parents one month before camp and will include a packing list, camp schedule, Code of Conduct and Medical Consent.

Check In, Check Out

Check in will be 7 a.m. Tuesday, June 27, 2017 and check out will be 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 29, 2017.

Camp Location

Our Junior Elite 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.

Lodging Before or After Camp

Should you need a hotel room Monday evening before check in Tuesday morning, or Thursday evening after check out, there is a Best Western adjacent to the McDaniel College campus. 

Refund Policy

There are no refunds, deferments, or transfers of registrations.


Questions about Skills Camp? Contact the Head Coach, Christy Lausch, at