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Youth and Junior Southwest Development Race Series
USA Triathlon recognizes that not every junior athlete is ready for or interested in the draft-legal format. Draft-legal racing requires a unique skill-set that takes time to master. Junior Development Races provide athletes a gateway into the developmental pipeline. Athletes will experience triathlon in its traditional, non-drafting format, officiated using USA Triathlon Rules. Junior Development Races are typically sprint-distance and have been selected because of their "junior-friendly" atmosphere and age-appropriateness. Junior Talent ID races serve as an entry point for many young athletes into USAT's talent identification pipeline. They are a great place to get noticed by your RADC (Regional Athletic Development Coordinator), to meet other teens who share an interest in triathlons, and to earn an Age Group National Ranking when not competing in the Junior Elite Series

The Southwest Region of USAT is sponsoring a series of developmental sprint races to encourage youth (13-15) and junior (16-19) athletes to participate in triathlons. Ages are determined by USAT rules (age as of Dec 31, 2013). The Southwest region will have a point series with updated divisional rankings throughout the year.

Each event winner will receive an award provided by the region, as well as ranking points. The last event of the season will crown the series champion in the youth (13-15) and the junior (16-19) age catagories. A championship award will be given to the first place female youth and junior and the first place male youth and junior athlete.

Series Rules :
1. All youth and junior race finishers will be included in the end of year regional rankings.
2. All athletes must be annual USAT members.
3. In order to win Series Championship, all athletes must complete a minimum of 2 regular series races or 1 series race plus the championship race.
4. Championship race will count as double points.
5. Champions will be decided upon completion of the last event.

For a listing of the races please follow this link.

USAT Southwest Region F1 Elite Race Series - ages 12-18
The Southwest Region F1 race age groups will be 12-15 and 16-18 (as of Dec 31)

F1 racing was established as a developmental race format to transition athletes from entry-level youth ("kids") triathlons into the more challenging draft-legal racing format, while still providing age-appropriate racing distances. The purpose of these events is to enable more young athletes to develop competency in the draft-legal race format before they commit to national-caliber Youth Elite or Junior Elite Cup triathlons. Athletes between the ages of 12 and 18 are encourage to try-out a Youth F1 race. While these events typically do not award ranking points or qualification, they do provide a chance to race in the draft-legal format. Events are comprised of a 200-400 meter swim, a 7-10 kilometer bike, and a 2-2.5 kilometer run.

Why is there a mandatory pre-race meeting?

The mandatory pre-race meeting is necessary to inform athletes of the competition rules and course specifics. Given the developmental nature of these events, these meetings serve as a critical part of the educational process. They also may be used as an opportunity to pre-inspect equipment (however, final inspection occurs as athletes enter the transition area. Whenever possible, these meetings will take place on the evening prior to race day. Please be aware that meeting space is often limited and access may be restricted to athletes only.

How long are these mandatory meetings?
Approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

Are wetsuits allowed?
Yes, provided the water temperature is 20C (approximately 68F) or below.

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