Race directors around the country are taking advantage of specialized training – developed by USA Triathlon and the National Alliance for Youth Sports – to help make racing safer and more enjoyable for young athletes.
The one-day training covers parent management, child abuse prevention and background screenings, among other key areas that affect the race day experience for everyone.
The trainings were developed in response to the rising popularity of USA Triathlon’s youth races and multisport events.
“While I have been certified as a USA Triathlon Race Director for the past two years, and have produced a few youth events, I knew I didn't have the ‘big picture’ when it came to youth events,” said Patrick Hight, the Owner/Race Director of Multisport Endurance Events, LLC in Austin, Texas.
“Attending the Youth Race Director Certification class opened my mind to so many more perspectives and needs specific to youth events that should be addressed. An additional benefit was the large amount of information from the National Alliance for Youth Sports as a partner presenting part of the course, and I look forward to their support as well.”
The trainings kicked off last year in Phoenix, Arizona, and Destin, Florida, and were embraced by race directors. The next training is set for April in Pittsburgh.
“The USA Triathlon Youth Race Director course was a great experience,” said Carolyn Audilet, the race director of the Deuces Wild Triathlon Festival in Tucson, Arizona. “I look forward to implementing the lessons I learned and networking with other race directors was an added benefit.”
This class is limited to 20 attendees. The cost is $275.
You must be a current Certified Race Director or attending the Level 1 class April 7-8, 2016 in order to register for this class.
About USA Triathlon
USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with nearly 500,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches, and race directors on the grassroots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).
About the National Alliance for Youth Sports
Founded in 1981, the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) is America's leading advocate for positive, safe sports and activities for children. The non-profit 501(c)(3) organization is headquartered in West Palm Beach, Fla. More than 3,000 community-based youth sport programs across the country use NAYS programs and services for everyone involved in youth sports experiences, including professional administrators, volunteer administrators, volunteer coaches, officials, parents and young athletes.USA Triathlon Child Abuse Prevention Background Screenings Parent Management
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