South Midwest Region Conference Schedule


Saturday, January 31, 2015

11:00 AM

Coaching Clinic

Topic: Building a Successful Youth & Juniors Triathlon Program
Presenter: Morgan Johnson

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A 2 hour lecture presentation providing an overview of the logistics, infrastructure and necessary knowledge required to start and develop a successful youth and juniors triathlon program. Topics include facility selection, finances and budgeting, risk management, USAT certification and club programs, program goals and curriculum, developing rules and expectations, age-appropriate athlete development, sponsorship, website development, marketing, coach selection and training, and more. The goal for this clinic is to provide current and prospective program owners with thorough "checklists" to facilitate the creation and evolution of sound youth and junior programming that is beneficial to the athletes, the families, the coaches, and the sport.

Playtri Youth & Juniors is a USA Triathlon High Performance Team program, and a registered USA Triathlon Club. The program included over 100 fully active athletes in 2014, and worked with over 1,000 more through clinics, camps and school programs during that same year. Team Playtri has been the top-ranked USAT development team in the North Texas area since 2012.


2:30 PM

Race Officials Clinic

Topic: Certification and Recertification Clinic
Presenter: Charlie Crawford

Location: Shreveport Convention Center, Shreveport, LA
Description: To become a USA Triathlon official, one must participate in one of the many clinics held around the country each year. There is no charge for attending a clinic. One must be a member of USA Triathlon and bring the membership card or join at the clinic. Clinics are held in conjunction with a sanctioned event, and will have USA Triathlon officials assigned to marshal the race. The Officials Certification Clinic consists of about three hours of classroom lecture and discussion. Each clinic has a limited number of spaces and applicants are urged to contact the clinic instructor to reserve a space early. Each participant is sent files for the Officials Manual and a take-home exam that must be completed and returned to the instructor prior to the beginning of the class. Classroom portions of the clinics are taught on the day or evening prior to the triathlon or duathlon. On race day, the clinic participant will be assigned to marshal some portion of the race, under the supervision of the clinic instructor. USA Triathlon officials’ uniforms are issued to each new official on race day.

2:00 PM Club Presidents Meeting
3:00 PM Race Directors Meeting
4:00 PM Full Membership Meeting (Every USAT SMW member encouraged to attend!)
5:00 PM Cash Bar, Reception
6:00 PM Banquet & Awards Dinner:  Click here to register