A: SLAP Tri Camps are for kids 6-19 years old that want to come train and learn about the sport of triathlon. Every camp is designated for one or more of our team “levels” (Intro, Development, or High Performance). If you don’t know what level your child is, please contact us before registering.
Camper requirements are: a working bike with sufficient brakes, no training wheels, be able to swim the length of a competition pool with their face in the water, and a positive & friendly attitude.
Athletes do not have to be local to Central Florida or Clermont, nor to they have to be part of the SLAP Tri Team to attend camp! We have the largest and most experienced triathlon coaching staff in Central Florida…we invite anyone to attend and benefit from the skills and training, as well as meet other awesome youth triathletes.
A: Each camp has a specific focus that is detailed in the information paragraphs above. Some camps are for fun to welcome new athletes to the sport, some camps will be focused on upcoming races, etc. A more detailed itinerary will be emailed to parents in the week prior to camp. Assume that your child will need ALL their triathlon gear at each camp.
A: We are hosting multiple camps in 2021. The list of tentative dates, locations, and times are posted above. Join our mailing list and join the SLAP Youth Tri Team on Facebook to stay up to date with any changes.
A: Most camps in Clermont will take place inside Lake Louisa State Park in Clermont. The state park has been very generous at allowing us to train on their roads, trails, and open water.
Some camps will take place at the National Training Center in Clermont. The NTC has a beautiful pool to help the team prepare for upcoming pool races.
We are looking at expanding out of the Clermont area for camps later this year and welcome suggestions for locations that permit safe training of all three sports.
A: We enjoy brining the #miniSLAPPERS together for longer training sessions to allow them to get to socialize and build a “team.” Our goal is to encourage participation and grow the team…one of the best ways to do this is by making sure that the young athletes are encouraged to have FUN with the sport and training sessions.
Some of the camps will also be focused on preparing the athletes for specific upcoming races. Our highly qualified SLAP Team Coaches will work with the athletes on their mental and physical preparation to perform well on race day.
A: Thanks to a generous donation from a patron of the sport, all the SLAP Youth Tri Camps in 2021 are FREE to all intro/novice participants! It has also allowed us to offer our weekend/day camps for a nominal fee.
We continue to collect donations and fundraise for the youth team…if you have any ideas, please let us know we can secure more funds to welcome more and more young athletes to the sport!
A: Athletes are allowed to have their phones at camp…but they will be expected to put them away at Coach’s request for group activities, training, and information sessions.
Please pack all swimming, cycling, and running equipment. Based on the weather for the day, please pack appropriate clothing and changes of clothes. At least 2 full water bottles are required for each camp, as well as a couple snacks.
Every camper MUST have a USA Triathlon annual membership and have signed the SLAP waiver (just once) in 2021.
Parents, please inform the SLAP Head Coach (Sara McLarty) of all of your child’s health issues, learning challenges, allergies or similar. This information will help us keep your child safe and allow your child to have a more positive experience at camp.
A: We will do our best to observe social distancing guidelines during camp. Masks are welcome to be worn, but not required when we are outside. Masks ARE required when inside at the NTC facility except when exercising.
Upon arrival at each camp, athletes will be assigned their own personal “area” by laying a yoga mat or large towel on the ground. Campers and coaches will be discouraged from physical contact (hugs, high-fives, etc.) except in an emergency. There will be NO sharing of food or drinks. We will always have hand sanitizer available.
Each camper and their family will also be respectful and not bring a sick or ill athlete to camp…please notify us ahead of time and we will remove you from the registration list.