Youth Triathlon

SLAP Youth & Junior Triathlon Team

SLAP Youth & Junior Triathlon Team is divided into three levels: Intro (Youth Intro Team), YDT (Youth Development Team), and HPS High Performance Squad). All of the team training sessions, local youth races, and camps can be found on the team calendar below…each session will have a designation for Intro, YDT, or HPS.  
In 2021, there are no overhead membership fees to join or participate on the team. Coaching fees are only required for weekly training sessions ($15 per child, per hour) payable via the link below or cash in person. All SLAP Youth training camps will be free this year thanks to a wonderful donation! SLAP Tri Team kits, hats, visors, shirts, and more are available for purchase at your convenience at Winter Garden Wheel Works.
We welcome young athletes of all ages, abilities, and experience levels to join the SLAP Team…but please contact us (using the form below) before attending your first session.

Frequently asked questions

We welcome all kids between the ages of 6-17 years old. Each child must know how to swim across a 25 yard pool with their face in the water (contact us for learn-to-swim lessons). Each child must also have a working bike (no training wheels allowed) and a properly sized helmet.
There are no annual fees. Only single-session or monthly payments. Athletes are encouraged (but not required) to purchase and race in a team kit from WGWW. We also have team shirts, cycling kits, running hats and visors, swim caps, etc. We understand that the sport itself is expensive and we don’t require the purchase of any gear.
For insurance purposes, it is REQUIRED that your child has a USA Triathlon annual membership ($10) before attending ANY training session or camp with the SLAP Tri Team. Please respect this requirement for our safety and the safety of your child(ren). Click here to purchase the membership online.
No problem! We welcome beginners and experienced triathletes. Kids learn fast and love to train with others. We will help you (the parents) navigate the world of triathlon and prepare you for spectating at your first event!
Here is a helpful list of equipment that you will need:
  • a sporty swim suit
  • goggles
  • swim cap (provided by the team or the race)
  • wetsuit (optional)
  • swim training equipment & mesh bag (order fins in appropriate size)
  • a bike with working brakes
  • a properly sized helmet
  • sunglasses (optional)
  • dry-fit/sporty clothes for training
  • 1-2 water bottles
  • sunscreen & hat/visor
  • running sneakers
  • elastic laces (optional)
  • race number belt (provided)
  • transition mat or towel
  • a large bag to carry all the above gear!
Only the ones that you want to and can participate in. There are no competition requirements to participate on the team. Typically, there are a handful of races for kids right in Central Florida and Clermont during the summer so travel is minimal.
Athletes on the SLAP Development & High Performance Squad will be encouraged to travel and race out of town and out of state.
The Intro & Youth Development Team (YDT) races will vary in distance from race to race, but typically fall in this range:
  • the 10 and under age groups – 100 yard swim, 3 mile bike, and 1/2 mile run.
  • the 11 and older age groups – 200 yard swim, 6 mile bike, and 1 mile run.
The SLAP High Performance Squad (HPS) athletes will compete in draft legal national cup races and local sprint or super-sprint races.
  • Youth Elite (YE 13-15) – 375 meter swim, 6 mile bike, 1.5 mile run.
  • Junior Elite (JE 16-19) – 750 meter swim, 12 mile bike, 3.1 mile run.
Youth Intro Team – the Intro team is for our novice and beginner athletes, as well as athletes that want to continue to participate in the sport without being competitive. All athletes with no triathlon experience (regardless of age, 6-17 years old) will start on the Intro team to learn all the skills and rules involved with the sport of triathlon. The goal of all Intro training sessions is to have fun, learn skills, make friends, encourage participation, and athlete retention (aka: encourage the athletes to WANT to return to practice/camps/races).
Youth Development Team – the YDT team is for athletes that have participated in at least one season of triathlon and show or express a desire to be competitiveAthletes on the YDT team are required to have more advanced racing equipment (racing bike, team kit, elastic laces, etc) and are encouraged to attend as many camps and training sessions as possible to be ready for upcoming races.
Parental involvement is very important at this level to provide additional support. A monthly “workout guide” will be emailed to all parents of the SLAP YDT team to provide additional workouts to be completed at home (in addition to the weekly group sessions). Joining a local swim team is also highly encouraged to provide the necessary swim skills and additional weekly workouts.
SLAP High Performance Squad – the HPS team is for athletes 12+ years old that have shown excellence in past races and want to make a “full-time” commitment to the sport. The HPS team is by invitation only (contact Coach Sara if you think your child qualifies or want more information). These athletes are training 10+ hours per week and are focused on racing at the Youth & Junior National Cup races around the country. HPS athletes are required to order and purchase an ITU-style racing suit for Cup races. 
HPS athletes must sign up for monthly personalized triathlon coaching with Coach Sara or be members of a competitive swim team and running club in their area. This is also the best track for a young female triathlete to take towards getting an NCAA Triathlon college scholarship to one of the 35+ national schools that offer competitive teams!
Check out the calendar below for ALL the information (dates, times, locations, and more details) for all the SLAP Youth Tri Team training sessions, races, and camps.
Each item on the calendar will have a designation for the group(s) who should attend: Intro, YDT, or HPS.
Training sessions are $15 per athlete per hour or $90 per month. Camps are all FREE in 2021. Races will have a link to the registration page (don’t forget to check the weekly SLAP email for discount codes).

Single Session Fee ($15)

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Group training sessions are $15 per child, per hour or $90 per month for unlimited training sessions

Monthly Training Fee ($90)

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Every child MUST have a current USA Triathlon Youth Annual Membership before participating in any SLAP training sessions. 
This $10 annual fee provides your child and our team with insurance. This membership is also required for participation in any event or camp during the season.
**We have 50 FREE Youth memberships to USA Triathlon. Please contact us to register your child through our team.**

Join the Facebook Group

Click to join the SLAP Youth & Junior Tri Team Facebook group for events, training, racing, and social event updates. You can also find equipment hand-me-downs and out-grown bikes for sale!

SLAP Youth Team - Training, Racing & Camp Calendar

May 2021

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
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  • Youth Tri Training - Intro & YDT
2
  • Richmond Youth Elite Cup - HPS
  • Healthy Kids Run Series
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  • Swim Practice @ NTC - ALL Levels
5
  • Swim/Run Training - Intro & YDT
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  • Citrus County Kids Tri - ALL Levels
  • **CANCELLED**Youth Tri Training
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  • Swim Practice @ NTC - ALL Levels
12
  • Bike/Run Training - Intro & YDT
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15
  • 5k Race (benefiting Clermont Hope Center)
  • **CANCELLED** Youth Tri Training
16
  • Tri Camp at NTC
  • Healthy Kids Run Series
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  • Swim Practice @ NTC - ALL Levels
19
  • **CANCELLED**Bike/Run Training - Intro & YDT
  • Ride of Silence
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22
  • Epperson Lagoon Adventure
  • **CANCELLED**Youth Tri Training - Intro & YDT
23
  • Healthy Kids Run Series
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  • Swim Practice @ NTC - ALL Levels
26
  • Celebration 1-on-1 Swim Lessons
  • Bike/Run Training - Intro & YDT
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  • Youth Tri Training - Intro & YDT
30
  • DeLand Training - HPS
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