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Team Playtri Elite

USA Triathlon High Performance Team Program

 

Program Background & Goals

Team Playtri Elite has been a designated USA Triathlon High Performance Team program since January, 2013. We have been proud to produce internationally competitive junior elite athletes, top ten youth and junior elite athletes, NCAA/collegiate club triathletes, and most importantly young men and women who are leaders in their sport and community. Primary short-term goals include:

  • Developing strong, healthy athletes with potential for high performance
  • Developing athletes into leaders who demonstrate sportsmanship on and off the race course
  • Making a positive contribution to the USAT Olympic pipeline

 

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Program Structure

The Team Playtri Elite program accepts young men and women beginning in the off-season of their race age 11 year, and continues through high school graduation. We are currently in the process of developing an elite professional development program as well.

Our current program is comprised of two team levels, as well as a distance athlete option:

  • Development Team (Devo Team) - All new team members are required to spend at least one year in our Devo Team program, which requires athletes to commit to one of our daily training environments (DTE's) Monday-Saturday (currently our only DTE is in McKinney, TX, but additional locations are currently under consideration).
  • Team Playtri Elite - This is our top team program, and athletes are required to re-apply for membership each season. Elite Team athletes attend the team DTE, as well as maintaining an active TrainingPeaks account, and committing to weekly athlete and team meetings with the head coach.
  • Distance Athletes - The distance program is for any athletes unable to participate in our DTE, but who demonstrate the skills, fitness and maturity to train at the expected level for our programs. Distance athletes are expected to complete assigned workouts on their own (or as part of a single sport team), maintain an active TrainingPeaks account and have weekly phone or Skype meetings with the head coach.

 

Daily Training Environment

Our DTE is 6 days a week year round, with the month of October and select vacation weeks off throughout the year. Athletes generally practice 2 hours a day, with a combination of swim, bike, run and conditioning sessions. Practices are typically suspended on out-of-town race weekends when the majority of the athletes will be at national events.

Workouts are adjusted for the individual athlete to provide personal improvement for every athlete on the team. Athletes are encouraged to track basic recovery factors such as resting heart rate, soreness and overall feel to allow coaches to better make decisions on the day in regards to workout adjustments.

All athletes are required to train with an HRM during bike and run sessions, and power is highly encouraged for Team Playtri Elite athletes.

All workouts are paired with an indoor training space, so we rarely have to cancel a practice session unless travel on roads is unsafe.

 

Joining the Team Playtri Elite program

Our programs accept new athletes each October for the coming race season. It is our policy not to accept new athletes mid-season - however, incoming athletes who feel they have an extenuating circumstance may email morgan@playtri.com to discuss a potential exception.

Incoming team members are expected to spend their first year in the program on the Devo Team*, adjusting to the demands of a 6-days-a-week training environment. All incoming team members must meet the following standards to be considered for acceptance to the program:

  • 100y Freestyle Swim (in-water start): Girls - 1:25 or faster, Boys - 1:20 or faster
  • 1 Mile Run: Girls - 7:00 or faster, Boys - 6:30 or faster
  • Group Riding: All new athletes must participate in a one hour, moderate-paced (15-17 mph) group ride with current program athletes, and demonstrate their ability to work safely and effectively in a rotating paceline
  • Clipless Pedals: All new athletes must demonstrate proficiency in using clipless pedals/shoes
  • Flying Mount: All new athletes must demonstrate the ability to consistently complete a proper flying mount without the aid of rubber bands
  • Over the Bar Dismount: All new athletes must demonstrate the ability to consistently complete a proper over-the-bar dismount
  • On the Bike Shoe Entry/Removal: All new athletes must demonstrate the ability to consistently get in and out of their cycling shoes while riding

If your athlete has prior youth/junior elite racing experience and would like to move directly to Team Playtri Elite, please email morgan@playtri.com with their racing resume and any other pertinent information, including previous coaches/teams. Please note that the head coach will attempt to contact the coach from any new athlete's prior team to better understand his/her background in the sport, and any reasons for moving programs.

 

Program Pricing*

  • Development Team - $200/month (additional $75/month for swim team program)
  • Distance Athletes - $200/month
  • Team Playtri Elite - $250/month (additional $125/month for swim team program)

All athletes also pay an annual team kit fee of ~$250 that includes:

  • Team trisuit (ITU style)
  • Team polo
  • Team cycling jersey (cycling shorts optional)
  • Team run and conditioning tops
  • Drag short

Athletes are expected to provide their own personal use equipment.

*Depending on location additional facility fees may apply.

 

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USAT Junior Elite Race Series

Athletes on Team Playtri Elite are expected to actively complete in the USAT Junior Elite Series - Devo Team athletes may have the option to participate (see standards below). The Head Coach will set an official team schedule of races from the series, but athletes are permitted to race additional events should they so choose.

Athletes are not required to be on the top team to compete nationally at USAT Junior Elite Series events, but they are required to meet certain skill and fitness requirements before they will be allowed to register for a Cup race under the Playtri name:

Youth Elite Cup Standards

  • 100y Freestyle Swim (in-water start): Girls - 1:15 or faster, Boys - 1:10 or faster
  • 400y Freestyle Swim (in-water start): Girls - 6:00 or faster, Boys - 5:40 or faster
  • 100y Flutter Kick: Girls - 1:50 or faster, Boys - 1:40 or faster
  • Dive Start (off the deck): Both girls and boys are expected to perform a safe and proficient dive start
  • Cycling: Compete in two (2) USA Cycling age-specific events and stay with the lead or chase group for the athlete’s division
  • 1 Mile Run: Girls - 6:30 or faster, Boys - 5:45 or faster

Junior Elite Cup Standards

  • 100y Freestyle Swim (in-water start): Girls - 1:10 or faster, Boys - 1:05 or faster
  • 800y Freestyle Swim (in-water start): Girls - 12:00 or faster, Boys - 11:00 or faster
  • 100y Flutter Kick: Girls - 1:50 or faster, Boys - 1:40 or faster
  • Dive Start (off the deck): Both girls and boys are expected to perform a safe and proficient dive start
  • Cycling: Compete in two (2) USA Cycling age-specific events and stay with the lead or chase group for the athlete’s division
  • 5K Run: Girls - 22:00 or faster, Boys - 20:00 or faster

 

Current Program Athletes

Not Pictured: Madelyn Bowman, Adam Janah