British Triathlon Federation Age Group FAQ's

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Age Group FAQs

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What is Age-Group Triathlon?
The non-elite format of the sport is known as Age-Group competition. Age-Group allows athletes to compete for European and World Championships medals and titles against fellow competitors within pre-defined age-group categories. These age-group categories are divided by gender and age and are set apart by five year age bands, from 20-24 upwards to 80+. International age-group competition starts at age 16 for sprint distances and 18 for standard distance and long distance. For international age-group Championships and age-group qualification all 16-19 year olds will be grouped as one Under 20 age category.
There are also Tristar, Youth and Junior categories from ages 8 through to 20.
The age band category that you fall into depends on your age on December 31st in the year of competition. Example: If you are 35 on December 29th 2015 then for the whole of 2015 you will compete in the 35-39 age-group.
Code Category Age
TSS TriStars Start 8
TS1 TriStars 1 9-10
TS2 TriStars 2 11-12
TS3 TriStars 3 13-14
A Youths 15-16
B Juniors 17-18 17-18
C Juniors 19 19
D Seniors 1 20-24
E Seniors 2 25-29
F Seniors 3 30-34
G Seniors 4 35-39
H Veterans 1 40-44
I Veterans 2 45-49
J Veterans 3 50-54
K Veterans 4 55-59
L Veterans 5 60-64
M Veterans 6 65-69
N Veterans 7 70-74
P Veterans 8 75-79
Q Veterans 9 80+
How to Qualify and Compete for a Great Britain Age-Group Team?
To compete in a Great Britain Age-Group Team you will need to:
Join your home nation association: Triathlon England, triathlonscotland, Welsh Triathlon
Register your intent to compete at a specific Age Group Championships by the deadline set
Enter the qualifying event through the race organiser
Race well, and qualify under the criteria outlined on the BTF website and the Championships event page
Pay the team management and race entry fee as set out on the team confirmation email
Book your flights and accommodation and achieve your personal triathlon challenge
Please see the ‘How to Qualify’ page for a more detailed step by step guide.
What are the Qualifying Criteria?
Each Championship can have slightly different qualifying criteria so for accurate qualifying criteria please visit the event page for the specific Championships you want to qualify for.
As a general guide National Federations can enter a maximum of 20 athletes per age-group into an international Championship. 
For Championships that have specific qualification races there will be automatic qualification places available from the qualifying events. Registered athletes from each qualification race will gain automatic selection as outlined in the event qualification criteria. The remaining places will come from pre-qualified athletes, discretionary place applications and roll down places.
For Championships that do not have a specific qualification race we will select the first or the best 20 athletes to submit performances that meet the qualifying criteria outlined for that event.
To gain selection an athlete must finish within a performance percentage time of the winner of their Age- Group* (115% for World Championships, 120% for European Championships). *Exceptional athlete ruling
Any athlete who finishes outside of the automatic places and the performance percentage will not be eligible for qualification even if there are spaces available. If an athlete finishes amongst the automatic places but outside the performance percentage they will be selected based on Team Manager discretion. If an athlete finishes outside of the automatic places but inside the performance percentage they will be eligible for a roll down place.
How do I register my intent?
Firstly you will need to log into your membership page. On your personal welcome page click the 'Age-Group' tab on the left hand side and then click 'Register for an Event'. Select the Championship you would like to register for from the list and follow the qualification and registration instructions detailed on the event page.
Please note: You are registering your intent to qualify for a Championship NOT a qualifying race. You do not need to inform anyone which qualifying race(s) you are doing. Registration is £10 and is completely separate to any notification you may be asked to give on the event entry form when you enter a qualification race. You must register by 5pm on the Friday before the qualifying event you are competing in. You must register by 5pm on the final registration deadline date for all other Championships that do not have specific qualification races.
Please see the ‘How to Qualify’ page for a more detailed step-by-step guide.
How good do I need to be to stand a chance of qualifying?
The standard needed to qualify for a Great Britain Age-Group Team can vary depending on the competition, the course, the weather and the level of interest for that particular championships and therefore it is not possible to give a single figure or time that you will need to achieve to qualify.
The minimum requirement is that you must finish within 120% (European selection) or 115% (World selection) of the winner of your age-group either in a qualification race or for long distance qualification the race you nominated as a qualification race. There is no minimum standard for cross and winter triathlon or aquathlon although relevant experience is required.
To work out your percentage of the age-group winner's time convert both times into seconds and then divide your time in seconds by the age-group winner's time in seconds and multiply by 100.
To view a list of the previous year's qualification races please click here. You can look up the previous age-group winners at these races to see what sort of times the races are won in and therefore where your own performances stand in comparison.
Can I compete in more than one qualification race?
You can enter and compete in more than one qualification race but you only need to register once for each Championship.
You can qualify for multiple Championships, although current ITU rules do not allow an athlete to take part in two events within a 48 hour period at the same Championships so if you are successful in qualifying for two Championships that will be held within 48 hours of each other you will be asked to withdraw from one. Sprint and Standard are classed as seperate Championships.
If a qualification race acts as a qualifier for more than one Championship you must register for both Championships if you intend to qualify for both. You will only be considered for selection in the Championships you have registered your intent for. 
I live abroad and cannot compete in any of the qualifying races. Can I still be selected?
We do not have an overseas selection policy for sprint and standard qualification. You must compete in one of the designated qualifying races or have pre-qualified to gain qualification.  Results from another country's selection races will not be considered.
You can still be selected for long distance triathlon and duathlon Championships, winter and cross triathlon Championships, and aquathlon Championships. These events do not have specific qualification races and you can submit performances from races where you have achieved the qualifying performance from outside of the UK or have met the relevant experience criteria. 
I live in Great Britain but I am not British. Can I still compete on a GB Age-Group team?
You must be either a legal resident in the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland or a citizen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland. 
How will I know if I have qualified?
As soon as possible after the qualifcation race or qualification window successful athletes will be notified via e-mail. This process can take up to two weeks. The e-mail will confirm your selection and contain further instructions on the next steps to take. In addition to this a ‘Q’ will be placed next to your name on the list of registered athletes at the bottom of the Championship event information page.
What are the uniform/kit requirements?
Please see the Great Britain Age-Group team policy section to obtain the official ITU Uniform rules which contain details about the tri suit requirements, sponsorship rules and logo placements.
It is mandatory that you must compete in the official GB Tri Suit at any ITU or ETU Championships. All other kit items are optional.
There are a number of other items that are available in addition to the tri suits including specific event polo shirts and track suits which are all optional. All items can be purchased online via the BTF/Blade shop.


If you have any questions relating to this area, please contact:

Age Group Administrator

01509 226 183
01509 226 165
PO Box 25, Loughborough, LE11 3WX

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