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Junior Triathlon Series Rules 2017

Rules for T1, T2, T3, Youth, Junior and Relay Competition in the Triathlon England North-West Junior Series in 2017 

1. North West Junior Triathlon Series 2017 for T1, T2, T3 and Youth

  1. The series will be one continuous series of events throughout the season with trophies available for the top five in each category. 
  2. Those participating in the standard distance events in the Tristar 1 (ages 9/10), Tristar 2 (ages 11/12), Tristar 3 (ages 13/14) and Youth (15/16) categories, will score points for each race they complete. At the end of the season the points are added and trophies awarded to the top five in each age category and for each gender. Ages are taken as they will be on 31st December 2017.
  3. Many events should also have shorter distance races (Sprint and Super Sprint) as well for those who those who are new to the sport or do not want to compete over the longer standard distances. This gives everyone an opportunity to have a go but you will not accumulate Series points by doing these shorter distances.
  4. Any child can enter any of the races that are part of the North West Series i.e. they do not have to live in the North West Region and nor do they need to be Triathlon England members - however, to score points and compete for prizes in the North West Series they do need to meet all the Series Criteria below.  
  5. The specific criteria for the series are given below. 

Series Criteria:

  1. To be eligible for prizes, athletes must be a member of Triathlon England, Triathlon Scotland or Welsh Triathlon by July 1st 2017 at the latest. 
  2. The best 6 scoring races to count. Race score based on the first NW competitor scoring 100 and all others having a score calculated by dividing the first North West competitor time (usually the winner) by the placed competitors time. This is then multiplied by 100 to give a percentage score between 0 and 100.
  3. A minimum of 4 scoring races must be completed to be eligible for a prize.
  4. At least 3 of the scoring races must be Triathlons.
  5. All competitors must reside in the North West Region or declare their intention to participate only in this regional series to the Triathlon England North West Children's Chair before July 1st 2017. No registration is required for children aged 9 to 16 on 31st December 2017 unless they live outside of the North West Region or are members of a Region other than Triathlon England North West. In these cases you will need to register by e-mailing tenw.regionalevents@gmail.com with your name, DOB, Gender, Club [if you have one] and Home Nations Membership Number [if you have one currently - you must have one to be eligible for a prize] stating that you wish to compete in the North West Triathlon Junior Series. Triathletes must register no more than 2 weeks after competing in a Series Race for the points from that race to count as a scoring race in the Series.
  6. Prizes available for the first 5 in Youths, T3, T2 & T1 categories for each gender.
  7. Achievement Award Certificates will be presented to all children that complete 8 points counting races in the Series [at least 4 must be Triathlons] in recognition for their efforts during the season. Children do not need to be Triathlon England members to receive an Achievement Certificate. 
  8. Any competitors that have a tied score after taking their best 6 scores at the end of the series will be split by looking at the ‘next best’ scoring event. The competitor with the highest ‘7th best’ scoring event will win. If scores are still tied then “8th best” scoring events are compared and so on until a winner is found.

2. North West Junior Triathlon Series 2017 for Juniors aged 17 to 19 only. 

  1. The series will be one continuous series of events throughout the season with trophies available for the top three in each gender.
  2. Those participating in the standard distance events in the Junior (ages 17-19 only) categories, will score points for each race they complete. At the end of the season the points are added and trophies will be awarded to the top three for each gender. Ages are taken as they will be on 31st December 2016.
  3. Many events should also have shorter distance races (Sprints and Super Sprint) as well for those who those who are new to the sport or do not want to compete over the longer standard distances. This gives everyone an opportunity to have a go, but these shorter races will not count towards Series points.
  4. Entrants to the Junior Age Category [17 to 19] must register to take part in the Series. Triathletes must register no more than 2 weeks after competing in a Series Race for the points from that race to count as a scoring race in the Series. The latest you can register for the Series is 16th July 2016. Triathletes just need to register once and all subsequent races they compete in will be included automatically.  If you wish to compete in the Junior Age Group within the Series then please e-mail tenw.regionalevents@gmail.com with your name, DOB,  Gender, Club [if you have one] and Home Nations Membership Number [if you have one currently - you must have one to be eligible for a prize] stating that you wish to compete in the Series.
  5. The specific criteria for the series are given below. 

Series Criteria:

  1. There are up to 11 specific races for the Junior Age Group [17-19] that are a mixture of Children’s and Senior races. Each of the 11 races has a "(J)" after the race name in the Event Calendar above. Other events may have a Junior age category race, but these WILL NOT score points towards the Junior age category in the North West Series.
  2. To be eligible for prizes, triathletes must be a member of Triathlon England, Triathlon Scotland or Welsh Triathlon by July 16th 2017 at the latest.
  3. Best 4 races to count (from those marked with a "(J)" in the Event Calendar. Race score based on the first NW Series competitor scoring 100 and all others having a score calculated by dividing the first North West Series competitor time (usually the winner) by the placed competitor’s time. This is then multiplied by 100 to give a percentage score between 0 and 100.
  4. A minimum of 3 scoring races must be completed to be eligible for a prize at the end of the season.
  5. At least 2 of the counting races must be Triathlons.
  6. All competitors must reside in the North West Region or declare their intention to participate only in the TENW Junior Series by e-mailing the Region at tenw.regionalevents@gmail.com before July 16th 2017.
  7. Prizes are available for the first 3 for each gender.
  8. Achievement Award Certificates will be presented to all Junior’s that complete 4 points counting races [2 must be Triathlons] in the Series as recognition for their efforts during the season. Triathletes do not need to be Triathlon England members to receive an Achievement Certificate. 
  9. Any competitors that have a tied score after taking their best 4 scores at the end of the series will be split by looking at the ‘next best’ scoring event. The competitor with the highest ‘5th best’ scoring event will win. If scores are still tied then “6th best” scoring events are compared and so on until a winner is found.  

3. North West Region Junior Club Relays 

For 2017 the North west Region Triathlon relays will be moved to the last event if the season and will be staged at Palatine Blackpool on Sunday 24th September 2017. The club championship will not take place at this event as at the event fixing meeting some of the clubs attended was discussed and decided not to hold them in this event. The relays will be a FUN BUT COMPETITIVE end of season race but not point scoring to the series. 

Below there are two definitions, the first being what defines the format of the North West Relays Event.

No North West Junior Series points will be scored within the Triathlon England North West Relays event. 

 3.1 Format for the Relays event.

  • Teams must have at least 2 team members and a maximum of 3 team members.
  • Teams can be made up of any mix of boys and girls in the same triathlon age category (TS, T1, T2, T3, Youth, Junior or Para Triathlete).
  • Race distances will be half that of a standard Triathlon for any particular age group.
  • Each team must complete 3 “half triathlons” in the order swim (leg 1) /bike (leg 2) / run (leg 3) / swim (leg 4) / bike (leg 5) / run (leg 6) / swim (leg 7) / bike (leg 8) / run (leg 9).
  • A team member can choose which of the 9 legs they want to do. Each team member must do a minimum of 1 leg and a maximum of 6 legs.   
  • A team can be made up of children from any Club.
  • Team members do not have to be a member of a triathlon club to participate in this event. 
  • Team members do not need to be members of Triathlon England to take part in this event.

The above relay rules are in effect last year’s rules adjusted to reflect that teams will be 2 or 3 and are designed to focus on getting people to participate.

3.2 To be considered as a points scoring team in the North West Regions Junior Club Championship

  • A team must have been registered as a team representing a Triathlon England North West Affiliated Junior Club in the Club Championship by their Club at least 7 days before the event.  
  • All team members must be the same gender for T1, T2 and T3 age groups (i.e. all boys or all girls).
  • Teams can be mixed gender for Tristar start and Youth age groups.
  • All team members must be fully paid up members of the club they are representing at least one month before the event date.
  • For teams of 3, each team member must complete one triathlon i.e. a consecutive and non-stop swim, bike & run.
  • For teams of 2, each team member must complete one triathlon i.e. a consecutive and non-stop swim, bike & run. These should be the first two swim, bike runs. The third swim, bike run can be done by one team member or split between the two team members.  

These slightly tighter team definitions are designed to create as many entries as possible into the Club Championship competition, whilst still being able to generate a Regional Boys winning Club, a Regional Girls winning Club and a new “Overall” Regional Club Champion.

3.3. Points scoring for the Club Championships.

  • Only points scoring teams [as defines above] can score points.
  • The team that wins a gender / age group will score maximum points.
  • All subsequent teams will score one point less than the maximum points for each position they are behind the winning team, e.g. The second place team will score the maximum points minus 1.
  • The minimum number of points a team can score is 1 [one].
  • The maximum number of points that can be scored will be calculated by taking the total number of clubs that have entered into the competition multiplied by 2.
  • The winning Boys and Girls Club Champions will be the Club that has the highest 3 teams scores across the T1, T2 and T3 age groups. A maximum of 2 scores can be taken from one age group. Two examples of this would be
  1. Two scores from T1 and one score from T3 but none from T2.
  2. One score from T1, one score from T2 and one score from T3.
  • The Overall Club Champions will be the Club that has the highest 6 scoring teams for a club in all the TSS, T1, T2, T3 and Youth age groups. A maximum of 2 scores can be taken from one age group / gender. At least 2 of the scores must come from boys scoring teams [T1, T2 & T3] and 2 of the scores must come from girls scoring teams [T1, T2 & T3]. Three examples of this would be:
  1. One scores from TSS, two scores from T1 boys, one score from T2 girls, one score from T3 girls and one score from Youths.
  2. Two scores from TSS, two scores from T2 Girls and two scores T2 Boys.
  3. One score from TSS, One score from Youth, one score from T1 Boys, one score from T1 Girls, One score from T2 Boys and one score from T3 Girls.
  • If a Club does not have enough teams any particular section to make up the team totals then the missing teams will score zero.

Contact

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

Paul Ekgren, North West Children's Chair

Email: paul.ekgren@sky.com

Phone: 07456 841594

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