National governing body USA Triathlon has announced a restructuring of its regions — reducing the number of regions from 10 to six — to increase efficiency, collaboration and communication with the USA Triathlon National Office. The six regions moving forward will be: Northeast, Mideast, Southeast, North Central, South Central and West.
Commissions, previously called Regional Councils, are responsible for aiding the development and growth of multisport within the designated states of each region while acting as a liaison between the USA Triathlon National Office and USA Triathlon race directors, certified coaches, clubs and members.
The new structure will enable USAT Regions to work more closely with USA Triathlon staff at the organization’s Colorado Springs headquarters, and will place a greater emphasis on regional programming that directly supports the 2018 USA Triathlon Strategic Plan.
Regional Representatives, formerly Regional Chairs, will no longer be elected officers. Instead, they will be appointed by USA Triathlon at the recommendation of senior volunteers within each region.
“USA Triathlon’s Regional Representatives and volunteers are some of our greatest advocates — volunteer leaders advancing our mission at the grassroots level,” said Rocky Harris, USA Triathlon CEO. “This restructuring demonstrates our eagerness to work more closely with the regional network, share ideas and best practices, and make the entire multisport community stronger as a result.”
In addition, USA Triathlon is currently hiring three Regional Facilitators, each of which is a newly created, full-time staff position based in Colorado Springs. Each facilitator will serve as a liaison to two USA Triathlon Regions. Each one will also serve as a specialist in one of three key areas for multisport development: youth participation, women’s participation and short-course racing.
The number of USA Triathlon Regional Championship events will be reduced from 10 to six to align with the new regional structure; and six Regional Special Qualifiers will also be added to the calendar. At Regional Championships and Special Qualifiers, the top 33% or top-five competitors in each age group — whichever is greater — qualify for the USA Triathlon Olympic-Distance Age Group National Championships. The total number of qualifying athletes at those events will remain consistent with previous years.
Regional Championship and Special Qualifier events will be added to each Region’s webpage at usatriathlon.org/regions as event dates are finalized.
Athletes may also continue to qualify for the Olympic-Distance Age Group National Championships by finishing in the top 10% of their age group at any USA Triathlon Sanctioned age-group triathlon. Additional qualification criteria can be found online.
USA Triathlon is seeking volunteers to help execute and support regional programming. Potential volunteers should enter their contact information via an online form, and USA Triathlon will connect each individual with their appropriate region based on state of residence.
Additional details about USA Triathlon Regions — including leadership updates, race calendars and program information — will be added to each Region’s webpage at usatriathlon.org/regions as they become available.