Don’t Miss a Thing – This Season’s Important Deadlines

2016-2017 Season Deadlines

Registration: Nov. 4, 2016

Please visit the Registration Page to download this year’s materials.

E-mail your registration to or mail to:

United States Academic Triathlon
204 7th St. West #123
Northfield MN, 55057

Get more info about Setting up the Program, Coaching a Team, and Recruiting Students


Fees Due: Dec. 2, 2016

The cost per team is $225. Please make checks out to US Academic Triathlon and mail to:

United States Academic Triathlon
204 7th St. West #123
Northfield MN, 55057

Round Robin Competitions:

December 9, January 13, February 10

Schedules will be posted after Registration has closed.

Snow/Make up date: February 17


Regional Competition: March 10

State Competition: April 22

Announcements, For Coaches and Teachers, For Hosts and Facilitators

State 2016 Information

Thank you to all 2015-16 teams for a great regular season! You worked hard through three Round Robins and Regionals and you should be commended.

Congratulations to all teams who qualified for the State Meet! We look forward to seeing you on April 16! Here are a few important details to get ready for State.

U.S. Academic Triathlon State Tournament is April 16, 2016 at Cottage Grove Middle School, 9775 Indian Blvd S, Cottage Grove, MN 55016. State Host/Facilitators (to be chosen by USAT) will meet at 10 a.m., and all coaches will meet at 10:45 a.m. During this time, students will have team picture taken. The State Meet will officially begin with teams registering at 11:45 a.m. then go off to compete. P.A.R.T.Y. in a Box presentations will begin around 2:45 p.m., and the awards ceremony will take place around 4:30 p.m. to wrap up the day around 5 p.m. (all times after registration are approximate and subject to change).

Deadline to register for the State Tournament is April 1, 2016. [NOTE: If we haven’t heard from you by 11:59 p.m. on April 1, you will forfeit your place and we will open it up to the second place team at Regionals. Don’t delay!] A $50 tournament registration fee is due April 8, 2016. Check the website after April 6, 2016 for Tournament Information.

Submit your registration form (which was given to you at your Regional Meet) by scanning and emailing it to Executive Director Sarah Sheldon at then mail it with the registration fee to U.S. Academic Triathlon, 2355 Fairview Ave N #335, Roseville, MN 55113. If you have misplaced your form, contact Sarah Sheldon for a copy.

Each team must bring two Volunteer Facilitators, at least 16 years of age or older. Volunteer Facilitators must have a working knowledge of USAT and its Program Manual (which can be found at and have helped at a Meet previously. Volunteer Facilitators will work in either of the State Meets in which their team is not competing. They will, however, be finished in time to see their team’s P.A.R.T.Y. in a Box presentation and not have to judge any of the skits.

You will find complete information about the State Tournament at after April 6. If you have registration questions, please contact Sarah Sheldon at 507-645-2560 or

Congrats and good luck!

– the US Academic Triathlon team

Announcements, For Coaches and Teachers, For Hosts and Facilitators, For Parents

Any Former Participants Want to Volunteer?

Hello parents, coaches, and facilitators!

We will need volunteers for this year’s State Meet on April 16, and we wanted to open the opportunity to any former program participant as well as the Minnesota Honors Society students who help us every year. We’ve included the pertinent information below, and we’d appreciate it if you could help us get the word out about this need.

Volunteer Opportunity!

Middle school students across Minnesota have been practicing hard and competing since November for their chance to show their creativity, teamwork, and out-of-the-box thinking at the 2016 State Meet of US Academic Triathlon – and we need your help to make the event run smoothly.

US Academic Triathlon is an academic and creativity competition for grades 5-8. Learn more about our organization at Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and can be a former student competitor, former coach, high school student, or general volunteer. (Please note, if you coached a team this year that makes you a “current coach” rather than a “former coach” even though the regular season has ended.)

This year, our State Competition is at Cottage Grove Middle School on April 16.

Volunteer shifts needed:

9 a.m. – noon: Set Up (4 volunteers)

11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Refreshment Cart (6-8 volunteers)

2 – 4:30 p.m.: Skit Judges (12-16 volunteers)

4:30 – 6:00 p.m.: Tear down (4 volunteers)

Volunteers will be assigned to shifts based on first come, first serve basis. Sign up to volunteer by emailing with your name, email address, phone number, and experience with US Academic Triathlon. Further details will be sent out via email, so including an email address is required.

Contact Executive Director Sarah Sheldon with any further questions at 507-645-2560.

Announcements, For Coaches and Teachers

You’re Invited to Advanced Coaches Training Oct. 17!

You are cordially invited to attend a complementary advanced coaches training hosted by US Academic Triathlon.

When: Saturday, October 17, 9-11 a.m.
Where: Cottage Grove Middle School Media Center
9775 Indian Blvd S, Cottage Grove MN 55016

We will cover such topics as general coaching best practices, practice techniques, and sample Meet activities. This training will benefit both new and seasoned coaches, coordinators, and Host/Facilitators.
Please RSVP by 5 p.m. Thursday, October 15 to me via email ( with the name and school/district of each coach who will be in attendance. If you have questions, feel free to email or call 651-489-9348.
Next year we are hoping to do multiple training sessions in different parts of the state, so if you can’t make it this year keep your eyes peeled for next fall.
We look forward to seeing you there next Saturday!