How to Start a USAT Team

Step 1: Identify 4-5 students, plus up to 2 alternates, in grades 5 through 8, to form a competition team. Students in grades 5 and 6 compete in the Challenger Division and grades 7 and 8 make up our Cross-Trainer Division.

It is fun to come up with a team name and, if funds are available, a team shirt/jersey for competitions! Some teams are made up of students who are already friends, and some teams are created as a way to make new ones. It is a great experience for kids with a variety of talents and abilities. After all, there are many ways a person is gifted!

Step 2: Recruit another teacher or parent to serve as an additional coach or volunteer. Each team needs a Head Coach to successfully run a team, though additional coaches or adults (16 years or older) may be needed. Each team must provide at least one coach/volunteer to assist with the management of each Round Robin or Regional Meet.

Step 3: Register your team with the national US Academic Triathlon office by the annual deadline and pay your team fee(s). To see current deadlines and registration forms, visit the Registration page.

Step 4: Review the Program Manual, which will be sent electronically to first-time coaches upon successful registration, or can be downloaded here: Program Manual. Make sure you are familiar with all expectations of the Head Coach, additional coaches/volunteers, team members, and the competition process. During the course of your USAT season, you may be asked to host a meet at your school. The Program Manual and the Executive Director (Sarah Sheldon) will be your essential resources for hosting your first USAT Meet.

Step 5: Create your team’s Competition Kit – this is your team’s box of essentials necessary to work through any problem thrown at them during a Meet. You can read more about the Competition Kit here.

Step 6: Practice! When your students practice working together and solving problems creatively before the Meets begin, they will be better prepared to deal with the challenges. You can find practice problems on this site.

You’re ready to go!