Become a Member of Team USA Youth
Becoming a member of Team USA Youth requires training, dedication, maturity, and a “team first” mentality. We are looking for young anglers, ages 11-18, who understand these values, demonstrate superior angling skills and have a desire to push themselves.
For those interested in team selection, the journey starts via participation in one or more regional clinics. During clinics, coaches and instructors demonstrate competition techniques, clarify rules associated with FIPS-Mouche competition, and share strategies utilized by Team USA Youth Fly Fishing. It is an expectation that anglers interested in joining the team refine these skills over time, demonstrating mastery at future clinics or team sanctioned events. Every angler participating in a clinic receives an invitation to compete in the Youth National Fly Fishing Championships, held annually each summer.
Please note that we accept ages 11-17 for the Clinics, but a youth angler must be at least age 14, and have met specific Team requirements, to compete in the National and World Championships.
Upon the conclusion of each Youth National Fly Fishing championships, coaches consider several factors in selecting the national team. These include:
· Angler performance during clinics
· Angler performance at the Youth National Fly Fishing Championships
· Angler performance as demonstrated in non-Team USA Youth leagues and competitions (TroutLegend sanctioned competitions and standings, Fly Fishing Team USA regionals, America’s Cup, etc.)
· Character of the individual
· Respect for fellow anglers, coaches, and the sport of fly fishing
Additional requirements include the ability to represent the United States and be an “ambassador” of our country when traveling internationally. All team members, and staff associated with the organization, are required to read and sign the USYFFT, Inc. Code of Conduct, which is revised annually.
All Team USA Youth members are responsible for their full travel, housing and meal expenses to clinics, workshops, and competitions. They may also be required to contribute to the Coach’s travel expenses for international competition.
Team USA Youth welcomes qualified young men and women,who are residents of the United States and its territories. Team USA Youth does not discriminate based upon race, gender or ethnicity.