Selection Process

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 12-18, who understand these values, demonstrate superior angling skills and have a desire to push themselves.  Selection for membership on the Team, and attendance at any function that is sponsored by the Team, is strictly at the invitation of the Board of Directors in collaboration with the Coaches and Managers. Attendance and participation in any and all activities sponsored by the Youth Fly Fishing Team is a privilege conferred by the Board of Directors in collaboration with the Coaches and Managers.

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 may be eligible to compete in the Youth National Fly Fishing Championships, held annually each summer.

Please note that we accept ages 12-17 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 (Fly Fishing Team USA regionals, America’s Cup, etc.)
  • Character of the individual
  • Respect for fellow anglers, coaches, and the sport of fly fishing
  • Support for the policies and procedures promulgated by the Board of Directors, Coaches, and Managers.

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.