Hello and welcome and/or welcome back to the USA Triathlon National Challenge Competition (NCC) for 2014-2015.
If you were here last year you already know the drill, but if this is your first time or if it's your first time as club rep then there are a few "how to" posts from previous years you should have a look at.
The best intro is the 5 Things You Need to Know About the NCC. It covers things like how and when to enter your distances, when sessions are closed to further entries and tips on avoiding errors.
If you are a club rep you should give your athletes the ability to enter and edit their own distances. That is not the default setting so clubb reps need to turn that on for each athlete. See the Giving Athletes Admin Rights post for this info.
If your club has a website (likely) then you can display a widget that tracks your progress right on your own site. It's super easy and it looks pretty cool too. Instructions are in the Widgets! They Have Changed post from last year.
General NCC rules as set by USAT are available too, check the USAT website for the official rules.
The final results for each of the three sessions are now available on the Results page - including which teams made it to the session benchmark distances and when.
Official results will be announced soon by USA Triathlon, but everything on this page is accurate.
Congratulations (in advance) to all the winners, but also to everyone who took part in the competition this year. We had the highest number of teams (149) and athletes (3,659) since the event began in 2006-2007.
Let the racing begin.
The Swim session is almost over, so it's time to remind everyone how the mileage entry system works. If you are a veteran NCCer you already know this but it might be good to read this anyway.
Everyone has an additional 48 hours to enter their December miles (swim, bike or run).
Only miles done in December can be entered during this 48 hour period. The 2 week cutoff remains in effect, so only miles done in the second half of December can be entered.
January 1 is the beginning of the Bike session, so any miles done from that point forward count towards the Bike session only.
You can start entering your miles on the website starting at 1 second past midnight on January 3, once the 48 hour period for entering your December miles has passed.
If you visit the website without logging in, you'll see the session change to Bike on January 1. If you login, however, you'll see the session as Swim - for that additional 48 hour period.
Since this is the season when it's better to give than to receive, here are the instructions on how Club Reps can give their athletes the ability to log their own miles.
If you aren't a Club Rep you don't need to know this, but it might be good to know anyway.
Step 1: Login
Step 2: Create your team
- once you login, select 'Manage Your Team' from the menu
- hit the Big Green Button and add athletes to your team using the form provided
- the Manage Your Team page will show a list of everyone on your team
Step 3: Give an athlete admin rights
- on the list of athletes on the Manage Your Team page, select an athlete you want to have admin rights
- enter their information into the form where it says 'allow athlete to enter own mileage' You will need to know their email address for this to work
- submit the form, and an email with login credentials will be sent to the athlete
Voila. That's it that's all.
Embedding a mileage widget on your club's website just got a little bit easier.
This year if you want to have a customized widget for your site showing your club's mileage to date, you don't have to make a special request and then wait for the code to be sent to you. That's so 2012. Now all you need to do is add your club ID number to the standard embed code available on the Widgets page.
Not sure what a mileage widget looks like? Kinda like this:
But with actual miles showing. And updated with current mileage for your club.
The embed code is availabe on the widgets page, and club reps can see the entire embed code with the correct club ID once they login.