Today’s youth athletes are tomorrow’s champions!
Every child in USATF competes alongside their peers in 2-year age divisions, from 8 & younger up to 18. Cross country events are held in the fall, indoor competitions take place during the winter, and track & field events take place in the spring and summer. There are competitive and non-competitive opportunities that can lead up to regional, national and even international competitions.
 

Upcoming Youth Events

  • June 24, 2018   USATF Junior Olympic Association Champs., Taconic Hills Central School Distrct, Craryville, NY
  • June 26 - July 1   USATF National Youth Outdoor Championships, Rochester, N.Y.                       meet website
  • July 12-15            USATF Region 1 Junior Olympic Championshps, New York, N.Y.                       meet website
  • July 23-29            USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Championships, Greensboro, N.C.   meet website
     

Youth Programs Overview

The USATF Junior Olympic program is the most visible youth athlete developmental program in the world. Through a series of progressional events consisting of Association and Regional meets, athletes have the opportunity to advance to the National Championships in track & field and cross country. USATF membership is required to compete in this program.  The USATF Hershey National Youth Indoor Championship is the USATF youth winter championship series. Athletes ages 7-14 must compete in the zone qualifier meet held in mid to late February, in order to progress to the national championship. At this time, athletes ages 15-18 can enter directly into the national meet without qualification. There are no standards to meet in order to qualify.  USATF membership is required to compete in this program. The USATF Hershey Youth Outdoor Championship is another championship meet that our youth athletes can participate in. There is no qualification meet or minimal standards to compete. USATF membership is required to compete in this program.

Youth Age Divisions

Age divisions for the programs listed above can be found below.  
NOTE: Age divisions are NOT based on the age of the athlete at the time of competition.  It is based on the year of birth. 

Age Division Birth Range for Competition Year 2018
8 and under Born 20010+*
9-10 Born 2008-2009
11-12 Born 2006-2007
13-14 Born 2004-2005
15-16 Born 2002-2003
17-18 Born 2000-2001**

* Per USATF Rule 300.1 (c) "Athletes must be at least seven (7) years of age on December 31 of the current year to compete at the Youth Athletics or Junior Olympic National Championships."

** Athletes who are still 18 through the final day of the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships are eligible to compete in the 17-18 age division through that meet. This extended eligibility does not apply to cross country events.