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Selection Procedures & Eligibility Requirements

Last Updated: April 10, 2013

USA Track & Field (USATF) will field a partial team to represent the United States at the 2013 IAAF World Youth Championships (the “Team”). The team size will be determined by USATF in its sole discretion, but will include no more than 41 athletes who meet the criteria listed below.

An athlete who is one of the two highest placing finishers in an event at the 2013 USATF World Youth Track & Field Trials (Trials), scheduled for June 25-June 26, 2013 in Edwardsville, IL, will be eligible for selection to the Team if:

  1. He or she has met the qualifying standard and entry guidelines set by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) for the 2013 World Youth Championships. Please note that wind-aided marks in the 100m, 200m, 100m Hurdles, 110m Hurdles, Long Jump, and Triple Jump will not be accepted for purposes of meeting the qualifying standard, and all international qualifying standards must have been met during the period between October 1, 2012 and June 26, 2013.
  2. He or she is eligible to represent the USA in all levels of international competition based on the Competition Rules of USATF and the IAAF.
  3. He or she was born in 1996 or 1997 (age 16 or 17 by December 31, 2013).
  4. He or she presents to the team processing staff before 8:00 pm EST on June 26, 2013 his or her current passport valid until at least January 15, 2014 (or a copy thereof).

At the completion of the World Youth Trials, the Selection Committee will evaluate the performances of all athletes who meet the above criteria, and will, in its sole discretion, select up to 41 athletes from among this group. In addition to the order of finish at the Trials, the Selection Committee will consider fitness, injuries, conditioning, projected ability to finish in the top 8 at the 2013 IAAF World Youth Championships, and any other factors the Committee deems relevant or instructive.

Information Related to Obtaining a Passport

  1. The new passport rules for minors make processing more difficult than before. For more information on acquiring a passport, please visit or your local post office.
  2. USATF will NOT assist the athlete by:
    1. Paying passport fees
    2. Paying passport expedition fees
    3. Traveling to a passport office to assist an athlete with obtaining a passport
    4. Paying for passport photographs
    5. Paying for an athlete's transportation to a passport office

Eligibility Requirements

  • Citizenship: Only citizens of the United States who are eligible to represent the U.S. in all levels of international competition are eligible to compete in this event. See the USATF Rules for more information and exceptions.
  • Age: Only athletes born in 1996 or 1997 are eligible to compete in this event.
  • USATF Membership: All athletes must be 2013 members of USATF in good standing. USATF memberships may be purchased online, or through your local Association Office.
  • All entries must be accompanied by a copy of a legal document (passport or birth certificate) in order to verify date of birth and citizenship. If you have a valid passport at the time of entry, please use a copy of the information page of your passport as verification of citizenship and birth date. These copies will not be returned. You must fax a copy of your passport or birth certificate to the "World Youth Track & Field Trials" at the USATF National Office at 800-833-1466 no later than June 17, 2013. On the information being submitted please legibly write the athlete's name and 2013 USATF membership number.
  • Athletes may enter an event(s) even if they have not yet met the qualifying standard for that event(s). However, athletes will not be permitted to compete unless they have:
    1. A 2013 USATF membership
    2. Completed the entry process
    3. Met the entry standard


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