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Frequently Asked Questions

Last Updated 1/11/13

  1.  What are the dates of the World Youth Track and Field Trials?

The World Youth Track & Field Trials are June 25 & 26, 2013 in Edwardsville, IL.

  1. What I do I need to do to participate in World Youth Trials?

Athletes need to meet the World Youth Trials eligibility requirements and qualifying standards and be 2013 members of USATF. Additionally athletes must enter the competition by the event deadline. For complete details please visit the Athlete Information page.

  1. Can an athlete update an entry mark?

Qualifying marks and/or affiliations can be updated before the close of entries on 6/24/13. Please visit the entry information page.

  1. Can athletes use their own implements for the World Youth Trials?

Yes. Athletes will be permitted to use their own implements for competition provided they pass implement inspection. Meet organizers will also provide a supply of implements for use by competitors not wishing to use their own implements or whose implements have not passed inspection. Personal implements, once approved for competition, may be used by all competitors throughout the competition. For a list of acceptable international implements visit the throwing implements page.

  1. Can qualifying marks for entry into the World Youth Trials be achieved on an indoor track?

Yes. All qualifying performances for running events must be made on a standard indoor or 400m outdoor track. For a complete list of qualifying guidelines please visit the qualifying standards page.

  1.  How do I figure out the field event metric conversions?

Imperial conversion for metric field event marks can be computed by using the field event mark conversion calculator:

  1. Why is the World Youth Trials contesting weights/heights/distances that are not standard USATF events for this age group?

The track and field events being contested at the World Youth Trials are identical to those that will be contested at the 2013 World Youth Championships. The qualifying standards page lists the comparable weights/heights/distances for qualification and entry into the World Youth Trials. For the Heptathlon, the hurdle heights and field event implements will be the same used at the USA Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championships (which are the standard USATF youth implements/heights).

  1. Are there other international competition opportunities for athletes not born in 1996 or 1997?

Yes. The 2013 USA Junior Outdoor Championships is a qualifying meet for the Pan American Junior Athletics Championships. For more information visit the USA Junior Outdoor Championships home page.

  1.  Does participating in the World Youth Track & Field Trials automatically qualify an athlete for the 2013 USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships?

Athletes who participate in the World Youth Trials can be waived to the National Junior Olympic Championships if they submit the official entry/waiver form and entry fees to their Regional Coordinator prior to the athlete’s Regional Championship. The forms will be provided to all athletes at the World Youth Trials event. Athletes whose Regional meets occur prior to the World Youth Trials may contact their Regional Coordinator to obtain the waiver and entry forms.

  1. May an athlete participate in the USA Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championships should they not make the Team?

Yes. An athlete who participates in the World Youth Track & Field Trials who DOES NOT make the World Youth Championships Team may participate in the USA Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Athletes are still required to pay the applicable entry fees. It is strongly encouraged that you enter online at the 2013 USA Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championships entry page by the event deadline to ensure your entry is processed in a timely fashion. Athletes may also enter on-site at packet pick by completing a special form. Entries must be submitted no later than 24 hours before the scheduled start of the desired event.

  1. How do I know if my entry was accepted for competing at the Trials?

Athletes who have been approved for entry into the World Youth Trials will have their entry listed as “qualified” on the Status of Entries page. Athletes will be able to pick up their competition materials and participate in the Trials.

  1. Can an athlete be named to the team without a parent/guardian present?

Yes. However, athletes will need to complete National Team Forms where some require parent/guardian signature. Visit the 'National Team Sign Up' page for information on how to acquire these forms if your parent/guardian will be unable to attend 'Team Sign Up' in Edwardsville.

  1. Does placing in the top two at the World Youth Trial automatically guarantee selection to the World Youth Team?

No. The selection procedures state that up to 40 athletes will be selected to field a partial team to the 2013 World Youth Championships. An athlete who is one of the two highest placing finishers in there event will be considered for selection if they meet all the provisions of the Selection Procedures.
Additional questions? Contact Arionne Allen.

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