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Eligibility Requirements

Only U.S. citizens, aliens living in the United States, and foreign exchange students are eligible to compete in these Championships. See the USATF Rules for more information and exceptions, by visiting

The competition will be conducted in six age divisions as follows:

Under born 2007 and later* 13-14 born 2001 and 2002
9-10 born 2005 and 2006 15-16 born 1999 and 2000
11-12 born 2003 and 2004 17-18 born 1997 and 1998

Per USATF Competition Rule 300.1 (c), athletes must be at least seven (7) years of age on December 31 of the current year in order to compete in the Youth Athletics or Junior Olympic National Championships.
**Athletes born in 1996 are also eligible if they do not turn 19 on or before 7/27/15.

A competitor must compete in his/her age division only. There will be no "moving up" in any events, including relays. Competitors in the 8 & under, 9-10 and 11-12 divisions may compete in a maximum of three events, including relays. Competitors in the 13-14, 15-16, and 17-18 divisions may compete in a maximum of four events, including relays. Combined events are not included in the event count.

All athletes must be 2015members of USATF in good standing. USATF memberships may be purchased online by or through your local
Association Office.

  • All clubs must be 2014 USATF member organizations.
  • All relay team members must be members of the same club, which must also be registered with the club's local USATF Association for 2014, and must wear jerseys and shorts of the same color
  • Qualifying from Association Championships to Regional Championships per USATF Rule 305.1(d): "An Association is allocated, by agreement with other Associations in its Region, a certain number of athletes and relay teams from the Association level to the Regional level through the Association Championships.

Qualifying from Regional Championships to National ChampionshipsTrack and field shall advance five individuals and five relay teams from each Regional to National. These shall be the top five finishers in each event. The combined events shall advance the top two placed individuals and any others who meet a performance standard at the Regional Championship. The performance standard for all events is the average of the 8th place in the last three National Junior Olympic Championships. The host Association shall qualify a like number.

All entry into the National Championships must be completed online entries cannot be accepted by any other method. No on-site entries or changes will be allowed.

Athletes who compete in the Junior National Championships, World Youth Track and Field Trials, United States Olympic Selection Competition may be entered in the National Junior Olympic meet without having to compete in the Association or Regional meet provided that they meet the Youth Athletics age limits. Acquisition of the waiver and completion of the entry to the National meet must be made prior to the Regional meet via the Regional Coordinator.

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