Applications are required of those qualified athletes who wish to attend the 2016 USATF Annual Meeting, to be held in Orlando, Florida, November 30 - December 4. Online applications are now being accepted. The link to the application can be found at the bottom of the page. The deadline to submit an application for funding is October 7, 2016, however, you are encouraged to apply early as funding is limited.
NOTE: Completion of application does not mean an athlete has been approved for funding. Funding notifications will be sent via email by October 14.
Due to limited funding available, priority will be given to applicants who meet the following criteria:
Tier 1 Athletes:
Medaled in either/both of the two (2) most recent World (Outdoor) Track & Field Championships (2013 and 2015); and/or
Have achieved a top-10 world rank in 2015 by Track & Field News (year-end ranking for 2015) or AllAthletics.com (year-end ranking for 2015); or
Have achieved a top-5 world rank in 2014 by Track & Field News (year-end ranking for 2014) or AllAthletics.com (year-end ranking for 2014); or
The above medal winning criteria will also apply to athletes who competed in the first round and/or final on a medal-winning relay team at either/both 2013 and 2015 World (Outdoor) Track & Field Championships.
Tier 2 Athletes:
Placed among the top 8 place finishers in either/both of the two (2) most recent World (Outdoor) Track & Field Championships (2013 and 2015); and/or
Have achieved a top 20 world rank in 2015 by All-Athletics.com (year-end ranking for 2015); or
Have achieved a sixth through tenth (6-10) World Ranking in 2014 by Track & Field News (year- end ranking for 2014) or All-Athletics.com (year-end ranking for 2014).
Tier 3 Athletes:
Tier 4 Athletes:
Be ranked among the Top 2 U.S. by Track & Field News in its 2015 year-end rankings, and/or
Achieved a Top 2 place finish at the 2015 U.S. (outdoor) Championships, 2015 U.S. Men’s 50km Race Walk Championships, or 2015 U.S. Marathon Championships.
For both of the above, the athlete must have also achieved the 2015 IAAF World Championship standard in the event that applies to the criteria above.
Any remaining funding will be allocated to applicants according to the date when their online application was submitted.
IMPORTANT - In addition to attending AAC general sessions, athletes funded to Annual Meeting will attend committee meetings to represent the interest of athletes. Committee assignments will be based (in part) upon your interest in attending meetings as indicated in your application. For complete descriptions of committee duties, please refer to Regulations 12-16 of the 2016 Governance Manual. Your AAC Officers and Event Leaders will provide you with details prior to or upon your arrival in Orlando.
On December 2nd, athletes attending Annual Meeting have the opportunity to participate in RunJumpThrow, a USATF initiative which allows for USATF athletes to introduce track & field and exercise to children ages 7-12. This event will feature games, music and, of course, physical activity. If you have never participated in RunJumpThrow, feel free to view the RJT Recap from 2015 World Outdoors Training Camp in Narita, Japan.
If you wish to participate in RunJumpThrow during Annual Meeting, please designate your preference where indicated on the funding application.
Please click here to access the application.