Today's youth athletes are tomorrow's champions! As the #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport, track & field, long distance running, and race walking offer a variety of competitive and fitness opportunities. Youth competitions takes place in six (6) 2-year age divisions, from 8 & under through 17-18.
Youth meets and races are often more than competition--they're also fun! Regardless of whether young athletes achieve a personal best, win a medal, or earn a shot at international competition, they'll have the opportunity to make new friends--and a lifetime of memories!
USATF's largest youth program is the Junior Olympics, where nearly 70,000 youth athletes compete each year in the Track & Field and Cross Country championships. Many of America's Olympians began as youth athletes, including stars such as Jeremy Wariner, Allyson Felix, Sanya Richards, Bryan Clay, Lauryn Williams, Adam Nelson, Deena Kastor and Meb Keflezighi.
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2013 is sure to be a phenomenal year as thousands of youth athletes will descend upon some of the country’s most fascinating cities for competition. The national schedule will kick of in Landover, Maryland for the 3rd USATF National Youth Indoor Track & Field Championships, Edwardsville, Illinois for the USA Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Greensboro for the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships and finally, San Antonio, Texas for the USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships.
USATF also has a variety youth-oriented programs. One of the more popular is the "Win With Integrity" program which showcases star athletes speaking with local schools about the importance of fitness, a healthy lifestyle, living with integrity--including a drug-free life--and setting goals. "Win With Integrity" has been enthusiastically embraced by USATF athletes and the students to whom they speak. Watch for "Win With Integrity" in your area!
More information on USATF Youth Athletics is available in the Youth Guide - PDF.