2002 USATF Youth Athletics Championships
July 3-7, 2002
It's fitting that the logo for this year's 2002 USATF Youth Athletics National Championships, July 3-7, at Tropical Park Stadium in Miami, features an airborne mascot. For many athletes, the competition may also serve as their "leap" to a bright future in our sport!
More than 2,000 athletes were on hand for last summer's meet in Decatur, IL, with the top three teams also honored in all 10 age divisions. More than 200 USATF member clubs signed up for the competition, and they were not disappointed. The five days in Decatur were highlighted by spirited competition - and camaraderie - at all levels.
And this year's Youth Athletics competition will prove to be just as exciting for athletes, coaches, family members and spectators alike! Youth Athletics is more than competition, though, it's also fun! And, regardless of whether young athletes achieve a personal best, win a medal, or earn a shot at international competition, they will certainly experience a first-class competition and have the opportunity to make new friends - and a lifetime of memories!
And, this year's meet is bolstered by its status as one of the selection competitions for the Third IAAF World Youth Track and Field Championships, which will be held July 2003 in Sherbrooke, Canada.
What is the Youth Athletics Championships? It is a national competition with open entry instead of qualifying standards (there are performance guidelines that show athletes what some of the medal-winning marks will likely be). Youth Athletics has the same age divisions as our Junior Olympics program - Bantam (10 and under), Midget (11-12), Youth (13-14), Intermediate (15-16) and Young Men/Women (17-18). Youth Athletics is also scored for team championships in all age divisions, so it is a popular competition for clubs around the country. The numbers speak for themselves.