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Eligibility Requirements

In addition to correctly entering the meet and having equaled or bettered the qualifying standard during the stated qualifying period, the following criteria must also be met:

  • Only citizens of the United States who are eligible to represent the United States in an Olympic competition under United States Olympic Committee and International Olympic Committee rules are eligible to compete in the Olympic Trials. Athletes who have citizenship questions should contact Lamont Jones, USATF's General Counsel, at
  • Female athletes must be 14 years or older on the day of competition. There is no age restriction for male athletes.
  • Athletes may enter an event(s) even if they have not yet met the qualifying standard for that event(s). However, athletes will not be permitted to compete unless they have:
    1. A 2008 USATF membership
    2. Completed the entry process
    3. Met the entry standard
    4. Completed the declaration process
    5. An updated athlete location form on file with USADA if they are in the Out-Of-Competition Drug-Testing Pool (OOC).
  • Proof of qualifying performance, if required, must be submitted to USATF no later than Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. ET. Any submittal received after this date will not be accepted. Please contact for verification procedures.
  • All athletes must be 2008 members of USATF in good standing. USATF memberships may be purchased online, through your local Association Office, or by calling the USATF National Office at 317-713-4665.
  • Athletes must be bona fide members of a 2008 USATF club in order to represent a club. An athlete's current club affiliation can be viewed in his/her membership profile and as part of the online entry process. Athletes wishing to change affiliations can make such a request through their local USATF Association (note that this request must be made by the athlete--see Regulation 7 in the USATF Governance Manual, Section III). All club affiliations must be finalized by close of declarations. No club changes will be accepted after this date for the Olympic Trials.
  • In addition to a club affiliation, athletes are able to represent one (1) corporate sponsor. This corporate sponsor must be a registered USATF Corporate Member and be part of the athlete's membership profile. Corporate Membership applications can be obtained by sending an e-mail to All sponsor affiliations must be finalized by close of declarations. No sponsor changes will be accepted after this date for the Olympic Trials.
  • Athletes wishing to represent a branch of the Armed Forces of the United States must be registered with the membership committee of their local USATF Association.
  • USATF Rule 11.3(b) concerning adding athletes to make a competitive field and USATF Rule 10.3(b) i and ii concerning automatic qualifications will be used.
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