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Entry Information

The Junior Olympic program is a progressional series of meets consisting of preliminary, Association, Regional, and National meets. Athletes are required to submit an entry form only at the first level of competition, as advancement is based upon performance (i.e., an athlete cannot directly submit an entry form for the Regional competition; he/she must have competed and advanced at the Association meet). Athletes must meet certain eligibility requirements to compete.

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Advancement Process

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 the National Championships

Track & field shall advance three individuals and three relay teams from each Regional Championship to the National Championship. These shall be the top three finishers in each event, or successive event finishers who have achieved a performance standard at the Regional Championship when fewer than three declare in the event from that Region for the National Championship.

The combined events shall advance the top two finishers. A third shall advance only after meeting a performance standard at the Regional Championship.

Athletes who qualify based on the performance standard MUST declare their intent to compete by completing the advancement paperwork at their Regional Championship. (No exceptions.)

All entry forms for the National Championships will be submitted through the USATF Regional Coordinator at Regional Junior Olympic Championships -- entries cannot be accepted by any other method. Your Regional Coordinator will verify all entry forms for completeness and accuracy. The birth date submitted will be verified and stamped as such by your Association Chair or the Regional Coordinator, or an acceptable "proof of age" form must be attached to the completed entry. Incomplete entries will be assessed a penalty fee and will only be processed after all missing information is provided. NO on-site entry changes will be allowed.

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