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).
See USATF Competition Rule 305.3 for specific rules on qualifying for the National Championships. Generally, the first 20 individual finishers and first three teams in each age division at the Regional Championships will qualify for the National Championships. Athletes and teams from some Associations will qualify directly from their Association Championships as follows: top 10 individuals and 1st team in each age division. Contact your local association or regional meet director to learn more about how to qualify for the National Championships, or visit the Junior Olympic Cross Country information page. Participant numbers are fixed and no alternate athletes may advance if qualifying athletes or teams choose not to enter the National Championships.
Entry Forms and Fees for the National Championships
The non-refundable entry fee is $20 per individual (subject to change) and must be submitted with the individual's entry form through the athlete's USATF Regional Coordinator at the Junior Olympic Regional Championship meet. Entries cannot be accepted by any other method. Regional Coordinators will verify all entries for completeness and accuracy, including age verification. Entry forms not meeting all of the requirements will be deemed incomplete and will only be processed after all the missing information is provided and an incomplete-entry fee of $10 is paid at packet pick-up. Late entries will not be accepted for this competition.