Mission: To promote the sport of amateur track and field and cross country while developing strong positive character traits and encourage a lifelong love of running and a healthy lifestyle in young athletes.
Youth competitions typically take place in two-year age divisions. These age divisions provide young athletes the opportunity to compete with other athletes of similar ability.
The age divisions for competition year 2015 are as follows:
Year of Birth
8 & Under
9 - 10
11 - 12
13 - 14
15 - 16
17 - 18
* Per USATF Rule 300.1 (c) "Athletes must be at least seven (7) years of age on December 31 of the current year to compete at the Youth Athletics or Junior Olympic National Championships."
** Athletes who are still 18 through the final day of the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships are eligible to compete in the 17-18 age division through that meet. This extended eligibility does not apply to cross country events.