Harrier Track Club
Junior Olympic Program
Who Qualifies?  


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Youth Age Divisions
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 2017 are as follows:

Age DivisionYear of Birth
8 & Under2009+*
9 - 102007-2008
11 - 122005-2006
13 - 142003-2004
15 - 162001-2002
17 - 181999-2000**

* 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.

USATF Summary. (Copied from USATF Website)

Dating back to the mid-1960's, the USATF Junior Olympic program is the most visible youth athlete developmental program in the world. Nearly 70,000 youth athletes compete each year in the Junior Olympic Track & Field and Cross Country programs. Many of America's Olympians began as youth athletes, including stars such as Maurice Greene, Allyson Felix, Bryan Clay, John Godina, Deena Kastor, and Allen Johnson.

Through a series of progressional events consisting of preliminary, Association, and Regional meets, athletes have the opportunity to advance to the National Championships in track & field and cross country.

Once USATF members, participants can enter the Junior Olympics either as part of a USATF club or as "unattached." Competition takes place in six (6) 2-year age divisions, from 8 & under through 17-18.