Age Divisions for USATF-Sanctioned Meets
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 Division||Year of Birth|
|8 & Under (previously Sub-bantam)||2009+*|
|9 – 10 (previously Bantam)||2007-2008|
|11 – 12 (previously Midget)||2005-2006|
|13 – 14 (previously Youth)||2003-2004|
|15 – 16 (previously Intermediate)||2001-2002|
|17 – 18 (previously Young)||1999-2000**|
* 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 Description of Meets
Championship Meets – June – July
The Championship portion of the season requires athletes to select a specific number of events based on their age. These meets raise the intensity level of competition and begin the process of athletes qualifying for larger meets such as Regionals and Nationals.
Oregon Association Junior Olympic Championships – June 22nd – 25th
This is our state meet and is the First in a series of 3 that allows athletes to Qualify for the Junior Olympic National Championships. Athletes are limited to the number of events they can compete in based upon their age. All Athletes in the 8 and under, 9-10, and 11-12 age groups are limited to 3 events. Relays are counted towards their 3 so keep that in mind as you register. Athletes in the 13-14, 15-16, and 17-18 are all allowed to compete in 4 events with relays counting towards this total. This meet requires online registration and does not require any specific qualifications. Registration done via athletic.net.
Region 13 Junior Olympic Championships – July 6th – 9th
Meet 2 in the Championship series requires you to have finished in the top 8 at your age group in the Association Meet. This meet is where athlete Qualify for the Junior Olympic National Championships. Athletes may only register and compete in the events where they finished in the top 8 at the Association Meet. No new events can be added. This meet requires online registration and does not require any specific qualifications. Registration done via athletic.net.
National Junior Olympic Championships – July 24th – 30th
The Final meet in the Championship series requires you to have finished in the top 5 at your age group in the Regional meet. Athletes may only register and compete in the events where they finished in the top 8 at the Association Meet. No new events can be added. Registration done via athletic.net.