Eligibility & Age Divisions

Only U.S. citizens, aliens living in the United States, and foreign exchange students are eligible to compete in these Championships. See the USATF Rules for more information and exceptions.

The Junior Olympics is a series of track & field meets.

In Ohio, the series consists of a Developmental Meet- no athletes eliminated (weekend of 8 - 10 June), an Association Meet (weekend of 23 - 24 June) - top six in each event advance, a Regional Meet- top five in each event advance (weekend of 12 - 15 July), National Championships (23 July - 29 July)

Each athlete must enter the Junior Olympic series by submitting an entry through the Coach O online entry system. They must have a valid 2012 USATF membership. There are no mail in entries or day of meet entries.

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 (by year of birth) for competition year 2014 are as follows:

** Athletes born in 1995 are also eligible if they do not turn 19 on or before 7/27/2014

* 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.

Combined events are not included in the event count.

Athletes can only participate in the events specified for their age division.