This web page was set up to provide Ohio Association youth athletes with timely information on Junior Olympic Track & Field, Cross Country and Race Walking.

USA Track & Field - Ohio Association Home Page is the official Web Page for the USATF Ohio Association.


USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track & field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States.  USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports,  the World's #1 Track & Field Team, the most-watched events at the Olympics, the #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport, and more than 30 million youth and adult runners in the United States:


The backbone of USATF's pursuit of excellence is its developmental programs - grass roots outreach efforts shape the next generation of champions and maintain our status as the world's # 1 Track and Field Team.  To participate, USATF membership and verification of Date of Birth is required.(see information about membership and age verification below.)

These grass roots efforts include: 

USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships   A national championship series consisting of preliminary meets, Association Championships, Regional Championships, and a National Championships.    Athletes advance on place and / or performance.   National Championships attract more than 9,000 entries and over 6,000 competitors.   Junior Olympic Track & Field is the most visible developmental program in the world.   See Junior Olympic Program sidebar for information on the Ohio Association Junior Olympic Championships series of meets.

USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships:  Entry and advancement follows the model of the Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships with a progressional series of competitions leading to the National Championships.   Individual and team trophies are awarded at the National Championships that annually attracts more than 2,500 athletes.   See the Junior Olympic Program sidebar for information on the Ohio Association Junior Olympic Championships series of meets.

USATF Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championships:   A national championship with entry based on achievement of performance standards per event.   The USA Youth Outdoor Championships is club-oriented, with team championships awarded in every age division.  Unattached athletes also compete in this meet.   On average, the event attracts more than 2,500 participants and is well attended by many of USATF's more than 2,000 member clubs each year.   See the following web page for additional information  USA Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championships

IAAF World Youth Championships:   Since 1999, a World Youth Athletics Championship has been
contested in odd numbered years for athletics age 16-17.   Selection to the World Youth Team is
based on performance at the World Youth Track & Field Trials to be held in conjunction with the
Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championships.   Next Championships will be in 2017.  (Web page will be listed at a later date.)

USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships:  A national championship with entry based upon qualifying standards.  This event serves as a qualifier for international competitions (e.g. World Junior Championships, Junior Pan American Championships) and annually attracts around 1,000 athletes ages 14 through 19.  The USA Cross Country Championships also has a Junior division competition.    See the following web page for additional information  USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships

        USATF membership and age verification is required to compete in the         Championships. 
         Follow this link to become a USATF Member:Obtain a USATF Membership   
Memberships are for a calendar year.  They expire 31 December of the current year.
See subpages at bottom of page for detailed membership information. To participate in these programs age (DOB) must be verified.  This may be done by submitting any one of these documents: Birth Certificate, Passport, Government issued photo ID or Baptismal Record. If birth has not been verified, please send a copy of your proof of age  with the athlete's current USATF number to the following address:         
USATF Ohio Association, PO Box 26305, Dayton, Ohio 45426. 
Please contact Ms. Brenda Martin-, 937-837-5069 for the best method of submitting this information.


The Ohio Association is one of five associations in Region 5 of USATF.    The other four associations are:  Kentucky,  Lake Erie  (22 counties in northeast Ohio),  Michigan and West Virginia.  For more information about Region 5 please click on the following link   Region 5 Youth Page