USATF Junior Olympics Program

The USATF Junior Olympic program is an age group competition program held in track & field and cross-country. Competition is held in two-year age groups, based on year of birth.

For the year 2015, the following are the age divisions’ names and birth ranges


Age Division

Birth Range


Born 2007 and later


Born 2005-2006


Born 2003-2004


Born 2001-2002


Born 1999-2000

Young Men/Women

Born 1997-1998


Also, for the track & field meet only, athletes born July 29, 1996 and later may also compete in the Young Men/Women division (this is not applicable in cross country). Many other youth meets use this age group format for their meets to maintain consistency.

Advancement up the ladder is by place.

Preliminary meets are held at several sites around the region. These meets are open to all with no qualifying standards, and may have a limited schedule of events or limited age divisions. Their purpose is to provide opportunities for young athletes to compete.

Region 1 is made up of the following associations: New England, Connecticut, Maine, Adirondack (NY), USATF-NY (NY), and Long Island (NY).  Locations for the Region 1 meet rotates among the associations, with the current rotation noted below.

The National Youth Athletics Meet is held in the same age groupings, is open to all with no preliminary meets, but does have entry standards or guidelines. The level of competition generally matches the JO meet.

Track & Field Advancement


Association to Regional:

Top 8 individuals in each event, and top 3 relays

Regional to National:

Top 5 individuals in each event, and top 3 relays


Track & Field Events



June ??

USATF-NY – Icahn Stadium, Randall's Island, NY

June ## - June ##

Youth Outdoor Track and Field Championships, ????????????, ??

July 5 - 7

Region 1 Junior Olympics Championships - ???????????????, ??

July 22 - 28

National Junior Olympics Track and Field Championships - ???, ??


Cross Country Race Distances



2000 meters

Bantam and Midget

3000 meters


4000 meters

Intermediate and Young M/W

5000 meters


Cross Country Advancement


Association to Regional:

Top 5 teams and other individuals in the top 30

Regional to National

Top 5 teams and other individuals in the top 30


Cross Country Events



November, 8

USATF-NY – Van Cortlandt Park, NY

November, 23

Region 1 – Augusta, ME

December, 13

National Championships - Myrtle Beach, SC