Youth Athletics events are for individuals age 6-18. Competitions are generally held in two year age groups, though some meets may combine age groups in smaler events.
USATF events age divisions are based on year of birth (age on December 31 of a year); some youth meets run with age on day of event. Check entry information for proper divisions.
Junior Olympics is the USATF youth competition program for track & field and cross country running with advancement from Asociation to Regional to National levels by places achieved at the lower level. The New England Junior Olympic Championship meets are open to all competitors.
2023 Age divisions
8/under Born 2015-2017
9-10 Born 2013-2014
11-12 Born 2011-2012
13-14 Born 2009-2010
15-16 Born 2007-2008
17-18 Born 2005-2006
and for track & field (not cross country), born after July 30 2004
Youth members should submit a proof of date of birth at when obtaining their USATF membership for the first time. Instructions are found at usatf.org/programs/youth
Safe Sport Information
USATF’s Safe Sport program provides the safest environment possible for our athletes and other participants. Please take a moment to review the USATF Safe Sport web page to find comprehensive resources regarding the USATF Safe Sport policy. All participants, coaches, and officials should adhere to the U.S. Center for SafeSport Code, USATF Safe Sport Handbook, and all Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies (MAAPP) related to the safety and welfare of athletes. This includes the team travel guidelines, which can be found here.
If you see something, say something. You should report any instances of sexual misconduct to the U.S. Center for SafeSport via their online reporting form here. Please report misconduct relating to bullying, hazing, harassment, and physical or emotional misconduct to USATF via our online reporting form here, by emailing email@example.com, by calling (317) 713-4688, or by text at 833-9-USATF (987-2834).