With roots tracing back to Ancient Greece, track & field is the centerpiece of the Olympic Games. From the 100 meter dash to the discus throw, athletes set new standards for excellence in sport. USATF's Junior Olympic Track & Field program is a wellspring of this excellence.

America's next generation of track & field stars compete throughout the summer--and over 6,000 of these athletes qualify for the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships held during the last week of July. Entry for the national championship is based on athlete performances at preliminary, Association, and Regional levels.

Our program is designed to introduce kids to distance running by providing an experience that is fun, competitive, social, and informative about the sport.

Track is a spring/summer sport, with our youth practices starting each year in March (typically after daylight savings time begins.)

Parents/older siblings, feel free to help out in any way you wish at the practices and the meets. Check out our volunteer opportunities for more details.

USATF Youth Age Group Divisions

The athlete will participate in the age group determined by the athlete’s age as of December 31 of the current year. See the USATF web site for the youth age group divisions.

USATF Junior Olympic Outdoor Track & Field Competition

See our USATF Junior Olympics page for more details.