Youth Age Divisions

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 for competition year 2021 are as follows:

Age Division: Year of Birth

8 & Under:  2014+*

9-10:  2012-2013

11-12:  2010-2011

13-14:  2008-2009

15-16:  2006-2007

17-18:  2004-2005**

* 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.

USATF DOB Verification Policy

All birth certificates must be uploaded at the National Website no later than FIVE days prior to the meet deadline.  Please click the link below.

USATF DOB Verification Policy

  • For assistance and questions, call 317-261-0500.