USATF JUNIOR OLYMPIC REGULATIONS
and
USATF JUNIOR OLYMPIC MEETS



Those clubs that have youth involved in the Junior Olympic program in Montana are reminded of several requirements for J.O. events. 

All participants in J.O. state meets must have a USA TRACK & FIELD membership card.


Entry into state, regional and national competition requires a copy of a birth certificate (or proof of age) with meet application. Be sure each athlete submits a copy, not an original, and that a copy is attached to entry forms at each level of competition (see #3).


In 1994, legislation was passed to enable the state membership chair to verify proof of age if a birth certificate is submitted with individual membership applications. New membership cards now have a place for age verification. This verification eliminates the need for birth certificates at each level of competition, but does not eliminate the need for a copy of the membership card to enter events.


Junior Olympic competition is a step-wise qualification process. Qualification must first be made at the state level to go on to regional level, and regional level completed before an athlete can go on to nationals. The number of advancers at each level varies with the level of competition (i.e. state or regional) and the sport (i.e. track & field or cross country). The state youth chairmen - DAVE SKELTON bztkclub@bresnan.org of the BOZEMAN TRack Club, or the state membership chair- GREG MOHL mohl@vcn.com can answer questions on these programs. Contact the state office for the current chairman of youth athletics and information on the program.



Junior Olympic Track & Field

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.

Track & Field Get involved! Complete these easy steps to sign up for Junior Olympic Track & Field:

Register or renew your USATF individual membership.
www.usatf.org/membership/


The dates for  track season 2012

The USATF MONTANA STATE ASSOCIATION JUNIOR OLYMPIC CHAMIONSHIPS multi-events
WILL BE HELD IN TBA 2012.

JUNE 8 to 9, 2012 USATF MONTANA STATE ASSOCIATION JUNIOR OLYMPIC CHAMIONSHIPS
to be held in BUTTE. CONTACT DAVE SKELTON for more information. ENTRIES WILL TAKE PLACE ONLINE. FOR SCHEDULE of the MEET go to: event schedule


JUNE  23, 2012 USATF JUNIOR OLYMPIC REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS to be held in Bozeman, Mt(include Montana, Idaho, wyoming). ENTRIES WILL TAKE PLACE ONLINE.

JUNE 25 to JULY 1, USATF YOUTH OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS in ARLINGTON, TEXAS
ENTRIES WILL TAKE PLACE ONLINE.

JULY 13 to 15, BIG SKY STATE GAMES, CONTACT KAREN SANFORD for more information.

JULY 25 to 31, USATF JUNIOR OLYMPIC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS in BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
ENTRIES WILL TAKE PLACE ONLINE.

USA Track & Field Montana
Junior Olympic
Track & Field Championships
June 17-18
Charlie Merrifield Track
Bulldog Stadium
Butte, Montana
Medals • T-shirts • Hats
Six Junior Olympic Age Divisions
7-8  to 18 years old
Qualifier for Region 11 Junior Olympic
Track & Field Championships, on-line registration, and schedule
visit Association’s website @ www.mtusatf.org, or
www.bozemantrackclub.org.
DAVE SKELTON, Meet Director
BOZEMAN  Track Club









Triathlon and pentathlon events will be hosted along with the 3,000 meter and 5, 000 meter runs on Friday.  All other track & field events will be hosted on Saturday except for the decathlon and heptathlon, which will be held in Great Falls on June 1,2 2012.  The steeplechase and hammer throw will not be contested at the Association championships.

Top five athletes in the track and field events and multi-events automatically advance to the USA TRACK AND FIELD JUNIOR OLYMPIC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Region 11 Track & Field Championships in BOZEMAN, MT.  However, all athletes having participated in the Association championships with a current 2012 USATF membership card may advance to the Region 11 Championships.

Keep in mind that the USA Track & Field format offers a variety of options to athletes that are not generally available during the regular outdoor season; including the hammer throw, mini-javelin, steeplechase, 4 x 800 relay, 3000 and 5000 meter runs, race walk competition, and multi-events.  This is a great opportunity for athletes to advance in other disciplines of track & field that are not typically available during the regular outdoor track season.

The multi-events (i.e., decathlon, heptathlon, pentathlon, and triathlon), a popular competition at the collegiate and world class level, tests the fortitude and ability of extraordinary athletes.  It involves an athlete competing in a number of events run close together on a very scheduled time frame.  To score, you receive points for levels of performance in each event.  The goal is to earn the most points versus going head-to-head in each individual competition. 

The triathlon and pentathlon multi-events.  The decathlon and heptathlon multi-event will be hosted in Great Falls on June 1-2 at Great Falls High School Memorial Stadium.  A pentathlon for youth division athletes will also be hosted in Great Falls as an introduction to the multi-event competition format.  For more information contact Paul Johnson at 406-791-5928 office, 360-913-4884 cell, or e-mail address pjohnson01@ugf.edu, or see download for more information for the decathlon and heptathlon.

The Association Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships will offer six age divisions for athlete’s 18 years old and younger with medals awarded to the top five finishers in each division.  Athletes born in 1994 must turn 19 after August 1, 2012 to be eligible.  Age divisions include the “sub-bantam” age division for athletes 8 years old or younger with the right to bragging rights and the chance to step onto the awards stand. 

Athletes who have participated in one of the four Association Track & Field Championships (i.e., Montana, Snake River, Utah and Wyoming), regardless of finish, may advance to the USATF Junior Olympic Region 11 Track & Field Championships in BOZEMAN, MT as long as they hold an active 2012 USATF membership card.

Athletes who have conflicts with the scheduled date for a scheduled association championship due to extenuating circumstances may also advance to the Region 11 championships on a case-by-case basis upon formal approval by the association’s youth athletics chair.  This should be addressed at least one week before the on-line registration deadline for the particular association championship in each state.    

Medals and ribbons will be awarded to the top five finalists in each of the events with hats, T-shirts, and prizes available at the venue. 

USA Track & Field goes to on-line registration at www.coacho.com for all Junior Olympic events this year for both track & field and cross-country events.  Paper entry forms will not be accepted unless you have made previous arrangements with each Association meet director.  Pay close attention to the on-line registration deadlines for each venue as they vary.  The deadline for on-line registration and contacts for each association venue advancing to the Region 11 Championships are as follows:

Idaho:Association Championship: June 17-18, 2010
On-line Registration Deadline – June 16th
Tim Severa, Meet Director
1050 State Street, Boise, ID 83702
208-344-5501 
E-mail: Tim.severa@ymcatvidaho.org

Montana:Decathlon & Heptathlon Championship: June 3-4, 2011
Registration Deadline – June 3rd
Paul Johnson, Meet Director
University of Great Falls
1301 20th S.
Great Falls, MT 59405
Office 406-791-5928 - Cell: 360-913-4884
E-mail: pjohnson01@ugf.edu

Association Championship: June 17-18, 2011
On-line Registration Deadline – June 15th
Betty Merrifield, Meet Director
2020 Sherman Avenue, Butte, MT 59701
406-782-0687
E-mail: merrifields@bresnan.net

Utah: Association Championships:
Tony Glover, Meet Director
3153 Craig Drive
Salt Lake City, Utah 84109
801-641-9567
E-mail: g21tony@netzero.com

Wyoming: Association Championships: TBA
On-line Registration Deadline – TBA
Mark Hileman, Meet Director
307-277-2779
Mark_Hileman@ncsd.k12.wy.us






Junior Olympic Cross Country season is almost here! Each year approximately 3,000 to 4,000 athletes compete in the USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships. This year, the event will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico DECEMBER DECEMBER 8, 2012
Competition takes place in 2-year age divisions, from SUB BANTAM 7&8, through 18 and entry for the national championships is based on athlete performances at Association and Regional levels.

To learn more about the qualification process in your area, visit the Junior Olympic Cross Country web page and select your Association of participation. If your Association or Regional information is not listed, please search the USATF calendar or contact your local Association for more information.

To enter the Junior Olympic Program, each athlete must have a current USATF membership and submit the "Junior Olympic Cross Country Program Event Entry Advancement Form" provided by the first level of competition in your Association.

We look forward to seeing you!


Register or renew today!

More information on the 2012 National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships can be found at http://www.usatf.org/events/2012/USATFJuniorOlympicXCChampionships/ .