´╗┐´╗┐Welcome to the USATF Colorado Youth Pages
Please take a look at all of our materials and return from time to time to view updated information.

Colorado Association Youth Committee
Committee Chair - Don Sinclair, vblady@aol.com 

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Youth Event Schedule
Click on the following link for a current schedule of Colorado Youth track & field, and cross country competitions .

Youth Event Results
Click on the following link for results of youth events

News
USOC SafeSport Training Program

The United States Olympic Committee has directed all of their National Governing Bodies, including USA Track & Field, to implement the SafeSport training program throughout their organization.  This training program is available free online and can be taken at your convenience. 
SafeSport seeks to create a healthy, supportive environment for all our athletes compete and train.  Through education, resources, and training, we help members of the sport community recognize, reduce, and respond to misconduct in sport. 
All USATF National Staff, Board Members, Youth Committee members, registered agents, coaches on the Coaches Registry, youth club coaches, and youth club administrators are required to complete the USOC SafeSport course; and all certified officials are expected to also complete the course.
The SafeSport online training module covers fourteen lesson areas that include, but are not limited to, sexual, physical and emotional misconduct; local and overnight travel; bullying and harassment. The training videos in total are approximately 90 minutes long and include four quizzes and a final exam.
Here are some direct links for the SafeSport Program:

•    Main SafeSport Website
•    What is SafeSport?
•    Training Signup


Age Verification

Athletes, Coaches and Parents: Remember that athletes cannot register or compete unless their birth date has been verified by USATF Colorado.  You must email a photocopy (scanned or picture from camera/phone) of their birth certificate, passport, drivers license or other legal document clearly showing date of birth.  E-mail documents to Lindsey Koch at membership@colorado.usatf.org

If you're a current USATF member number and have had your birth date verified, you do not need to send in your birth date information.  Log into your USATF profile to confirm your birthday has been verified at https://www.usatf.org/members-only/index.asp

Registration/Entries & General Info
For general information on this web page or youth events, and questions about meet entries, please contact Dave Kemman .

Hosting a Meet
To host a youth track & field or cross country meet, please contact the Youth Chair - Don Sinclair at vblady@aol.com

Background Checks
One way to ensure our sport remains a fun and safe environment for everyone is to perform criminal background screening on coaches and volunteers who have direct contact with youth athletes.  USA Track & Field has implemented just such a program.   For details, go to the USATF Criminal Background Check Program pages.

Junior Olympics
The USATF Junior Olympic program is the most visible youth athlete developmental program in the world.  Nearly 70,000 youth athletes compete each year in the Junior Olympic Track & Field and Cross Country programs. 

Through preliminary, Association, and Regional meets, athletes have the opportunity to advance to the National Championships in track & field and cross country.  USATF members can enter the Junior Olympics either as part of a USATF club or as "unattached."
For more information on USATF Colorado Junior Olympics, please contact Don Sinclair at (775) 846-7545 or email

Advancement Process
Qualifying from Association Championships to Regional Championships - An Association is allocated, by agreement with other Associations in its Region, a certain number of athletes and relay teams from the Association level to the Regional level through the Association Championships."

Qualifying from Regional Championships to the National Championships - in Track & Field  the top five individuals and five relay teams advance to the National meet.  The top two individuals combined events and any others who meet a performance standard at the Regional Championship also advance.  The performance standard for all events is the average of the 8th place in the last three National Junior Olympic Championships.  The host Association qualifies a like number.

Age Divisions

Youth competitions typically take place in six 2-year age divisions, from 8 & under through 17-18.  These age divisions provide young athletes the opportunity to compete with other athletes of similar ability.
The age divisions for competition year 2017 are as follows:

Age Division Year of Birth
8 & Under 2009+*
9 - 10 2007 - 2008
11 - 12 2005 - 2006
13 - 14 2003 - 2004
15 - 16 2001 - 2002
17 - 18 1999 - 2000**

* 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.

Junior Olympic Track & Field
USATF's Junior Olympic Track & Field program provides the opportunity to grow America's next generation of track & field stars as over 6,000 of these athletes compete throughout the summer to qualify for the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships held in late July.

Junior Olympic Cross Country
The Junior Olympic Cross Country program culminates each December when more than 3,000 youth cross country runners hit the course to compete in the USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships.  Entry for the national championship is also based on athlete performances at preliminary, Association, and Regional levels.

Other Useful Youth Links
Youth Committee Reports
     January 2016       April 2016     July 2016      September 2016    November 2016
    
January 2015       April 2015     July 2015      September 2015    November 2015
     January 2014
       April 2014     July 2014      September 2014    November, 2014
     January, 2013      July, 2013     September 2013
Youth & Junior Records
USATF Youth Athletics Committee