USATF 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
2013 + *
9 - 10
2011 - 2012
11 - 12
2009 - 2010
13 - 14
2007 - 2008
15 - 16
2005 - 2006
17 - 18
2003 - 2004 **

* 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.

 

AAU Age Divisions

All age divisions are determined by Year of Birth.  The age divisions for competition year 2021 are as follows:

Age_Division
BirthYear
8 & Under
2013 & After
9 Year Old
2012
10 Year Old
2011
11 Year Old
2010
12 Year Old
2009
13 Year Old
2008
14 Year Old
2007
15-16 Year Olds
2005 - 2006
17-18 Year Olds
2003 - 2004

* Athletes who are still eighteen (18) years of age through the final day of the AAU Junior Olympic Games shall be eligible to compete in the 17-18 year old division.