IMPORTANT! USATF Junior Olympic Season

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We are now into the USATF Junior Olympic portion of the season.  During this time, kids will compete in races separated by age and gender.

Boys 8 and under (2008 or earlier)

Girls 8 and under (2008 or earlier)

Boys 9-10 (2007, 2006)

Girls 9-10 (2007,2006)

Boys 11-12 (2005, 2004)

Girls 11-12 (2005, 2004)

Boys 13-14 (2003, 2002)

Girls 13-14 (2003,2002)

I want to provide some information about registering for a USATF Membership. This is required prior to the Junior Olympic Oregon State meet November 6th (Entries for which we want to receive by end of day Nov 1st)

Please note – we will enter the kids for the meet  – but for the USATF season we CANNOT enter any child that has not already joined USATF AND provided proof of age.

Parents, you are responsible to get your child registered with USATF and assigned to the Bowerman Track Club. Don’t wait too long to do this! (Steps below)

I'm aware you can get the next two year's of memberships for the price of one if you wait until Nov 1st. It's ok to do this if you are renewing (i.e. you already have had a previous USATF membership and age verification) since you won't need to do the age verification step.

If this is your first year getting a USATF membership - PLEASE DON'T WAIT! - get your USATF membership now to give you enough time to get the age verification process done before the Nov 1st entry deadline.

USATF State Meet and USATF Membership

STEP 1. Purchase a current USATF membership

Here is the link for the sign up:

http://www.usatf.org/Products---Services/Individual-Memberships.aspx

Our Club Number is 0820

(If you aren’t sure if you have a current USATF membership use this link to check https://www.usatf.org/membership/help/number.asp )

STEP 2. Proof of Date of Birth (birth certificate, passport)

Send a copy of birth certificate or passport to usatfmembershiporegon@gmail.com

 (you only need to do this if you haven’t done so in a prior year)

STEP 3. 

Click this State Sign-Up Link here to let us know your child wants to run the state meet. We will enter the athlete in the race.

There is a $12 per registration fee to be paid when you pick up your number at the team tent on Race Day. Please complete steps 1&2 before step 3.

Location: Hidden Creek Polo Club, West Linn, OR

The deadline to complete ALL THREE steps is End of day Nov 1st. 

 

Regionals – Polo Fields, West Linn, OR on Saturday, November 19th

Running at regionals does require competing and qualifying at the State Meet on Saturday November 6th.  Most BTC runners will qualify for regionals individually or as a part of the team (see qualification criteria below)

We will send out a link for entries to Regionals after the State meet.

Nationals -  Hoover, Alabama on Saturday, December 10th

More info on Nationals will follow later in the week on suggested Hotel's and Flight options.

Please note we will likely qualify one team of 8 runners in ALL age groups. If you are even thinking about the possibility of going to Nationals we strongly recommend that you reserve a hotel room in the next week or two before they all fill up. If you end up not going you can cancel the hotel room after regionals at no charge.

Notes on the USATF Jnr Olympics part of the season:

State meet is November 6th in West Linn, OR – this is the qualifier for regionals  – The kids will run separate races in two year age groups (shown above). Most of our kids will qualify (top 35 individuals and top 5 teams in each age group)

The regional meet is November 19th this year also in West Linn, OR– this is the qualifier for the Nationals meet on Dec 10th in Hoover, AL. Probably about 50% of our kids will qualify for nationals. The top 30 individuals and top 5 teams advance in each age group.

If you want advice on whether your child will qualify – email me directly or catch me at practice – I’ll be happy to advise you on the approx. odds. Chris.Cook@Nike.com

At the state meet we will spread the best kids between 2 or 3 teams to maximize the number of teams we qualify for regionals.

At the regional meet we will field our strongest teams with selection based on finish position at the state meet.

At the national meet we will field our strongest teams with selection based on finish position at the regional meet.

Results for all our meets so far this season and the dates and locations of future meets can be found here:

http://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/School.aspx?SchoolID=30214

Clicking on your child’s name from any of the results will show you their results from all races they’ve run from all seasons.