***AAU and USATF Membership Requirements***
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USATF Junior Olympics
For the 2016 Cross Country Season, FPYC will pay the meet entry fee for either AAU or USATF Nationals. We are leaning towards the AAU championship.
The Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympics Cross Country Championships will take place per the information in the below chart. The AAU website is www.aausports.org. When more specific information becomes available on the AAU website, it will be posted on our website. Some general information is available at:
USATF and AAU Track & Field
For the 2017 Track & Field Season, FPYC will pay the meet entry fee for USATF Nationals in Lawrence, KS.
USATF, AAU, CCCNYC, HERSHEY
USA Track & Field (USATF)
Amateur Athletic Union (AAU)
Cross Country Coaches National Youth Championships (CCCNYC)
|December 10th, 2016
2015 Results: 2015 USATF National Junior Olympic Cross-Country Results
|December 3, 2016
2015 Results: 2015-XC-Results
|November 19, 2016
Angel Mounds State Historic Site, Evansville, Indiana
2015 Results: 2015 LIVE Results
2016 TRACK & FIELD
Amateur Athletic Union (AAU)
USA Track & Field (USATF)
|AAU Junior Olympics
For the 2016 Track and Field Season, FPYC will participate as a team at the AAU Junior Olympics being held as detailed below.2016 Results: AAU Junior Olympic Outdoor Track & Field Championships Results
|USATF Junior Olympics
For those athletes that would like to participate in the USATF Junior Olympics you will need to organize and register on your own. The USATF Junior Olympic details are below.
|NO AAU PRELIMINARY MEET||Date: June 6
USATF Junior Olympic PVA Preliminary Qualifying Meet (ages 14 & under only)
Pullen Field | Ft. Belvoir, VA
Top 6 advance to PVA Association Meet
| June 13 – June 14AAU Junior Olympic District Qualifying Meet
Oxon Hill High School | 6701 Leyte Drive | Oxon Hill, MD
Top 8 running; Top 5 field advance to AAU Region 3 Meet
| Date: June 19-21USATF Junior Olympic PVA Association Qualifying Meet
Prince George’s Sports Complex | Landover, MD
Top 8 advance to USATF JO Region III Championships
| June 25 – June 28AAU Junior Olympic Region 3 Qualifying Meet
Northeast High School | 1121 Duvall Highway | Pasadena, MD
Top 6 running; top 5 field advance to the AAU Junior Olympic Games
|July 9-12USATF Junior Olympic Region III Championships
Hampton University | 100 E. Queen St. | Hampton, VA 23668
Top 5 advance to the USATF National JO Championships
|August 1-2 (Multi Event Competition)August 3-8 (Track & Field Competition)
AAU Junior Olympic Games Track & Field
Dick Price Stadium – Norfolk State University | 700 Park Avenue | Norfolk, VA 235042015 Information
| July 27-August 2USATF National Junior Olympic Championships
University of North Florida (UNF) – Hodges Stadium | Jacksonville, FL
In addition to our local meet schedule, we encourage our runners to compete in larger meets against young athletes from beyond the central Fairfax area. In the past, these meets were perceived as “postseason” and attracted only our team members competing at the highest level in their respective age groups. We fully endorse these events and hope that an increasing percentage of FPYC runners at all eligible age and ability levels choose to participate.
The first round of both the Junior Olympics and Hershey series of meets are held locally and are open to ALL athletes. There are no qualifying standards and these events showcase athletes exhibiting a wide variety of competition levels in all age groups. The second and subsequent rounds of competition are only for those who place at or near the top of their age and gender division at the first and each succeeding round of competition (the number of qualifiers differs with each series, event, and round). We encourage our runners to fully incorporate these events into their season schedules and not think of them as a postseason, but rather as an “Extended Season.” There is absolutely NO obligation to compete beyond any round of choice, even if an athlete qualifies to advance further.
We will say that there is a little bit of self-selection and the meets attract most of the high performers and perhaps fewer middle- and back-of-the pack athletes. But there are many that just want to give it a try and have fun. Estimating where a child will place is difficult business, but stronger competition does bring out the best in us to perform at a higher level. Many runners are performing at their best at the close of the season (as they should be). Participating in extended season events gives the runners at least one more opportunity to set a personal or team season’s best or fulfill an individual goal. Not surprisingly, FPYC competitors have done very well at these meets. Everyone does not place where we have might have become accustomed to, but our times and distances have been impressive.
While we think these meets are great experiences, it is responsible to say up front that they are not for everybody. Many families are ready to move on to other activities or are in need of a break after more than three months. The meets are crowded and long. There is a lot of waiting around for the races as well as for posted results. And finally, it is almost comically predictable that the meet dates will fall on what will be the hottest days of June and the coldest days of November.
Registration information for all competition will be shared as we receive it.
JUNIOR OLYMPICS (JO)
The Junior Olympics are sponsored by USA Track and Field (USATF). USATF is the governing body for most all things running in the United States, from local clubs and meets to the Olympic Trials and stewardship for elite world class athletes. USATF jurisdictions are administered at the state or designated area level by its Associations. The FPYC Cheetahs are a USATF member club and usually incorporate the JO meets into our fall and spring official team schedules. In northern Virginia, we fall into the Potomac Valley Association (PVA), which includes northern Virginia, the state of Maryland, and the District of Columbia. The Potomac Valley Association is within the larger Region III, which includes the states of Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia’ (the remainder of Virginia outside of northern Virginia), and Potomac Valley.
Junior Olympics competition is open to all runners through age 18. However, competitors must be a member of USATF, which does require an annual membership fee. The families of athletes are responsible for activating a membership and for paying the membership fee, but FPYC will cover all meet registration fees for however far the athlete advances. For all JO competition, athletes are classified into age groups that reflect the age that they will be on December 31 of that calendar year, which is not always their age on race day. For more on this, please see USATF link on age divisions: http://www.usatf.org/groups/Youth/ageDivisions.asp
You can find much more information on Junior Olympic competition on the USATF website: http://www.usatf.org/groups/Youth/programs/JuniorOlympics/. Additional membership fees may be a disincentive to compete, but FPYC will anonymously do its best to see that no one passes on competing solely because of the membership fee cost
If interested, the following actions MUST be taken:
- All runners must become a member of USA Track and Field (USATF). You can join at http://www.usatf.org/membership/?sc=FI.
- Youth membership is $20 per calendar year.
- Membership must be completed in the CHILD’s name, not a parent’s.
- Within the on-line membership application, you will be asked for a team/club affiliation. Our team name is the FPYC Cheetahs and our USATF club number is 10-0947 (or 10-947, or just 0947).
- Once the application process is complete, you will receive a USATF membership number. The FPYC coaches need that number, along with a confirmation that a copy of a proof-of-birth document (birth certificate, passport, military family ID, etc.) was submitted to the Potomac Valley Association, before we can pay meet registration fees and enter athletes into events.
Notes: a) on-line registration for USATF membership can ONLY be paid with a VISA credit card. If you prefer to pay by other means, you must print out an application form and mail it in. This is not recommended and delays getting your membership number; b) the calendar year membership will be good for fall cross country competition following spring track competition, since that succession falls in the same calendar year. However, a new membership initiated in the fall, unless it is activated after November 1, will not be valid for the following calendar year spring track and field season. If a membership is activated between November 1 and December 31, it will be valid through the entire following calendar year.
JO Spring Track and Field
In the spring season, traditionally on the first Sunday in June, the Potomac Valley Association holds local, Preliminary” meets as the first level competition. The top six performers per age group per event advance to the full Association meet championships, which have traditionally been held on the third weekend in June. The top five performers at the Association meet advance to the Region III championships, and the top five performers at the Region III meet advance to the National Championship meet. Most standard track and field events are open to all age groups. Some less standard events (decathlon, some throwing and hurdle events, the 3000m, etc.) are only open to selected age groups.
JO Fall Cross Country
There is one less level of competition for the fall Cross Country season. There is no local Preliminary meet, so the first round of competition open to ALL runners is the PVA Association meet, typically held on first weekend in November. In JO cross country competition, distances of races are determined by age. Participants can not choose to run in a shorter or longer JO race other than their age group’s official designated distance.
One additional bonus of JOs for fall cross country is that we have the opportunity to compete as age group teams as well as individuals, if we have enough interested participants in respective age groups. Teams can advance to the 2nd round Region III and even the 3rd round National meet, even if some or even none of the team members failed to qualify as individuals. We think that makes for nice bragging rights. We will make sure that participants and families are on the same page about actually making the trip out of the local area to the location of the next round of competition should a team advance – so that there are no surprises/issues of letdown, abandonment, etc. if one or more team members chooses not to compete beyond that round of competition.
What Is Local”?
Because youth track and field is so popular in the state of Maryland, Maryland-based clubs far outnumber northern Virginia ones in the PVA, and the leadership of the PVA is made up almost entirely of Maryland coaches and officials. That said, unfortunately, the Association meet for both spring track and field and fall cross country has always been held in Maryland.
The Region III meet for each season rotates between the Region III member associations listed above, and the National Championship meet is assigned to bid locations across the country. The 1st round Preliminary meet for spring track and field has been held in Fairfax County since 2004.
Competitiveness of Spring Track and Field VS. Fall Cross Country
Turnout for Junior Olympic competition varies greatly between spring track and field and fall cross country. In the most recent years past, about 75% of FPYC competitors placed in the top six at the 1st round Preliminary spring track and field meet and thus qualified for the 2nd round Association meet. And then the just a handful of those who chose to compete at the 2nd round Association meet advanced to the 3rd round Region III meet. We have had at least one athlete qualify for the 4th and final round National Championship track and field meet in each of the past few years.
For fall cross country, the top twenty finishers in each age group at the 1st round Association meet advance to the 2nd round Region III meet., and the top 20 at the 2nd round Region III meet advance to the 3rd and final round National meet. For the past few seasons, 100% of FPYC competitors qualified to advance from the 1st round to the second round (many races do not even have 20 entrants), and nearly 1 in 5 subsequently advanced to the National Championships.
Why the big difference? As mentioned, spring track and field has many more competitors in this area. Many clubs, particularly those numerous Maryland-based clubs, do not even operate a fall cross country program. While the competition, particularly the local competition in northern Virginia, is comparable in both seasons, it is primarily a numbers game. Also, we have been blessed to have a particularly dedicated and talented stable of distance runners that elect to run fall cross country.
AAU (the Amateur Athletics Union) COMPETITION
The AAU sponsors fall and spring advancement competitions similar to the USATF Junior Olympics. Because FPYC typically can only afford one series each season, we have almost always chosen JOs. This election is based on much higher team and individual fees charged by the AAU, the longer travel distances to their meets, and frustration and disappointment with both local and national AAU communication, organization, and administration.
FPYC runners are welcome to participate in AAU meets to compliment our team schedule, but must do so at their own expense. AAU information can be found here: http://www.aausports.org/.
HERSHEY TRACK AND FIELD PROGRAM
The Hershey Track and Field Program is sponsored by the Hershey snack food corporation, a private benefactor of youth track and field for decades and now an official partner with USA Track and Field (USATF). In addition to endorsing all events organized by USATF, including the Junior Olympics, Hershey also runs its own series of track meets.
FPYC no longer places the Hershey meets on our schedule as official team events, but we pass along information and encourage our team members to participate.
The Hershey program has indoor and outdoor track youth championships. Information about the Hershey Youth National Championships can be found on the www.usatf.org website. Click on the Events/Calendar tab and then scroll down to click on National Championships. There you will see a calendar of events. In 2016, the Hershey Indoor Youth Championships were held March 11-13th in Staten Island, NY. The Outdoor Youth Championships were held June 28th- July 3rd in Millersville, Pennsylvania. These meet locations do change from year to year. There are no qualifying rounds. There is a list of recommended performance standards but all youths are allowed to participate regardless of meeting the standard.