WHAT IS USA JUNIOR OLYMPIC TRACK & FIELD?
USA Track & Field (USATF) is the national governing body of track and field in America. Many world
and national class athletes have cultivated their skills on the Junior Olympic circuit prior to entering college or professional
ranks. All athletes must first register to become a member of USATF before competing in any USATF sanctioned meets. The USATF membership card is the official form athletes are required
to have if they plan to compete on the Junior Olympic circuit. Parents and coaches may also purchase a membership
card. These cards will serve as the athletes, coaches and parents pass for getting in all USATF youth sanctioned meets.
It is a one time per year $19.95 fee for athletes and $29.95 for adults (2015). Register
on line (click on the membership card below. Our club # is 177).
|usatf membership card
WHAT IS AGE GROUP TRACK?
Age group track and field competition is based on the athlete's age in the current calendar year. The
following are the age group divisions for 2016 eligibility:
Ages 8 & under (previously
SubBantam)--born 2008 and after*
Ages 9-10 (previously Bantam Boys/Girls) -- born in 2006-2007
(previously Midget Boys) -- born in 2004-2005
Ages13-14 (previously Youth Boys/Girls) -- born in 2002-2003
Ages15-16 (previously Intermediate Boys) -- born in 2000-2001
Ages17-18 (previously Young Men/Women) --1998 & 1999**
**Athletes are still eligible
if they are still 18 through the final day of the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships
*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
WHEN ARE THE MEETS AND HOW DO I ENTER THEM?
Meets usually occur weekly on Saturday. Bulletins will be posted on the web site and at practices concerning the meets during
the season. Entry forms will be provided by the Parent Association officers.
WILL THE BREEZE HELP ME GET TO THESE MEETS?
Yes, but please make arrangements with the Coaching staff or the Parents Association prior to the meet day.
PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE
Practices are held every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 5:30 - 7:00 PM at Bellevue
East High School. Parents and guardians are responsible for the athletes' transportation to and from practices. Please be on time. Practices
begin on April 21, 2016.
WHAT ABOUT UNIFORMS?
Uniforms are issued prior to the state Junior Olympic meet and will be turned into the Coaching staff after the athlete's
final competition. Prior to the State J.O. meet the athlete should wear the club T-shirt with dark blue or black shorts. At the coaches discretion, there may be a $10.00 deposit on uniforms that will be returned
to the athlete when the uniform is turned in to the club upon the conclusion of the athlete's season.
WHAT ARE THE PARENTS' ROLE IN THE CLUB?
The parents are the main support to the Coaching staff. They give the
Coaching staff valuable insight on the physical, emotional, and social aspect of their child. They also make up the Parents Association for the Bellevue Breeze Track Club. They handle the
bulk of administrative responsibilties such as meet entries, travel plans, and fundraisers, just to name a few.
Most importantly, we expect the parents to be parents and provide the
necessary support, encouragement and nurturing to their child. This way the coaches can provide the technical direction
the athlete needs on the track and the parents can remain parents and we can all be one happy family (most of the time)!!!
ARE THE BREEZE MORE THAN JUST PRACTICES AND MEETS?
Yes, we are about educating the children about life as well as improving the athletes skill level in track
and field. Most importantly, we are about keeping it FUN for the athletes while they
improve, we do understand this is the summer. Please understand that we have athletes that are just learning and athletes
that compete on a very high level. We appreciate the time and dedication of all the parents and athletes.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO JOIN THE BREEZE?
$30.00 Bellevue residents & $35.00 non Bellevue residents -- includes
a club t-shirt.
You can sign up at the Reed Center in Bellevue. The address and phone number is: 1200 Lord Blvd.,
(402) 293-3142. There are other associated meet entry fees you will have to pay for your child to run if they choose to run
competitively. Any persons or organizations wishing to help sponsor athletes or donate funds, please contact us by leaving
a message in our guest book or contacting the REED CENTER.
Meet Entry Fee: $4-$6/event (early entry)
USATF membership card: $20.00/athlete (see above)
Regional & National meet qualifiers: Parents should budget to pay for all meet expenses. The
club will pay a portion of National Championship meet expenses if funds are available. The club portion will
be dependant on funds donated to the club through private citizens or organizations and funds collect from fundraisers
throughout the year.
NOTE FOR ATHLETES COMPETING IN SCHOOL TRACK:
High School or college (if eligible) athletes should not participate in the club practices until
their school season is completed, whether district or state meets. However, high school athletes
should obtain all necessary information ASAP (sign-up forms, membership cards, etc.), even if they are still competing
in their high school season. All other athletes are encouraged to start on the first scheduled day of practice.