The 50th USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships will be held in Sacramento, California. The USATF Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships is the most visible youth athletic development program in the world. Many of today's Olympic stars began their track and field careers competing in the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships.
Entry for this championship is based on athlete performances at preliminary, Association, and Regional levels of the 2016 USATF Junior Olympic Program. Competition takes place in six (6) two-year age divisions, with athletes generally falling between the ages of 7 and 18.
Since the mid-1960's, the USATF Junior Olympic program has been 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 and many of America's Olympians began as youth athletes. American's next generation of track and field stars will be competing throughout the summer and will take center stage at the national championships in Sacramento.