The USA Track and Field (USATF) Junior Olympic New England Association meet is on November 14 in Nashua, NH. This meet is optional, and in the past, some but not all of our runners have participated in the USATF meet. Unlike our other meets, you will need to sign your child up for this meet.
The USATF meet brings together runners from MA, RI, NH, and VT. Junior Olympic athletes compete in age groups. The age groups (7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14) are determined by the child's age as of December 31, 2021.
Here is the link for information about the USATF meet:
You will see on this page that there is a November 21 Region I meet in Attleboro, MA, and a December 11 USATF national meet in Paris, KY. Unlike in prior years, there is no need to qualify for the regional meet or for the national meet. All three of these USATF meets are open to all.
In past years, kids from the Longmeadow track and XC programs have run in the USATF meet, and some have gone on to the regional and national meets. To be frank, the competition is keen at this meet, but it is a great opportunity to run a personal best against talented competition and to be part of a professional meet with running clubs from four of the six New England states.
Participating in this meet requires advance sign-up and becoming a member of USATF, if your child is not already a USATF member. November 10 is the deadline for signing up for the November 14 meet. There are 3 steps. Please keep in mind that the age verification step is not instantaneous, so you should start this three-step process several days before November 10. USATF's deadlines have no flexibility.
1. Make your child a member of USATF, if he or she is not already a member. If your USATF membership has expired, it will need to be renewed. It is $25 for the year, and it should also allow your child to participate in 2022 USATF track and XC meets if you become a member on November 1 or after. Here is the link for USATF membership:
2. Once your child is a USATF member (you will get instant email confirmation once you register online), you will need to verify your child's age. Here is the USATF video that explains how to do that.
3. Register your child for the Nashua meet on Athletic.net. You will need to set up an account on Athletic.net, which is free. Your child will be deemed "unattached" because LPRD is not signed up as an official USATF club. Here is the link to Athletic.net (note the link to register from the USATF New England page seems not to work):