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Welcome athletes and fans of the 2023 AAU Junior Olympic Games in Des Moines. We are excited and proud to host you and this event. Greater Des Moines is a place where you can find delicious and affordable restaurants, family-friendly attractions, a safe and walkable downtown and world-class sports facilities. Check out our long list of free things to do in Des Moines, find your hotel room, and start planning your 2023 trip to Greater Des Moines. Experience a destination that surprises and excites. Catch the 2023 AAU Junior Olympic Games in Greater Des Moines!If you have not found the answer to your question in our Frequently Asked Questions you may contact us directly by visiting the page linked below. Please be as explicit as possible in order to help us deliver a relevant answer.

Where are the 2023 Junior Olympics?
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For each edition of the Youth Olympic Games, sporting stars of different nationalities are selected by their International Federations to spend time with the young athletes, answer their questions and share their experiences in the Youth Olympic Village, at competition and training venues and during a series of educational workshops and activities.In addition to the replacement of mixed NOC events with equivalent events of the same format composed of teams of athletes from the same NOCs, the IOC Executive Board established the following event changes:The sports programme is based on that of the Olympic Games, with 28 sports for the Summer YOG and seven for the Winter YOG. However, the events are different, adapting to the age range and interests of the younger athletes. The YOG also include Learn & Share activities (known previously as Culture and Education Programme (CEP)).

If a young athlete is interested in taking part in the YOG, he/she must contact his/her National Olympic Committee (NOC), which will inform him/her of the qualification criteria. The NOC is responsible for managing its delegation during the YOG.The fourth edition of the Summer Youth Olympic Games will take place in Dakar, Senegal in 2026. The IOC members took this decision unanimously by a show of hands at the IOC Session in Buenos Aires in October 2018. In a decision approved during the 136th Session of the IOC on 17 July 2020, Senegal and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) mutually agreed to postpone the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Dakar from 2022 to 2026 because of the COVID-19.

Can anyone compete in the Junior Olympics?
*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.”
The objective of the YOG is to encourage young people around the world to practise sport; raise awareness of and encourage them to adopt the values of Olympism; and disseminate the message of the Olympic Movement around them.

Where is the next Youth Olympics?
Dakar2026Saly2026Diamniadio2026BorjomiBakurianiLausanne Youth Olympic Games/Event locations
The YOG were created at the initiative of the former President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Jacques Rogge. His idea was approved unanimously by the IOC members at their Session in July 2007 In Guatemala City. The 1st Summer YOG were held in Singapore, in August 2010. The 1st Winter YOG were held in Innsbruck, in January 2012.

The young athletes must be 15, 16, 17 or 18 years old on 31 December in the year of the Games. The age groups for the events in which they compete are defined in collaboration with the International Sports Federations (IFs) concerned.
In January 2020, the 135th IOC Session held in Lausanne voted to elect the Province of Gangwon as host of the 4th Winter Youth Olympic Games. The YOG will take place from 19 January to 1 February 2024.

For each discipline, world and continental junior championships as well as world junior rankings and qualifying events allow the athletes to qualify for the YOG.
The YOG are for the world’s young athletes aged from 15 to 18. Like the Olympic Games, they are held every four years, and are held in the same year as the OG with the Summer YOG taking place the same year as the Olympic Winter Games and vice-versa.Runners, both the athletes and the fans, consider the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field as a cherished destination for track and field. Fans enjoy unobstructed sight lines throughout, great acoustics, proximity to the competition and spacious seating. A massive Visual Experience Board arcs across the north side, spanning 160 feet, with a 60 foot height, making it the largest permanent video screen for a track and field stadium in the U.S.

A private elevator and stairway (not open to the public) goes to tower offices and a tiny observation deck from where you can see the track, Autzen Stadium and Matthew Knight Arena along with Spencer Butte.
Hayward Field at the University of Oregon is a world-class track and field facility. Completed in 2020, the venue seats 12,000 (expandable to 25,000) and includes modern locker rooms, an equipment room, video room, weight room, indoor practice area, and training and sports medicine facilities.The 2023 USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships are coming to the world-renowned Hayward Field at the University of Oregon. This event, which will run from July 24 through July 30,Artwork and history is woven into the architecture of the stadium, from metal portraits of athletes, paintings and bronze sculptures to repurposed materials throughout the exterior and interior designs. Beneath the multi-story landmark tower there is a 40,000-square-foot lobby, called Hayward Hall, with ground views out to the track and a museum-style experience with tributes to Oregon’s rich running heritage, historic track events, and Oregon coaches and athletes.

Whether you’re a seasoned track and field fan or just looking for a fun activity in the summer, the 2023 USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships is an event not to miss.
The 2023 USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships are coming to the world-renowned Hayward Field at the University of Oregon. This event, which will run from July 24 through July 30, promises to be an unforgettable experience for the young athletes, their coaches and fans alike. The championships will feature some of the best track and field athletes from across the United States between ages seven to 18, representing the bright future of track and field.Hayward Field was host to the World Athletics Championships in 2022 — the first time this event took place in the United States. From multiple U.S. Olympic Trials to the Eugene Marathon finish, this hallowed site has been home to esteemed track and field since 1921.

Hayward Field graces the south end of the UO campus in the South University Neighborhood. Nearby dining includes fine dining Italian, pizza, ice cream, a craft brewery and a patisserie. Hotels are clustered along Franklin Blvd, in downtown Eugene and Springfield, all in close proximity.

There is no specific age limit for taking part in the Olympic Games. This depends on each International Sports Federation and the rules it lays down for its sport.PACKET PICK UP: Starting Friday, June 23, at 11:00 am at the track and each morning of competition starting at 7:00 a.m. All competitors must wear their assigned bib numbers during competition on the front on their jersey. If an athlete loses the bib number, a replacement can be purchased for a fee of $8.00. The replacement wrist band (athlete) fee is $8.00. If a coach band is lost, it will not be replaced and the coach will have to pay the entry fee at the gate.Relay Teams: Only registered 2023 USATF member clubs may enter a relay team(s). All athletes representing the club must be affiliated with and members of that club as part of their USATF membership at the time of meet registration.

Can a 13 year old join the Olympics?
There is no specific age limit for taking part in the Olympic Games. This depends on each International Sports Federation and the rules it lays down for its sport.
PROTESTS: There will be a $100.00 (cash) fee for all protests. Checks will not be accepted. Protests must be submitted to the Protest Referee within 30 minutes of a result that is announced or posted. The protest fee will be refunded if the protest is upheld. Judgment calls cannot be protested. Only rule violations can be protested and you must cite the rule that is in violation. All protests must be presented by the head coach if the athlete is on a team. GATE ADMISSION FEES The daily entrance fee is $10.00.. Children four (4) and under are free. Only those coaches who are listed in the coaches’ registry will be allowed to enter at no cost. Pending coaches applications WILL NOT be accepted. In the case of inclement weather and we are forced to postpone an event, it is the responsibility of the competitor to check for the adjusted time schedule. Instructions will be provided and announced.

The National Junior Olympic Championships will be held Monday, July 24, through Sunday, July 30, in Eugene, Oregon. The top five athletes and relay teams from the Region 7 Championships will qualify for the National Championships.ADVANCEMENTS: The top twelve (12) finishers in each event of each age division will advance to the USATF Region 7 Championships to be held July 6-9, 2023, in Champaign, Illinois.

What age is JR Olympics for?
The YOG are for the world’s young athletes aged from 15 to 18. Like the Olympic Games, they are held every four years, and are held in the same year as the OG with the Summer YOG taking place the same year as the Olympic Winter Games and vice-versa.
AWARDS: USATF Junior Olympic medals will be awarded to the top three (3) individuals and the top three (3) relay teams in each event of each age division.Starting this year, we are offering PARA ambulatory and wheelchair events in addition to our regularly scheduled events. PARA athletes are able to compete in the following events: 100, 200, 400 and shot put.

Where are the next Youth Olympics?
Dakar2026Saly2026Diamniadio2026BorjomiBakurianiLausanne Youth Olympic Games/Event locations
Individuals: Only U.S. citizens, aliens living in the United States and foreign exchange students are eligible to compete in these Championships. See the USATF Rules for more information and exceptions. A competitor must compete in his/her age division only. There will be no “moving up” in any events, including relays. Competitors in the 8 & under, 9-10, and 11-12 divisions may compete in a maximum of three (3) events, including relays. Competitors in the 13-14, 15-16 and 17-18 divisions may compete in a maximum of four (4) events, including relays. All athletes must be 2023 members of USATF in good standing.If an athlete is in a field event when a running event is called, the athlete MUST notify the Field Event Judge that they need to check in for the running event. The Event Judge will notify the Head Field Judge and they will notify the Clerking Tent that the athlete is at a Field Event. At the final call, a Meet Official will escort the athlete to the clerking tent.

IMPLEMENT WEIGH-IN: Will be at the track one hour before each event. If the athlete is unable to check in, a coach or parents can have the implement weighed.
EVENT CHECK-IN: There are separate check-in areas for running and field events. Field events athletes check in at the field event. Running events athletes must check in at these designated areas once the announcement is made. All athletes are required to remain in the designated warm-up area after checking in.* Athletes who are still 18 through the final day of the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships are eligible to compete in the 17-18 age division through that meet. The most recent Summer YOG in Buenos Aires in 2018 featured 4,000 athletes and achieved gender equality for the first time. The latest Winter YOG took place in Lausanne in 2020 and featured 1,872 athletes. The fourth edition of the Summer Youth Olympic Games 2026 (YOG) will be held in Dakar, Senegal. This is the first time the Youth Olympic Games will be organised in Africa. Dakar 2022 presented a visionary, ambitious and technically sound YOG project that addresses the long-term aims of the country.

The sports programme is mainly based on that of the Olympic Games. In addition, it includes exciting new sports, disciplines and formats, such as breaking, sport climbing, 3-x-3 basketball, 3-x-3 ice hockey and mixed gender and mixed National Olympic Committee (NOC) events.
The fourth edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games 2024 will be held in Gangwon province in the cities of Pyeongchang and Gangneung (Republic of Korea), home to the Olympic Winter Games 2018.But an event distinct from other youth sports competitions, as they also include a series of educational activities with three areas of focus: protecting the athletes, working on performance, and assisting the athletes outside sport.

IOC President Thomas Bach said: “Africa is united behind Senegal to host the Youth Olympic Games. With a young population and a passion for sport, it is time for Africa, it is time for Senegal.”Away from the field of play, the education programme uses a variety of fun and interactive activities, workshops and team-building exercises to give the participating athletes the opportunity to learn about the Olympic values, explore other cultures, develop the skills to become true ambassadors of their sport, and improve their training methods and performance.

The AAU Junior Olympics Track and Field 2023 events are at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. De Moines will host the AAU Junior Olympic Games in 2023, 2026 and 2030.

Where is the Junior Olympics this year?
Des Moines, Iowa The AAU Junior Olympics will be spread out over four locations through 2033. In addition to Houston, Des Moines, Iowa, will host in 2023, 2026 and 2030; Greensboro, North Carolina, will host in 2024, 2029 and 2033; and Baltimore, Maryland, will host in 2028 and 2032.
The AAU Junior Olympic Games Track and Field is considered one of the largest multi-sport events for youth track and field athletes. The annual meet features 12 sporting competitions with athletes ages 8 to 18. Many move on to be top collegiate athletes, Olympians or go pro.

How do you get into the Junior Olympics?
The top eight (8) finishers in each event and each age division qualify from the AAU Primary National Championships (combined results), AAU Club Championships, AAU West Coast National Championship, AAU Las Vegas National Championship, and West Coast AAU Sports Festival to the AAU Junior Olympic Games.
The AAU Junior Olympics Games Track and Field competition is headed to Des Moines, Iowa at Drake Stadium. The MidAmerican Energy Company RecPlex is hosting the event from July 25-Aug. 5.

The Amateur Athletic Union is one of the largest non-profit, volunteer, amateur multi-sport organizations in the U.S. It started hosting the AAU Junior Olympic games in 1967, since then it’s been held in 19 states and 30 cities across the country.
Athletes who qualify based on the performance standard MUST declare their intent to compete by completing the registration process for the National Championships online.

Per USATF Rule 305.1(d): “An Association is allocated, by agreement with other Associations in its Region, a certain number of athletes and relay teams from the Association level to the Regional level through the Association Championships.”
The Junior Olympic program is a progressional series of meets consisting of preliminary, Association, Regional and National meets. Athletes are required to enter online at the first level of competition, as advancement is based upon performance (i.e., an athlete cannot directly submit an entry form for the Regional competition; he/she must have competed and advanced at the Association meet). Athletes must meet certain eligibility requirements to compete.