2021 USATF NATIONAL JUNIOR OLYMPICS TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIP
Date: Monday, July 26 – Sunday, August 1, 2021
JUNIOR OLYMPICS COVID TESTING UPDATE- 07/26/21: ONSITE Mandatory Testing For Athletes
Please be advised, the State of Florida has just released a new COVID-19 Weekly Situation Report for the week of July 16 to July, 22, 2021. Unfortunately, the new case positivity rate for the entire State of Florida has again increased to 15.1% (up from 11.7% the week prior). The new case positivity rate for Duvall County (Jacksonville) has also increased to 25.7% (up from 21.9% the week prior).
USA Track & Field (USATF) takes athlete and participant safety very seriously. As a result, USATF will continue following the recommendation of its COVID-19 Working Group and will now require on-site, upon arrival, testing for all competitors (and anyone else accompanying said competitors through packet pickup), independent of vaccination status. These tests will be rapid COVID-19 PCR tests and will be provided at no cost.
Additionally, based on the high local COVID-19 positivity rate and the high transmissibility of the Delta variant, it is important that all meet participants carefully follow protocols designed to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This includes physical distancing, mask wearing in indoor spaces and in crowded outdoor spaces, and frequent hand washing. Your cooperation is appreciated in doing your part to assist USATF in its efforts to secure the safety and well-being of all USATF athletes.
6/11/21 – “If you are attending the Youth National or Junior Olympic, please note you must 1) must wear mask and 2) complete a daily questionnaire. In order to receive a coaches bands, coaches must be vaccinated. Please be prepared to present card. Athletes must take a COVID-19 test or present poof of vaccines. Officials, must be vaccinated. – USATF Gulf Association”
6/7/21 – “Attention: Just received confirmation from USATF. Registration into the Junior Olympic will be based on the 1st come 1st serve basis. – USATF Gulf Association”
5/4/21 – “Due to the extenuating circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the country, Rule 306 Junior Olympics Program (found in 2021 USATF Competition Rules) cannot be followed in its entirety. Therefore, the Youth Division, with support, and cooperation from the Association Executive Committee and endorsement of the National Office, has decided that for the competition year 2021, local Association and Regional Championship meets will not serve to qualify youth athletes into the National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championship in Jacksonville, Florida on July 26 – August 01, 2021.
Although there will be no advancement requirements (Association or Region ), in an effort to preserve the integrity of the JOTF National Championship suggested “Guidelines of Participation” for direct entry into the 2021 USATF National Junior Olympic Championships will be provided shortly. These guidelines will be posted on-line (www.usatf.org) and on athletic.net (registration site). Athletes and coaches are encouraged to review these suggested “Guidelines for Participation” when considering entry into this National Championship.
USATF remains committed to protecting the health, safety and welfare of our athletes, officials, volunteers, staff and guests while making every effort to resume offering our youth athletes an opportunity to compete in a safe and secure environment.
If further information is required, please contact Robin Beamon (email@example.com).
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