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    Looked at the rule book for World Youth qualification to be held in Italy this summer. Interesting to note; rule number gives a specific lower limit on the age group which can compete (new rule). This states that athletes must be born between 1992&1993 or must either ages on December 31, 2009. Therefore they will only be seeking to have a cohort of only a year's span compete.

    This spells trouble for many talented youths athletes; looking at the lists I see

    Chris Ann Gordon born 1994 with 52.68 in the 400 (2nd best in the world)
    Sherika Jackson born 1994 with 53.13 in the 400 (4th best in the world)
    Robin Reynolds born 1994 with 11.56 in the 100 (4th best time this year)
    Chanice Porter born 1994 with a 6.10 clearance (7th best this year)
    Alexandria Wester born 1994 with a 6.19 clearance (2nd best)
    Jazeel murphy born 1994 with 10.38 and 20.97 (2nd and best all year)

    For example Jamaica would be under represented in the girls 400m.

    IAAF are you kidding me.

  • #2
    That stinks! That is such a narrow window.
    Afrikan

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    • #3
      Have seen no ratification for the Juniors rule, but that rule indicates that all athletes under the age of 20 in the year of compettion would be eligible for qualifying. As I understand it, anyone below this age making the times would be able to be picked by the national associations.

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      • #4
        Pretty sure this rule was in place for the last World Youths. Can't remember if it was in force before then though.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Jon
          Pretty sure this rule was in place for the last World Youths. Can't remember if it was in force before then though.
          Yes, the age rule was the same for the 2007 team. The only thing that has changed is they are holding a trial meet this year. Those born in 1994 will have a chance at the 2011 team.

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          • #6
            Bruce James spoke about this on a sports program on a local tv station last night. He pointed out the same thing: some of our most talented will not be eligible for WY (too young), but actually could compete at the WC.
            Regards,
            toyracer

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            • #7
              I for one think it's a good rule. Sending 15 year olds around the world for international competition is probably not in their long-term best interest. Also, to compete at World Youths would substantially extend the training year for these young people. Gordon's coach didn't send her to Penn Relays for this reason and that was a month and a half ago.

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              • #8
                Anybody know if it has been decided to have a uniform age-group for all sports in the 2010 Youth Olympics, or allow each sport to decide?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by deroki
                  I for one think it's a good rule. Sending 15 year olds around the world for international competition is probably not in their long-term best interest.
                  But, funnily enough, they can compete in international senior competitions (although not in all events).

                  Originally posted by deroki
                  Also, to compete at World Youths would substantially extend the training year for these young people.
                  This argument is relevant for Americans, but not for athletes from Europe, where kids normally compete in the summer anyway.
                  Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...

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                  • #10
                    Most of the U.S. kids at that age (14-15) who would be participating in the World Youth would be going to the Junior Olympics anyway (Last week in July-first week in August) so the length of the season argument doesn't fly.......

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by toyracer
                      Bruce James spoke about this on a sports program on a local tv station last night. He pointed out the same thing: some of our most talented will not be eligible for WY (too young), but actually could compete at the WC.
                      That's simply not true. If they're too young for the WY, they're too young for the WC.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by tandfman
                        Originally posted by toyracer
                        Bruce James spoke about this on a sports program on a local tv station last night. He pointed out the same thing: some of our most talented will not be eligible for WY (too young), but actually could compete at the WC.
                        That's simply not true. If they're too young for the WY, they're too young for the WC.
                        Isn't the minimum age for the Olympics 15yrs. Wouldn't that transfer to the WC.

                        Next speculation is: Wouldn't a 15 year old be able to run at the WY, and PanAm juniors provided they make the mark.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Paul Henry
                          Originally posted by tandfman
                          Originally posted by toyracer
                          Bruce James spoke about this on a sports program on a local tv station last night. He pointed out the same thing: some of our most talented will not be eligible for WY (too young), but actually could compete at the WC.
                          That's simply not true. If they're too young for the WY, they're too young for the WC.
                          Isn't the minimum age for the Olympics 15yrs. Wouldn't that transfer to the WC.
                          Track & Field athletes under 16 could not compete in Beijing last year; they can't compete in Berlin this year.

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