USATF Junior Olympic Championships CROSS COUNTRY Meet Setup Guide

This document specifically addresses creating a USATF Junior Olympic Championships CROSS COUNTRY meet on your association's Event Manager page. If you do not already have access to your association's Event Manager account, please contact to request access. We will need to know the association you need access to and whether or not you already have another account on
Don't forget to notify staff at when you've finished configuring your meet. This will allow support staff the opportunity to review your configuration and limit registration to just athletes from the corresponding association or region. Thank you!

Add Meet to Calendar

The first step in hosting a meet is to add it to the master calendar. In order to do this, you'll need to have the date and location decided, although these are both editable after the meet has been created. To begin, navigate to your USATF association's event manager page and click  Add A Meet at the top of the calendar.

On the Find an Event screen, click on  Create New Event on the top-right of the screen and choose Regular Event.

It may be that someone else knows about your meet and has added it to the master calendar, even if this person is not the meet host. Before a meet may be created, will walk you through a quick double-check to make sure that your meet isn't already listed. Select the event type, the date the meet will take place, the state and zip code. Check the list on the right hand side to make sure your meet isn't already there.

If you find your meet, click the name to expand it, and set your association as the host.

If you don't find your meet, Enter the name of the meet under Event Name and then click Next in the bottom right.

When naming the meet, ensure you use the correct format: "USATF [Your Association or Region Name] Junior Olympic Championships." Example: USATF Connecticut Association Junior Olympic Championships.

On the next screen, you'll be prompted to add further details about the meet.

  1. Meet Website: Paste the link to your USATF association's web page here
  2. Meet Days: Enter the number of days the meet will run
  3. Venue Location: Enter the venue name, address, city and zip code
  4. Levels: For USATF JO meets, you must only select Club and Unattached
  5. Hosting: Since your association is hosting the meet, you must check this box. This will give you access to meet configuration options. Be sure to double check this step as it is easy to miss.
  6. Add to Calendar: If you are affiliated with multiple teams, you'll see each team listed here. Select the correct association to add the meet to that association's calendar.

At the bottom right of the screen, you'll see Continue to Meet Setup . If you see something other than Continue to Meet Setup , it means you've forgotten to check the box above that says My Team is Hosting. Once you click Continue to Meet Setup , you'll be prompted to select your role in the meet and confirm that you are authorized to set up online collection of entries for the meet. As an association event manager, you should always choose Meet Manager. When finished, click Agree and Continue .

Select the Template

USATF Junior Olympic meets already have a pre-configured template to make setting up the meet details easier. You should always select USATF Youth Championship from the Default Configuration drop-down menu. Then click Apply Configuration

Do not select a Prior Meet template, even if you hosted a Junior Olympic meet last year. The USATF Youth Championship template is updated yearly to comply with the latest USATF requirements and to accommodate qualifier advancement.

Editing Meet Information

Most of the information here will be pre-filled with information you provided previously. However, this page is where the Meet Title, Meet Site, and Meet Contact can be updated. Most of these items are self-explanatory, but take note of the Entry Beginning and Entry Deadline fields below.

Meet hosts should set Entry Beginning and Entry Deadline dates and times. These allow the meet host to define a window during which meet entries may be submitted using Entries may not be submitted before the Entry Beginning date. Likewise, entries may not be submitted or edited after the Entry Deadline date. When all required fields are filled out, click Mark Complete to move to the next section.

Set your Entry Beginning to at least a week in the future, so that both you and staff can review your meet before registration goes live.

If you are creating a multi-day meet, you may indicate that here. To create a meet that takes place on non-consecutive days, select the total number of days that your meet will stretch across. For example, if your meet begins on Saturday, but the second session isn't until the following Saturday, you'll need to select 8 under Number of Days. Once you do, you'll be prompted to check or uncheck days that should be included in the listing for this meet.


Race divisions for Junior Olympic meets are pre-programmed when you select the correct template above. To ensure the HyTek template matches and to facilitate smooth advancement of qualifiers, do not change division settings or ID numbers. Click Mark Complete to move to the next section.

Additional Meet Options

Most of the options here are pre-configured when the correct template is selected but please ensure the options shown below are selected. Click Mark Complete to move to the next section.


These options are pre-configured when the correct template is selected. Click Mark Complete to move to the next section.

Entry Fees

To set up entry fee collection, click Get Started! under Entry Fee Collection.

On the next screen, check the Charge per Athlete box and enter the fee amount.

Note the maximum fee allowed per athlete is $10 for association meets and $15 for region meets.

If you intend to add a late fee, click Add Late Fee. You will be presented with options to name the late fee structure and choose the date and time at which it will become effective (see notes about dates below). You can then configure a late fee in a similar manner to configuring the regular entry fee scheme.

Configure your meet's overall entry deadline (indicated on the Meet Information tab) to be at the end of the late fee period and then set your late fee's effective date to begin before that. Your entry deadline prevents all registrations. If you configure your meet's entry deadline to take place at the beginning of the late fee period, no one will be able to register at all, even if they were prepared to pay the late fee.

When you are done configuring fees, click Continue .

On the next screen, check the Online by Credit Card box and a number of options will drop down. Select the radio button labeled Set Up Stripe Account Now. Make sure the default options look like those displayed below. Ensure that the contact information displayed at the bottom of the screen is correct as it will be displayed on every invoice. When all options are correct, click on Set Up Stripe Collection Account.

Setting Up Your Stripe Account's financial features (including team fee collection, team fundraising, and meet entry fee collection) are powered by Stripe, an industry-leading provider of secure electronic payment services. Stripe is the payment processor behind some of the largest businesses online, and uses state-of-the-art security systems to ensure that your payment data is safe. Most USATF associations already have a Stripe account. This account will need to be connected to your meet in order for your association to receive entry fees. The person who manages the Stripe account for your association must be the one who connects the account to the meet. If you're not sure who the Stripe account manager for your association is, contact

If you are the Stripe account manager, when you click Set Up Stripe Collection Account, you'll be shown all Stripe accounts that are linked to your login. Click Use This Account.

If you need to create a new Stripe account, click the Connect with Stripe button. This will take you to's payment processing partner, Stripe. Stripe will ask for information about the person or business receiving payments. The data required by Stripe varies depending on the type of organization you represent. You'll also need to create a username and password with Stripe, and provide them with a routing number and account number for the bank account where funds should be deposited. When you're done, click Authorize access to this account, and you'll be taken back to You'll also need to verify your email with Stripe.

Activate Entry Fee Collection

Once you've connected your Stripe account, click Continue. On the next screen you'll be asked if you'd like to allow participants to make a donation to their organization. This can always be set up at a later time.

On the next screen, review the entry fee schedule you've created, and if everything looks correct, click Yes, Record Entry Fees Through .

Review your fee structure to ensure accuracy before clicking the green button above. You may edit your fee structure prior to receiving any payments. After the first payment is made, you will need to contact in order to edit the fee structure.

Once you click Yes, Record Entry Fees Through , the screen will change to a summary of fees collected. As registrants pay invoices, you'll see the summary expand in detail.

Finally, click Mark Complete at the bottom, and click Next  under the Race Bibs and Pins offer.

Activate the Meet

Almost done! On the following screen, set the Open registration later date to a few days in the future, so that both you and staff can review your meet before registration goes live, then click Activate Meet.

Don't forget to notify staff at when you've finished configuring your meet. This will allow support staff the opportunity to review your configuration and limit registration to just athletes from the corresponding association or region. Thank you!

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