December 1, 2023: Registration Opens
February 1, 2024: Committee to Begin Reviewing (and Potentially Accepting Based on Event Capacities) Entries from Provisional List
February 20, 2024: Registration Deadline for Provisional List
February 21, 2024: Provisional Qualifier List Published
February 23, 2024: Registration Deadline to be Included on Meet Shirt
February 26, 2024: Registration Deadline for Personalized Bibs
February 29, 2024: Early Registration Deadline for Auto Entries
March 3, 2024: Late Registration Deadline for Auto Entries
March 3, 2024: Deadline to Update Seeds and Final Relay Lineups
March 7, 8, 9, 2024 – Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center
March 10, 2024 – The TRACK at New Balance
$50 per individual, $200 per relay (before 2/29)
$70 per individual, $250 per relay (after 2/29)
All athletes will receive an NBNI backpack with their registration. Backpacks will be handed out at packet pickup on event weekend. Backpacks must be picked-up in-person, by the registered individual and will not be shipped out to athletes after the meet. Relay alternates to not receive backpacks.
General Entry Rules
The meet is for athletes currently enrolled in grades 6-12. Athletes below 6th grade
and above 12th grade are not eligible.
Championship Division is for 7th – 12th graders only.
The Freshman Division is for 9th graders only.
The Middle School Division is for 6th – 8th graders only.
Athletes who are enrolled in high school but are 20 years
or older are not eligible for this meet. Athletes who are 16 years old and
older at the time of competition are not eligible for the Middle School Division.
7th & 8th graders can only participate in a championship relay if all of the following are true:
The athlete already competes for their high school team, and
The athlete attends a school in the same district, and
Their state allows 7th and 8th graders to compete in high school events.
** Please confirm with your state association if you have any questions.
Athletes may register under unattached or under their club/team. If the club/team will send a relay team, including your athlete who qualified in an individual event, then the club/team should register your athlete for their individual event on athletic.net. Once the athlete is registered, their unattached or club/team affiliation cannot be switched. Registering with both will result in a duplicate athlete and any duplicate athletes risk disqualification.
Automatic vs. Provisional Entry
**New For 2024**
In order to create the highest caliber experience for all athletes, coaches, and spectators, we have adopted a new qualification system for 2024. While there will no longer be a rising stars division, we have increased the capacity in the championship division. If you achieve the automatic qualifier in the middle school, freshman, and championship divisions and register correctly, you will be accepted into the meet. There are no capacity limits for automatic qualifiers. If you achieve the provisional standard, you will be kept on a waiting list and we will alert all athletes three weeks prior to the event of their acceptances. If you hit the automatic standard from the provisional list, you will also be accepted into the meet. Provisional list acceptances will be entirely dependent on the number of automatic qualifiers in each event.
Target Athlete Field Sizes
|Individual Middle School and Freshman Events:
|60 per event
|Individual Championship Running Events
|100 per event
|Individual Field Events (Freshman)
|48 per event
|Individual Field Events (Championship)
|48 per event
|Championship Short Relays
|60 per event
|Championship Long Relays (DMR/4×1 Mile) & 5ks
|40 per event
All athletes registering on athletic.net are not accepted into the meet upon registration. The seeding committee will process your entry within 24-48 hours and then you will receive your first notification. You will receive a PROVISIONAL/WAITLIST, PENDING, or REJECTION notification. If you receive a PENDING notification, you will receive your official ACCEPTANCE notification upon payment for your entry fees. Only then is the athlete ready to compete.
If you receive a PENDING notification: This entry is entered and the mark has been verified. This entry will remain pending until payment is made. The athlete is not officially entered into the meet until payment is received. Once payment is received, the athlete will be marked as accepted and they will be entered into the meet.
If you receive an ACCEPTANCE notification: The entry has been verified by the Seeding Committee for hitting the automatic qualifying standard and the entry has been paid for. The athlete will be competing in the accepted event. The only further action required would be to update your seed time with a link to the new mark/result if you improve your mark/time throughout the season.
If you receive a PROVISIONAL/WAITLIST notification: The athlete has been verified by the Seeding Committee for hitting the provisional qualifying standard but not the automatic qualifying standard. You will not yet be able to pay for your entry fees and you are not currently accepted into the meet. You have been added to the provisional list for that event and this list will be organized by seed. The Seeding Committee will begin processing entries on the provisional list starting on Thursday, February 1st, 2024. All provisional seeds must be updated by 11:59 PM on Tuesday, February 20th, 2024. On Wednesday, February 21st, 2024, we will determine how many open slots are available and process all provisional entries. If an event reaches capacity before Wednesday February 21st, 2024 we will no longer pull from the provisional entries and notify everyone immediately.
If you receive a REJECTION notification: The Seeding Committee processed the entry and rejected the entry for one (or more) of the following reasons: (1) The entry does not satisfy the automatic or provisional standard, (2) The entry does not satisfy the qualifying rules stated below, (3) The entry was incomplete for longer than 24 hours.
Note: Once an entry has been rejected, the athlete will not be able to register for the event.
Please do not register for an event with a blank mark. Only register for an event when you have the standard.
Qualifying marks should be made in official meets using USATF or NFHS rules. Virtual meet marks are not accepted. Projected marks and time trial marks will be rejected. Dual meet marks are only acceptable if there is FAT and complete results available online and hand times/marks will not be accepted. If online results are not available, please consult with the meet director or timer of the meet your athlete qualified in to get results posted online.
Our seeding committee will verify all marks using various online ranking sites. Whenever possible, please include the meet name, date, location and a link to the performance/result.
Unless otherwise indicated (i.e. outdoor 2023 marks or XC qualifiers), all qualifying marks must have been achieved after November 1, 2023.
Relay Entry Rules
All relay team members must attend the same high school or be on the same high school team. There will be no all-star relays at the New Balance National Indoor meet.
Relay teams should qualify with marks made this season but we will accept relay marks from Outdoor 2023 as long as the team members are the exact same 4 athletes.
If a relay is entered using a composite time, only those four athletes will be allowed to compete. If a relay team qualifying with a composite time is trying to register alternates, or have an alternate run in a teammate’s place, then they will risk disqualification.
Alternates are only allowed for relay teams that achieve the indoor relay qualifying standard.
Relay composite times will be accepted in all relay events using the Indoor 2023-2024 standards if the individual marks were made after December 1, 2023. Marks must all be FAT and verifiable, hand times will not be accepted. 55m/60m Hurdle, 200m, 400m, 800m, and 1600m marks must have been run in open races and NOT relays. 300m, 600m, and 1000 meter open races may be used for a composite time (i.e. 300m for a 200m or 400m, 600m for a 400m or 800m, and 1000m for an 800m).
The 1200m leg in the DMR is the only distance in a relay that can be a projection. Athletes may only use an open, FAT, and verifiable time in a 1000m or 1500m/1600m/1 mile race to calculate a 1200m projection. A 1200 meter FAT and verifiable relay split is also acceptable.
When calculating composite relay times, only open FAT times will be accepted
Individual Entry Rules
We will make no adjustments for flat to banked tracks as far as entry is concerned. We reserve the right to consider this only for seeding purposes once accepted into the meet.
The Seeding Committee will make altitude adjustments where appropriate and will use the NCAA altitude conversion calculator. To make sure we convert your mark please email meet management with the subject “altitude”.
Entries by the same athlete in the same event are not allowed, as in the Championship and Freshman 400m. If an athlete’s mark is superior to the championship standard, that is where they should compete. The seeding committee reserves the right to move athletes up and down accordingly.
FAT 4×8 Relay splits may be used to enter the open 800m only. 1600m relay splits from a DMR or 4×1 mile may be used to enter the mile. No other relay splits will be allowed to enter an individual event.
For the Championship 5000m Race, the Seeding Committee will use discretion to accept 5k marks on well known cross country courses (i.e. state courses, large invitationals, etc).
Seeding is done with preference given to marks made during the current indoor season.
Lane preference in relays will be given to teams with actual marks from this season as opposed to composite times or times from previous seasons.
If a composite time is significantly faster than an actual time the seeding committee may use the composite time instead.
The seeding committee reserves the right to use an extraordinary mark in a similar race distance for seeding purposes (i.e. an athlete who is ranked top 3 in the US in the 800 may be considered for the seeded section the 1 mile).
Conversions For Seeding
The seeding committee will use the RunnerSpace Purdy Calculator when needed. The committee reserves the right to determine when a conversion is needed. https://tools.runnerspace.com/gprofile.php?do=title&title_id=801&mgroup_id=45577
Any questions about seeding should be sent to meet management.
Eligibility rules for transgender athletes are in line with current USATF and World Athletics rules.