All-Star relays added to Outdoor Nationals schedule for 2020 - Updated May 3

by Steve Underwood

UPDATE May 3, 2020:  

As we have received All-Star Relay entries we have also gotten some questions. The following are points of clarification:

  • An athlete who enters to compete on a an all-star relay they may ONLY compete for that club (may not compete for multiple/different clubs or on a school relay);
  • Any individual event(s) entered by an athlete competing on an all-star relay MUST be entered on that same account in  The athlete may NOT compete on an all-star club relay and as an unattached individual;
  • Backpacks for athletes competing on ONLY a club relay will be Emerging Elite ONLY.  Club relay athletes who also qualify and compete in an individual Championship event will receive a Championship backpack.

Original post:

The NSAF has added an All-Star relay category to the 2020 Outdoor Nationals (for 2020 only).  This allows athletes from different schools to compete on the same relay team in the designated events below, including representation of any USATF and/or AAU clubs with which they may be affiliated. This is something that is normally not permitted at Outdoor Nationals.

The relays to be contested are:

  • 4x100m
  • 4x400m
  • 4x800m
  • 800m Medley
  • Swedish Medley
  • 1600m Medley

These All-Star relays have been scheduled alongside their Championship division counterparts which take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Outdoor Nationals weekend. Each of them have their own sets of qualifying standards.

Please see the Outdoor Nationals Standards page for the All-Star Boys and All-Star Girls qualifying standards.

Please see the Outdoor Nationals Schedule page for the start times of these All-Star events on their respective days.

There are specific conditions for these relays:

  • They are separate and apart from any Championship or Emerging Elite Relays
  • Special custom All-Star relay batons will be awarded to the top six teams.
  • They are not eligible for championship rings or All-American status, meaning no All-American certificates, All-American t-shirts or All-American crowns.
  • The complementary souvenir (Outdoor Nationals backpack) is at the Emerging Elite level
  • Athletes on the All-Star relays can compete in any individual event as long as they meet all other eligibility requirements, but cannot represent a different team or club in those events. And those athletes cannot represent a different team or club in any other relay event.

We look forward to seeing you at Outdoor Nationals July 16-19 and are glad to be able to provide this opportunity for 2020.


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