WHAT IS THE AAU

The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) is one of the largest, non-profit, volunteer, sports organizations in the United States. A multi-sport organization, the AAU is dedicated exclusively to the promotion and development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs.

The AAU was founded in 1888 to establish standards and uniformity in amateur sport. During its early years the AAU served as a leader in international sport representing the U.S. in the international sports federations. The AAU worked closely with the Olympic movement to prepare athletes for the Olympic games. After the Amateur Sports Act of 1978, the AAU has focused its efforts into providing sports programs for all participants of all ages beginning at the grass roots level. The philosophy of “Sports for All, Forever,” is shared by over 500,000 participants and over 50,000 volunteers. The AAU is divided into 56 distinct Districts. These Districts annually sanction more than 34 sports programs, 250 national championships, and over 30,000 age division events.

AGE/GRADE DETERMINATION

Competition Divisions for District Qualifying Tournaments, Super Regional Tournaments and National Championships:

2ND GRADE DIVISION
• Athletes must be in the 2nd grade as of October 1, 2011 and cannot turn 10 prior to September 1, 2012.

3RD GRADE DIVISION
• Athletes must be in the 3rd grade as of October 1, 2011 and cannot turn 11 prior to September 1, 2012.

4TH GRADE DIVISION
• Athletes must be in the 4th grade as of October 1, 2011 and cannot turn 12 prior to September 1, 2012.

5TH GRADE DIVISION
• Athletes must be in the 5th grade as of October 1, 2011 and cannot turn 13 prior to September 1, 2012.

6TH GRADE DIVISION
• Athletes must be in the 6th grade as of October 1, 2011 and cannot turn 14 prior to September 1, 2012.

7TH GRADE DIVISION
• Athletes must be in the 7th grade as of October 1, 2011 and cannot turn 15 prior to September 1, 2012.

8TH GRADE DIVISION
• Athletes must be in the 8th grade as of October 1, 2011 and cannot turn 16 prior to September 1, 2012.

9TH GRADE DIVISION
• Athletes must be in the 9th grade as of October 1, 2011 and cannot turn 17 prior to September 1, 2012.

10TH GRADE DIVISION
• Athletes must be in the 10th grade as of October 1, 2011 and cannot turn 18 prior to September 1, 2012.

11TH GRADE DIVISION
• Athletes must be in the 11th grade as of October 1, 2011 and cannot turn 19 prior to September 1, 2012.

12TH GRADE DIVISION
• Athletes must be in the 12th grade as of October 1, 2011 and cannot turn 20 prior to September 1, 2012.