Central American and Caribbean Age Group Championships in Athletics

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The Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Age Group Championships is an international track and field athletics event for the youngest athletes (boys and girls between the age of 11 and 14 years) organized by the Central American and Caribbean Athletic Confederation (CACAC).[1] The CAC Age Group Championships started in 1985 in Curaçao and are held every two years. The intention was for athletes at that age to have experiences with a variety of events at that young age.[2] It has witnessed the international debut of many future stars of the region such as Olympic and World Championship medalist Debbie Ferguson of the Bahamas and 2003 World 100m champion Kim Collins of St Kitts and Nevis.[3]

Events, Categories and Awards[edit]

Categories of the championships were subdue to changes. For the most recent event, competitions were held in the following categories:[4]

Age group 11 – 12 years: “Infantile B” Pentathlon (Scoring will be in accordance with the Games Scoring tables for CACAC age group Competition):[5]

  • Boys: 60 meter dash, 1000 meters, Long Jump, High Jump, Baseball Throw.
  • Girls: 60 meter dash, 800 meters, Long Jump, High Jump, Baseball Throw.
  • Mixed 4x100 Meter Relay

Age group 13 – 14 years: “Infantile A” Heptathlon (Scoring will be in accordance with the Games Scoring tables for CACAC age group Competition):[5]

  • Boys: 80 meter dash, 1200 meters, 80 meter hurdles, Long Jump, High Jump, Baseball Throw, Shot Put.
  • Girls: 80 meter dash, 1000 meters, 60 meter hurdles, Long Jump, High Jump, Baseball Throw, Shot Put.
  • Mixed 4x100 Meter Relay

Each federation can enter individual athletes or teams consisting of two athletes in each category.[1]

Medals are awarded for individuals for the first three places in each event in each categorie. Athletes ranked 4th to 8th receive a ribbon.[1][4]

Trophies are awarded to teams in each category with the highest total number of cumulative points in the entire competition. Teams will also compete for the overall title. A trophy will be given to the country with the grand total amount of the sum of all the points of all the categories. This will include both divisions, male and female.[1][4]

Editions[edit]

Edition Year City Country Date Venue No. of
Countries
No. of
Athletes
Winner
1 1985 Curaçao  Netherlands Antilles
2 1987 Nassau  Bahamas
3 1989 Grand Cayman  Cayman Islands
4 1991
5 1993
6 1995
7 1997
8 1999  Grenada[6] July
9 2001 Freeport  Bahamas 6–8 July  Bahamas[7]
10 2003 Caguas  Puerto Rico 18–19 July Turabo University Track 12 74  Bahamas
11 2005 Santo Domingo  Dominican Republic 1–2 July Centro Olímpico Juan Pablo Duarte
12 2007 San Salvador  El Salvador 7–8 July Estadio Nacional de la Flor Blanca 15 104  Barbados
13 2009 Nassau  Bahamas 18–19 June Thomas Robinson Stadium 19 125  Barbados
14 2011 Tortola  British Virgin Islands 1–2 July A.O. Shirley Recreation Ground 20 139  Barbados
15 2013 Willemstad  Curaçao 29–30 June Sentro Deportivo Korsou 23 156  Bahamas

See also[edit]

List of Central American and Caribbean Age Group Championships records

Dutch Caribbean Age Group Championships

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Central American and Caribbean Athletic Confederation (December 2010), CACAC Constitution – Competition Rules (UpdDEC2010), retrieved July 22, 2011 
  2. ^ thebahamasweekly.com (June 6, 2011), Bahamas – Athletes Attempt to Qualify for CAC Age Group and World Youth Teams This Weekend, retrieved July 22, 2011 
  3. ^ Clavelo Róbinson, Javier (July 6, 2007), 12th CAC Age Group Championships gets underway in El Salvador, CACAC, retrieved July 22, 2011 
  4. ^ a b c CACAC (March 24, 2011), XIV CAC AGE GROUP CHAMPIONSHIPS, retrieved July 22, 2011 
  5. ^ a b CACAC (March 17, 2009), CAC COMBINED TABLES AGE GROUP, PENTATHLON – HEPTATHLON, retrieved July 26, 2011 
  6. ^ THE YEAR IN REVIEW, oii.net, January 2000, retrieved Feb 3, 2012 
  7. ^ Finlayson, Alpheus (May 6, 2002), Fifty Years of Success with the Bahamas Association of Athletics Associations, IAAF, retrieved Feb 3, 2012 

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