WHEN DOES THE LITTLE ATHLETICS SEASON START? The 2018-19 season will commence on Saturday 20th October 2018. For all the key season dates, including carnivals, go to our Calendar page.
WHEN ARE THE WEEKLY MEETS? Our meets are held every Saturday morning during the season, commencing with announcements at 8.50am.
Following a warm up, athletes complete their events in their age groups, with finish time depending on the events age groups complete on the day. Often younger groups are finished their events by 10.15-10.30, older groups between 10.30 and 11am.
From week 2 onwards we also run a 1500m race prior to announcements, starting at 8.30am. This event is open to all athletes Under 10 and older.
WHERE ARE MEETS HELD? Our Saturday morning meets are held at Amaroo Playing fields, off Horse Park Drive in Amaroo (behind the Amaroo School).
WHAT IS THE COST OF REGISTRATION? 2018-19 season registration fees are listed below.
Registrations are ONLINE ONLY at www.actlaa.org.au. We are no longer able to take manual registrations.
IS MY CHILD OLD ENOUGH TO REGISTER? For the 2018-19 season children who are born on or before 31st December 2013 are eligible to register.
WHAT AGE GROUP WILL MY CHILD BE IN? This season Little Athletics Australia has change the age groups for all centres Nationally to calendar age (year born). For the 2018-19 season the age group for an athlete is the age they will be turning in 2019. For example, if your child is turning 7 in 2019 they will participate in the Under 7 age group. Check the age group calculator if you are not sure which age group your child will participate in.
DO I NEED TO STAY WITH MY CHILD AT LITTLE ATHLETICS? Yes! It is an insurance requirement that all children are accompanied by an adult. Little athletics is run by parent volunteers and we need parents to help out each week to run our meets.
DO I NEED TO HELP AT MEETS? We do ask parents to assist at meets, though it is not a requirement to help each weekend. This season as part of registration we are asking families to sign up to a Duty Roster, where they nominate specific jobs or tasks they can help with. Often parents help out more regularly, and its greatly appreciated! All athletes benefit when our meets run smoothly with lots of parent support - it helps to reduce the time taken to complete events and makes everyone's morning more enjoyable!
WHAT EVENTS WILL MY CHILD DO? At GUNLAC we offer the full range of events for our athletes, however we do progressively add events as athletes move into older age groups to ensure that the events are age appropriate (for example, hurdles are offered from Under 8s and older, High Jump from Under 9s, and javelin and triple jump are offered from Under 11s.
Our Under 6 athletes participate in a special program called On Track, which offers a combination of track races (always the most exciting!) and games and activities designed to develop the core skills children will use for events as they get older (jumping, throwing, starts etc). This table sets out the events that each age group competes in.
We run at rotating program for our weekly meets. Programs for the forthcoming weekend are published on our website and Facebook page. Check out the CLUB DOCUMENTS page for weekly event programs.
IS THERE A UNIFORM? We do have club shirts, singlets, crop tops and hats which are available for purchase every Saturday, though these are not compulsory for our regular Saturday meets. You will need a white shirt to attached your registration number to, and we find that most of our athletes like wearing the GUNLAC shirt!
All athletes must were their registration number and age patch on their shirt at each meet to ensure we can record all results accurately. You will receive these in your registration pack at the start of the season.
Athletes who choose to compete in Little Athletics ACT carnivals are required to have a GUNLAC shirt and wear black shorts or pants when competing.