WHEN DOES THE LITTLE ATHLETICS SEASON START? Our first meet of the season will be Saturday 15th October 2022. Our 2022-23 season will run for 17 weeks with a break over the Christmas/New Year period. Our first 2 meets provide a Come and Try opportunity for athletes interesting to trying out Little Athletics before they register.
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.
This season we will continue to run our meet in two sessions. We had good feedback on the popularity of this approach last season, and with the on-going uncertainty over COVID restrictions this approach provides the greatest flexibility for us if ACT government restrictions change.
8.30am - JUNIOR SESSION - Under 6, Under 7 and Under 8 boys and girls. Expected finish time 9.45am. Four events each age group. Athletes will meet at 3 designated areas:
Under 6 - Top Oval Under 7 - Bottom oval near start end of straight track Under 8 - Bottom oval near finish end of straight track
A short warm-up will be done in these group before first events commence at 8.30am. Please arrive prior to 8.30am.
10am - SENIOR SESSION - Under 9 - Under 17 boys and girls. Expected finish time 11.30am. Athletes will meet their age groups at the TOP OVAL and commence their first events in the bottom oval once the 1500m and Walks events are finished (expected to be 9.45am).
Warm ups will be done in age groups at their first event (no big group warm-ups this season).
From week 2 onwards we also run a 1500m race (Under 11 and older) and race walks (Under 9 and older) in between the two sessions, commencing at 9.35am. Marshalling for these races will be at the round track at 9.30am.
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?
FEES FOR SEASON 2022-23 SINGLE REGISTRATION $145 FAMILY REGISTRATION (2 ATHLETES) $280 FAMILY REGISTRATION (3 ATHLETES) $405 FAMILY REGISTRATION (4 ATHLETES) $510
Registrations are ONLINE ONLY at www.actlaa.org.au and will open on the 1st September 2022. This season the Club will be moving to 100% CASHLESS for all transitions. This means no cash for registration, uniforms or at the canteen. Registrations can be paid online and we accept card payments at the oval.
IS MY CHILD OLD ENOUGH TO REGISTER? For the 2022-23 season children who are born on or before 31st December 2017 are eligible to register.
WHAT AGE GROUP WILL MY CHILD BE IN? For the 2022-23 season the age group for an athlete is the age they will be turning in 2023. For example, if your child is turning 7 in 2023 they will participate in the Under 7 age group. When registering you do not need to nominate your child's age group as this will be done automatically when you enter their birthdate. You will be required to provide proof of age, either by scanning and attaching a copy of their birth certificate or Passport or by showing the original when picking up your registration pack.
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. Volunteers include Age managers, parents helping Age managers on events, track helpers and canteen helpers.
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 weekly event programs here WEEKLY MEET PROGRAM.
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.