WHEN DOES THE LITTLE ATHLETICS SEASON START AND FINISH? The 2017-18 season commences on Saturday October 14th 2017. The final meet for the season will be held on Saturday March 17th 2018. We have a short break during the Christmas/New Year period. For more details season dates check out 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? Our registration fees for the 2016-17 Season are listed below -
We strongly encourage all families to register online at www.actlaa.org.au, though we do still accept manual registrations (These are registrations on paper forms done at the Come and try weekend or on Saturday mornings).
Manual registrations require more administration by the club, and therefore are more expensive than online registrations.
IS MY CHILD OLD ENOUGH TO REGISTER? For this season, children born on or before March 31st 2013 are eligible to register for Little Athletics this season. Our age groups start at Under 6, with the oldest age group being Under 17.
WHICH AGE GROUP WOULD MY CHILD COMPETE IN? The date for the calculation of age groups is September 30th 2016 (ie if your child is 8 on September 30th they would complete in the Under 9s group. This age group calculator will help you determine the age group your child would compete in this season.
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.