WHEN DOES THE LITTLE ATHLETICS SEASON START? Our first week of competition is Saturday October 24th 2020. Our season runs for 15 weeks with a break over the Christmas/New Year period. We will hold a Come and Try and registration weekend on October 17th and 18th
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.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions on Community Sport we will be changing the format of our meets this season to TWO sessions:
8.30am - JUNIOR SESSION - Under 6, Under 7 and Under 8 boys and girls. Expected finish time 9.30am. 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.
9.45am - SENIOR SESSION - Under 9 - Under 17 boys and girls. Expected finish time 11.15am. 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?
This season our fees have not increased and will be the same as 2019-20. There has been a small fee increase to ACT Little Athletics which the club will absorb for this season.
FEES FOR SEASON 2020-21 SINGLE REGISTRATION $140 FAMILY REGISTRATION (2 ATHLETES) $270 FAMILY REGISTRATION (3 ATHLETES) $390 FAMILY REGISTRATION (4 ATHLETES) $490
Registrations are ONLINE ONLY at www.actlaa.org.au. If you do not want to pay online you can register and pay in person on the Come and Try weekend.
IS MY CHILD OLD ENOUGH TO REGISTER? For the 2020-21 season children who are born on or before 31st December 2015 are eligible to register.
WHAT AGE GROUP WILL MY CHILD BE IN?
For the 2020-21 season the age group for an athlete is the age they will be turning in 2021. For example, if your child is turning 7 in 2021 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. This season due to COVID-19 restrictions there will be a limit on spectators at community sport events. We ask that only one spectator per family attend, however there is no limit on parents attending who are volunteering at the meet. Volunteers include Age managers, parents helping Age managers on events, track helpers and canteen helpers. More information on these restrictions will be covered in our COVID Plan currently being developed.
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.