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Frequently Asked Questions - Season 2017/18


When does the season start?

The first week of competition will be Saturday 16th September, with one training the Wednesday prior.


How do I register?

The registration is completed online and opens in early August. Once online registration is completed athlete packs can be collected and uniforms purchased if required. Athlete collection pack nights are Wednesday 30th August and 6th September at Seaforth oval 5:30 to 7:00pm.


Do I need to register or can I trial to see if my children like it?

New athletes can TRIAL for two weeks in weeks 3-5 of competition only and will be referred to as “Trialists”. There is no fee for this however you MUST SIGN IN at the Trial desk each week and receive a temporary number before you enter the Track. Results will not be entered. After two trials you must choose to join Little A's or not. As age groups reach capacity quickly we cannot guarantee your age group will not close before you decide to join.


What does it cost?

First child is $180 plus $75 parent duty bond / opt-out.  Second and all additional children in the same family are $165 per child.


What are parent duties?

Little Athletics can only function through the assistance of volunteers. Each Saturday morning competition requires each Club to provide volunteers to fulfil a range of duties that the club is responsible for. In addition to this we need assistance at training with getting the equipment in and out.

As part of the registration process, you must select 2 duties between the start of the season and 31 December 2017, and one duty after 1 January 2018.

As a new option for the 2017/18 season, if you are unable to complete 3 parent duties, you can choose to ‘opt out’ and pay the $75 fee – this option has been added to the parent duty sign up page.


Where and when is training?

Club training is on a Wednesday night at Seaforth oval from 5:30 til 7:00pm. This involves age groups rotating through various track and field activities.

Centre training for athletes u9 and up is on a Monday night at Narrabeen from 6:00pm. Please note Centre training is not held on the Monday nights straight after State Relays, Zone and Regional or on a Public Holiday.

Training is not compulsory and no uniform is required, just turn up in training attire.


Where and when is competition?

Competitions are conducted in accordance with I.A.A.F., LAA NSW and Local Rules

Weekend competition is run at the Sydney Academy of Sport, Wakehurst Parkway, Narrabeen on Saturday mornings from 7:30am (with the occasional Friday night twilight session). Competition finishes before midday at the beginning of the season while the athletes acclimatise to a new season, and usually finishes between 10:30am and 11:00am later in the season.

Each athlete competes in their club uniform in the weekend competition.

Each age group is run by an Age Manager who controls and leads the group from event to event and supervises their competition. The Age Manager is assisted by a team of parent helpers to assist in the running of the competition. Athletes compete against each other in a variety of events on each competition day. The running events are divided into heats where the athletes are graded by ability by the Age Manager on a weekly basis.

Some years ago, a perpetual trophy called the Colbert Shield was donated to our Centre to be awarded to the winners of the Inter Club Relay Competition. It normally consists of 4 athletes per age group from each club (2 boys and 2 girls) from U/7's to U/17's competing against each other in a 100m relay. Please check the Calendar page for when this is held.


What is the uniform?

Each athlete must wear the club uniform for normal Saturday competition. Uniforms are available for purchase at our "Competition Pack Collection Days" prior to the season starts.

Black running shorts or bike pants (without branding) can be purchased from any retalier to combine with a club t-shirt ($30), singlet ($30) or crop top ($35)

Once the season starts you may purchase from 7:30am - 9:00am most Saturday mornings. Please contact us in advance via email  to ensure availability.

If you are selected to represent the centre at state relays or zone the Centre uniform must be worn. This consists of a maroon and white singlet, crop-top, or T shirt, and maroon shorts, bike shorts or scungies.

The Centre uniform can be purchased on Saturday mornings in the lead up to Championship events. An announcement of the dates and times will be made nearer to any of these special events and be displayed on the web site.


Shoes and spikes and waffles

Under the LAA NSW regulations, shoes must be worn whilst competing in all events and there are no exceptions. Certain rules apply to the use of footwear that are for all athletes' safety and must be strictly observed.

Spikes used for both jumping and running events can have a maximum length of 7mm and spikes can only be worn in events run entirely in lanes. In pack start events, athletes may not remove spikes from their shoes and run in those shoes. Spikes must be taken off at the completion of events in which they are permitted to be used.

U7 to U10 athletes (inclusive) may not wear spikes at any time during competition or training.


Following Children around at competition

Only those parents that are signed on to perform a duty are allowed within the competition area (including helping the Age Manager). If you are signed on to perform a duty then you must perform the duty that you are signed on to do. It is not a "free pass" inside the competition area. The children can be watched from outside the competition area (i.e. behind the fence or outside of throwing areas) by their parents. If you are keen to be with your child during competition then please sign on as an Age Manager helper at the sign-on desk located inside the front gates. The weekly need for parent helpers wearing the stylish parent helper vest is in addition to allocated duties under the bond system.