FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:


When can I join?

The Little Athletic year begins in October and runs through to September the follow year. You can register at any time during the athletic year.  A Registration Day is usually held in September at Knox Park. For dates and times, please check the Program page.


How much does it cost?

Costs:

  • $195 for the first athlete in a family.
  • $140 for each additional athlete.
  • Club singlet – $30
  • Club cap – $10 (optional)

 


What club can I join?

Generally, an athlete joins the club allocated to their school. However, this is not mandatory and athletes are able join the club of their choice.  Rowville Little Athletics Club won the best club award 2012-13 and continues to be strong and highly regarded.


What age group will I compete in?

Athletes must meet be between 5 and 16 years of age for both Track and Field, and Cross Country. Age groups are determined by year and month of birth.

Proof of age must be provided before your registration can be completed. Typically a Birth Certificate or Passport is best, but anything official will generally suffice. This is only required at the first season registration and not required for following seasons at the centre.

Under 6 age group: Our centre is growing! In the 2013/14 season, we are offering a new age group – under 6s. The majority of events for U6s will be game-like activities in small groups that teach fundamental movements rather than focusing on competition or measurement of performance.


What do the children do?

Little Athletics offers a wide range of running, walking, throwing, jumping and play training events. Track and Field: a variety of events that rotate on a 3 week program. Cross Country: a single race at a distance contingent with their age.


What are the events?

  • Sprints (70m, 100m, 200m), Middle distance* (400m, 800m), Long Distance* (1500m).
  • Hurdles* (60m, 80m, 90m, 100m, 110m 200m, 300m).
  • Long Jump, Triple Jump and High Jump
  • Race Walking
  • Shot Put and Discus
  • Relays
  • Cross Country*.
  • Javelin (U11 to U15 only)
  • Hammer (U15 only)
  • Multi Event (Sprint, LJ, Discus, 600/800m, Hurdle)
  • Steeplechase
  • Mini Olympics (U6 to U8 non-competitive, aimed at skill acquisition and introduction to athletics).

*Distance depending on age group.


Where are the events held?

Track and Field events are held at Knox Park on Bunjil Way in Knoxfield. Cross Country events are run at a number of locations around the Knox area.


How long do the events take?

Track and Field morning sessions usually begin 8:30am and finish around 12 noon, with the younger age groups finishing earlier. We also hold a few Friday ‘twilight’ sessions that start at 6pm and finish around 9:30pm. During the Winter Cross Country season, competition starts at 9am and all events are usually complete by 11am.


How long is the season?

The Track and Field season begins early October and runs through until March/April. It is usual for a break to occur from Christmas until mid January. Cross Country begins around March/April and runs through to August.


How is athletic performance monitored?

Participation in each event is recorded during the day. Athletes receive their results at the end of each event.


What other forms of competition are there?

  • Open Days – Competition at other Centres.
  • Regional competitions – Competition with other Centres within a defined Region. For athletes in U9 to U15 age groups.
  • State competitions – Progression from Regional competitions.

Do parents need to help out?

To ensure events happen and run on time, parents are asked to do duty. The number of times you will be asked to do duty varies from club to club, but is it generally every 3rd week. Duty may include ‘officiating’ an event, helping out in the canteen or doing club administration.


Is training provided?

The centre provides a number of training sessions for athletes. Sessions are run by qualified coaches. The skills developed through training and competition provide a basis for many sports. Clubs and Centres organise regular coaching, competition and special days. Parents and other family members can come along and help with the activities. There’s always someone around to show them how and what to do.


What about safety, insurance and first aid?

Professional First Aid is provided at all Knox events.

The centre has a strict safety policy and all registered athletes are covered by insurance with the Victorian Little Athletics Association. If you are not registered with LA Vic but wish to particpate in an event (for example, Bring a Friend day), you must sign-in with the Centre to ensure you are covered by this insurance.


What types of awards are offered?

At the end of each season, presentations are made to children based on their performance, improvement and participation. Awards include trophies, medals and certificates.


What athletic ability do children have to have?

Anyone can become a little athlete. Children of all abilities are encouraged to join. Our emphasis is on fun and fitness, and children are encouraged to achieve their own personal best. Athletic ability is not a prerequisite for joining the centre.


What is available for children with special needs?

Children of all abilities are encouraged to join. Athletes with special needs are integrated with other athletes and compete with appropriately modified regulations, equipment and technique.


Can athletes compete at different centres?

Yes! Athletes can take part in other centre activities, provided they have completed the appropriate registration to do so. Alternatively athletes can transfer from one centre to another. In this case, additional fees may need to be paid.


Can children try Little Aths before joining?

Yes! Official ‘Bring and Friend’ days are conducted at Knox in the early part of each season. Alternatively just turn up on a competition day and make yourself known to the Program Manager (in the announcing booth at the top of the Grandstand). You will be introduced to a club, and children can participate in events with their age group.


Do athletes wear a uniform?

Yes! Athletes wear a uniform when they compete. During normal competitions, athletes wear their club top. For region and state events, athletes must wear the Knox uniform.

Rowville club caps are also available to purchase for $10 and are an optional additional to our uniform.


THERE’S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE AT LITTLE ATHLETICS

Winning is not everything at Little Athletics. The main emphasis is on participation and skills development. Children learn and practice the key skills of athletics through games and activities. It’s an ideal first sport for children. The running, jumping and throwing activities help develop balance flexibility and strength.

Not only is Little Athletics a whole lot of fun, it’s also a great way to keep fit. Let’s face it, a healthy body means an alert mind and greater resistance to many physical ailments. Also, a child who learns how to keep fit in youth is more likely to stay fit for life.

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