Information for Parents

The motto for Little Athletics in Australia is “For family, fun and fitness”. Tuggeranong embraces that objective by endeavouring to ensure that through athletic participation, individuals are able to satisfy the goals that they set for themselves. It is not whether children come first, second or last in an event, but how they approach their participation and how they develop and improve that is important, not only over the season but from year to year. It is our intent to provide a friendly environment for both adults and children to assist the children in meeting the challenges they set for themselves.

How it works

Little Athletics at Tuggeranong is quite simple – you attend Kambah No. 3 Oval from 8:45am to 11am each Saturday morning (starting in October and finishing towards the end of March in the following year, with a break for the Christmas holidays). While there, children will do a combination of running, throwing, jumping events and a little standing still (for a rest now and then). Children are divided into age groups (eg. under 9 girls, under 9 boys) for each age from, and including, under 6 to under 17.

Parents Responsibilities

Tuggeranong Little Athletics Association is not run by paid officials and the help of ALL PARENTS is needed to make the Club run smoothly. On competition days parents can assist with timekeeping, measuring jumps and throws, recording of results, marshalling age groups and helping in the canteen. All children must be accompanied by an authorised
adult at all times during competition and training.

Uniform

The registration number and age patch must be worn at every Club meeting on Saturday morning. The registration number must be sewn or pinned to the front of the t-shirt and the age patch sewn or pinned on the left shoulder. (Note: the patches should be ironed before sewing to set the colours). Footwear is mandatory for children competing in all events. Club rules regarding the wearing of spikes mirror those of the ACTLAA.

When representing the Club at any inter-club or ACTLAA events they must wear TLAA uniforms. New TLAA uniforms, including “sun smart” T-shirts, shorts, and singlets are available for purchase on competition mornings.
Second-hand uniforms may also be available.

Training

Training is held each Wednesday (for U8 and up age groups) at Kambah No. 3 Oval from 5.00 pm to approximately 6.00 pm. All children are encouraged to attend these training sessions if they wish to enhance their performances.

Wet Weather

If it is raining or the weather conditions are bad there will be a message posted on our Facebook page at approximately 8:15am to advise if the days events are cancelled.

Age Groups

Age groups are determined by the child’s age at the start of the athletics year on 1 October. The child competes in that age group for the whole the season. Children who are younger than five on 1 October can be registered if they will turn five by the end of March the following year.

We are often asked why athletes can’t move into other age groups to be with their friends from school. The age groups are determined by Little Athletic Australia (LAA). Being in an age group also sets the types of events you can do and the weights of equipment used. As a club in the little athletics association we have to abide by this rule.

Athletics is a very sociable sport. At the club level athletes are still able to see and mix with school friends – but they also get to make new friends from other schools as well. They will also be in a group according to ability so can record PB’s against an ability that is not too easy and not too hard, which at the end of the day makes for a happy athlete and happy families.