About TLAA

The motto for Little Athletics in Australia is “For family, fun and fitness”. Tuggeranong Tornadoes embraces that objective by endeavouring to ensure that through athletic participation, individuals are able to satisfy the goals 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. Our aim is to provide a fun 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 approximately 11am each Saturday morning.  Our younger age groups generally finish between 10am and 10.30am. 

The season starts in October and finishes in March 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.  Tiny Tots is for children aged 4 and 5 years old. 

To keep everyone COVID-Safe all age groups will be separated (ie well spaced apart) and there will be no intermingling.  The great thing about Little Athletics as we are outdoors with plenty of space. 

Location

Both Saturday morning competition and Wednesday afternoon trainings are located at our Kambah No. 3 Oval on Kett Street in Kambah. See on Google Maps. 

Parents/Carers Responsibilities

Tuggeranong Tornadoes Little Athletics Association is not run by paid officials and the help of ALL parents and carers is needed to make the Club run smoothly. On competition days parents and carers 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 one adult at all times during competition and training.  

To keep everyone COVID-Safe, the ACT Government requires that any parent/carer who is not directly helping as a volunteer or official to stand away from the Age Group.  All parents and carers are to ensure they stay at a minimum 1.5m apart.  

Uniform

Our uniform (TLAA Club T-Shirt, Running Singlet or Crop Top) is not compulsory for Competition Days (it is for inter-club championship), but is encouraged as it gives the kids a sense of being part of the club. Note that our uniform changed at the start of the 2019/2020 season – and either uniform is acceptable for Inter-club Championships.

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 as shown in the picture. (Note: the patches should be ironed before sewing to set the colours). 

For shorts/bike pants the children can choose any colour, most children seem to wear black as it matches the Club Shirt/Singlet/Crop Top. 

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 Shirt. New TLAA uniforms, including the club’s “sun smart” T-shirts, Running Singlets and Crop Tops are available for purchase through the SportsMagic website. On a Saturday morning at the club a small range of 
second-hand uniforms may also be available.

Uniforms can be ordered from SportsMagic. For orders before the 20 October 2021, the club receive the bulk order and you can collect the uniforms on the first day of our season on Saturday 30 October.  

On the SportsMagic Website when you select a size for your Shirt/Singlet/Running top – the page will display if the uniform is in stock. If it is not in stock it will be 3 weeks in production. 

Training

Training is held each Wednesday at Kambah No. 3 Oval from 5pm to approximately 6pm. All children from the Under 8 and up age groups are welcome to attend. One parent/carer must stay with their child during training.  

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 year of birth. Check the age group calculator if you are not sure what age group you are in.

The child will compete in that age group for the whole the season.

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 Athletics 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 able to see and mix with school friends – but they also get to make new friends from other schools as well.

Standard Rules of Competition for Little Athletics 

Little Athletics Australia sets the rules that we follow for Little Athletics on a Saturday.  The rules for all field and track events for our 2021-22 season can be found here.

Sponsorship and Support

We are proudly sponsored by Coles and are an affiliate member of the Vikings Group.

We thank Coles and the Vikings Group for their ongoing support to help our Club to continuously achieve our goals.

If you would like to sponsor our club, please contact our President – president@tlaa.org.au

Insurance 

Insurance is included in the cost of season registration.

Little Athletics Australia is insured by V-Insurance Group. This program covers LAA, including all affiliated State / Territory Associations, Centres, Clubs and all registered members, officials, accredited coaches, voluntary workers, executives and members of the Board of Management.

These activities include official events, all playing training and trialling, meetings, fundraising activities and travel to and from these activities.

This program incorporates seven covers;

  1. Public & Products Liability
  2. Professional Indemnity
  3. Personal Accident
  4. Management Liability (Directors & Officers Liability)
  5. Property & Equipment
  6. Group Travel
  7. Cyber Liability & Privacy Protection
    For further information on Insurance, please click here.