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1. How old does a child need to be to register for Little Athletics?
To participate in the standard Little Athletics program, children must turn 5 by 31st December in the year in which the season (Sept to March) commences in order to be placed in the under 6 Age Group. This means that for the 2022/23 season, children born in 2017 are placed into the under 6 Age Group, those born in 2016 go into the under 7 Age Group, and so on.
For the 2022/23 season, we are also offering a “Tiny Tots” age group for children turning 4 in 2022.
2. When can I register?
You can register online initially then pick-up your registration pack in person on our “Pick-up” Days at the Olds Park clubhouse.
All registrations must be conducted and paid on-line. We usually keep registrations open beyond the start of season and Registration Packs can be collected from the clubhouse at Olds Park on competition nights prior to 5:45pm, subject to Registration being completed prior to the Friday.
4. How much will it cost to register my children?
Registration Fees* for the 2022 – 23 season are as follows:
$155 – for athletes U6 to U17
$130 – for Tiny Tots (must turn 4 in 2022).
*This is a $10 increase from last year. While St George has not increased its fee component, the State body (LANSW) has increased its fee component by $10.
Remember, you may be able to significantly reduce fees by using an Active Kids voucher (generally available to children who have reached 4 years and 6 months of age at the time of registering). Financial assistance is also available in accordance with the Athlete Assistance Program 2022.
Note: Registration with St George Little Athletics Centre (STGLAC) establishes the athlete and their parents/guardians as members of both Little Athletics NSW (LANSW) and STGLAC. Registration Fees are collected by Little Athletics NSW (on behalf of both organisations) and in most cases are Non-Refundable.
5. What are the Uniform Requirements?
Uniforms are mandatory. For information on prices and how to buy, see: Uniforms
6. When does the season start and end?
Our season usually runs from September through till March. Please see our Calendar page for specific dates.
7. When does St George Little Athletics meet to compete?
Our Meets (‘competition’) are conducted on Friday evenings as set out in our Calendar page. For most age groups, you need to arrive by 5:45pm to sign-in, join your age group, and be ready for the first event at 6:00pm. We specify an earlier start for some age groups or for certain events.
8. Does the club compete during school holidays?
We do take a break around Christmas time, and on those Fridays that clash with certain inter-club Carnival events, but otherwise we do compete during school holidays. See our Calendar page.
9. Do parents need to attend each Friday night?
A parent/guardian must be in attendance at all times.
10. Do parents need to participate?
Yes! Parent/guardian participation is required in the running of all events each Friday night. Each family is required to provide an adult acting as an “official” (or to perform another duty, such as assisting in the canteen, helping with hurdles, etc) at least every 2nd Friday. There’s more information about this on our Parent Helpers and Parent Helper Resources pages. The latter includes many short videos which explain the officiating of each event.
11. What events are conducted?
Events depend on the athlete’s age as set out in Event by Age Group. For each age group, most events are covered over a 2 week cycle. Tiny Tots will generally perform 4 events: 2 x Runs, 1 x Throw and 1 x Jump and 1 x Game each week. Note that St George does not currently conduct the “Walks” events.
12. How important is winning
We encourage athletes to participate, to do their best and to pursue personal improvement.
13. Are athlete’s results available?
Individual results are available via our online “Family Portal”. There is a link to the Family Portal on most pages of our website. [This is not applicable to Tiny Tots.]
14. How is competition conducted?
Children move through a sequence of events each night, guided by their Age Manager. Each event is “officiated” by the Age Manager(s) and additional parent helpers (located at each event). See our Parent Helpers and Parent Helper Resources pages for more information.
15. Is coaching available for athletes?
Coaching/Training (which is optional) is available during the Little Athletics season. See the information under the “Coaching” menu on the website for more details. We advertise what coaching is available each week via our “SignUp” system. There are also coaches working privately who conduct programs at Olds Park and other locations.
16. What to do in case of wet weather?
We do not compete if it is raining, judged likely to rain or if weather conditions prevent ground preparation or make the ground unsafe. If the weather is in doubt, we’ll issue information via Team App, Email and/or our Facebook page.
17. Is it possible to do a “Trial” before deciding whether to join or not?
UPDATE: Due to significant growth in registered members, we are not in a position to accept Trialists in most age groups for season 2022/23. If you had planned to Trial this season, we apologise for the inconvenience. If this situation changes, this note will be removed.
Yes (ordinarily). A child may participate as a “Trialist” for up to 2 consecutive weeks at our Friday evening ‘meets’ (but may not participate in the mid-week coaching). To arrange a Trial, arrive at Olds Park on one of our competition days at least 15 mins prior to the start time for the relevant age groups. [So that’s prior to 5:45pm for most age groups, but earlier for some.] Locate a committee member in the vicinity of the Athletics shed. Trialists join the relevant Age Group and participate in the events scheduled for that group on that day. Each week of trialling costs $10 per athlete (payable in CASH). If you subsequently register (in the same season), this is returned to you when you collect your registration pack. Please note that we do not allow Trials until the 2nd week of Centre Competition (the date is indicated in the Calendar) and we may be unable to measure participation or collect results for athletes who are trialling.