Parent Helper Roles
In Little Athletics, most of the tasks involved in supervising athletics competitions are carried out by parents.
These roles include:
- Age Managers
- Setup or Packup Duties
- Canteen or BBQ Cook
- Athletics Event Supervision
We appoint Age Managers for the season and their role is more fully described here: Age Manager Role
For the remaining roles, we use the “Sign-Up” system to enable parents to choose the role (‘duty’) they’ll fulfil for a given Friday evening competition, and to register that choice well before coming to the ground. The Sign-Up duty list is usually published several days prior to each Friday Night. There are typically 20 – 25 duties on the roster requiring 50 or so parents. For example there are duties for Starters and Recorders on the Track, and there are duties at each of the Field Stations (Long Jump, High Jump, Discus, etc) for the duration of an evening’s competition (when those facilities are in use).
Some parents like to specialise around a particular duty area (which we encourage), while others prefer to vary their duties from one Friday evening to another. Specialisation is valuable for some duties (eg. Track recording, or Judging the legality of, say, Shot Put or Long Jump).
Families (not fulfilling an Age Manager role) are expected to fill a Parent Helper role once per fortnight as a minimum. Parents made this commitment when registering for Little Athletics.
Parent Helpers – More Information
There’s much more helpful information for parent helpers on the Parent Helper Resources page.
Use this button to Sign-up to a parent duty at our next Friday Night Competition.
[duty list will be available about 1 week prior to a Meet]