How do I register my child?

If your child would like to take part in Little Athletics, you need to register them with the local Centre. It is suggested that prior to registering online to contact your closest Little Athletics Centre to ensure that you have all the specific Centre information available to you.

What Age Group will my child be in?

Age groups are determined by the age of the child as at 31 December 2019
Please note that a child must have turned 5 before trialling or registering.

Can my child try little athletics before joining?

Yes, we have a two-week trial period before having to commit to payment of your registration. Athletes wishing to trial should submit a registration online without payment and then once happy the athlete wishes to continue refer to the invoice sent on how to then pay. Please note trials only relate to first time members, i.e. never been registered at Little Athletics in the past.

Adding a new child to your family registration

We’ve all been there – one child says they don’t want to compete this season only to change their mind a few weeks later. In the mean time you have paid for their sibling(s) to join Little Athletics. Don’t worry you are still entitled to the family registration discount.

In order to receive the family discount, a registration application must be submitted only (without making payment) for the additional child. Once this has been completed please call the LAVic office and they can adjust the registration fee from the back-end and send out an updated invoice or you can simply pay over the phone. Easy done!

How much does little Athletics cost?

Summer/Full Registration fees can vary from one Centre to the next, depending upon location and the costs of running a Centre. Our current fees are currently $199 per child for the 2019/20 season (discounts apply for each additional child). This fee provide registration/insurance for both the summer and winter seasons (additional fees may apply to your Centre for the winter to cover external expenses)
Winter (Only) Registration fees can vary from one Centre to the next, depending upon location and the costs of running their Cross Country program / combined program. Generally, fees will range from between $50 to $90 per child (all Centres differ) – These provide registration/insurance for the winter season only.

Members can pay online using the following options:
Credit Card online (Mastercard, Visa) / Prepaid Credit Card – a receipt will then be issued to your nominated email address or via your Paypal account a receipt will then be issued to your nominated email address.

What level of ability does your child have to be?

Our emphasis is on Family, Fun & Fitness. Children can join with any level of skill or fitness. Children are given plenty of encouragement to achieve personal bests (PB’s).

What are the Starting and Finishing Times of Events?

Competitions are scheduled to last only between 2 to 3 hours, depending on the age group, number of events programmed, and availability of volunteers to run events. Scheduling aims to have younger age groups finish as early as possible.

Saturday Morning Program Friday Twilight Program
8.30am warm up and volunteer registration 5.30pm warm up and volunteer registration
8.45am start 5.45pm start
10.00am finish for U6 – U8

11.00am finish for U9 – U16 (we aim to be earlier)

7.00pm finish for U6 – U8

8.00pm finish for U9 – U16 (we aim to be earlier)

Under 6-7:          2 events plus On Track

Under 8:              3 events plus On Track

Under 9-16:        5 events

Under 6-7:          1 event plus On Track

Under 8:              2 events plus On Track

Under 9-16:        4 events

For athletes U11+, Javelin competitions commence at 7.45am on Saturdays it when scheduled.

For athletes U9+, Walks competitions commence at 8.00am on Saturdays when scheduled.

What is expected of parents?

Because Little Athletics is a totally voluntary organisation, Centres cannot operate without the assistance of parents each week in fulfilling the many and varied duties required. These include officiating at an event; managing an age group; recording results; working in the canteen; to name just a few.
Most Centres have parent duty rosters. Additional assistance is always required on the Centre committees and all parents are encouraged to become involved. Little Athletics is one of the few sports where parents can become fully involved in their child’s sporting interests.

Do Children need to wear a Uniform?

Yes, all registered athletes must wear an approved Centre/Club uniform. During weekly competitions a registration (age group) patch must also be worn. Only members who have provided payment (& proof of birth where necessary) will be provided with a registration patch. This patch must not be washed and has a cost replacement if misplaced.
Sponsor patches are also required to be affixed to Centre uniforms. These will be provided by your Centre once you are a financial member. Please contact your Centre if you have not received these such patches.
A Centre representative will be able to tell you how much their uniforms cost.
The approved Centre uniform must also be worn when competing against other Centres (Open Days) and at all Little Athletics Region / State competitions.

Will my child have the opportunity to win medals or trophys?

Many Centres run award schemes to encourage athletes to “BE THEIR BEST”. Trophies, medals, ribbons and certificates are usually awarded for some of the categories stated below:
Performance
Improvement
Participation
Many Centres also run Centre Championships.

How do I know how my child is performing at Little Aths?

Results are available online at www.resultshq.com.au. We aim to upload these as quickly as possible after competition days. Full instructions on how to access Results HQ are provided on the Collingwood Little Aths website under the ‘Results’ tab.

Does Collingwood Little Aths have a weather policy?

We certainly do

HOT

Club competition days will be called off if the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) temperature for Melbourne exceeds 38°C at the commencement of, or during, the program.

WET

Club competition days will usually proceed, however the program may change to a Wet Weather Program, dependent upon conditions.

The Competition Manager is responsible for making decisions regarding the conducting of events, based on the weather conditions.  Competition Days will only be cancelled or abandoned if weather conditions are extreme as per LAVic Policy. Check Team App for updates if you are uncertain.

Sun smart and hydrated:

Remember to bring a hat and sunscreen. Please also bring your own water bottle. We ask you to label your children’s hat, bottle and clothing for easy identification to avoid a large ‘lost and found’ unclaimed pile by the end of the summer season.

How do you keep us informed about the club including events?

Team App is the preferred communication method for the club.

We update news and have resources on our website. Facebook and email are also utilised to keep members fully aware of what’s happening