How do I register my child for Collingwood Little Athletics?

Great to hear you’re looking to get involved in Collingwood Little Athletics!

Registration is through the Little Athletics Victoria portal, and select Collingwood Little Athletics as your centre.

Please note that due to COVID restrictions currently in Melbourne, the 2020/21 registrations have not yet opened. The season will look a little different this year, and we’ll update our website as soon as registrations do open.

What Age Group will my child be in?

Little Athletics caters for athletes aged between 5 and 15. The only exemption is a 4-year-old who turns 5 before the 31st December. These athletes are able to register and participate as 4-year-olds. From the 1st January, each member must have turned 5 before participation.

Refer to the Age Group Calculator to determine your child’s age group.

Can my child try little athletics before joining?

CLAC runs a ‘Come and Try’ program that allows children to try athletics, before you decide to register.  Any child can attend a maximum of two competition days before committing to payment of registration.  We encourage all members to bring along a friend!

Athletes wishing to trial need to 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 any Little Athletics centre 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?

Annual registration for CLAC  is currently $199 per child (for the 2019/20 season). This fee provides registration/insurance for both the summer and winter seasons, and discounts apply for each additional child.

The annual registration also includes:

  • Club and interclub based competition for all U6 – U16 athletes during both summer and winter seasons
  • Seasonal skill development at club and association level for all U6 – U8 athletes
  • Club training and development (Tuesdays 5-6 pm) with Athletics Australia qualified coaches
  • Access to Little Athletics Victoria Junior Development Squad training (qualification dependant)
  • Regional and state based competition for U9 – U16 athletes (entry/qualification dependant)

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 my child have to be?

At CLAC, 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).

Do Children need to wear a Uniform?

Yes, it is expected that all registered athletes wear the CLAC club uniform.

Club singlet: Available for purchase at the club following registration. The singlet can be worn with or without a plain white t-shirt underneath.

Plain black shorts: No logos or pockets. Plain black leggings are permitted at weekly CLAC competitions (but not for walks or at Region or State events). Shorts are available for purchase at the club, or you can purchase at any discount, department or sports store.

 Sponsor’s bib: Showing the athlete’s name, age and registration number is required to be pinned to the front of the singlet every week. The bib has a bar code sticker for electronic timing. Bibs are provided by the club following registration. Please ensure you remove the bib from the singlet prior to washing and ensure you re-attach. You must have your bib with you each week to participate. They are not easily replaceable and we will charge a replacement fee if the volume of replacement requests warrant it.

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

7.30pm finish for U9 – U16 (we aim to be earlier)

Under 6:              1 event plus On Track

Under 7:              2 events plus On Track

Under 8:              3 events plus On Track

Under 9:             4 events

Under 10-16:      5 events

Under 6:             1 event plus On Track

Under 7:             2 events plus On Track

Under 8:             3 events plus On Track

Under 9-16:        4 events

For athletes U12+, Javelin competitions commence at 7.45am on Saturdays it when scheduled.

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

Is it okay to drop off my child and then come back when the event is over?

No, all children attending CLAC must always be in the care of a responsible adult. Please arrange for another adult to supervise your child if necessary – it is not the committee/coaches’ responsibility. We check in with the athletes periodically to see that they are being supervised – if not we contact their parent/guardian. If they are not present/do not respond we may have to report to the police that the child has been abandoned.

Do parents have to volunteer?

Yes, because Little Athletics is a totally voluntary organisation, we cannot operate without the assistance of parents each week in fulfilling the many and varied duties required. We email a request for volunteers each week so that you can sign up in advance. Otherwise see the volunteer coordinator out the front of the clubrooms when you arrive and sign up as an Age Group Coordinator or to assist with an event.

I don’t know anything about athletics so how can I help?

Volunteering is the best way to learn. Each event will have an official who can provide instruction and support. You can also volunteer to assist with the timing events, setting up and packing up.

Each competition is more likely to start on time and finish on time if there are enough volunteers.

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