Question 1: What should we do first?
Please read this website carefully as it contains most of the information you need. Talk to our Committee Members, who may be identified by their distinctive Toowong Harriers T-shirts and/or name tags. Additionally, the Centre Handbook contains all the information that you need to know.
Question 2: What is required of athletes?
Athletes should arrive punctually at the weekly meets and training sessions (Tuesday 4:30pm – 6:00pm, Thursday 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 11:00am when advertised). Please refer to the Coaching section for further information.
There are other special meetings from time to time throughout the season that athletes may wish to attend. Where appropriate, nominations and any necessary fees should be completed within ResultsHQ (each family has a login to the online results database) before the due dates. Although we expect all our Little Athletes to support the Centre, there is no compulsion to attend every meeting. The possible exception is the Regional Relay Day held on Sunday 15 November 2020, which is a team event where the athletes represent the Centre at a regional level competition and we love to see as many athletes as possible attend this event.
Question 3: What is required of family and friends?
In Little Athletics, nothing is achieved without the help of parents, family, and friends. Here is how you can help:
1. Attend meetings with your children.
Around 70 - 90 adults are required to successfully run each regular weekly meet. The program of events will not run to time unless we have a full complement of timekeepers, field officials and age group marshals.
Each week our Centre Manager will send out an email about the upcoming meet. In this email there will be a link to enable you to register for a volunteer role. Please use this link to register your role in the days prior to the meet as this assists us to plan for the meet. If you are new/unsure about volunteering for a role please come and talk our Officials Coordinator (email@example.com) as this will be the best source for help and information. The family deposit portion of your fees will be refunded after completion of the season (in April 2021) when 12 volunteer sessions have been completed by a parent/carer. Please ensure however that your volunteer position is recorded by the Officials Coordinator each week. The Officials Coordinators desk is located under the tent adjacent to the clubhouse. If you did not pre register for a volunteer role, you are still able to sign up for one when you arrive. Please go to the Officials Coordinators desk to see what positions are still vacant.
2. Assist in setting up and dismantling the facilities.
Each family should nominate to help set up or put away at least a couple of times during the season. This also goes towards your number of volunteer sessions.
It is very important in Little Athletics that parents officiating at events know what they are doing and convey this to the athletes. Come to meetings regularly, read the rules, and don’t be afraid to ask. Rules are provided in the folders located at each field event.
The Australian Athletics Officials’ Education Scheme offers Level 1 Officiating courses online (free of charge) for all athletic events. Level 1 is the basic grading level aimed at Officials wishing to officiate to a local Club/Centre/School level. We would love to see some of our parents take the opportunity to become accredited in a couple of events. Each course takes about 1 hour.
4. Assist in coaching.
In Little Athletics parents are the coaches. It takes a while to gain the knowledge necessary to coach athletes however there is a great opportunity to learn. Come along and participate, even if that means you only help maintain order. You will not only be seen to be supporting your child, but you may consider attending coaching seminars and courses. The Coaching Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Centre Manager (email@example.com) will be able to provide you with more information.