Question 1: What should we do first?
Read this website carefully. Most of the information you need is contained within here. Also read the regular newsletters as they contain important new information. Talk to Committee Members, who may be identified by their distinctive T-shirts and/or name tags. 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 meetings 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 page for further information.
There are other special meetings from time to time throughout the season that they 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, with the possible exception of 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 would love to see many athletes 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 60 adults are required to run each regular weekly meeting. The program will not run to time unless we have a full complement of timekeepers, field officials and age group marshals. If you need help, ask any experienced Centre member. The Officials Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the best source for help and information
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. The Family Participation Deposit will be refunded after completion of the season (in April 2021) when 12 volunteer sessions are completed by parent/carer. (Please ensure that your volunteer position is recorded by the Officials Coordinator each week).
It is very important in Little Athletics that parents officiating at events know what they are doing, and convey this to the Little 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 Little Athletes, but there is a great opportunity to learn. Come along and participate, even if that only means you 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 (email@example.com) or Centre Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org) will be able to provide you with more information.