Little Athletics provides an opportunity for kids to learn athletics skills, improve their fitness and build confidence. Williamstown Little Athletics Centre offers summer track and field programs and winter cross country events for young athletes aged from 6 to 15. The track and field events are held from October each year at Newport Park Athletics track - right next to the Newport power station.
Summer Season 2019-20 - WE'RE BACK, THIS SUNDAY 19TH AT THE TRACK!!
We’re back to finish the season, we return this Sunday 19th Jan with a friendly co-club meet with Sth Melbourne. We are keeping an eye on the EPA guidelines to outdoor activities due to smoke and will advise any changes to schedule as always on the day so keep your eyes on Team App or Facebook for updates. Please see schedule for all the details including the U6 on track schedule of events, come down and enjoy a fun return to season.
Centre championship day is the final day on our calendar for local competition on 29th February 2020. Only athletes registered to compete can participant in the events they nominate, it is different from regular schedule, athletes choose their events. Athletes from U9-16 nominate up to 5 events and U7-8 nominate up to 4 events (they have less events) with a combination of track and field ie 2 track and 3 field or vice versa. It is an all day event and medals are awarded on the day for first 3 placegetters in each age group/event plus PB medals for athletes who achieve a PB in that event but do not place 1,2 or 3.
Registration links are now open, we are using an electronic sign up system via the links below. We will have last years draft schedule uploaded as an attachment to this newsletter as an estimate of times but they may change due to numbers of athletes per event registered. Parents will also need to sign up to a duty roster on the day. Eligibility criteria can be found in the handbook
U14 Boys Registration
U14 Girls Registration
U15/16 Boys Registration
15/16 Girls Registration
All our athletes have been invited to Corio for a Western Region Combined Events day and an email was sent to athletes yesterday, if you would like to participate please follow instructions on the email and register before 23rd January.
Western Regional Track and Field Carnival is being held on 15-16 Feb 2020 at Corio and open to all U9-U16 athletes please see details here: http://lavic.com.au/Regions/Western-Metro-Region/Events/2020-wmr-track-field-carnival
3 centre records broken for the year
Congratulations to Finn Kane who broke the U11 Boys 1500m centre record last week. Finns time was 5:03.77 breaking the old record set back in the 2017 season of 5.05.59, and Congratulations also to Ashlee Farrar who broke the U16 Girls 200m Centre record last week. Ashlee's time was 28.49 breaking the old record set last season of 29,52. Ashlee also broke the 100m record in week 6 with a new time of 13.36 secs , eclipsing the old mark of 14,25 secs set back in 2012.
Keep track of your athletes weekly results at https://www.resultshq.com.au/Login/Index/
Results are uploaded by volunteers and we will endeavour to have them all complete and view able by the Wednesdays following the meets.
Use the menu above to access the result reports.
Every family is required to participate in a minimum 5 duties per season;
Click Here to go to Signup Genius to register for Duties.
If we do not have enough parents to assist in events they may not be able to proceed on the day. Many of the duties are very simple so jump in and register now, please ask for assistance at the Pavilion if you are unsure.
Duty Roster participants need to collect a hi-visibility vest and sign in at the pavilion prior to duty to ensure your duty is recorded..
U6 age group parents are encouraged to stay with their child. In all other age groups if you are not on duty please do not come out onto the track or field.
On Team App under resource tab you will find Officiating 2019/20, with a link to LaVic website and the 2019/20 Officiating Booklet (green link on right hand side) take the time to read about the event you are rostered on. It’s a great way to be active in your kid’s participation and be part of their development.
SCHEDULING AND COACHING
Our U6-U8 program is 0830-1000.
This Saturday’s coaching focus for our U9-U16 age groups is hurdles on the back straight from 0900. This week our U13-U16 athletes start from 0930 with hurdles. U9-U12 athletes compete from 1000 with all scheduled to conclude by around midday (check weekly programs under schedule tab on Team App OR website www.willylac.com.au for specific times of events).
Wednesday afternoons High Jump training with Ted will resume again 22nd January 5-6pm, thanks Ted for all your assistance teaching our athletes to hit new heights!!
There are also paid coaching opportunities available with Robbie Spencer see Team App under events for details of his sessions on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
SKILLS BITE FOR VOLUNTEERS – Long Jump
U7-U10 jump from a sand covered mat, measurements are from the front of the foot on the mat to the back of the body part landed in the pit, ideally a foot, however if they fall and place hands/bottoms down it is taken from the closest body part to the mat. The distance between the two points is their measured jump.
U11-U16 use the painted bar. As U11 are using the bar for the first year and getting used to a narrower take off area if they take off from behind the bar their measurements are taken from the back edge of the bar, all other age groups measurements are taken from the front edge of the bar (closest to the pit).
All athletes must wear WLAC uniforms (shorts and top) and their LaVic patch whilst participating; they can be purchased at the track every Saturday details of items and prices available and on Team App under Resources.
Click here for pricing
We are starting to see the PB’s come in….keep it up details of rewards and how to claim them next week!!
Our PB (personal best) program is up and running, please see the noticeboard in the foyer near toilets to check how many PB’s you have accumulated, once you reached the targets of 4,8,12 and 15 come into Pavilion to collect your prizes!! We have a few who have reached the first level, keep working hard!!
Keep track of your athletes weekly results and PB's at https://www.resultshq.com.au/Login/Index/
or alternatively on the weekly results tab above.
BIG thanks to Commonwealth Bank for a grant to purchase our new hurdles.
The Running Company – Yarraville. They can be found at 87 Anderson St Yarraville. Get your flyer in the Pavillion to redeem 10% off.
Subway are a sponsor of LaVic and athletes can redeem a free cookie and 300ml bottle of water from participating outlets on day of competition when purchasing a sub.
Coles are the major sponsor of LaVic and provide bananas to fuel our athletes every week
Team App will have weekly updates, duty roster link and it is a great resource for information
Facebook and Instagram will be used for last minute weather cancellations or reminders.
Williamstown Little Athletics website is and contains lots of valuable information
Please remember the athletes are children, the duty roster helpers, coaches and committee are volunteers and kids participating are encouraged to do THEIR personal best. ENJOY!!
For those athlete looking to get some new shoes for the season we have been able to secure a special IN STORE only offer from The Running Company - Yarraville at 87 Anderson Street.
Visit In Store and see Brad to receive 10% discount (off RRP) on all shoes and a great 30% discount (off RRP) on Saucony waffles and spikes.
Brad will match the Saucony offer of 30% off waffles and spikes if you print out the email sent from LAVic, when purchased in store.
Little Athletics Victoria - Junior Development Squad
The Junior Development Squad (JDS) gives U12 – U16 athletes an opportunity to develop additional skills and improve technical competencies through participation in coaching and training sessions with some of Victoria’s leading coaches. Training with other keen and enthusiastic squad members is both fun and motivational and helps develop new friendships based on an enjoyment of athletics. The emphasis on learning new athletic skills and improving existing ones is in a friendly and supportive environment.
To join JDS, athletes must achieve the qualifying standard in their current age group of the season. Athletes must achieve one standard on two separate occasions or two different standards, once. This ensures that the performances show a consistency and not just a once off.
Click on the PDF and scroll right down to the bottom for the registration link.