Common Questions ......
How does the Little Athletics year work?
The Little Athletics year is made up of two seasons – the summer season and the winter season.
The summer season runs from October through until March, with a break over the Christmas holidays. A weekly track and field competition is held through the summer season at Newport Park Athletics track.
The winter season runs from April through until August and has a weekly cross country competition held at Newport Lakes on Saturday mornings.
How much are registration fees and what does the fee cover?
Please refer tp the Registration menu item for the latest fee amounts. The summer track and field registration fee covers competition days and standard training. Centre singlets and vests are additional. Families with multiple children will receive a discount for each addition child.
What is TeamApp?
This is the online tool and App we use to publicise upcoming events and the calendar of competition days and training. Use this URL to access:
What does the registration fee covers?
Little Athletics Victoria Affiliation
Medals & Trophies
Saturday & Twilight Competition
Cross Country Season
What age group will my child be in?
The Little Athletics calendar is based on a year star in October. To determine your child's age group click here for our age calculator.
What makes up the Summer Track and Field Season?
Normal weekly competitions.
Centre Multi Event Day
Centre Track and Field Championships.
Weekly Training session run by qualified Coaches.
Regional and State events
When is competition held?
Please refer to the Calendar for the latest competition and training dates and times. Apart from special event days, the Saturday events are normally split into two sessions; U6-U8 between 8am and 10am, and the older kids from 10:00am to 12:30pm. Check team app for weekly details. There are also Wednesday twilight meets throughout the summer. There is a break over Christmas.
What about training?
Training for 2020-21 will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4.30pm. This will be a general training for all athletes. Specialist coaching is also available. Please talk to centre officials for more information on this.
Can I drop off my child?
No, you can’t drop off your child.
A parent or guardian must be in attendance at the Centre during all events. Any child without supervision may be withdrawn from competition until the adult returns.
What is a PB?
A PB is a personal best performance. Athlete’s results for each event are recorded in the Little Athletics Results system. When an athlete runs faster, jumps further or throws further, then they have done a personal best (PB) performance.
Is First Aid Available?
First Aid is of paramount importance at all Little Athletic Events. Qualified first Aiders will be in attendance at all weekly competitions.
Are Athletes covered by Insurance?
Insurance is provided by LAV at all sanctioned events for all Little Athletics participants, volunteers, coaches, officials and spectators. Coverage is arranged through Willis Australia Ltd. Cover includes Public, Products and Professional Liability.
Claim forms are available from the WLAC Secretary.
Policy conditions apply.
What happens if my child loses an article of clothing?
Lost property should be handed to the Canteen.
The Centre holds onto lost property until the end of the season. At that time any property not claimed is given to a charity organisation.
What happens if there is extreme weather?
The Centre Committee reserves the right to modify or cancel a program to suit the weather of the day.
If a program is cancelled due to rain a message will be posted on the WLAC website, Facebook and TeamApp.
What are Centre championships?
Centre Championships are held on the last day of the season.
Athletes from Under 7 to Under 16 who have met eligibility criteria can compete in Centre Championships. Medals are awarded to the first three place getters for each event. For further details regarding Centre Championships (including eligibility criteria) please refer to the handbook.
Under 6 Athletes do not compete in Centre Championships. Their last competition day is the last day of the normal weekly program. Certificates and participation medals are presented to each child.
Under 6 Athletes are very welcome to come along to Centre Championships to cheer on their fellow club members.
Do I have to help?
WLAC is run by volunteers. To conduct the weekly program, parent help is vital.