Dreams start here at Little Athletics – Ready to Register?
All dreams start somewhere. It starts with giving something a go, no matter what your ability. At Little Athletics we want every child to achieve their dreams no matter how big or small.
Little Athletics is a fantastic sport for children aged from 5 – 15 years, although some State Associations may offer age groups outside this range. We are here to help your child be their best and maybe one day they could even be the next Peter Bol, Jessica Hull, Brandon Starc, Brooke Stratton, Ash Moloney or Nina Kennedy who all started their Olympic journey in Little Athletics.
At Little Athletics we encourage all children to have a go with an emphasis on participation, technique, performance and of course having fun.
Little Athletics is an inclusive sport and we encourage all children and families to have a go no matter what your ability.
What is Little Athletics?
Little Athletics is a uniquely Australian modified athletics program for children from 5 to 15 years, although some State Associations may offer age groups outside this range.
As the name suggests, it is based upon the sport of athletics (track and field). There is a wide range of events from running, jumping, throwing and walking and events are modified to suit the age, developmental stage, and ability of the children.
Little Athletics promotes that it is important to “Be your Best”. The emphasis is on fun, participation, performance, technique, and getting involved with your family in physical and healthy activity. The motto of Little Athletics is ‘Family, Fun and Fitness”.
Across Australia, more than 90,000 girls and boys enjoy the activities of Little Athletics. Little Athletics is the “Foundation for all Sports”. All sports use the skills developed at Little Athletics.
Who can Participate in Little Athletics?
Children between the ages of 5 and 15 years can register, although these age groups may differ in some State Associations. Parents, grandparents, and friends can also be involved by helping with various events.
At what time of year does Little Athletics take place?
Little Athletics is primarily a summer activity, generally running from October through to late March. Some Centres also conduct cross-country during the winter months, taking place during April to the end of August. Please contact your local Little Athletics Centre or State Association to find out registration dates, season dates, and key event dates.
What events are offered?
Little Athletes will generally do a range of athletic (track and field) events in any given weekly program. The number and combination of events will differ from centre to centre and usually work on a rotational basis throughout the season.
Some of the events include: Sprints, Hurdles, Middle Distance, Race Walking, Relays, Shot Put, Discus, Javelin, Long Jump, Triple Jump, and High Jump. Note that some events have age restrictions on them.
Safety and fun are of the utmost importance at Little Athletics; hence equipment is modified to suit the age and developmental stage of the athletes. For example, it may be lighter (e.g. discus), made from modified materials (e.g. foam javelins, or elastic high jump bar), or of a smaller height (e.g. hurdles), to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our Little Athletes.
What level of ability does my child have to be to join?
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). Little Athletics recognises that children vary widely in shape, size and athletic ability, and thus is one of few sports that successfully caters for all.
How do I register my child?
If your child would like to take part in Little Athletics, you need to register them with the local Centre. It is suggested that prior to registering online to contact your closest Little Athletics Centre to ensure that you have all the specific Centre information available to you. Some State Associations have online registrations – please view the relevant State Association website for details, or contact your State Association to register your child.
Ready to join Little Athletics? Click on the relevant state below which will take you through to their website to get started!
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Published 23 September, 2021 | Uncategorized
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