Frequently asked questions
When can I join Kew Little Athletics?
The Little Athletic year begins in October and runs through to the following August. The Summer Track & Field Season runs from October to March, and the Winter Cross Country Season runs from April to August. The main Information Day is usually in September. For information on how to register and age groups please click here.
How much does Little Athletics cost?
In the 2019/20 season the registration costs per athlete are as follows:
Full Registration including Summer Track & Field (Oct-March) & Winter Cross Country (April-Aug): Registration = $215
Half Summer Track & Field Registration (February-March): Registration = $120
Winter Cross Country Registration: Registration = $100
Athletes registering in the Track & Field season (October to March) are eligible to compete in the Cross Country season (April to September) for no additional cost.
How do I know what age group I will compete in?
Age groups are determined by the year and month of birth. Please click HERE to view the LA VIC Ready Reckoner for the coming season.
What do the kids do?
Each competition day, on Saturday mornings, the children participate in a selection of different events that rotate on a 3 week program (click to view). During the Cross Country season the athletes run a single race of a distance consistent with their age.
What are the events?
What are the events?
Sprints (70m, 100m, 200m)
Middle distance depending on age group (400m, 800m)
Long Distance again dependant on age group (1500m) running.
Hurdles depending on age (60m, 80m, 200m, 300m)
Long Jump/Triple Jump/High Jump
Shot Put/Discus /Javelin
Where are the events held?
The Kew Little Athletics Centre compete at Stradbroke park during the Track & Field season. Click to view the Google Map.
What time does the program run? /How long is it?
A Summer morning program would usually begin 8:15am for announcements and presentations followed by warm up at 8.30am. The first events start at 8.30 and last event around 11.15am, with the younger age groups possibly finishing earlier.
How long is the season?
The Track and Field season begins in early October and runs through until late March. It is usual for a break to occur from Christmas until end January.
How are the kids’ performances monitored?
All Little athlete's performances in all events are recorded during the program. These can be viewed On-line at the Results HQ website. Please click HERE for more information on accessing performance data.
What other forms of Track and Field competition are there?
During the season, there are:
If time permits, joint meetings with Camberwell/Malvern Little Athletics Centre to enjoy a day of friendly competition against other little athletes.
Multi-event days provide an opportunity for a 5 event competition day within the athlete’s age group and are scored using a separate points table. Multi-Event Day Awards are given for the best three scores in each age group, and the best overall U6 – U7 and U8-U15 athlete (for each sex).
Open Days - Competition at other Centres and a chance to win medals against other little athletes in Victoria
Regional competitions (for U9 to U15) - Competition with other Centres within a defined Region. To be eligible to compete at Region Track and Field, athletes must have competed at a minimum of 4 weekly competitions at Stradbroke Park by the closing date of entries.
State competitions - Children are progressed from Region to State Competition to compete against other regions in Victoria
What is expected of Parents?
Parental participation is essential for the Kew Little Athletics Centre to run successfully. No program of Little Athletics competition can be held without the help of parents to act as officials. Each week a minimum of 40 parents are needed to run the Track and Field program. During the Cross Country season parents assist when Kew hosts an event. Assistance is also required for Region and State Track and Field and Cross Country events.
What is expected of the Children?
Behave in a proper manner with their friends and parents
Uphold our motto “Family, Fun, Fitness”
Is there any training provided?
During the Summer season various event coaching/training is provided by a range of qualified coaches on Mondays from 4.45pm to 6pm and Wednesdays from 4.45pm to 6pm. These training sessions are available only to registered athletes of Kew Little Athletics Centre. Monday sessions are for age groups U9 and above to help them prepare for competition. Wednesday sessions are for all age groups.
What about Safety, Insurance and First Aid?
Kew LAC has a strict safety policy and all athletes are covered by Insurance provided by the Victorian Little Athletics Association.
What the types of awards/trophies are presented?
At the end of each Track and Field season, presentations are made to children based on:
The child’s performance
The child’s improvement
The child’s participation.
What level of ability do children have to have to join?
Our emphasis is on fun, fitness and inclusion. Children can join with any level of skill or fitness. Children are given plenty of encouragement to achieve personal bests
What is available to children with disabilities?
All children are encouraged to join. Athletes with a disability are integrated with the other athletes albeit competing under modified regulations pertaining to equipment and event technique.
Is it possible for a child to compete at 2 different Centres?
Yes, once a child has registered with a Centre they can take part in other Centre activities without further notice. Alternatively athletes can transfer from one centre to another - they will have to pay a fee to the second centre but they do not have to pay the VLAA fee again.
Can children try Little Aths before joining?
Yes, official 'Come and Try' and 'Bring and Friend' days are conducted at Kew LAC in the early part of each season. Alternatively just turn up on a competition day and sign in at the office. Your children will be placed with their respective age/gender group and compete in a normal program. Hopefully after this opportunity, Little Athletics is for you!
Do I have to wear a Uniform?
The uniform for internal club competition consists of a Kew Little Athletics tee-shirt, shorts, socks and suitable footwear. A suitable hat and sun screen for sun protection should also be worn. You will receive a Kew Little Athletics tee-shirt on registration.
Crop Tops $35
Boys Running Shorts $15
Girls Stretch Running Shorts $15
What footwear should I use?
Athletes must compete in suitable shoes that provide good support. Spikes are allowed at Kew Centre and may be worn by U11 to U15 age groups only in laned track events and in jumps. They may only be worn during the event and must be carried to and from the event. Misuse of spikes may cause disqualification. Click here to read the lavic guidelines. Bare feet are not allowed at Kew Centre or for Regional and State events. Ask committee members about suitable types of shoes if you are not sure.
Is there competition in Wet/Hot Weather?
During the Track and Field season competition may be cancelled due to inclement weather at the discretion of the Arena Manager in the event of weather conditions that impact on the health and well being of all participating athletes and volunteers. A decision will be made at 9.00am at the club rooms to proceed with or cancel particular events or the entire Centre program, after a track inspection has been completed. Cross Country competition runs in wet weather conditions.