Competition Nights

Competition Nights at MLA

Competition nights are great fun and are also important for athletes who wish to be considered to represent the club in external competitions such as Zone and State Relays. Junior and senior athletes participate in competition night but not Tiny Tots.

Dates for Competition Nights
Our 2019/20 season dates for Competition Nights are:
Monday 28 October – Program A
Monday 11 November – Program B
Monday 3 February – Program A
Monday 2 March – Program B
(*unless rained out)

How Competition Nights run
There are two programs, which are alternated and include both track and field events. Due to time constraints, High jump and Discus are not included for all age groups in the competition night program, but athletes are given the opportunity to record high jump and discus results during normal weekly training.
Time is extremely tight on Competition Nights and athletes need to move quickly between events. Athletes will have:

  • 1 heat for track events,
  • 2 throws for shot put or discus, and
  • 2 jumps for long jump.

The competition night programs are below; please make sure your athletes are at Balmoral Oval in plenty of time to sign-in and head off to their first event promptly by 4.15pm (Junior U6-U9) or 6pm (Senior U10-U17*).

Link to Program A
Link to Program B

*Please note U13 and U14-17 age groups marshal at their first event at 6pm for every competition night.

NO REGO NUMBER = NO RESULTS

All athletes MUST have this season’s registration numbers & age patches attached for the night. We can’t record results without registration numbers.

ONLY VOLUNTEERS on the oval
Please respect that unless you are volunteering you are not allowed on the oval.
This applies even if you have paid a Non-Volunteer fee.
Competition nights are only possible if we have 90 parent volunteers to assist with marshalling, measuring, equipment retrieval and crowd control.
All volunteers must sign in at the volunteer desk on arrival and wear a Volunteers vest.

NO SPECTATORS OR DOGS ARE ALLOWED ON THE OVAL
ON COMP NIGHTS, so you must volunteer to watch your child compete.

To volunteer click on the weblink https://signup.com/go/hQKWAZi
Our ‘No Spectators’ policy is particularly important at the finish line areas to ensure the safety of all athletes.
All volunteers are expected to be actively involved on comp nights. Here is what you need to know about your volunteer role: Age Managers and Volunteers Quick Guide.

Comp Night FAQs
What happens in wet weather? Comp night will proceed in wet weather unless the oval is closed by Mosman Council or there is a lightning storm. We will advise you of this on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Mosman.Athletics/

Are Competition Nights compulsory? No, competition nights are no more compulsory than any other night of the season. However, if your athlete wants to be considered for inter-club events we’ll be using the first two comp nights to record times/distances that will be used to select teams.

How can I find out my results? Comp night results will be available within a week of the comp night. To access results, click on the Family Log In link at the top of the MLA website homepage.
Click on “Trouble logging in?” and enter your email address (the one used when you registered online). A password will be sent to you so you can log in.

What happens if I miss a competition night? If you miss a competition night but still would like to be considered to represent Mosman at the State Relays or the Zone Championships, just send an email to mosmanlachampionships@gmail.com . If we can, we’ll try to work out a way to ensure that your child still is considered.

What should athletes wear/bring to Competition Nights? It is COMPULSORY to wear your registration number & age patch for every competition night, otherwise we can’t record your results. It is not compulsory to wear the Mosman uniform, just appropriate running gear & shoes. Everyone should bring water and wear sunscreen. Spikes can be worn by U11s+ in laned sprint events, hurdles &
jump events, but when the event is finished they must be taken off and replaced with regular running shoes.
Uniforms are not available for purchase on comp nights.

What happens to Tiny Tots on Competition Nights? Tots will still have their regular, fun training session from 4.30pm to 5.30pm.

What if my child is not a natural athlete, should they still compete? Yes, absolutely! Our competition nights are all about competition with oneself for self improvement.
We recognise that not everyone is interested in competition with others and the club won’t be focusing on this – e.g. there won’t be finals. At the end of the season we’ll be celebrating those kids who have improved the most through the season, regardless of ability.