How do we operate?

Mosman Little Athletics Centre (“MLAC“) caters for children aged between 5 and 17 of all abilities and also runs a Tiny Tots program as an introduction to Little Athletics.  The focus is on children having fun, keeping fit and improving their “PB” – personal best result – over the season.  Athletes also have the opportunity to compete at championship events up to and including State, subject to qualification.

Training and Competition

MLAC adopts a training based model.  This means that the majority of our season is dedicated to coaching and technique.  We have four competition nights with published results to track an athlete’s progress.  In winter we have a cross country program.  For further information refer to “cross country” under the “information” tab of this website.

Tiny Tots

In a contained environment, Tiny Tots are taught gross motor skills with an emphasis on fun and learning basic athletics skills. To register in Tiny Tots for the 2017/18 season children must be born after September 2012 and before October 2014.  The group is limited to 50 children.

The Tots program includes:

  • a series of games/activities that simply promote movement, agility and general locomotor skills as well as social interaction and co-operation.
  • other activities specifically designed to mimic and teach athletic skills, such as:
    • Shot put with bean bags
    • Jumping over hoops as a lead in to long jump and hurdles
    • And traditional mini races 20-30 m long

Parent interaction is crucial and expected to a successful Tiny Tots program and quite often all parents are used as helpers throughout the sessions.

Age Groups

Children aged U6 and above are put into gender based groups with an Age Manager (a volunteer parent) and follow a program of events ranging from sprinting to long distance running, throws and jumps.  Results from each of our four competition nights are uploaded into the “Results” section of this website.  Children are grouped strictly according to their date of birth – there is no flexibility to change age group.

The number of registrations in each age group will be carefully monitored and when an age group reaches a certain number registrations will be closed. We therefore recommend early registration and payment online to avoid possible disappointment.

When and Where

Training for our 2017/18 Track and Field Season is every Monday at Balmoral Oval commencing 9 October 2017 to 11 December 2017 and 15 January 2018 to 19 March 2018.

Times for the sessions are:

  • Tiny Tots 4:30pm-5:30pm
  • U6-U9 4:15pm-5:45pm
  • U10-U17 6:00pm-7:30pm

Our weekly training sessions are typically structured as follows:

  • Check in with Age Manager (5-10 mins)
  • Warm up for all athletes (15 mins)
  • Session 1 (20 mins)
  • Session 2 (20 mins)
  • Session 3 (20 mins)

Each week there is a rotation of activities to enable the athletes to cover training in all disciplines

  • Running including sprinting, starting, middle distance, curves, hurdles
  • Throwing including shot-put, discus, javelin
  • Jumping including long jump, high jump, triple jump

Parental Involvement

The operation of our Club relies on parents volunteering to assist. Parents who elect to pay the standard membership fee will be required to complete a Volunteer Declaration Form confirming the dates of required volunteering sign-ups (4 per child) and will include an authority requiring your credit card details.  Any shortfall in your volunteering obligations (4 per child), revealed at our end of season audit, will incur a $25 charge per failure to attend e.g. if you only fulfil 2 of your 4 obligations your credit card will be charged $50.

Detailed information on all of the above can be found throughout this site.

To view the relevant age group for your child click on the link: Registration Ages