Information

2020-2021 Season Update

Due to current Covid-19 Safety Guidelines Mosman Little Athletics will not be able to include Tiny Tots and Under 6 age groups in our 2020 program.

The Under 10 Age group has moved to the earlier Junior Session.

This will be reviewed mid-season.

MLAC

Mosman Little Athletics Centre (“MLAC“) caters for children aged between 5 and 17 of all abilities.  The focus is on children having fun, keeping fit and improving their “PB” – personal best result – over the season.  Talented athletes may also have the opportunity to compete in higher level competitions, possibly right up to State representation, subject to qualification.

Training & Competition 

MLAC adopts a training based model.  This means that the majority of our season is dedicated to coaching and technique with four timed competition nights held throughout the season to track an athletes progress.  There are a few weeks break over Christmas/New Year, but otherwise Little Athletics operates throughout the school holidays from October through to March.  In Winter the Club has a cross country and sprints program.  For further information refer to the “cross country tab” forming part of this website.

Tiny Tots(not available for 2020)

In a contained environment, Tiny Tots are taught gross motor skills with an emphasis on fun and learning basic athletics skills. The group is limited to 50 children and if demand is high, preference is given to siblings of older athletes already registered with MLAC.

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 putt 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 (no Under 6 age group for 2020)

Children aged U7 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 are recorded and published throughout the season on our using our four competition nights and 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.

Registration numbers in each age group will be carefully monitored and if an age group becomes very large registrations will be closed. We therefore recommend early registration and payment online to avoid possible disappointment.

When and Where

Training for our 2020/21 Track and Field Season is every Monday at Balmoral Oval and runs throughout Term 4 (12 October to 14 December) and Term 1 (11 January to 15 March) of the school terms. See calendar http://mosmanlittleathletics.com/calendar/

Changed 2020/21 times for the sessions are:

  • U7-U10           4:15pm-5:45pm
  • U11-U17        6:15pm-7:45pm

Our weekly training sessions are typically structured as follows:

  • Check in with Age Manager at FIRST EVENT
  • Warm up for all athletes (15 mins)
  • Session 1 (25 mins)
  • Session 2 (25 mins)
  • Session 3 (25 mins)

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

  • Running         including sprinting, starts, middle distance, curves, hurdles
  • Throwing       including shotput, discus, javelin
  • Jumping        including long jump, high jump, triple jump

2020/21 Additional Session Information:

  • There will be only one entry point and one exit point to the MLA area on the oval
  • All athletes will marshall at their first event (not in front of the clubhouse)
  • Weekly training rotations showing events will be on the website. 1st event reminders will be advised on our facebook page each week and shown on a white board at the entrance.
  • Pick up for U7-U11 will be at specific points. Younger groups will be picked up from the oval, older age groups will be across the car park on the grassy area. The age group pick up locations can be found in the Pick Up Procedure section of this website.
  • No canteen or BBQ facilities
  • All water bottles and personal items like asthma puffers must be clearly labelled and carried only by the athlete during the session.

Parental Involvement

IN 2020/21 – ONLY AGE MANAGERS AND VOLUNTEERS WHO ARE SIGNED UP FOR THAT SESSION ARE ALLOWED ON THE OVAL IN THE MLA ROPED OFF AREA.

The operation of our Club relies on parents volunteering to assist.  Upon attending one of the Club’s registration days, those parents that have elected to pay the “volunteer parent registration fee” will be required to complete a Volunteer Registration Form which requires not less than volunteering on four occasions per child throughout the season.  This Form will include an authority and your credit card details.  Failure to turn up for your nominated duty will serve as an authority for the Club to deduct your credit card with a charge (currently set at $25.00) per occurrence.

Volunteers should arrive 15 minutes before the start of the session to allow for sign in and check procedures ie Junior volunteers arrive 4pm, Senior volunteers arrive 6pm.

If you are unable or should you elect not to volunteer at the time of registration you will be charged a premium on registration fees (as determined at the Committee’s absolute discretion) in order that the Club is able to source and pay for assistance in running the Club.

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