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 introduced a cross country program.  For further information refer to the “cross country tab” forming part 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 2015/16 season at MLAC, children must be born between 1 October 2010 and 30 September 2012.  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

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 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 2015/16 Track and Field Season is every Monday at Balmoral Oval and runs throughout Term 4 (12 October to  14 December) and Term 1 (18 January to 21 March) of the school terms.

See calendar

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 shotput, discus, javelin
  • Jumping        including long jump, high jump, triple jump

Parental Involvement

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.

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.