What is Little Athletics?
Little Athletics is a uniquely Australian modified athletics program for children from 3 to 17 years based upon the sport of athletics (track and field). There is a wide range of events from running, jumping, throwing and walking and events are modified to suit the age, developmental stage and ability of the children.
Little Athletics promotes that it is important to “Be your Best” ®. The emphasis is on fun, participation, performance, technique and getting involved with your family in physical and healthy activity. The motto of Little Athletics is ‘Family, Fun and Fitness”.
Across Australia, more than 100,000 girls and boys enjoy the activities of Little Athletics. Little Athletics is the “Foundation for all Sports”. All sports use the skills developed at Little Athletics.
Who can join?
Little Athletics is for boys and girls aged 3-17 years old. Children of all abilities are welcome.
A modified Tiny Tots program is offered for children aged 3-5 years old. Children must have turned three before they can take part.
Track and field programs are for children five and up. Children compete in groups determined by their age at October 1 of each year.
What age group will my child be in?
Athletes must participate in groups determined by their age at the 31st December. Age groups range from Tiny Tots (3 to 5 years olds) and Under 6 to Under 17 in both boys and girls. Please refer to the Little Athletics SA Age Group Calculator if you are not sure which age group your child would be in. Athletes cannot go up or down an age group for any reason – proof of age may be requested.
What level of ability do children have to be to join?
Our emphasis is on Family, Fun & Fitness. Children can join with any level of skill or fitness. Children are given plenty of encouragement to achieve personal bests (PB’s). Little Athletics recognises that children vary widely in shape, size and athletic ability, and thus is one of few sports that successfully caters for all.
Can we try out before registering?
Yes, we offer athletes two free ‘Come and Try‘ sessions. It is compulsory for families to first complete an online Come and Try registration. Your child/children will be able to join in all the events with the children in their age group.
Maximum of two Come and Try sessions per season per child.
Kids can wear comfy active clothes and sneakers
Please bring a water bottle and hat.
- Look for a committee member with a blue Plympton shirt to guide you in the right direction
How do I register my child?
Where are the meets held?
We are located in the grounds of Hamilton College at 815 Marion Road, Mitchell Park.
Access is from Nellie or Daisy Avenue, Mitchell Park. There is no car park entry from Marion Road into the Hamilton grounds car park.
When are the meets held?
Plympton Flyers LAC home meetings are held Sunday mornings, commencing at 9:00 am for approximately 1.5-2 hours, depending on the age group and program. The season typically runs from October through to the end of March.
Please arrive from 8.30 am to help with set up. Each age group is responsible for the set up of one event.
Refer to our Season Calendar for a schedule of meets.
What happens at Sunday meets?
Families are asked to arrive for Sunday meets from 8.30 am for a 9.00 am start.
All parents are required to help out at club meets. Each age group is responsible for the set up of one event.
A warm-up session is followed by the program of events. Events vary depending on the age group (see SALAA Standard Events and Specifications), but include runs from 40m to 1500m, hurdles, high, long and triple jumps, shot-put, discus and javelin events.
Children compete in age groups from U6 to U17.
For Tiny Tots (ages 3, 4 and some 5 year olds) we run a program of fun skill-based games.
Our home meeting schedule runs on an Event Program. This gives athletes an opportunity to take part in a variety of events and the chance to record qualifying times or standards for eligibility to compete in the Little Athletics SA State Challenge and State Individual Championships.
At the meet there are drinks and BBQ items for sale. Funds raised from the canteen and BBQ help to fund the running of the club.
During the winter season (April to September), cross country takes place on Sundays at various Little Athletic club grounds. Children compete in distances of 400m to 3km, depending on age. Winter Cross Country is a competition in itself and is also a great way to keep fit during the colder months so children are well-prepared for the summer season.
What is expected of parents?
It is expected a parent or guardian is in attendance at each meet.
Little Athletics is a totally voluntary sport, Plympton Flyers LAC cannot operate without the assistance of parents and other adult volunteers each week in fulfilling the many and varied duties required. These include officiating at an event; managing an age group; recording results; working in the canteen and BBQ; to name a few. Additional assistance is always required on the Committee and all parents are encouraged to become involved. Little Athletics is one of the few sports where parents can become fully involved in their child’s sporting interests.
To ensure new parents or individuals feel confident to help at their Centre, Little Athletics SA have produced a ‘How to Help At Little Athletics’ parent handbook. The handbook aims to provide basic information about all the events that make up the weekly program at most Centres.
Please refer to the Parent Participation page for further details.
Does my child need to wear a uniform?
Yes, all athletes (U6 to U17) are required to be in full uniform for all meets at Plympton Flyers Little Athletic Centre and all Little Athletics SA events. This includes which Registration Badge, Age badge & Coles badge. Badges will be in your registration bag ready for collection a week or so after you have registered on-line.
Where do I buy a uniform and how much are they?
Our uniform top is sold at the registrar desk next to the canteen for $40.
Navy athletics shorts, two way stretch shorts, or sports brief can be bought at Kmart/Big W.
What training and coaching is available?
Training is included in the registration and there is no added cost to come and train. Training is on Wednesdays 6.30-7.30pm at Bowker Street Reserve, North Brighton.
What incentives do you provide for the athletes?
Plympton Flyers LAC has awards for personal bests, centre best performances, most improved, centre best champions and life memberships.
For further details please refer to our Recognition Program page.
What is your weather policy?
The Centre weather policy states that if the forecast temperature (on the morning of the meet) is more than 36 degrees, the meet will be cancelled. If the forecast temperature is 36 degrees or less, the meet will proceed although a reduced program may be offered if the Centre executive feel the conditions warrant this.
Other extreme weather conditions (wind,rain,etc) may lead to the cancellation or reduction of a meet.
Forecasts are taken from the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology website
Cancellations will be posted on the clubs FaceBook page based on the forecast temperature. Notification will usually occur between 8-8:15 am.
What about Cross Country?
Cross Country meets take place on Sundays during winter (May to July) in varying locations around the State. Please see the Winter Season cross country program at Little Athletics SA.
Is there any insurance cover?
All registered Little Athletes, coaches and voluntary workers are insured for Personal Accident and Public Liability through Australis Group Underwriting.
Cover is provided for injuries caused solely by active participation in officially organised events, practice and training sessions and official functions including traveling to and from such events.
Parents are responsible for the Medicare gap.
How do we contact you?
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org