Waverley Little Athletics Centre Inc.

Family, Fun and Fitness since 12 November 1968
Victoria's Premier Grass Track

What is Little Athletics?

New members are always welcome at Waverley Little Athletics Centre.

Our focus is to provide a family friendly environment for children of all athletic & sporting abilities from the age of 5 through to 15.
Athletes are not graded or ranked. Everyone in the same age group participates together and are encouraged to do their best and achieve their Personal Best (PB).
The athletes perform the events in the Age group and are taken around the events by their Age Group Leaders who ensure everyone is encouraged to do their best, regardless of their ability.

We operate a Summer track & field season (October to March) & Winter cross country season (April to August).

The summer season is held at Central Reserve on Saturday morning with a few Thursday evening twilights when there is a state or region event on the Saturday. Free icy poles are given out the next week to those who achieve 2 (Under 6 to 8) or 3 (Under 9 to 16) Personal Bests (PBs) the previous week.
Those who want to compete at a higher level can attend Region or State events and can attend the many Open Days held by Little Athletics Centres around the state.  These are all listed in the Calendar.

In Winter we join with Knox LAC for Cross Country.

Coaching and Training is provided.

For a list of contacts please refer to the Contact Us Section of this website.
All our committee members, coaches and Age Group Leaders have a Working With Children Check and we encourage all parents to have one and provide us with their card details.

Follow the links below to some General Information that may answer your questions and the Events page for details and videos of the events.

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Can children try it before joining?

Yes, you may have a "Come and Try" in the Track and Field season or during Cross Country before making a decision to register. 
Some basic information will be required to be filled in before "taking to the track".

Please refer to the Registration page for full details!

How are the kids’ performances monitored?

Athlete's performances/results in all events are recorded during the program. 

Results can be downloaded from the website, usually within 3 hours after the conclusion of the program. 

The results can be printed onto sticker sheets and placed in the Centre Booklet (both provided at time of registration), or saved as PDF if using Chrome.

How does a weekly meeting work?

Summer (Track and Field)

A warm up session starts at 8:45am with the first events starting at 9am.

After the warm up the athletes join their Age Group Leaders who will take them to each event. The Age Group Leaders have fluorescent vests with the Age Group on the back - Under 6 to Under 12 are each run separately but the U13-U16 all compete as a single group known as the Southern Stars (SS).

Little Athletics is run by volunteers and many helpers are required to be able to run the program. A sign-up sheet is set up on a table in front of the clubrooms where you can choose what to assist with. Parents are expected to help out every. Duties include:

  • Retrieving Discus, Shot Put and Javelins
  • Resetting the High Jump bar
  • Recording - writing down the distance against the Athlete's name/number on the recording sheet
  • Raking the Jump Pit
  • Taking the Drinks Trolley around to all the helpers at the events
  • Track finish line - laying out the place disks in the lanes and passing the timing slip to the Lane 1/first athlete
  • Recording Tent - using the computer to scan the athlete's number against their result
  • Electronic timing operator - training is required and will be provided
  • Starter - starting the race - training is required and will be provided
  • Event Manager (all events) - training is required and will be provided

Little Athletics Victoria run training courses throughout the season. WLAC normally reimburses course costs as long as the skills learnt will be used at the Centre.

Please talk to any Committee Member for further details

I need further information, who should I speak to?

Please contact the Waverley Little Athletics Centre Inc. President, Registrar or any other Committee Member for any other queries you may have.

Is there any training provided?

Midweek training is provided for all athletes from U9 to U16 in all events by qualified coaches.

We also conduct a midweek On Track session for the younger U6 - U8 age groups as well as their Saturday morning On Track sessions during the Track & Field season.

Please refer to Training for further details.

What about Safety, Insurance and First Aid?

Insurance is provided by Little Athletics Victoria.

First Aid is provided during all Centre competition days.

What is available to children with disabilities?

All children are encouraged to join.  While there are no specific programs for children with disabilities, you are welcome to raise any issues/suggestions with any Committee Member for a smooth transition.

What is expected of Parents?

Parents are expected to assist with the running of weekly programs by carrying out regular duty requirements every week that their children attend.
There are many types of duties available - most parents enjoy officiating at an event (e.g. Long Jump, Discus, Recording, etc). 
Other typical duty requirements are: Canteen, BBQ, set up & pack up of equipment, etc. Additional assistance is always welcomed by the Committee.

Parents must remain at the Centre at all times during competition in case of an emergency - or nominate a responsible person for their child.

How to Help at Little Athletics has been written for the new parents or anyone who hasn’t been involved with the sport before.  It aims to provide basic information about all the events that make up the weekly program.

Don't be afraid to ask or seek assistance at any time. You can find any Committee Member to direct your questions towards. 
Alternatively, you can contact us

We are always looking for new & enthusiastic parents to take on a more permanent role within the Centre.

What is expected of the Children?

Children must:

  • Behave in a proper manner with their friends and parents
  • Uphold our motto "Family, Fun, Fitness" and  "Be Your Best"

Additionally, please ensure you read the Centre Rules and Codes of Conduct that are outlined in the Centre Booklet.

What level of ability do children have to have 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.

What types of awards/trophies are presented?

At the end of each season, awards are presented to all children based on:

  • Performance
  • Improvement
  • Personal Bests 
  • Participation

Trophies and Certificates are typically awarded. Service awards are also awarded based on 5, 8 and 10 years at the Centre.

When and How to Join

You can register at any time, provided you are between the age of 5 and 16. You must have had your 5th birthday to join.

If you are new to Little Athletics then you can Come and Try. Check out the New Members section for further details.

Where are the events held?

Waverley Little Athletics Centre Inc. Track & Field events are held at Central Reserve in Glen Waverley.
Competitions are held on Saturday mornings, with the occasional Thursday twilight event (before major championships)

Saturdays
The warm up begins at 8:45am. The program will start at 9am SHARP!
The program will conclude for U6 & U7's between 10:30am - 11am and for U8 to U16's between 11:30am - 12pm.

Thursday Twilights
Warm up will begin at 5:45pm. The program will start at 6pm SHARP!
The program will conclude between 7pm - 7:45pm.

For the Cross Country season, events are usually held at various parks between 9am and 11am in conjuction with Knox LAC.

Which age group would my child be in?

You can determine your child's age group by using the Age Group Ready Reckoner. Please ensure that you bring proof of age when registering for the first time.

Registration

About Little Athletics (Updated 23/08/2017)
General Information Flyer 2019/20 (Updated 15/08/2019)