FAQ’s

FAQs

 

How do I register my child?

If your child would like to take part in Little Athletics, you need to register them with the local Centre. It is suggested that prior to registering online to contact your closest Little Athletics Centre to ensure that you have all the specific Centre information available to you.

 

What Age Group will my child be in?

Age groups are determined by the year and month of birth.
Use the Age Group Calculator to determine the age group you are in. Children cannot register outside of their age group.

 

 

Can my child try little athletics before joining?

Yes, most Centres allow new families a one or two week trial period before having to commit to payment of your registration. Athletes wishing to trial should submit a registration online without payment and then once happy the athlete wishes to continue refer to the invoice sent on how to then pay. Please note trials only relate to first time members, i.e. never been registered at Little Athletics in the past.
A child must have turned 5 before trialling or registering.

 

Adding a new child to your family registration

We’ve all been there – one child says they don’t want to compete this season only to change their mind a few weeks later. In the mean time you have paid for their sibling(s) to join Little Athletics. Don’t worry you are still entitled to the family registration discount, if your Centre offers one.
In order to receive the family discount, a registration application must be submitted only (without making payment) for the additional child. Once this has been completed please call the LAVic office and we can adjust the registration fee from the back-end and send out an updated invoice or you can simply pay over the phone. Easy done!

 

How much does little Athletics cost?

Summer/Full Registration fees can vary from one Centre to the next, depending upon location and the costs of running a Centre. Generally, fees will range from between $70 to $200 per child (all Centres differ). Our current fees are currently $190 per child for the summer season (discounts apply for each additional child). These provide registration/insurance for both the summer and winter seasons (additional fees may apply to your Centre for the winter to cover external expenses)
Winter (Only) Registration fees can vary from one Centre to the next, depending upon location and the costs of running their Cross Country program / combined program. Generally, fees will range from between $50 to $90 per child (all Centres differ) – These provide registration/insurance for the winter season only.

You can find out your local Centre fees by visiting our Online Registration portal or contacting your local Little Athletics Centre – Centre Contact Details (Please be aware that all our Centre Secretaries work on a voluntary basis and in most cases are best contactable after hours).
Members can pay online using the following options:
Credit Card online (Mastercard, Visa) / Prepaid Credit Card – a receipt will then be issued to your nominated email address or via your Paypal account a receipt will then be issued to your nominated email address.

 

What level of ability does your child have to be?

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).

 

What is expected of parents?

Because Little Athletics is a totally voluntary organisation, Centres cannot operate without the assistance of parents 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; to name just a few.
Most Centres have parent duty rosters. Additional assistance is always required on the Centre committees 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.

 

 

Do Children need to wear a Uniform?

Yes, all registered athletes must wear an approved Centre/Club uniform. During weekly competitions a registration (age group) patch must also be worn. Only members who have provided payment (& proof of birth where necessary) will be provided with a registration patch. This patch must not be washed and has a cost replacement if misplaced.
Sponsor patches are also required to be affixed to Centre uniforms. These will be provided by your Centre once you are a financial member. Please contact your Centre if you have not received these such patches.
A Centre representative will be able to tell you how much their uniforms cost.
The approved Centre uniform must also be worn when competing against other Centres (Open Days) and at all Little Athletics Region / State competitions.

 

Will my child have the opportunity to win medals or trophys?

Many Centres run award schemes to encourage athletes to “BE THEIR BEST”. Trophies, medals, ribbons and certificates are usually awarded for some of the categories stated below:
Performance
Improvement
Participation
Many Centres also run Centre Championships.