Parent Information

We trust that you will find the following information informative and helpful.

Toowoomba South Little Athletics follows the Queensland Little Athletics philosophy of Family, Fun and Fitness.


Competitions

As a club we attend the following annual events:

  • Regional Relays
  • Regional Individual Championships
  • State Relays
  • State Individual Championships
  • Laidley Twilight Carnival

We also send representatives along to a number of Inter-Centre competitions. These events will be advertised on our website in the Calendar section, Parent handouts and on the Upcoming Events tab.

All competitions are about the athletes having a great time and doing their best!!

Nominations for all competitions have a close-off date. Payment for nominations must be paid prior to close-off dates.  No late nominations can be accepted.

All our athletes are winners for having a go and acknowledging each other's achievements!

 

Things to remember for our athletes to plan:

* Pack all your gear early, including all the correct uniform, hat, sunscreen, plenty of drinks and good food, markers for your runup if you need them.

* Ensure all athletes report to the Team Manager on arrival, and make sure you know when your events are on.

* Make sure you know where you need to marshal for your events.

* Make sure you warm up correctly, and warm down properly.  (Properly isn't a 5 second jog up and down on the spot!)

* Make sure you keep well hydrated, and when the weather is hot, ensure that you keep your fluids up in the days leading up to the competition.

* Make sure you have all the TSLA contact numbers handy!


McDonald's Achievement Awards

The McDonald's achievement levels are calculated from the averages of performances atteined by Queensland Little Athletics over the years.

Levels for each age group and all events are detailed on the pink (girls) or blue (boys) Achievement Cards.

To recieve a McDonald's Achievement Award Certificate, an athlete must reach the relevant level in all events applicable to their age group in THREE event groups. Eg: an U13 athlete achieving a Green level certificate must achieve green level in all of the following events:

  1. Hurdles: 60m Hurdles and 200m Hurdles
  2. Sprints: 70m, 100m and 200m
  3. Throws: Discus, Javelin and Shot Put.

 Any event group combination can be used to meet the criteria, as long as the levels in three event groups are attained.

The maximum number of certificates an athlete can receive each season is three: One Green Level, One Red Level and One Blue Level.

Our club also is recording points to go towards Age Recognition Award for each age group.  Points will be awarded for attendance as well as achievement of event results and personal best results for each event, along with participating in other carnivals.


Results

Results of Friday night competition will be entered into Timing Solutions either from paper recording forms, or by online recording on the centre's tablets. Parents or the athletes will will be able to print a results ticket, which can be placed in their child's achievement book. Athletes will have a Season Best Certificate printed and available at the end of season breakup.

 

 


Coaches

There will be qualified coaches involved in training sessions for the club.

Coaches will be responsible for showing your children the correct technique for each event. 

These coaches give freely of their time each week and should be treated with courtesy and respect from athletes and parents at all times.

Should your child have questions about what they are shown please do not hesitate to contact a coach at the end of the event for clarification.


Officials

There will be qualified officials rostered on the programmed events each Friday night.

Officials will be responsible for advising our athletes of the correct rules of competition, so as they progress to Regional or State Championships the chances of disqualification is minimised.

If your athlete is disqualified at an event, and either you or your athlete aren't sure why, please don't hesitate to discuss the issue with the official on the event or our Team Manager or Centre Manager.  (Because we record nightly results against club records, we need to ensure the results are recorded within competition rules.)


Parental Assistance

Parental Assisstance is required on a Friday night.  It is a great way to get involved and your kids will love it!

REMEMBER to get family levy back at the end of season, you must have assisted a minimum of 12 times thoughout the season.

Assistance is required in the:

  • Canteen
  • Equipment Set-up and Put-away
  • Age Group Marshalling  (This involves recording results, supervising the group, encouraging the group to play games between events)
  • Time Keeping, measuring, marking etc.
  • Tiny Tots
  • Officiating
  • Introductory Coaching

If you wish to assist but are unsure what is required, please contact a committee member; we will be more than happy to show you the ropes.  If you want to get involved in the committee, again, please talk to one of our committee members.


Safety/Insurance

All registered athletes, coaches and officials are covered by insurance. All athletes (registered or trialists) must sign in on the attendance sheet at the front desk before participating.
For more information please visit: http://www.laq.org.au/

http://www.laq.org.au/For safety reasons a parent/guardian should be in attendance on a Friday night. Athletes must not touch any equipment without adult supervision/instruction.
Athletes must remain within the fence boundaries, and stay off the cricket pitch, and off the track during events.

No alchol, drugs or smoking is permitted  on competition arena.  Our club encourages support of each of our age group athletes, and encourage respect and consideration to be shown to our officials and parent participants.

Athletes are not permitted to have mobile phones or any other devices in their possession whilst competing. 


Athletes from U11 age group and up are able to wear spikes at Centre level, for events in lanes, jumping events and javelin.

  • Spikes must be no longer than 7mm (synthetic track)
  • Spikes must be no longer than 9mm (synthetic field)
  • Spikes must be no longer than 12mm (grass - track or field)

Spikes must be carried in a suitable bag onto the track and then removed on completion of the event and stored in the age group basket or in a suitable storage bag.
Any athlete not excercising care when using spikes may be disqualified from wearing them for the remainder of the meeting.

Table of Use


 

U6

U7

U8

U9

U10

U11

U12

U13

U14

U15

Track

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laned

-

-

-

-

-

S_S

S_S

S_S

S_S

S_S

Unlaned

-

-

-

-

-

SB

SB

S_S

S_S

S_S

Relays

-

-

-

-

-

*SB

*SB

S_S

S_S

S_S

Walks

-

-

-

-

-

SB

SB

SB

SB

SB

Field

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

H/Jump/L/Jump/T/Jump/Javelin

-

-

-

-

-

S_S

S_S

S_S

S_S

S_S


Legend: 

S_S Spike shoes with or without blanks
SB Spike shoes without spikes or with blanks

* Athletes competing in U13 - U15 teams: Spike shoes with or without spikes


Footwear

Shoes must be worn by all athletes during and between event while competing in any Centre, Inter-Centre, Regional or State Championships.


Friday Night Competition

We commence at 6:30pm each Friday with a 15 minute warm up.  The weekly program will then consist of 4 competition events, and we will try to have coach/official on each event to assist each of our athletes. All athletes are encouraged to attend the warm up. This is to reduce the risk of injury when competing.

It is recommended that athletes compete in all events offered to their age group that night.

U8-U10 athletes will be taught to do scissors jump for high jump. All U11-U17 ahtletes will be taught to do fosbury flop for high jump as per LAQ guidelines.
Friday night program will be displayed near the canteen area.


Lost Property

At the end of our competition night, (or even when we have been away to a carnival), as we pack up our equipment, we quite often find jumpers, water bottles, shoes, and lots of other personal items.  These items are collected and we have a "Lost Property" box that is put out each Friday night on the Sign-on table.  If you have lost any items, please do check this box regularly, since at the end of the season, any unclaimed items that are not marked with a name, are put in the collection box at the Lifeline store.


Uniform

NO uniform is required for our weekly competion, but the club uniform is compulsory for all Inter-Centre, Regional and State competitions.

Participation in these competitions is not mandatory, but we do encourage our athletes to participate in the regional carnivals.

Club uniform consists of a Green/Yellow polo shirt which is available from the club at cost of $35. (Club shirts must have age patch and athlete number attached along with any sponsor patches supplied in the registration packs.)
Black shorts must be worn with club shirt - note that these must be plain black shorts with no coloured or white markings or logos.  Athletes not complying with the uniform will not be allowed to compete in regional or state competitions until they wear a complying uniform.


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