The motto for Little Athletics in Australia is “For family, fun and fitness”. Tuggeranong embraces that objective by endeavouring to ensure that through athletic participation, individuals are able to satisfy the goals that they set for themselves. It is not whether children come first, second or last in an event, but how they approach their participation and how they develop and improve that is important, not only over the season but from year to year. It is our intent to provide a friendly environment for both adults and children to assist the children in meeting the challenges they set for themselves.
How it works
Little Athletics at Tuggeranong is quite simple – you attend Kambah No. 3 Oval from 8:45am to 11am each Saturday morning (starting in October and finishing towards the end of March in the following year, with a break for the Christmas holidays). While there, children will do a combination of running, throwing, jumping events and a little standing still (for a rest now and then). Children are divided into age groups (eg. under 9 girls, under 9 boys) for each age from, and including, under 6 to under 17. Children receive a competition ticket for each event they compete in. These tickets should be retained and stuck in their Athlete Achievement Book to enable parents and children to see improvements made in performances during the season.
Tuggeranong Little Athletics Association is not run by paid officials and the help of ALL PARENTS is needed to make the Club run smoothly. On competition days parents can assist with timekeeping, measuring jumps and throws, recording of results, marshalling age groups and helping in the canteen. All children must be accompanied by an authorised adult at all times during competition and training.
The registration number and age patch must be worn at every Club meeting on Saturday morning. The registration number must be sewn or pinned to the front of the t-shirt and the age patch sewn or pinned on the left shoulder. (Note: the patches should be ironed before sewing to set the colours). Footwear is mandatory for children competing in all events. Club rules regarding the wearing of spikes mirror those of the ACTLAA.
When representing the Club at any inter-club or ACTLAA events they must wear TLAA uniforms. New TLAA uniforms, including “sun smart” T-shirts, body suits, shorts, singlets and track suit tops are available for purchase on competition mornings. Second-hand uniforms may also be available.
Training is held each Wednesday (for U9 and up age groups) at Kambah No. 3 Oval from 5.00 pm to approximately 6.00 pm. All children are encouraged to attend these training sessions if they wish to enhance their performances.
If it is raining or the weather conditions are bad there will be a message posted on the website and it will also be announced on radio stations.