Parent Participation

Little Athletics cannot run unless parents help out as Officials, Chaperones, doing the BBQing, setting up and packing away. Every family is expected to help out to ensure our athletes can have an enjoyable and safe time.

A parent or guardian MUST be in attendance at each meeting or your child will not be permitted to compete. This requirement is imposed on the club for insurance and liability reasons. Each child needs to be signed in by a parent or guardian. At sign in, jobs will be allocated for the evening. If there are insufficient parents for a group of athletes they will be unable to take part in the evening.

Officials

Officials are required for all events, but in particular time keepers are essential for all running events.

Parents need not be formally qualified. An attempt is made to ensure that at each event there is at least one parent who knows the rules of that event. Many jobs, however, require little or no knowledge. In any case, all the officiating tasks can be learnt very easily.

A roster of families will be allocated each week to man stop watches. One person from each rostered family will be required, and you will be forewarned in the preceding week’s newsletter. This system means that each family will be required to time keep, at most, twice in the year. If you are unable to fulfill this obligation the responsibility lies with you to find a replacement.

It is expected that the Centre will run an official’s course in mid November coinciding with Relay Training. Full details will be published in the newsletter.

Chaperones

Chaperones have the task of ensuring that young athletes enjoy their activities in an organised and supportive atmosphere.

Acting as a chaperone involves:

  • Recording of performances;
  • Filling in performance tickets for each child;
  • Marshalling children to their events; and
  • Ensuring the safety of the children.

This is a great way to get involved in your own child’s competition.

Recording Achievement

Children are encouraged to keep a record of their progress in the different athletic events. At the end of the meet, each child is given a single ticket recording their performances during the evening.

The book that each child receives upon registration is designed for individual tickets for individual events. These tickets can be obtained from the chaperone and filled in by the child and glued in the book. That book then acts as a record of their athletic achievement and progress.

Athletes are also able to record their achievements on the Internet at the Australian Little Athletics web site if they wish.

Parents' Code of Behaviour

  • Encourage children to participate if they are interested. However, if a child is not willing do not force him or her.
  • Focus upon the child’s efforts rather than the overall outcome of the event. This assists the child in setting realistic goals related to his/her ability by reducing the emphasis on winning.
  • Teach children that an honest effort is as important as victory, so that the result of each event is accepted without undue disappointment.
  • Encourage children to always participate according to the rules.
  • Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing an event.
  • Remember children are involved in Little Athletics for their enjoyment, not yours.
  • If you disagree with an official, raise the issue through the appropriate channels rather than questioning the officials judgement and honesty in public. Remember, most officials give their time and effort for your child’s involvement.
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse at Little Athletics activities.
  • Recognise the value and importance of being a volunteer and/or coach. They give their time and resources to provide recreational activities for the children and deserve your support.
  • Demonstrate appropriate social behaviour, by not harassing athletes, coaches or officials, smoking on the arena or being intoxicated.

Smoking Policy

Under SALAA policy, smoking is forbidden on the competition arena and the area surrounding track and field events, clubrooms and canteen area.