What happens at Saturday meets?
The majority of Little Athletics meets start at 8:45am Saturday at Rundle Reserve. The athletes (and their parents) gather in their groups based on the athlete’s age and gender. This happens along the side of the oval near the clubhouse. Everyone marks themselves off in the age group’s folder on arrival. After a few short notices from the President the Little Athletes will go for a short jog and some warm-ups lead by our Senior Captains.
After the warm up it’s onto the events! Each age group will have a selection of events according to the following:
3 and 4 year olds – we run a program for our “Tiny Tots” which has been put together by our association. This is a fun program which aims to help children with their co-ordination by playing skill based games to prepare them for upcoming events as they get older.
Under 6 to Under 8 athletes compete in 5 events
Under 9 to Under 14 athletes compete in 6 events
Under 15 to Under 17 athletes can compete in a minimum of 3/maximum of 6 events of their choice
They will be a combination of track and field events and are selected from a rotating roster of events so that athletes get to try a variety of events. The age group, with the help of parents, move around the facility and participate in the events listed in the folder in the order noted. At some events there may be a short wait before it becomes available. We ask that the group stays in the immediate area as to not lose their place in the queue. However, please be mindful of other athletes who are competing in their events. As the event is happening, or at it’s conclusion results are noted in the folder and then it’s on to the next event.
The list of events in the folder will have the distances that must be run for the age group. For more specific information regarding the specifications for the events please check the Standard Events page.
At the conclusion of the events for each age group, slips will be handed out for the Little Athletes to keep. It will list the times and distances they achieved for each event. These times will also be loaded onto the athlete’s Results HQ private webpage for future reference.
When age groups are finished it’s a great time to catch up with other parents at the clubhouse and maybe treat yourself to a sausage at the BBQ.
Twilight meets run in the same way. Our running track lights will be switched on to improve visibility.
Away events are run in a similar fashion, however there may be a few differences between clubs. Some extra patience will be required due to the larger attendance on these days. However, they’re always a fantastic chance to get to know others in the athletics community and a great chance to represent your club!