Little Athletics encourages children aged from 3 to 17, regardless of ability, to strive to achieve their best in the full range of athletic events. At Golden Grove Little Athletics Centre the emphasis is on Family, Fun and Fitness (Little Athletics Motto), and to be Your Best.
Little Athletics teaches more than sports skills, with discipline, respect and teamwork being all part of the training. Studies show that children who have participated in Little Athletics have better coordination, flexibility and mobility.
To find out your Age Group go to the SALAA website.
Tiny Tots is for children who are 3-4 years of age. The emphasis here is on FUN while developing basic motor skills through simple games.
Little Athletes (5-17 year olds) compete in a variety of Track and Field events that rotate each week. Some events are dependant on the Age Group participating but generally events include:
·Sprints (50m, 70m, 100m, 200m)
·Middle distance (300m, 400m, 500m, 700m, 800m)
·Long Distance (U12 to U17 – 1500m)
·Hurdles (distance and height of hurdles depend on age – 60m, 80m, 90m, 100m, 200m & 300m)
·Walks (U9 – 700m, U10 and U11 – 1100m & U12 to U17 – 1500m)
·High Jump (U8 to U17)
·Triple Jump (U11 to U17)
·Javelin for (U11 to U17)
Home Meets are at Tilley Reserve and are usually on Saturday mornings from 8:45am. We also have some Friday Night Twilight Meets. New athletes are welcome at any home meet (check the program for more details).
During the season, the Little Athletes have the opportunity to participate in additional regional meets, Northern Metro Region, Northern Region Open Day and Northern Improvers* along with association events held at SA Athletics Stadium Mile End, State Classic (Tiny Tots and U6-U12), Jetstar SA Classic Day (formerly PB Day) State Relay Championships*, Multi Event Championship*, and State Individual Championships* along with Inter Club meets including the Australia Day Hurdles Shield Competion. (Note: *Qualifying criteria applies). Also all registered members are able to compete in the Cross Country Season throughout the winter (May-July).
Little Athletics is a Family sport and cannot operate without Parent involvement. A parent or guardian must remain at the centre whilst their child is participating in the activities. During the meets, our Centre requires chaperones for each age group to supervise athletes, officials to conduct the events and helpers to carry out tasks, such as, measuring and raking jumping pits. These are simple tasks that can be done by almost everyone. Kids love to see their parents helping out.
Volunteers are essential for the Club to operate as there are many jobs that must be done each meet. It is expected that each family will do their bit to help out with either the set-up or pack-up of equipment, Canteen or BBQ. We believe that each family should not need to volunteer for more than two hours throughout all home meets as long as every family does their bit. Please honour your commitment and arrange to swap with another family if you not able assist on your allocated date.
GGLAC and SALAA have a number of POLICIES that we ask you familiarise yourself with.