GUIDELINES
FOR COMPETITION DAYS

The following guidelines are designed to assist parents, athletes and officials with useful information regarding the competition programs at Brighton.

Twilight
start times

5:45pm - Warm-Up
6:00pm - First Event

Saturday morning
start times

8:15am - Warm-Up
8:30am - First Event


Club records

A Centre Record can only be recognised if a member of the Centre Executive is in attendance and checks the record. Parents on duty must be aware that if is likely that a record is to be broken, a Centre Executive member should be called to verify the result.
A Certificate is awarded to all athletes who break a Centre record.


Age

Children who have reached 5 years of age and not more than 15 years on 1st of October are eligible to participate in the current season of Little Athletics.


Hot Weather

Parents are reminded that Little Athletics is a Summer sport and appropriate precautions should be taken to protect both athletes and parents. These include:

  •  Wearing of hats in the open sun and regular application of sunscreen
  •  Covering arms and legs, except when actually competing
  •  Seeking shade and shelter where possible
  •  Regular intake of fluids, especially water.

    Hot and Inclement Weather

    In the lead up to each weekly competition, the Competition Director will monitor the weather forecast to assess the likelihood of adverse weather impacting the program.

    Decisions regarding the delay, cancellation or abandonment of scheduled events will be made with primary consideration given to the safety and wellbeing of athletes, volunteers, officials, parents and other attending family members.

    Wherever possible, when adverse (hot or extremely weather is forecast, email notifications will be sent to parents during the days prior to competition stating any known changes to the program start/finish times. Where extremely hot or inclement weather threatens the start of a competition program a decision will be made by 7:45am on competition day (5pm for twilights) as to whether the scheduled program will proceed. 

    The decision will be made by the Competition Director, or a nominated delegate, in consultation with other members of the Brighton Executive.   If the decision is to NOT proceed or to delay the start of the competition, then the following will occur:

    • We will communicate via Team App, advising of the action being taken and if a competition is not proceeding on any given morning or twilight period
    • The Brighton web site will only be updated with a message advising of either the delayed start or the cancellation.

    Should adverse weather force the abandonment of a program whilst it is in progress, no communication will be sent to parents as each athlete should have at least 1 nominated guardian at the centre at all times whilst competition is in progress.

    The Centre reserves the right to adjust and or modify weekly competition programs at short notice to ensure that adverse weather and ground conditions are taken into account. Wherever possible the Centre will endeavour to provide a program / event of some description which may include running a wet weather program eg a cross country run.


    On track

    is a modified version of athletics that makes it easy for children to learn the skills of our sport and easy for parents to coach.  Starting with Under 6, the program commences with basic motor skills and progresses through to more complex athletic extension skills.  The program is an action packed, fun filled 30 minutes that has the children on the go the whole time.  Using an extensive range of fun activities, the idea is to teach children the correct skills and techniques of athletics using the enjoyment kids naturally get through exercise.  While it is overseen by experienced coordinators, it's the parents that become the coaches, but don't worry, you'll be taught everything you need to know.  It's easy to pick up and a lot of fun too!


    Recording attendances

    Little Athletes must have their attendance recorded at their Club desk on arrival and departure from the park area. Parents must ensure that their children are aware of this requirement as each athlete must be accounted for at the end of a competition program. No athlete may leave the park/arena area during a competition program unless under direct supervision. Parents performing duty on the day must report to their designated duty contact.


    Spikes

    Spikes may be worn by athletes from Under 11 to Under 15 inclusive in high jump, long jump, triple jump, javelin and all laned events. They are to be fitted at the starting area of an event and removed as soon as practicable after the event.


    Type of events

    The events for each age group change each week, the programs can be viewed from the Season Calendar page.


    Uniform

    At the 2012 AGM members voted and passed a motion to adopt the uniform (Brighton singlet or t-shirt and navy blue shorts) worn by Brighton athletes at Region and State events as our weekly competition uniform.  

    Following is some additional information relating to uniforms:

    • The centre crop top cannot be worn at our weekly centre competition and can only be worn at Region and State events. 
    • All athletes must have the Jetstar registration patch and badge attached to their uniforms.
    • Centre uniforms can be purchased from the centre at information days and most competition Saturdays.

    Chest patches

    Little Athletics Victoria (LAVic) requires all athletes to wear the provided chest patch at all times during Centre activities.  This is a safety and sponsorship requirement.  It allows our centre officials and the parents of other athletes to quickly know your child's name and age group.  In case of accident or emergency the child's name can be accessed quickly. 

    Parents must detail any medical problems on the registration form and it also recommended that they list these on the back of the Chest patch. 

    To ensure long life of the patch, it is recommended that velcro be purchased so the patch can be removed without damage and the clothing washed.  If it is lost or damaged, please see the registrar for a replacement. 

    Athletes without a chest patch may be prevented from competing as they are in breach of the LAVic Competitive Members' membership requirements (section 1.8).


    No patch - no points

    All athletes must wear their Jetstar registration patch to the weekly Brighton Centre competitions.

    If an athlete competes without the Jetstar patch then their results will not be captured and they will not receive any points towards their end of season results.

    Replacement patches can be purchased from the centre registrar on a weekly basis at a cost of $5 per patch with all monies raised contributing to the Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday appeal.


    No smoking

    All competitions and functions for the Brighton Little Athletics Centre are smoke free.