Hi Brighton Little Aths parents and athletes,
Welcome to the start of the summer season for little athletics at Brighton – registrations opened on the 21st August for the 17/18 program!
Up & Coming Extracurruicular Events
Relay Day at Box Hill LAC - Expressions of interest
Sunday November 12th
Box Hill Little Athletics Centre is hosting their annual Relay Day. It involves a number of Little Aths Centres, many from within the Eastern Region, although not limited to. The event is open to athletes U8 – U16 and will be held at Haganauer reserve (the Box Hill track).
With more that 12 Centres, 500 hundred teams and over a 1,000 spectators, Relay Day is the ideal lead up for athletes competing at Regional Relays. Teams can practice their skills on the track in a relaxed yet fun & exciting environment.
The BHLAC Committee would like to extend a warm invitation for your centre to participate in this event.
To compete on Box Hill Relay Day you must run as part of a team submitted by our Centre.
Please contact David for further information here
Keilor Relay Open Day - Expressions of interest
Sunday November 29th October
Keilor Little Athletics Centre will be holding its inaugural ‘Keilor Relay Open Day’. This exciting event is aimed at helping relay teams from through the whole of Victoria prepare for regional and state championships – while having some fun at the same time.
Please contact David for further information here
- Ages: U9 to U15 (plus an U8 invitational event as detailed below).
- Entry cost: $15 per team per race. Plus $2 per spectator for non-competitors.
- Events to be offered for U9 to U15 athletes are 4 x 100, 4 x 200, mixed 4 x 100, and medley – with guaranteed heats and finals for all events apart from medleys.
- A draft program is found here – please note that this may be subject to change
- In additional, there will be an ‘invitational’ 4 X 100m races for U8 athletes (boys, girls, and mixed) – at no cost
- Entries will strictly close at midnight on Saturday 21st October.
- Race will start from 9am, and we aim to finish by 5.30pm.
- A range of food and trucks will be available on the day, to provide a range of food options.
- Medals to first three teams in each final for U9 to U15 athletes. Each team will be allocated 4 medals, with additional medals available for $5 per medal.
- An engraver will be available on site.
- Two educational courses will be offered at no cost:
- John McCall, an experienced relay coach and the LAV statewide On-Track coordinator, will hold a coaching clinic – this will be ideal for all first time coaches.
- Nadine Laschko, an accredited practising dietitian with Dietitian Association of Australia, will present two sessions on eating well for competition, before, during and after, sports drinks and supplements, hydration, healthy eating from take away venues and canteens on the day of competition. Both will be
interactive presentations designed to engage both athletes and parents, including information handouts and food/drink demonstrations
- Entries will open up closer to the event, with a link to entry forms to be posted on this page, along with payment details. Centres will be sent a single invoice covering all teams entered.
This event will be hosted at our fully synthetic track, with very generous parking and easy access from the Calder, Tullamarine and Western Ring Road Freeways – see the map below.
Come along and experience our hospitality – we look forward to seeing you!
BLAC - Relay Teams
Cam Tampion is our man. Joining to coach the relay effort this season, Cam has started prep for the squad early so we can have the teams as well prepared as possible. Look out for more notes on this and early recruitment starting now.
Tuesday and Thursday nights are the new black…at BLAC! Field coaching on Tuesday. Track on Thursday. Final details being pulled together by David Saunders, our new Coaching Director. Returning coaches include Jack Dalton (throws), Allan Poynton (hurdles), Brett Lewis (long and triple jump) and Gaby Howard (high jump). New coaches…welcome Laura Bainbridge (sprints), Cam Hughes (javelin) and Cam Tampion (relay lead).
If any of our parents want to get involved in coaching please email David at firstname.lastname@example.org who can help facilitate the Intro to Coaching course (details at -http://brightonlittleaths.squarespace.com/whats-on/) The Kids get an enormous amount out of coaching – please help where you can.
U13+ “Circuit” competition
I’m so excited to announce that 5 of the premier SMR clubs have banded together to launch a dedicated competition to help retain and develop U13+ athletes. Dubbed “The Circuit”, the program is intended to foster the great social connections athletes make as they get older, and promote a fun, competitive environment whilst representing their club. The 1st of 3 rounds is on 9 November at Mentone – kicking off under lights. Brighton hosts the 2nd round on 9 December. The 3rd and final round is at Sandringham at the start of Feb. I urge you to spread the word and encourage all older athletes to sign up.
Little Aths Victoria
Clinics / Seminars & On Track Workshops
Dates and locations for our Clinics, Seminars and On Track Workshops for the season ahead are yet to be finalised
We will update this as soon as LAVic notify us.
2017/18 INTRODUCTION TO COACHING COURSE - ITCC
Take your first step into basic athletics skills coaching.
All practical .... No exam .... No previous experience necessary!
If you want to learn more about athletics for kids, then the ITCC is for you!
The ITCC is designed to help participants become better placed to assist children to perform basic athletic skills. The course is great for parents, school teachers and other interested persons who want to know a little more about the skills of the sport so that they may help to coach children of Primary school age, assist at Little Athletics Centres or prepare students for a school athletics carnival. Participants will be shown skills, drills, games and activities relevant to the target age group.
The ITCC is a non accredited practical coaching course designed for Little Athletics and conducted on behalf of the Australian Track and Field Coaching Association (ATFCA).
At the conclusion of the course the participant will, for the target age group:
- Better understand an appropriate working model for each Little Athletics event
- Have a greater knowledge of appropriate drills, skills, games and activities for particular event groups
- Identify some of the more common technical faults of events
- Have a basic understanding of a simple coaching session
- Better understand how to organise a group safely
1 Day course - 6.5 hours duration - approx. 8.45am to 3.20pm
Participants need to be minimum of 16 years of age at the time of the course.
Conducted at Cranbourne Sunday 13th August and at Box Hill on Sunday 27th August 2017
The last course for the season will be at Waverley on Sunday 29th October 2017