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What is Little Athletics?

Little Athletics aims to promote and foster athletics amongst young people, and to do this through friendly competition in a well-run, safe, enjoyable family environment.

We aim to develop the skills of the children in each new event and to increase their overall level of fitness. It is not a movement to identify elite athletes, although we do foster talent when it becomes apparent. What we try to do is encourage the development of skills and fitness in children of all levels of ability.

BWLAC typically involve five events for each age group (three track and two field), with each week involving a different mix of events.

What ages does Little Athletics cater for?

Children between the ages of 5 and 17 inclusive can register with a Little Athletics Centre.

The age group is dependant on the age of the athlete at midnight on the 30th of September at the start of the season. For example, an athlete turning 6 during September competes in the U7 age group whereas an athlete turning 6 during October competes in the U6 age group.

Children who turn 5 years of age during the current season (1st October to 31st March) may be registered for the season. Note that these athletes must remain in the under 6 age group for 2 seasons.

What assistance from parents/guardians is required?

Parental involvement is fundamental to Little Athletics. Compared to other sports, a high degree of assistance is required to officiate a large number of events each week. Parents are rostered to assist with meets on a rotating basis, and many parents choose to assist every week. Please take the opportunity to look at the material in the BWLAC Handbook.

Parents need to be in attendance at each meet. Little Athletics does not offer a child minding service.

How much does it cost to join?

The cost per athlete for the 2013/14 season is as follows: first child $105, 2nd child $95, 3rd child $85, 4th child $75, 5th child $60.

An amount of $60 for each athlete is paid to the ACTLAA for registration and covers championship and special event costs, insurance and ACTLAA administration.

All athletes competing in Centre or ACTLAA events must be registered with ACTLAA.

How do we register for the season?

See the Join In page for detailed registration information.

When is Little Athletics held each week?

Centre meets are usually held on Saturday mornings 9am-11am, with several held on Thursday evenings starting 6pm instead.

There are also a number of ACTLAA carnivals and championship meets throughout the season. See Program for details.

Where is Belconnen Wests Little Athletics located?

Belconnen Wests Little Athletics is held at Cook Oval, off Biffin Street in Cook.

Do we need to live in Cook?

No, membership is open to anyone who is eligible to compete in the ACT.

Please contact us for more information.

Is there a BWLAC uniform?

Yes, all athletes at a minimum must wear a BWLAC top (t-shirt, polo shirt, crop top or singlet) with registration number, age group and IGA patches sewn on in the correct position (see the BWLAC Handbook for details) at all meets and ACTLAA carnivals and championships.

We also sell maroon shorts and bike pants, though it is not mandatory these are worn.

Uniforms can be purchased at the canteen.

Is special footwear required?

No, though feet must be shod at all times.

Spikes may be worn by U9-U17 age groups in laned events only and must be put on/taken off just before/immediately after each event. 'Waffles', a lightweight shoe with a rubber sole resembling a 'spiked' shoe are a popular option and can be purchased at 'the Athletes Foot' outlets and the Runners Shop in Phillip.

We also have the 'boot pool' where you can buy and sell used shoes at a price negotiated between parties. This will be outside the canteen each meet.

Is there any training/coaching available?

Training sessions are offered on Wednesdays 5:30-6:30pm. These sessions focus on the development of core skills. Each session typically involves a couple of disciplines and sessions are optional.

BWLAC also has a number of qualified coaches who volunteer their time to assist at our centre meets.

Where can I find information on basic athletic technique?

We encourage all new athletes and parents to check out the Little Athletics basic techniques information available from the Little Athletics ACT website (see Education and Training).

We also encourage all parents and athletes to check out the basics of officiating events. Good practice officiating events as an age marshall should result in more efficient conduct of meets and foster fair competition for all.

Events fact sheets are also another useful resource available from this source.

What happens in wet weather?

Every effort is made to conduct meets each week.

In the event of cancellation due to wet weather, we will try to have an announcement made on local radio stations FM104.7 and Mix 106.3 between 8-8:30am. We will also put a notice on the website.