Regular Weekly Development & Competition
Sandringham Little Aths runs a weekly development and competition program that rotates through 3 programs. There are two session times as per below and we list on our website each rotation of events specific to the week.
Due to the redevelopment of our track at Sandringham, our program will be slightly different for the first two months, details below.
From October 1 – Late November
- Location: Duncan McKinnon reserve, Murrumbeena
- Day: Friday evenings
- 5:30pm : Under 6 – Under 8 start
- 5:45pm : Under 9 – Under 16 warm-up for 6:00pm start
From Late November – March
- Location: Sandringham Athletic Track, Hampton
- Day: Saturday mornings
- 8:15am : Under 6 – Under 9 warm-up for 8:30am start
- 9:45am : Under 10 – Under 16 warm up for 10:00am start
We sometimes also run a number of special events during the season for Cup Weekend and Australia Day weekend. Please refer to our calendar for more information.
The athletic skills we incorporate into our program are age and skill appropriate and can include 70, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500m, discus, shot put, javelin, triple jump, long jump, high jump and hurdles.
The Committee establish point days during the regular centre competition. These dates are listed on our season calendar. Points accumulate throughout the season and each event scores points according to the overall placing in that Age Group. Each child will earn points towards the Centre Championship Award across the whole season.
The Sandringham LAC Centre Championships is a major Club event. The event is run in a similar fashion to Region and State Championships. For those who haven’t experienced Regional or school competition this is their athletes first competition experience.
Athletes nominate to compete in limited number of events that are age and skill appropriate. Children participating in the Centre Championships must nominate their events and each child will receive either a medal (1st,2nd or 3rd) or a ribbon for every event.
Relays is one of the Club’s favourite events and is open to athletes Under 9- Under 16 years of age including Multi Class athletes. This is where the kids are placed into teams and exchange a relay baton amongst while running around the track.
All skills are taught and we hold specific training nights for the teams. There is a practice event called Mentone Relays, then we officially compete in our Southern Metropolitan Region.
Successful teams at this event, then compete at the State Relay Carnival. Relay’s establishes friendships at all levels, teaches many life skills and is a lot of fun every step of the way.
This takes place over a nominated weekend usually early February each year at Lakeside Stadium in Albert Park. The event is open to athletes in the Under 9-Under 16 age group including Multi Class athletes.
Each athlete will participate in a standard set of between 5 and 7 separate disciplines (eg hurdles, shot put, 100m, 800m, long jump) which is determined by their age group. Usually events consisting of five disciplines will be held on one day and those consisting of more than 5 will take place across the 2 days.
Across the Championships, athletes collect points for their performance in each event with the final accumulation of points then determining the final standings.
Track and Field Championship
The Regional Track and Field Carnival starts with the Southern Metropolitan Region Event over the weekend in mid February each year. The Venue is one within the Southern Metropolitan area and in the past has been at Caulfield Little Athletics Cub – Duncan McKinnon.
The Track and Field carnivals are open to athletes in the Under 9 to Under 16 age groups including Multi-Class athletes.
Who can compete?
To be eligible to enter the Region Track & Field Carnivals, athletes must be registered and be a financial Little Athletics Victoria Competitive Member.
They also must have competed in a minimum of 4 weeks of Little Athletics Victoria approved weekly Centre competition from the beginning of the 2020-21 season to the close of entries.