Frequently asked questions

Why should I choose Berwick little athletics?

The emphasis is on fun, participation, performance, technique and getting involved with your family in physical and healthy activity. The unique thing about the sport is that it isn’t focused on winning, it’s about family, fun, fitness and doing the best you can.

What is little athletics?

As the name suggests, it is based upon the sport of athletics (track and field and cross country running). There are a wide range of events from Sprints, Hurdles, Middle Distance, Race Walking, Relays, Shot Put, Discus, Javelin, Long Jump, Triple Jump, and High Jump and events are modified to suit the age, developmental stage and ability of the children. Little Athletics is the "Foundation for all Sports". All sports use the skills developed at Little Athletics.

What age can my child attend little athletics?

Children between the ages of five (5) and fifteen (15) years can register. As soon as your child has their 5th birthday, they can join, even if it is part way through the season.

What does little athletics cost?

Little aths costs just $170 per child for the entire year (October through to August). This includes both track & field (summer) and cross country (winter) seasons. Discounts apply to families with multiple children. If you just sign up for the cross country (winter) season the cost is approximately half the full season costs.

What is Track and Field (summer) Season?

Track and field season focuses on track events (running & hurdles at various distances) and field events (throwing and jumping). It starts the first week of October and finishes at the end of March (School Terms 4 & 1) and runs for approximately 20 weeks of various programs.

What is Cross country (winter) Season?

Cross country running is where children run between 750m and 3000m depending on their age, and runs from April through to August (School terms 2 & 3). The courses cover a variety of surfaces including grass, trails, open country, hills, flat ground and sometimes gravel road or even a bit of mud. Cross country season is great to keep kids active during winter and build a solid fitness base.

My child is not sporty, can they still attend?

YES, children can join with any level of skill or fitness. Our emphasis is on Family, Fun & Fitness. Children are given plenty of encouragement to achieve personal bests (PB's). Little Athletics recognises that children vary widely in shape, size and athletic ability, and is one of few sports that successfully caters for all.

Can my child try it before I register/pay?

We encourage all children to trial athletics to see if they like it. All athletes are entitled to two (2) free sessions and if they wish to continue, can register after these sessions.

What involvement is required from parents?

Little Athletics is run 100% by volunteers and therefore requires the assistance of parents fulfilling the many and varied duties required. These include helping at an event, managing an age group, recording results, working in the canteen, just to name a few. Little Athletics is one of the few sports where parents can become fully involved in their child's sporting interests.

Parents are expected to do 6 duties per season. Sign Up Genius is used to manage Key duties such as canteen helper, finish line helper and track setup, which count as two duties. Parents who wish to help with a particular age group will receive 1 duty.  For those who are unable to assist during the program or on the track, there are plenty of ways to help, ie. washing vests, entering results. If you are not sure, please ask.

When is Berwick little athletics on?

Track & Field is Saturday morning and sessions start warm ups at 8:15am and events at 8:30am sharp. Friday Twilights start at 6.00pm sharp. The younger age groups will be given priority on Twilights.

Cross country programs start at 9am on Saturday mornings and are finished by 10am.

Where is little athletics?

Berwick Little Athletics is conducted at Edwin Flack Reserve, Manuka Road Berwick.

What do I need to bring?

All you need to bring is your uniform, running shoes, water bottle, hat and sun cream.

Does my child need to attend every week?

While we encourage participation, attendance is optional. We understand families have other commitments and have no issues with children missing weeks, leaving early or arriving late.

How many activities will my child do each week?

There are 5 events each week during track & field season. Cross country is generally one run per child, although several athletes choose to do more.

Does my child need a uniform?

You don’t need a uniform to trial little aths. Once you are registered, you are expected to wear a uniform although we do allow a week for newly registered athletes.

Can I leave my child at little athletics?

While athletics is a very safe environment, a parent or guardian is required to be in attendance at all times.

How do I know what age group my child should be in?

The age group is based on your Childs age as at 31 December

Will my child’s results be recorded?

All results are recorded online at Login to check how your child is progressing and how many personal bests (PB’s) they have achieved.

When is training?

Training is on Thursday nights from 5:00pm to 6.00pm. Additional training may be scheduled. Check website or facebook for details.

Is training compulsory?

No, training is optional. It is highly recommended that children attend training at least occasionally so the athletes can focus on the technique of the various events.

What are Centre Championships?

This is the only competitive program for the year. Athletes choose up to five events and receive ribbons or medals based on their performance. Centre Champs is held towards the end of the season and parents must complete minimum parent duties throughout the season before they can enrol their child for this day.

What other forms of competition are there?

During the season, there are the following non-compulsory events:

Open Days

Competition at other Centres and a chance to win trophies against other little athletes in Victoria

Regional Championships and Regional Relay Championships (for U9 to U15)

Competition with other Centres within a defined Region. We are in Gippsland Country Region

State Multi Championships

All athletes compete in five athletic disciplines: 100m, Hurdles, 800m, Long Jump and Discus. Points are allocated according to the level of performance achieved in each of the five events.

State Championships and State Relay Championships

Children are progressed from Region to State Competition to compete against all regions in Victoria. Children qualify and are progressed from Region to State in Relays and Track & Field Championships. This allows them to compete against other athletes from the other Regions in Victoria. Children wishing to attend the State Multi Championships can enter without qualifying at the Region level. Athletes wishing to compete at the State Cross Country Championship must participate and complete the Region competition but do not need to achieve a qualifying time.