FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Your questions answered

Below you will find a selection of frequently asked questions. Should you have any questions that are not answered here, please contact us. 

When can I join Werribee Little Athletics?

The Little Athletic year begins in October to the following March for ‘Track and Field’ and from April to September for ‘Cross Country’. You can register at any time during the athletic year providing you are between the age of 5 and 15.

How much does Little Athletics cost?

For the 2017/2018 season, the Centre Registration costs per athlete are as follows:

Full Season Registrations
Centre Registration is $170.00 per athlete

Fees are as follows:
One Child: $170.00
Family of Two: $335.00
*A discount is given for the 3rd and subsequent child from the same family.

Late Entry Registrations
Once registrations have been paid, no refund is available however, athletes are welcome to try out prior to joining. From January 1st, Centre Registration will be $90.00 (no discount for third child).

Winter Season Registrations
April to September (Cross Country) Registration is covered under the summer season registration fee, however new members are welcome to join WLAC cross country season for a reduced registration cost.

How do I know what age group I will compete in?

Age groups are determined by the year and month of birth. Use the Ready Reckoner to determine the age group you are in. Children cannot register outside of their age group.

What do the kids do?

Each competition day the children participate in a selection of events that rotate through a program. 

Throughout the season athletes have an opportunity to participate in additional events (Relays / Regional T&F / State Multis / Open Days) depending on age with opportunities to progress to State Level competitions.

The Under 6 age group will participate in an Under 6 OnTrack program as follows:

  • U6 atheletes may attend the warm up exercises with all other athletes in the middle of the track.
  • The program will be a mixed session, combining track events and skills training.

During the Cross Country season, the athletes run a single race of a distance between 1 and 3km, depending on their age.

What are the events?

Athletes compete in a series of events on a rotational basis, depending on their age group. Events include:-

Track:

  • Sprints (50m, 70m, 100m, 200m)
  • Middle Distance (300m, 400m) 
  • Long Distance (800m, 1500m ) 
  • Hurdles (60m, 80m, 90m, 100m, 200m, 300m) 

Field:

  • Long Jump / Triple Jump / High Jump 
  • Shot Put / Discus / Javelin 

Cross Country (Winter Season)

Under 6 & 7 participate in a mix of skills based training (known as our OnTrack Program) and events on the main track or field

Where are the events held?

During the Track & Field Season, the Werribee Little Athletics Centre use the VU Wyndham Sporting Complex located in Hoppers Lane, Werribee (Melways map 206, ref J6)

Cross country events are held at several locations around the Werribee area. Details are advised to athletes in advance and will be available on this website throughout the Cross Country Season.

What time does the program start and finish?

A summer morning program begins at 8:15am sharp unless otherwise advised in the fixture and finishes around noon. The Under 6 Program generally finishes earlier depending on the events being offered on the day.

The Winter Cross Country Season competition starts at 9.00am and finishes around 10.30am.

How long is the season?

For Summer Track and Field dates view the calendar.

Winter Cross Country season usually begins in April  and runs through to early August.

What other forms of competition are there?

During the season, there are:

  • Open Days: Competition with other Centres and a chance to compete against other athletes in Victoria.
  • Regional competitions (for U9 to U15) – Competition with other Centres within the Western Metro Region (covering 8 centres)
  • State competitions – Children who progress from Region to State Competition compete against athletes from all regions in Victoria.
What is expected of Parents?

Parents are required to assist with the operation of Werribee Little Athletics Centre. Duties are light and require little or no skills. Each week it takes approx 75 volunteers to run a smooth program.

Additionally, any parent wishing to get involved at a club, or centre level are invited to speak to the current committees. Involvement is encouraged and welcome.

What is expected of the Children?

Children must:

  • Behave in a proper manner with their friends and parents.
  • Uphold our motto ‘Family, Fun, Fitness’.
What about Safety, Insurance and First Aid?

The Werribee Centre has a strict safety policy and all athletes and parents assisting are covered by Insurance provided by Little Athletics Victoria.

A qualified First Aid person is in attendance at each session of Little Athletics.

What types of awards / trophies are presented?

At the end of each season, presentations are made to children based on:

  • Performance
  • Improvement
  • Participation

Trophies, Medals and certificates are typically awarded.

What level of ability do children have to have to join?

Werribee Little Athletics Centre promotes family, fun and fitness. Little Athletics is for the whole family to enjoy.

Children can join with any level of skill or fitness. Children are given plenty of encouragement to achieve personal bests and are placed in many events based on ability. Competitive athletes do have the ability to extend their athletics beyond our centre level.