Frequently Asked Questions
When will the Summer 2022/23 Season commence?
Our Summer little athletics season will commence on 1st October 2022 with our Come and Try day. Registrations are now Open and so please make sure you have registered for a Trial first. Stay tuned to our Facebook site for the latest updates and register your interest so we can get in contact with you.
When can I register for the 2022/23 Season?
The LA Vic Registration portal is now open for new, trial athletes and returning Members. If you have any questions about the registration process, please contact our Club Registrar. Please register your interest so we can get on touch once the Registration portal is open.
How much does it cost?
Mornington Little Athletics has set the Summer Season 2022/23 fees. These will be published on our Registration page. Before paying, we offer a 2-week trial period for new members (see below for details).
At what age can my child start?
Children can start when they reach the age of 5 years (on or before Dec 31) and compete in our Under 6 competition. If they turn 5 years between January 1 and the end of our Summer season, they can register at a discount and complete the last part of the season (once they turn 5). Age groups go up to U17. To check which age-group your child will be in, please refer to the LA Vic age group calculator: https://lavic.com.au/membership/new-member/age-calculator/
What days do you compete?
Our track and field competition is held Saturday mornings from October to February (with a short break over Christmas/New Year). We also offer a cross country season (details below) starting in late April. Your summer season fees include the Winter Cross Country season at no extra cost.
What time does the session commence and finish?
Our Saturday competition events commence at 9:00am. We ask all parents to arrive by 8.45am to prepare, review the program and be available to assist our Age Group managers. We usually finish by 11.30am followed by track pack up duties for allocated Age groups.
Can my child do a trial period to see if Little Aths is right for us?
Of course! We offer a 2 week trial period at any time throughout the season. Please sign up via the Little Athletics Victoria website first and during the registration process, please select Option A: Trial Athlete Offer and follow the instructions. Don't forget to click "Yes" to be on the mailing list and you will then receive all our communications during the trial period. If you decide to stay on, you can then log back in and pay, or pay us on a Saturday morning. If you have any questions during the Trial period, please contact our Club Registrar or visit us in the office during Saturday morning. Please click here for more information about uniforms.
When will the new Pavilion facilities be completed?
We are very excited that construction on the new Pavilion has commenced in early 2022 and is progressing well. We also have new Track lighting installed which provides even more options for Twilight events and training this summer season. Construction of the new Pavilion is expected to be completed in early 2023 and we'll keep members posted on the progress.
What events does my child compete in each week?
Our program changes every week. Generally speaking, we schedule 4-5 events each week with one throw (turbo jav/javelin, shotput, discus) and one jump (high, long, triple) alternating, on average, every 3rd week, plus two or three track events. Check out the Season Program page with links to each week's program here.
Where do you compete?
Our new, purpose built track is located at 350 Dunns Road, Civic Reserve, Mornington. There is plenty of parking within the Civic Reserve grounds (please do not park at our neighbouring Kingswim carpark, this is reserved for Kingswim families).
What are the uniform requirements?
If your child has joined the club, they will need to purchase a club singlet/tshirt from us. These are $45 and can be purchased online via our website or from the Merchandise Coordinator on Saturday mornings. We can only accept contactless payments this season. We also sell black LA Vic approved shorts. Please see our uniform page and for more information about other merchandise we have available to purchase.
Are there opportunities to compete against other clubs?
Yes, from the Under 9 age groups and above. Our club competes against other ‘Southern Metropolitan Region’ (SMR) clubs at the Regional Relay carnival in November; successful teams then compete against the top teams from other regions at the State Relays in December. The SMR track and field carnival for individual little athletes is usually held mid-February, with successful athletes advancing to the State Championships in March. To qualify, athletes need to have participated in four club competitions before the scheduled cut-off date. SMR and State Cross Country championships are also held in the middle of the year. In addition, other clubs also hold Open Days that are open to all age groups; Open Days are advertised on the LAVic website: lavic.com.au
My child plays another sport on Saturday mornings. Can they do both?
Yes. Depending on the time the other sport starts, they can complete a few events with us, then go to their other sport. Or compete at their other sport then come to us to finish off those events that are still running for their age group. We have many children playing netball or basketball who do this each week.
What is my responsibility as a parent/guardian?
Each age group has a volunteer parent age-group manager who stays with the children and guides them through each event, however it is a requirement that you are present and supervising your child for the duration of the morning (sorry, no ‘drop and go’s allowed!). However, age-group managers can’t manage the morning alone – parents are required to help out by measuring/recording results, taking the sand pit, collecting throws equipment…and, of course, kid wrangling!
For this season, we greatly appreciate parents who can assist the Age Group manager with ensuring our kids keep socially distanced and their hands clean after each event.
Do I have to do duties?
Yes, as a purely volunteer driven organisation, all parents and guardians are required to fulfil a minimum number of duties during the season. Parent duties include: -
- Track set up in the morning
- Track pack up once the event is completed
- BBQ duties as scheduled.
A Parent/Volunteer duty roster is prepared at the start of the season and parents are expected to fulfil a minimum of 6 duties per season.
Does my child have to compete in all the events scheduled on the morning?
No. Whilst we do focus on participation and personal best performances, if you have to go somewhere early, or it's an event that your child chooses not to compete in, there is no problem if they don't compete in all the morning's scheduled events. Our club focuses on Personal Best (PB) results, not on who wins and loses. So if your child feels "they are losing every week", check out their results. If they are improving each time they compete in a specific event, then they are actually "winning"!!
My child is only with me every second week. Can they still compete at the club?
Of course: we have many children living in 2 households that only come to us when they can. There is no problem if you miss a week.
What do we do when we first arrive?
We use Age Group Trolleys and all parents are encouraged to bring a bag to contain water bottles, hats and warm clothing.
Once you have done this, find your Age Group Manager who will mark your child on the attendance sheet. If you have paid the registration fee, there should be a Comm Bank chest patch/bib in the age group folder, and your child's name will be printed on all the event sheets. Please attach the bib to your child's T-shirt using the safety pins in the folder. At the end of the morning, the bib needs to go back in the folder. If you are participating in the trial period, the Age Group manager will write your child's name on the event sheets. Once you decide to stay at the club, all past event results will be uploaded to Results HQ for you to view online.
Why is there no Commonwealth Bank chest patch/bib in the age group folder for my child?
If you haven't paid the registration fee, there will be no Comm Bank bib for your child. Once payment has been made, the bib will appear. If you have paid and there is no bib, check you are in the correct age group. Bibs are printed on Thursdays; if you have paid after Thursday and before Saturday, your bib will not be available until the following week.
Can I travel around the track with my child to their events?
Absolutely! We actively encourage our parents to follow their children around and help the team managers run the events where possible. The kids love having their parents their watching and helping.
Is there compulsory training sessions?
Training is never compulsory at Mornington LAC, except if your child is competing in the Relay Championships. We are introducing the Mornington Athletics Academy which provides fundamental athletics training for U6 to U12 age groups. We are also offering U13 and above age groups the opportunity to train with the Mornington Peninsula Athletics Club (MPAC) which is a terrific opportunity for our older athletes to progress into the Senior team.
What times do the Winter XC sessions run?
The Cross Country events are held every second Saturday and will usually start at 2:00pm. Athletes are encouraged to arrive at 13:30pm to sign-in and walk the track. We offer a 1km, 1.5km, 2km and 3km length depending on Age group.
Who runs the club?
Our wonderful committee of volunteers run the club. Our current President Todd Martin has been with the club for many years and has seen a lot of changes over that time. If you are interested in joining the General Committee, approach one of the committee members (those wearing the black/orange polo shirts), or email us. We encourage all parents to become actively involved in supporting our Centre and kids.
What happens if my child injures themselves?
Head to timing gates tent or merchandise area so we can contact our First Aid Officer to come and assist you. Can all asthmatics please ensure they bring their puffer with them.
What is MLAC Wet Weather Policy?
At Mornington Civic Reserve, we are lucky to have an 'all weather' track which means that rainy or wet conditions do not necessarily stop a competition day from going ahead. However, the safety and well-being of our children, parents, families, volunteers and officials is always our first priority, particularly considering the impact of weather on scheduled events.
The MLAC Committee will assess the track and equipment conditions in the morning of the event of adverse weather conditions and we may modify and/or cancel the event. If the competition event is cancelled, we will post on our Facebook page and send an email to our members and trial athlete families.