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Rules & Regulations

Little Athletics competitions in Australia are conducted in accordance with the Competition Rules of World Athletics (WA) currently in force, with modifications provided for in the Rules and Regulations.

Where it has been decided, the WA Rules are not indicative or correct for athletes in the age groups covered by Little Athletics Australia (LAA), the WA Rules or part thereof has been rewritten to reflect the nature and abilities of athletes in the various age groups.

From time to time, WA and Athletics Australia will release new versions of the Rules or Technical documents. The LAA Technical Committee will assess these changes and will update these rules to reflect any changes which may occur. To view the current WA Rule Book, please visit the WORLD ATHLETICS website.


The Competition Rules and Regulation documents of Little Athletics South Australia are: 

LITTLE ATHLETICS AUSTRALIA RULES OF COMPETITION 2023-24 – These Rules are a collection of the Little Athletics Australia (LAA) Standard Events and Specifications and the LAA Standard Rules for Competition. **UPDATED OCTOBER 2023 – MC JAVELIN SPECS AMENDED**

STANDARD RULES OF COMPETITION 2023-24 (SA) This document outlines the competition rules for the conduct of State Association Competitions/Championships, and are used as guidelines for affiliated Little Athletics Centres and Clubs within South Australia.

STANDARD EVENTS & EQUIPMENT SPECIFICATIONS 2023-24 – This document outlines the maximum events and equipment specifications per age group that are approved and recommended for use at affiliated Little Athletics Centres and Clubs. NOTE: Little Athletics Centres and Clubs are permitted to allow athletes to compete in events of a lesser distance in a track events, use a lower hurdle height, or use a lesser weight field events where an athlete would not be able to compete with the standard distance, height or weight. It must be noted that such performances however will not be valid for records or qualification purposes.

OFFICIALS GUIDE RULEBOOK (revised August 2023) – This manual is a guide for Officials on how to conduct the rules of all athletic events in South Australia. These rules apply to the conduct of all State Association Competitions/Championships, and at the competition meets of affiliated Little Athletics Centres and Clubs.