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Little Athletics is a modified athletics program for children of all abilities aged 3 – 17 years. It is based on a wide range of track and field events including: running, jumping, throwing and walking. Little Athletics is the “Foundation For All Sports” as other sports use the skills that are developed and learnt at Little Athletics.

Little Athletics promotes that it is important to “Be Your Best” ®. The emphasis is on fun, participation, performance, technique and getting involved with your family in physical and healthy activity. The motto of Little Athletics is ‘Family, Fun and Fitness”.

Little Athletics is for children aged 3-17 years. Boys and girls of all abilities are welcome to join to develop their basic motor skills or running, jumping and throwing.

TINY TOTS
Children aged 3-4 (sometimes 5) will be in a group called ‘Tiny Tots’. This is a modified program that is designed to develop the children’s fundamental movements of running, jumping and throwing through fun and enjoyable activities. The aim of the program is to improve the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of children through a play-based approach that is engaging and stimulating.

NOTE: A child MUST be 3 years of age before they are able to participate in Little Athletics.

AGES 5-17
All above ages are grouped into their own age brackets (Under 6, Under 12 etc.).  There is no standards or requirements athletes have to meet to be able to participate in Little Athletics, meaning children of ALL abilities are more than welcome to join in. These athletes will participate in different running, jumping, throwing and walking events on a week to week basis.

RECREATIONAL ATHLETICS – “REC ATHS”
Little Athletics SA, in partnership with Athletics SA, are excited to provide an offering for individuals that are over the age of 17 that want to or still wish to be involved in athletics at a local level. This offering is called Recreational Athletics ‘Rec Aths’! Rec Aths is a participation entry point for members to take part in friendly competition and/or training at Little Athletics SA centres. The membership entitles members to participate in centres athletics training sessions and/or competition meets to test their ability and aim to achieve personal best results!

NOTE: Only certain centres offer Rec Aths Memberships.

Little Athletics puts a strong emphasis on “Being Your Best”. It encourages healthy lifestyle through family and community involvement in athletic activities. This means that all are welcome regardless of fitness level or ability. So why not come along and have a go!

Little Athletics SA recognises that all children have the same rights to equality and we aim to provide an inclusive environment in which barriers to involvement are removed and all young people feel welcome and comfortable to participate. All our clubs throughout South Australia are able to cater and provide an enjoyable experience to all children, regardless of their ability.

If you wish to discuss your child’s needs with your desired club, you can access club contact details, including email address and contact number, through our Find a Club page. Alternatively, you can contact the Little Athletics SA office via email on office@salaa.org.au or by calling (08) 8352 8133.

We offer activities all year round!

Our Summer Season consists of track and field events at local Little Athletics clubs and runs from September/October, right through until the end of March. The start and finish dates for each club can vary. Our Winter Season consists of Cross Country and Race Walking programs and runs from April, through to July.

Our Season Membership is a 12-month membership, which gives you access to participate in track and field events at your local club throughout summer, as well as participate in the Cross Country and Race Walking programs during winter. Additionally, you will also have the opportunity to participate in the Summer and Winter Season State Competitions and Championships!

Our Winter Membership is a short membership over winter, which gives you access to all Cross Country and Race Walking programs. Additionally, you will also have the opportunity to participate the Winter Season State Competitions and Championships!

Age groups are determined by the year and month of birth.

Use the Age Group Identifier to determine the age group your child would be in. Children cannot be registered outside of their age group.

Most clubs hold at least 1 weekly competition meet every week. A club meet is a competition where the athletes will participate in a variety of events and can even have their results recorded. Club meets will generally be held on a weekend or weeknight, but it varies from club to club.

Some clubs also hold training sessions once or twice a week. These training sessions are not compulsory, but are an option for athletes to improve their skills.

As we have over 50 Little Athletics clubs in South Australia, each of them operate slightly differently. This may mean that their weekly meets are held on different days, at different times, at different locations and they may also have different Season Membership Fees.

To find the location of your nearest club, use our Find a Club Map!

To find out when a club is running and their contact details have a look at our Club Profiles.

To view what your closest club will be charging for the season, head over to our Season Membership Fees table.

Absolutely! If you’re new and you’ve got a child who you think would love Little Aths, but you’re not completely convinced that it’s the sport for them, please feel free to Come & Try at any of our clubs! Please visit our “Come & Try!” page to learn more.

To register your child for the season, you will need to create a profile on our Members Portal (if you have already done this to register for a Come & Try / or if you have done this previously, you will not need to re-create a new profile).

Please ensure that if you are registering your child, you must create a family profile and add all information in the required fields.

As the parent/caregiver of the child, you are NOT required to register yourself for the season. Just select the ‘Register’ button next to your child’s name and follow the prompts.

To add an extra child/ren, head to the ‘Membership Registration’ tab in your account and click on the hyperlink down the bottom of the page where it will read “Click here to add another athlete”.

Yes, all registered athletes must wear an approved club uniform (contact the club directly to find out the uniform cost). During weekly competitions and State Competitions & Championships, a registration number, sponsor, and age group patch must also be worn. Patches will be provided by your club once you are a financial member. Please contact your club if you have not received any patches. To learn more about Little Athletics uniform requirements and regulations, please visit www.salaa.org.au/uniform-regulations/.

NOTE: Come & Try participants do not need to wear a club uniform, only if they become a registered member. Please ensure that for a Come & Try, you bring a hat, drink bottle and wear appropriate clothes and footwear that is suitable for running, jumping, throwing and participating in any activities that might be included in the program.

If your child or your own details have been entered incorrectly and you are having difficulties changing it, Little Athletics SA staff can assist by contacting the office on office@salaa.org.au or call (08) 8352 8133.

If you have forgotten your password for the Member’s Portal, simply press the ‘forgot your password’ button on the portal login page, and enter the email address connected to your account. You will then receive an email to reset your account password. If you do not receive a reset password email, please send us an email with your first and last name, athlete names and club name to office@salaa.org.au or call (08) 8352 8133 and the Little Athletics SA staff will be able to assist.

To be able to view your child’s results from week to week, you will need to log in to your Timing Solutions ResultsHQ account. Once logged in to your ResultsHQ account, you will be able to view your child’s results from every meet and event where their results are recorded. You will also be able to view their online Achievement Book too!

For new members, the username will just be the email address that was used when you registered on the Members Portal, however you will need to create a new password by clicking “Trouble Logging In?”. This will allow you to reset the password and create a new one.

If you are an existing member, all your details will be retained as per the previous season. If you happen to forget your password, you will need to click “Trouble Logging In?” to reset the password and create a new one.

If you have any issues or concerns, please contact Timing Solutions.

If you have selected the wrong club or you have changed your mind and want to go somewhere else for your Come & Try (before attending any Come & Try’s), please contact the Little Athletics SA office to change this for you.

Just send through your request with the athlete’s full name, club they have registered to Come & Try at, and the club they wish to attend via email at office@salaa.org.au.

If you have already attended one Come & Try session at one club and you wish to go to another club for your next session, you do not need to change this on the system. Just head along to the club of your choice and head to their administration area where you will be asked to fill in a manual Come & Try form.

If you need more information for a club, head to our Centre Profiles tab on the Members Portal or contact Little Athletics SA on office@salaa.org.au.

The Sports Vouchers program is a Government of South Australia initiative administered by the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing. The program provides an opportunity for primary school aged children from Reception to Year 7 to receive up to a $100 discount on sports membership/registration fees.

Little Athletics SA accepts the $100 Sports Vouchers as part of the registration process. To apply for the Government Sports Voucher when registering, you will need to answer a few yes or no questions and enter in your Medicare number plus your child’s reference number. You will need to write this out as one 11 digit number for it to be recognised properly. You can do all of this once you have gone into your shopping cart and clicked ‘Checkout’. Before the system takes you to the ‘Checkout’ to make your payment, it will take you to the page to be able to apply your Sports Voucher.

Please note, you are only eligible to claim this Sports Voucher if your athlete is in primary school as of 2019 and if you haven’t already claimed it in 2019.

There is absolutely no difference! “Centre” and “Club” for Little Athletics in South Australia has the same meaning and is used interchangeably. Therefore, all Little Athletics Centres/Clubs all operate and deliver the sport of Little Athletics the same!

It is a requirement that all club committee members, parents, and young people (over the age of 14) who volunteer at a Little Athletics club on a regular basis must hold a Working With Children Check, otherwise known as a WWCC and formerly recognised as the DCSI/DHS screening. People working or volunteering with children in South Australia must, by law, have a working with children check. WWCC’s are FREE for volunteers. Anyone needing to apply for a WWCC, can do so by visiting www.screening.sa.gov.au/applications/application-information-for-individuals.

Once your application has been submitted, and you are advised of your screening outcome, please email the following to centres@salaa.org.au and your Little Athletics club email:

  1. Full Name
  2. Date of Birth
  3. WWCC Reference Number