Summer Sunday Competition
Our Summer competitions are held on Sunday mornings between 9am – 11.15am. However, as Lakeside Stadium is the State’s premier athletics facility, some Sundays are unavailable. Refer to the season calendar for details. View here
The 2017-2018 summer season begins on Sunday 8th of October 2017 and runs through to 21st March 2017.
There is a mid season holiday break from mid December until the end of January 2016. The Centre will have at least 19 competitions over the summer season with additional Regional and State championship events at a small additional cost.
After warming up, children are separated into age groups under the guidance of an age group marshal. Children then participate in age appropriate track and field events that include a mix of running, jumping and throwing events.
Children participate in a selection of different events each week, rotated over a 3 week program. Events are organised into 30 minute blocks to help reduce the waiting times between events.
Athletes in the age groups under 8 upwards compete in up to four events each week. Under 6 and U7 athletes participate in a reduced program aimed at skill development. Instructions and advice are provided at each event.
Athletes can also represent SMDLAC in Regional and State Championships.
The Regional Track & Field Championships are open to athletes in the U9 to U15 age groups only. Athletes must compete at the Regional Track & Field Championships to qualify or progress based upon performance to the State Track & Field Championships. There is no State track and field competition for the U16 age group.
In the current year Little Athletics Victoria have introduced a State Competition for U6 to U8 athletes.
The summer competition comprises age appropriate track and field events that includes a mix of running, jumping and throwing events:
- Sprints (70m, 100m, 200m)
- Middle distance running (400m) – U8 upwards
- Middle distance running (800m) – U9 upwards
- Long distance running (1500m) – U11 upwards
- Hurdles (60m, 80m, 90m, 100m, 200m, & 300m) – U8 upward, age dependent
- Long jump /triple jump/ high jump
- Shot-put / discus
- Javelin – U11 upwards
Relays Under 6 and U7 participate in a specific program called On Track, which is aimed at developing skills.
Winter training provides opportunities to compete in cross-country events. SMDLAC athletes join the Bayside Cross Country Program for a small additional fee. View here