Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When does Magill Little Athletics meet?
A. Every Sunday morning during the ‘summer season’ (October – March), from 8.45am until 11am – 11.30am (10.00am finish for Tiny Tots), with time off over the school holidays (i.e. mid December to mid January).

Q. Where are the meets held?
A. At Pembroke School, Haslam Oval, cnr The Parade and Gurrs Rd, Kensington Park (i.e. the Pembroke cricket / football oval).

Q. Does my child have to be a good athlete?
A. No, Little Athletics is about your child learning different athletics events and improving on their own achievements (i.e. “personal bests”).

Q. Are there opportunities to compete against other Little Athletics Clubs?
A. Yes, there is one regional inter-club event (usually in November) as well as State-wide events held at SA Athletics Stadium (Mile End) throughout the season.

Q. Can my child try Little Athletics before joining?
A. Yes. Each new athlete is entitled to two Come and Try sessions. A form will need to be completed for insurance purposes.

Q. Do we have to stay with our child the entire time?
A. Absolutely YES! Every child must have a parent or responsible adult attending the whole time regardless of age. Parents can be involved in recording, measuring, timekeeping, chaperoning – as well as supporting their child. If you or a responsible adult are unable to be there, then Little Athletics is not for you.

Q. At what age can my child start?
A. Your child must be 3 yrs old at September 30th, 2016 to join Tiny Tots or 5 yrs old at September 30th, 2016 to join the Under 6 group. Under 17’s are the oldest group.

Q. What age group will my child be placed in?
A. Each child is placed in an age group depending on their age at September 30th. For example, if your child is 8yrs old at 30/9/16, they will compete in the Under 9 group. All children under the age of 5yrs will be placed into Tiny Tots irrespective of their abilities.

Q. Does my child have to wear a uniform?
A. Yes, wearing the full centre uniform is compulsory. Our uniform is only available from the club for purchase on Sunday mornings. A complete new uniform package (i.e. hat, shirt, shorts and socks) costs $85.00. Tiny Tots can buy an off the rack gold polo shirt in lieu of the centre shirt.

Q. Does my child have to attend every meet?
A. No, as Little Athletics is an individual rather than a team sport. We understand with holidays and other commitments that it may not be possible to attend every Sunday. However, it is in the best interests of your child if they can attend as many Sundays as possible to help them improve. Please note that there is a required attendance quota of meets for your child to be eligible for State Championships.