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Where

Foxglove Oval, Foxglove Road, Mt Colah (Google Maps; UBD map 114, ref A13; Gregorys map 162, ref F13).

When

Commencing on 14th September 2019, each Saturday morning, from 8:15am to approximately 11.30 am.

To commence this season, we really want to place a big focus on enjoying athletics safely – including both a focus on the way we run events, but also the physical mechanics of engaging in the events. As such, we intend our first two weeks to be a big drive on skills both for athletes (in some cases teaching new disciplines, and in other teaching ways to further grow performance) but also for parents (to help understand how the events are run safely and time effectively). We think this two-week program will set the foundation for a fantastic season in which all our little athletes can perform safely, and our parents can engage confidently in the weekly events.

The last meeting before Christmas is (Friday) 20 December 2019 !

Our first meeting for 2020 will be held in the twilight under floodlights on a Friday night, 10 January 2020, a combined Centre meet with HDLAC, starting from 6pm. Meetings return to Saturday mornings on 25 January 2020 (which we will also hold as a combined Centre meet with HDLAC).

Competition meets will not be held at Foxglove Oval on Zone and Regional Championship weekends.

Programs and Events 
The events to be held each week follow the six Competition Programs. The Programs are followed in the correct order, even if a week is missed through wet weather. Changes may be made to the programs from time to time, to improve the running of the competition days.

Early Events
Javelin for U11-17 athletes, walking events for U9-17 athletes, and a combined U13-17 3000m race will be held as early events from 745AM throughout the season.  Details will be advised prior to each meet in our Program.

Rules
Centre meetings are conducted under the rules of competition of LAANSW, together with local Centre rules as passed by the Committee. A copy of the LAANSW booklet Notes for the Guidance of Officials, and full details of local Centre rules are carried by the Track and Field Officer, at all meetings and everyone is welcome to refer to them.
Having fun!
Registered Athletes 
Athletes registering with the Centre for the first time must produce Proof of Age at the time of registration. The ideal proofs of age are a birth certificate or passport. The age group for an athlete is determined by the age the athlete will be turning in the 2020 calendar year (e.g. an athlete born in 2010 will be an U10 athlete for the 2019-20 season).

If children and adults want to try out Little Athletics, a one-week Free Trial period is allowed during September only. If the child wishes to compete on the following Saturday, she or he must join the centre and become a registered and paid-up Little Athlete. Prior to taking part in the Trial, all Trial Athletes must complete a Trial Athlete form.

Records 
When a Little Athlete claims to have broken a Centre Record, the new record measurement must be checked and verified by the Key Official concerned and the Centre Track &Field Officer (or approved delegate). Unless electronic timing is being used, track records will only be recognised if there are two (2) OFFICIAL stopwatches on the athlete setting the record, with the slower time being the recorded time. Electronic records will be recognised as ‘equal records’ if they are within 0.3 seconds of superior hand-timed records as long as no faster electronic times have already been set. Records will only be ratified if the athlete is wearing the correct Centre uniform, including registration, age and sponsor patches. Records are not to be treated lightly, and these rules will be adhered to in all circumstances. New records are announced over the PA system as soon as possible after the event, and Record Certificates are issued to the athletes as soon as practicable.

Weather
The main source of information about wet weather cancellations will be the NDLAC website and Facebook and Team App.  Generally, decisions to cancel Saturday competitions will not be made until 7.30am, after weather and ground conditions have been reviewed.

First Aid
On-site First Aid will be provided at each meeting. A number of parents are qualified First Aiders. If a child is injured enough to warrant on-the-spot medical attention or treatment, then she/he should not compete in any further events that morning. All injuries should be immediately reported to the First Aid people, including injuries sustained at training.

Athletes who suffer from asthma should carry inhalers with them at all times. The athlete’s parents must ensure the Age Manager concerned is aware of the athlete’s condition and knows where the athlete’s inhaler is kept. Inhalers should be used by these athletes prior to events or if asthma occurs during competition.

Sponsors
Please support all our sponsors with your patronage because they support us, and without them NDLAC would not be as successful as we are, our fees would be higher, and we would not be able to offer such a great awards scheme or other benefits. You will see our sponsors named frequently in our weekly newsletter and our Season start handbook. Please let our sponsors know that you appreciate their support of your children’s sport:

  • Coles
  • Mt Ku-ring-gai Butchery
  • Dynamic Motion Physiotherapy
  • Rebel Sports
  • The Coffee Squad
  • AshBurn Tax Accountants

Sun Sense
On many competition days, children will encounter hot, sunny conditions. They should be protected by application of a suitable sunscreen, and by wearing a hat and possibly loose, cool clothing in addition to their athletics uniform. They should drink plenty of water, to avoid dehydration. On some days, they may need up to 1 cup of water each 30 minutes.

Weekly Newsletter
Our weekly newsletter On Track is emailed regularly to all registered families.