Please note: the following details are for the 2019-20 season unless marked otherwise. Dates for the 2020-21 season will be completed once confirmed. Most dates will be pushed back approx. 3-4 weeks as a guide due to later start.
Sun 08 Sep 2019
Registration Day – Complete Online (after 1 Aug 2018) & Collect Packs @ Foxglove Oval (10am-1pm)
Please register online (after 1 August 2019) prior to attending registration day:
Uniforms will be available for purchase on the day, and all questions answered by our Committee members.
Sat 14 Sep 2019
First Foxglove meet for 2019/2020 season – Modified Program
Northern Districts Little Athletics Club – a community based not-for-profit sports club – welcomes returning and new members for Week 1 of our 2019-20 season!
Be at Foxglove Oval for an 815AM warm-up ahead of an 830AM start, a fun way to stay fit and healthy over the Summer. Feel free to come and trial with us for a week at no expense, and strive with our other athletes to achieve your personal best.
We are embracing a fresh approach to the season, so stay tuned for:
- freshened up programs to grow younger athlete skills, assist first timers to learn new events, and allow older athletes more control over their choice of events;
- a new website, and records and results system; and
- a plan to help willing parents and senior athletes to assist our developing juniors.
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). 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.
To register online and for more information see our website (after 1 August 2019) www.ndlac.org.au/registration. The canteen will be open, and uniforms will be available for purchase.
Who knows, we may discover our next Australian representative to follow in the shoes of Alysha Burnett – former NDLAC athlete and Commonwealth Games representative – or Sally Pearson, Dani Stevens or Usain Bolt!!
Sat 21 Sep 2019 – Week 2 Skills and training based Modified Program
Our second modified program focusing on skills-based training to help kick-start the year. 8:15AM sign-on for an 8:30AM start, all ages including trial athletes are welcome.
Sat 28 Sep 2019 – Week 3 Abridged School Holiday Program
8:15AM sign-on for an 8:30AM start, all ages including trial athletes are welcome.
Sat 5 Oct 2019
Special inter-club meet with Hornsby Districts Club. NOTE: DIFFERENT LOCATION AND START TIME!
Welcome the long weekend with a special inter-club meet! We will be joining the Hornsby Districts Club for another edition of this combined meet, with lots of fun relays and games – THIS YEAR TO BE HELD AT HORNSBY DISTRICTS’ SITE as follows:
No.2 Oval, Britannia St, Pennant Hills.
8AM start (NOT OUR USUAL 830AM ONE), all ages welcome.
More details will be provided prior to the meet.
Fri 11 Oct 2019 – Welcome Daylight Saving FRIDAY TWILIGHT Program
A fun-filled, special evening program, U14-17 530pm start for Discus (regular program), everyone else 545pm for a 6pm start.
Thu 17 Oct 2019
WEEKLY THU NIGHT TRAINING STARTS!
Our Centre coaching team will hold our Thursday afternoon training sessions each week at Foxglove Oval, running through until the Christmas Break, and recommencing mid-to-late January 2019. For this 2019-20 season, we are:
- DOUBLING our Coaching focus with dedicated training for Younger Age Groups and Older Age Groups; each held at later times on Thursday to encourage maximum participation.
- Bringing former NDLAC Superstar and current Australian Hero, Alysha Burnett in to the coaching team to work in partnership with Martin Smellie
- Making Level 1 Athletics Coaching courses available for Age Managers free of charge
- Training Junior Development Coaches in a brand-new Cadetship program formed specifically for NDLAC through collaboration with Athletics NSW, so that they can increase effectiveness of training programs
There will also be greater forward visibility of Programs for Saturday and Thursday Training – to allow anticipation and excitement to flow for athletes as they see their ability to improve and perform in pet events and experience other events.
See our Training page for more details on times, age groups, and training / coaching programs.
Additional Training Sessions
Additional training for Centre Squads (such as Relay teams) will be provided on an ‘as-needed’ basis.
Sat 19 Oct 2019 – BRING A FRIEND DAY
Athletes are encouraged to bring a friend or relative along to join in the fun on this regal Saturday program! No cost is involved, we simply get a Trial Athlete form completed for insurance purposes, and then let the fun begin!
Sat 26 Oct 2019
State Relay Team Nominations Close
State Relays is a TEAM EVENT held at the fabulous Sydney Olympac Park Athletic Centre facility each year, and this year on Sat 16 Nov (U8-11) and Sun 17 Nov (U12-17).
This meet is open to all Centres in NSW and is claimed to be the biggest athletic event in the Southern Hemisphere. Athletes compete in Track or Field relays, in teams of generally in teams of 3 or 4. Further details can be found at https://lansw.com/state-relay-championships/
Athletes are encouraged to consider forming a team to join, and must submit their team to the NDLAC Committee by Sat 26th Oct at the latest. A regular meet will be run at Foxglove Oval on the Saturday.
Wed 30 Oct 2019
State Relay Teams Event – Centre Entries Close
Sat 2 Nov 2019
Annual Pentathlon Championships, and Photos week
This is our annual Pentathlon meet, a special program over which all athletes compete in 5 events, with points allocated based on actual results for each – the better the time, height or distance the more points you get. Points will be accumulated and awards handed out for the first 3 place-getters in each age group. Photos will be the 6th event on the day, with information on the ordering process provided in advance. Please ensure all athletes have correct uniforms on the day.
Sun 10 Nov 2019
Zone Championships AVAILABILITY & EVENT PREFERENCE NOMINATIONS due
The Zone Championships is for age groups U7-17 and will be held on Sat 30th Nov – Sun. 1st Dec. 2019 at the Sydney Academy of Sport, Narrabeen. Zone Championships is a competition where Little Athletes have the opportunity to represent Northern Districts against Little Athletes from other clubs in our Zone. Athletes who register their interest are selected to represent the club.
- U7 to U11 may participate in a maximum of 4 events each, with a maximum of 4 participants from each Centre in any one event.
- U12 to U17 may participate in up to 6 events each, with unlimited entry from each Centre in each event.
U12-17 athletes can nominate their events. Due to limitations on the number of participants from each Centre for the U7-11 Age Groups, for these Age Groups we get athletes to nominate their event preferences and the Championships team will work through these to make selections, placing as many athletes in their desired events as possible. Please note that we cannot guarantee that every athlete preference will be met.
To show your availability and submit your preference, we require families to complete a google doc at this link https://forms.gle/Z4ppPhQYB36NadMEA by Sunday 10th November. If we have not heard from you by that date, we will assume that your child is not available for selection. NB: The Program for this year’s Zone carnival has varied slightly from last year. We will provide a copy of the new program on the NDLAC website Zone Championships page once available.
If your child completes at Zone, one parent per family will be required to assist at least once during the weekend. You can make a selection of your preferred assistance on the google doc.
If you would like further details, or you have any questions, please ask to speak to one of our Championships Officers at our weekly Foxglove meets.
Sat 16 Nov 2019 (Re-scheduled from 2 Nov)
Annual Pentathlon Championships
This is our annual Pentathlon meet, a special program over which all athletes compete in 5 events, with points allocated based on actual results for each – the better the time, height or distance the more points you get. Points will be accumulated and awards handed out for the first 3 place-getters in each age group.
Sat 21 – Sun 22 Nov 2020
STATE RELAYS 21 – 22 NOV for entered teams @ SOPAC, Homebush. Regular meet also held Sat 21st @ Foxglove
JUNIORS (U8-U11) SATURDAY 21st NOVEMBER, 2020
SENIORS (U12-U13) SUNDAY 22nd NOVEMBER, 2020
VENUE: SOPAC, Homebush
A regular program will be held for other athletes @ Foxglove.
Our Zone team to represent NDLAC at Narrabeen on 12-13 Dec will also be announced on or around this date.
Sat 23 Nov 2019
ANNUAL “PINKLETICS” MEET – Foxglove Oval
Join us as we turn Foxglove Oval Pink with our annual Pinkletics meet. Come along with your brightest pink wig, hat, top, skirt (tutus welcome!), socks, shoes and bling as we raise money for the McGrath Foundation.
Sat 12 Dec – Sun 13 Dec 2020 (& possibly Fri night 11 Dec)
ZONE CARNIVAL – SYDNEY ACADEMY OF SPORT NARRABEEN (No Foxglove meet)
Sat 12 Dec & Sun 13 Dec – U7 to U17. No Foxglove meet will be held on the Saturday this weekend.
Sydney Academy of Sport – Narrabeen. Wakehurst Parkway, Narrabeen
Information for Northern Districts competitors (all information below is subject to change):
Please wear full NDLAC uniform, including white socks. You are required to have your Centre registration number (front of shirt) and age and Coles patch on your singlet / top. Check the NDLAC Season Handbook for further details including compression wear, spikes (If you are wearing spikes – Only Christmas tree spikes permitted) and more.
NDLAC aims to have a couple of blue tents set up to the west of the grandstand. The tent is a wonderful place to base yourself for the weekend, with all the Northern Districts families, but note, we may not have shade cover for all athletes and their families, in which case please either grab a spot in the stand or make sure you are well protected by the sun. Seating in the stand is on a first come, first seated basis. Bring cushions if you like your comfort!
Parking is in the grounds of the Centre but all parking close to the entry is usually taken very early in the morning. Prepare for a short walk if you arrive after 9am Sat / Sun, a longer walk if you arrive after 11am. (Please do not park in spaces marked as reserved for Academy clients and users of other facilities there.)
Entry fee to venue will be somewhere between $7 and $10 per athletes, to be confirmed soon. Fee is payable at the time of selection, car-parking is free. There is no entry fee for spectators.
This year, there will be no NO HARD COPY PROGRAMS SOLD. Track and Field programs will be uploaded to this site and our Team App page once available.
Bring plenty of water and snacks. Wear a hat and sunscreen! The canteen will be open from early on and there will be a BBQ too!
Competition is on regardless of weather. Yes, that means rain, hail or shine! (LANSW Lightning Guidelines/Heat Policy will be applied if necessary.)
Fri 20 Dec 2019
FRIDAY CHRISTMAS TWILIGHT PROGRAM – 545pm for a 6pm start – & with special guest visit (ho ho ho!)
Last meet for 2019, a special Friday Twilight one to kick-start the holidays and have some fun. For those athletes who have not been naughty – but nice – there will be a special guest visting Foxy on the night 😉
Fri 10 Jan 2020
Special inter-club FRIDAY twilight meet 5:45pm for a 6PM start – Foxglove Oval
Welcome back for 2020 with a special inter-club Friday Twilight meet! We will be joined by the Hornsby Districts Club for this event, with lots of fun relays and games. The BBQ will be fired up and lights on for what should be a great night.
5:45PM sign-on for a 6PM start, all ages welcome.
“LATE EVENTS” (not early, these will be run at the completion of the meet) will be advised in the week prior to the meet.
Sat 18 Jan 2020
Regular Programs resume
We are back to Saturdays, see you at Foxy from 830AM!!
Sat 25 Jan 2020
Australia Day Long Weekend Inter-Club Meet – Foxglove Oval
We continue our Saturday morning meets, joined by HDLAC at Foxglove again. 815AM sign-on for an 830AM start.
Sat 1 Feb 2020
Multievent Program (note: early start for U13-17 from 745am)
This season’s Multievent Championship at Foxglove Oval on Saturday, 1st February 2020. The competition structure is similar to last November’s Pentathlon, where athletes accumulate points for their performances (not placings) across all the events they compete in on the day. As well as being an excellent warm-up for next month’s Region Championship, all athletes may use their total score as an extra event towards their yellow/green/red/blue achievement levels.
Events for all age groups (except U13-17s — see below*) will start at 8.30am. Athletes arriving late will miss the opportunity to accrue points from any events conducted in their absence. Awards will be presented to the top three point scorers in each age group, provided they make a reasonable attempt at ALL events.
*Under 13 to 17 athletes will need to be at Foxglove by 7.45am sharp for their first two events — long jump and shot put.
Sat 06 – Sun 7 Feb 2021
Regional Championships for qualifying U8-17 athletes (NO MEET @ FOXY SAT 8TH!)
Where: Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation, Wakehurst Parkway, North Narrabeen
Athletes U8 to U17 compete in events for which they qualified for Region, from their Zone Championships results. The program has mostly the same running order as Zone Championships but is subject to change.
For your informtion, Regions with two Zones (like ours – NDLAC is in Region 5) have six automatic places progressing through to their respective Regions from the Zone Carnival. Then a maximum of four next best qualifiers from each Region will also be taken through, making a total of up to 16 athletes in each event at each region.
The first three placegetters in all events receive medals. The first two placegetters in U9 to U17 events automatically qualify for the State Championships as will the next eight best performances in finals across the eight Regional Championships.
Full details will be provided closer to the date.
Wed 12 Feb 2020
State Combined Events Carnival Entries Close
Get your entries in to this fun-filled event, joining other NDLAC athletes travelling with families to Tamworth this season on Feb 29 to Mar 1. We hope to have a big group taking part in what is a highlight on the Little A’s calendar. Go to the following link for details, including how to register (and don’t forget to book accommodation early too!). https://lansw.com.au/state-multi-event-championships/
Sat 22 Feb 2020 (REVISED DATE)
Middle Distance Handicap. – 8am sign-on for 815am start
All U11-17 athletes (not U10 as previously the case) are invited to compete in the 20th running of the prestigious NDLAC Middle Distance Handicap to be held 8.15AM SHARP prior to our regular program on Saturday 22 Feb 2020.
This is a mixed age race over 1500M with a difference – athletes do not make a pack start but are instead allocated a time handicap after which they start, based on their own times. It is OPEN TO ALL U11-17 ATHLETES.
As competitors will be allocated a time handicap, the winning boy and girl will not necessarily be the fastest runners, which creates some great competition and tight finishes!!
The first three boys and girls across the line will be awarded trophies at our end of season presentation night, whilst the names of the two winners will be inscribed on perpetual trophies. Two additional prizes will also be awarded to the boy and girl whose net running time is closest to a time they nominate before the race starts (no watches please!).
Any athlete interested in competing should be at Foxglove Oval no later than 8am to receive their handicaps, record their net time prediction and warm up. The handicap stopwatch will start at 8.15am.
Sat 29 Feb 2020
U7-U17 State Combined Event Carnival, Tamworth (29 Feb – 1 Mar 2020). Foxglove meet as per usual
The State Combined Event Carnival (previously State Multi-Event Championships) is held each year, usually at a regional location and with athletes from all over NSW competing. This year’s event is being held at the new synthetic track at Tamworth. Participation is open to all athletes who wish to attend and complete entries prior to Feb 12, and make a fun weekend of this. Our Foxglove Saturday program will be on as usual. Go to the following link for details, including how to register (and don’t forget to book accommodation early too!). https://lansw.com.au/state-multi-event-championships/
Sat 7 Mar 2020 – REVISED DATE
Annual NDLAC Invitational Sprint
The fastest boy and girl athletes over 100M based on year-to-date results will compete in this prestigious invitational event, with the whole Centre cheering the races on. First place getters will have their names etched on the perpetual trophies handed out at Presentation Night. Please keep an eye out for communications closer to the date for more details on qualifying athletes!
Sat 07 Mar 2020
Final Saturday Meet – for 2019-20 Season (plus State Team Photo and family fun day)
Our NDLAC regular season comes to an end on Sat 7 March. Our State team members are requested to arrive by 8:20AM for a group photo. Our final meet will include a “march-past”down the 100M straight for our “retiring”U17 athletes, and also some family fun with parent races and family relays!! Time to start practicing now!!!
Sat 20 – Sun 21 Mar 2021
STATE CARNIVAL – for qualifying athletes @ SOPAC Homebush
More details on the State Championships will be provided closer to the meet, including qualifying athlete details, State Team photo, Program, Parental Assistance and more.
Sun 05 Apr 2020
Start of NDLAC Cross Country Season 3.30pm for 4pm start (NO COST for registered Little A’s) Note: 2019-20 Cross Country Season has been postponed until further notice.
When and where?
NDLAC’s cross country season will be held at Foxglove Oval commencing Sunday, 2 Apr 2020. Our 8th season will run for approximately 11 weeks and conclude with handicap races and a presentation of awards on Sunday 14 June. Races on the Queen’s Birthday weekend will be held on the Monday (8th June) instead of Sunday (7th June).
There is NO COST to athletes already registered with NDLAC, other Little Athletics centres or senior athletics clubs* for the 2019-20 summer season. New athletes are welcome to join NDLAC for the 2020 winter season at a cost of $50 per athlete.
Winter 2020 age groups are the same as those used for the 2018-19 summer season.
The likely weekly program is:
4.00pm: 2000m (U11s & U12s) and 3000m (U13s to U17s & open*);
4.25pm: 500m (U6s & younger**);
4.35pm: 800m (U7s & U8s) and 1500m (U9s & U10s).
While winter season awards will be based on athletes’ achievements in the designated distance for their age group, athletes may choose to compete in other distances and/or more than once per week to complement their training program for the schools’ representative cross country season. Note that the 500m race is reserved exclusively for U6s and U6s may not compete in other distances. **Registered Tiny Tots may compete as U6s.
Uniforms are not compulsory.
Cancellations for any reason will be notified on our website and Facebook and TeamApp pages.
Sat 23 May 2020 – 5pm
Annual General Meeting (Note: new date and format)
Our AGM has been DEFERRED TO SATURDAY 23 MAY 2020 at the new start time of 5PM. This will be held as a stand-alone, virtual event (via Zoom) with link details to be sent separately. Our AGM is an important forum in which members can bring forward agenda items, and also nominate for Committee positions …….. which we need everyone to consider and come forward to support our Centre! Agenda items may be emailed to our Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org. Details on the Committee Member nomination process will be advised separately.
2019-20 SEASON PRESENTATION DAY UPDATE
Our Presentation Day will be POSTPONED UNTIL A DATE TO BE ADVISED. The physical presentation of trophies will likely be just prior to the commencement of the 2020-21 season, by which time we hope such activities can be safely undertaken. We are reviewing different virtual formats that may also be use to recognise the achievements of all eligible athletes, and our tremendous volunteers who helped make the season a resounding success. We will keep you updated on details as they are confirmed.
Our thoughts and best wishes go out to all our athletes and families, and we look forward to the day we can reassemble and share again the joys of our wonderful sport and Centre!