Below are the known dates for the current Little Athletics season:
Sun 06 May 2018
Start of NDLAC Cross Country Season 3.30pm for 4pm start
When and where?
NDLAC's cross country season will be held at Foxglove Oval commencing Sunday, 6 May 2018. Our 6th season will run for nine weeks and conclude with handicap races and a presentation of awards on 1 July. Races on the Queen's Birthday weekend will be held on the Monday instead of Sunday.
There is NO cost to athletes already registered with NDLAC, other Little Athletics centres or senior athletics clubs* for the 2017-18 summer season. New athletes are welcome to join NDLAC for the 2017 winter season at a cost of $50 per athlete.
Winter 2018 age groups are the same as those used for the 2017-18 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.
Click here for more information, including course maps.
Uniforms are not compulsory.
Cancellations for any reason will be notified on our website and Facebook and TeamApp pages.
Sun 09 Sep 2018
Registration Day - Complete Online (after 1 Aug 2018) & Collect Packs @ Foxglove Oval (10am-1pm)
Please register online (after 1 August 2018) prior to attending registration day:
Uniforms will be available for purchase on the day, and all questions answered by our Committee members.
Sat 15 Sep 2018
First Foxglove meet for 2018/2019 season
Northern Districts Little Athletics Club – a community based not-for-profit sports club – welcomes returning and new members for Week 1 of our 2018-19 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:
- 1. a fresh new look;
- 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, and;
- a plan to help willing parents and senior athletes to assist our developing juniors.
To register online and for more information see our website (after 1 August 2018) 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!!
Thu 18 Oct 2018
WEEKLY THU NIGHT TRAINING STARTS THIS WEEK!
Weeknight training (Weekly - Thursdays)
Our Centre coach, Martin from Athletics Plus, will hold our Thursday afternoon training sessions from 4:30pm - 5:30pm at Foxglove Oval.
Training will commence Thu 18 October and then on every Thursday through until the Christmas Break, and recommencing on 10 January 2019.
Additional Training Sessions
Additional training for Centre Squads (such as Relay teams) will be provided on an 'as-needed' basis.
Little Athletics NSW organises courses to teach parents who wish to be trained as coaches. NDLAC will pay the cost of these courses, if the parent coaches for the Centre. For more details on any coaching course, please contact the Coaching Co-ordinator and/or the Officer for Assistants.
Sat 27 Oct 2018
NEW DATE!! BRING A FRIEND DAY
NEW DATE TO HELP US GET AS MANY FRIENDS ALONG AS POSSIBLE (feel free to invite a friend to trial 20 Oct also)
We have a regular program this week, but to help spread the fun and benefits of Little As and in particular our Centre to as many people as possible, we are making this a "Bring a Friend" week. This is at no cost to friends, for whom we simply need a Trial Athlete form completed on the day for insurance purposes.
Who knows, we may be able to get some of our mates signed up to make this a weekly event together for the season!
Sat 27 Oct 2018
State Relay Teams announced
State Relays is a TEAM EVENT held at the fabulous Sydney Olympac Park Athletic Centre facility each year, and this year on Sat 18 Nov (U8-11) and Sun 19 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.
Details on nomination and selection criteria will be provided well in advance on this.
Sat 03 Nov 2018
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.
Fri 09 Nov 2018
FRIDAY FAMILY TWILIGHT PROGRAM UNDER LIGHTS (NO SAT PROGRAM)
Our second attempt to celebrate the “real” arrival of summer (aka longer days), we’re all set for a fantastic night under lights at our Twilight Meet this Friday from 6pm. We will run an jam packed program that allows for everyone to get warmed up and doing plenty of PB’s (as well as playing some cool fun games lead by Martin …for the younger ones) – because when the lights come up bright…. It will be time for Family Relays!
Now if you think your family can stride it out with the best of them, and can pass a baton successfully without arguing – then you are the right crew to nominate for the:
“Fantastically Fast Relay”
- Its 4 x 100m on the circular track.
- Members must be from the one family (or extended family by blood ties)
- Maximum three members of same gender in each team
- Teams must come and see me to register a team at the beginning of the night
But if you think your family can still turn on a good showing that lets even the smallest and youngest runners (not to mention the slowest and oldest) join in the mix – then you can run in the:
“Famously Fun Relay”
- It’s a shuttle relay 4 x 50m
- Teams of 4 (or more if you want to run on leg as a duo)
- Race is like swimming relays, team members forward and back over the same 50m.
- No need to register a team, just assemble your 4 team members at the 100m start line when called.
There are some other great things happening on the night, in particular we welcome the Hon Matt Kean to come and officially open our new tartan Long Jump track.
Can’t wait to see you at Foxy (and under lights),
Sun 11 Nov 2018
Zone Championships AVAILABILITY & EVENT PREFERENCE NOMINATIONS due
The Zone Championships is for age groups U7-17 and will be held on Sat 1st – Sun. 2nd Dec. 2018 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. These selections will be determined through the athlete’s performances at our Saturday competitions. Here at Northern Districts, we also give Athletes the opportunity to nominate their preferred events. NOTE:
The Championships team will work through athlete preferences and performances to make selections, placing as many athletes in their desired events as possible. Due to limitations on the number of events athletes can participate in and the number of athletes NDLAC can enter per event, we cannot guarantee that every athlete preference will be met.
To show your availability and submit your preference, we require you to complete a google doc found here: (https://goo.gl/forms/oEYqMDJEH83syOZW2) by Sunday 11th 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, you can speak to a championships officer in the records room next to the canteen on Saturdays. If you are unable to access the google doc, please collect a paper copy of the form.
Sat 17 Nov 2018
STATE RELAYS 17-18 NOV for selected teams @ SOPAC, Homebush. ZONE team announced
LANSW - STATE RELAY CHAMPIONSHIPS (Selected athletes only)
JUNIORS (U8-U11) SATURDAY 17th NOVEMBER, 2018
SENIORS (U12-U13) SUNDAY 18th NOVEMBER, 2018
VENUE: SOPAC, Homebush
Modified coaching / clinic day to be held for other athletes @ Foxglove.
Our Zone team to represent NDLAC at Narrabeen on 30 Nov - 2 Dec will also be announced on or around this date.
Sat 24 Nov 2018
PINKLETICS DAY - CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS!!
LET’S TURN FOXGLOVE OVAL PINK!!!!
Saturday 24 November we get to chance to show again some creative and colourful flair with our annual Pinkletics meet. Raising funds for the McGrath Foundation, all athletes are requested to bring along a gold coin donation (or more!) ….. in return for which you get to Pink-it-up!!
The Foundation raises money to place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities across Australia as well as to increase breast awareness in young people, with a particular emphasis on young women through the national breast education initiative ‘Curve Lurve’.
Pink tops, socks, wigs, shoes, zinc (please just keep the zinc off the high jump mats), tutus, ……. anything goes!
Parents and carers are also encouraged to join in the theme and fun!
Sat 01 Dec 2018
ZONE CARNIVAL - SYDNEY ACADEMY OF SPORT NARRABEEN 1-2 Dec (No Foxglove meet)
ZONE CARNIVAL - SYDNEY ACADEMY OF SPORT NARRABEEN 1-2 Dec (No longer Fri night, no Foxglove meet)
Sat 1st & Sun 2nd December - 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):
Fri 21 Dec 2018
Last Foxglove Meet for 2018 - FRIDAY TWILIGHT 545pm for a 6pm start - & special guest visit (ho ho ho!)
Last meet for 2018, 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 11 Jan 2019
Special inter-club FRIDAY twilight meet 5:45pm for a 6PM start
Welcome back for 2019 with a special inter-club Friday Twilight meet! We will be joined by the Hornsby Districts Club for the inaugural holding of 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.
Fri 18 Jan 2019
Second Friday Twilight DISCO meet - 545pm for a 6pm start
Ease your way back in to 2019, with our second Friday Twilight meet, this one a DISCO theme! Bring along your favourite tunes, and be ready to dance the night away as we set PBs for fun!!
5:45PM sign-on for a 6PM start.
"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 26 Jan 2019
Saturday meets resume for the rest of the season
After our 2 FRIDAY TWILIGHT meets of 11 Jan and 18 Jan, we resume Saturday meets from 830AM on 26 Jan 2019.
Sat 02 Feb 2019
Multievent Program (note: early start for U13-17 from 745am)
This season's Multievent Championship will be conducted at Foxglove Oval on Saturday, 2nd February 2019. 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 09 Feb 2019
Regional Championships for qualifying U8-17 athletes- 9-10 FEB, 2019 (NO MEET @ FOXY SAT 9TH!)
U8 to U17 athletes
Saturday 9th February & Sunday 10th February 2019 - U8 to U17
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.
Sat 16 Feb 2019
Middle Distance Handicap
All U10-17 athletes are invited to compete in the 19th running of the prestigious NDLAC Middle Distance Handicap to be held 8.30AM sharp prior to our regular program on Saturday 16 Feb 2019 (week after region).
The MDH is a mixed age race over 1500m and is suitable for any U10-17 athlete who has achieved a red- or blue-level performance over 800m or 1500m this season. As competitors will be allocated a time handicap, the winning boy and girl will not necessarily be the fastest runners. 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!).
Pre-registration is NOT required. Any athlete interested in competing should be at Foxglove Oval no later than 8.15am to receive their handicaps, record their net time prediction and warm up. The handicap stopwatch will start at 8.30am.
Sat 23 Feb 2019
Invitational Sprint Challenge
The fastest boy and girl athletes over 100M basesd 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 handed out at Presentation Night.
Sat 02 Mar 2019
U7-U17 State Multievent Championship, Dubbo (2-3 March 2019). Foxglove meet as per usual
State Multi Championships are held each year, usually at a regional location and with athletes from all over NSW competing. Participation is open to all athletes who wish to attend, and make a fun weekend of this. Our Foxglove Saturday program will be on as usual.
Sat 09 Mar 2019
Final Saturday Meet - for 2018-19 Season (and family fun day)
Our NDLAC regular season comes to an end on Sat 9 March. 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 16 Mar 2019
STATE CARNIVAL - 16-17 March, 2019 - 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.