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 U12 may participate in a maximum of 4 events each, with a maximum of 4 participants from each Centre in any one event.
- U13 to U17 may participate in up to 6 events each, with unlimited entry from each Centre in each event.
U13-17 athletes can nominate their events. Due to limitations on the number of participants from each Centre for the U7-12 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 – Sun 17 Nov 2019
STATE RELAYS 16-17 NOV for entered teams @ SOPAC, Homebush. Regular meet also held Sat 16th @ Foxglove
JUNIORS (U8-U11) SATURDAY 16th NOVEMBER, 2019
SENIORS (U12-U13) SUNDAY 17th NOVEMBER, 2019
VENUE: SOPAC, Homebush
A regular program will be held for other athletes @ Foxglove.
Our Zone team to represent NDLAC at Narrabeen on 30 Nov – 1 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 30 Nov – Sun 1 Dec 2019
ZONE CARNIVAL – SYDNEY ACADEMY OF SPORT NARRABEEN (No Foxglove meet)
Sat 30th November & Sun 1st 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):
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.
Fri 17 Jan 2020
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 25 Jan 2020
Australia Day Long Weekend Inter-Club Meet – Foxglove Oval
We return to 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, 15th 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 3 Feb 2020
State Combined Event 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. More details will be provided prior to the event.
Sat 08 – Sun 9 Feb 2020
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.
Sat 15 Feb 2020
Middle Distance Handicap
All U11-17 athletes (not U10 as previously advised) are invited to compete in the 20th running of the prestigious NDLAC Middle Distance Handicap to be held 8.20AM SHARP prior to our regular program on Saturday 1 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!).
Pre-registration is NOT required. Any athlete interested in competing should be at Foxglove Oval no later than 8.05am to receive their handicaps, record their net time prediction and warm up. The handicap stopwatch will start at 8.20am.
Sat 22 Feb 2020
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 29 Feb 2020
U7-U17 State Multievent Championship, Tamworth (29 Feb – 1 Mar 2020). 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 complete entries prior to Feb 3, and make a fun weekend of this. Our Foxglove Saturday program will be on as usual. More details will be provided closer to the event on how to participate.
Sat 07 Mar 2020
Final Saturday Meet – for 2019-20 Season (State Team Photo and family fun day)
Our NDLAC regular season comes to an end on Sat 9 March. Our State team members are requested to arrive by 8AM 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 14 – Sun 15 Mar 2019
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.
Sat 02 May 2020 (TBC)
Presentation Afternoon and Annual General Meeting
A heads up that our combined Annual General Meeting and Presentation Day, held at Asquith Girls High School, has been booked in the diary for Sat 2 May from 430pm. In addition to eligible athletes (who meet attendance and parent assistance requirements) receiving a trophy, we also recognise our high achievers and special awards plus acknowledge the many parents and guardians and supporters who contribute to the success of our Centre.
The afternoon kicks-off with our formal AGM to which members can bring forward agenda items, and also nominate for Committee positions …… which we definitely encourage everyone to consider and discuss with some of our existing Committee.
The afternoon wraps up with a bumper raffle, with prizes including complimentary 2020-21 season registrations, gifts from our fantastic sponsors and more (but you must be present!). We look forward to celebrating a fantastic season with our new look, new approach, and continued fun and family focus!
Sun 03 May 2020 (TBC)
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, 3 May 2020. Our 8th season will run for approximately 12 weeks and conclude with handicap races and a presentation of awards in 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 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.