NB: Please note that dates and programs are subject to change given the current Covid-19 circumstances. Details will be updated on this site and via email and TeamApp notifications to families as soon as possible.
Sat 15 Aug 2020
Online Registration Opens
Please register online (after 1 August 2020):
Registration packs can be collected at one of our meets, which commence with 2 Friday Twilight sessions 9 & 16 October from 6pm at Foxglove Oval Mt Colah, followed by our regular weekly Saturday meets starting from Sat 24 October 2020 at 830AM. Uniforms can be purchased online and will be available for size testing on the nights / day. See our Registration page for full details.
Fri 9 Oct 2020, 6PM “Twilight” Session
Registration Pack Collection and First Foxglove meet for 2020/21 season
Northern Districts Little Athletics Club – a community based not-for-profit sports club – welcomes returning and new members for Week 1 of our 2020-21 season!
Be at Foxglove Oval for a 545PM warm-up ahead of a 6PM 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 will double the fun with a further Friday Twilight session on Fri 16 Oct, before commencing our regular Saturday morning scheduling from 24 Oct at 830AM.
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 www.ndlac.org.au/registration. NB: Registrations are also welcome throughout the season for those who wish to join later! Packs – including registration numbers and other goodies – for athletes who have registered and paid online in advance will be distributed on the night. Uniforms will be available for sizing, with purchases then to be made online.
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!!
Fri 16 Oct 2020, 6PM
Week 2 Skills and training based Twilight Modified Program
Our second modified program focusing on skills-based training to help kick-start the year. 5:45PM sign-on for a 6PM start, all ages including trial athletes are welcome. NB: Registrations are also welcome throughout the season for those who wish to join later! Packs – including registration numbers and other goodies – for athletes who have registered and paid online in advance will be distributed on the night. Uniforms will be available for sizing, with purchases then to be made online.
Sat 24 Oct 2020, 830am
Weekly Saturday Morning meets commence
8:15AM sign-on for an 8:30AM start, all ages including trial athletes are welcome. NB: Registrations are also welcome throughout the season for those who wish to join later! Packs – including registration numbers and other goodies – for athletes who have registered and paid online in advance will be distributed during the first available meet after registering. Uniforms will be available for sizing, with purchases then to be made online.
Thu 29 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 2021. For this 2020-21 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 31 Oct 2020, 830am
2nd Weekly Saturday Morning meet
Our 2nd Sat meet, again including special skills sessions. 8:15AM sign-on for an 8:30AM start, all ages including trial athletes are welcome. NB: Registrations are also welcome throughout the season for those who wish to join later! Packs – including registration numbers and other goodies – for athletes who have registered and paid online in advance will be distributed during the first available meet after registering. Uniforms will be available for sizing, with purchases then to be made online.
Sat 7 Nov 2020, 830am
Bring a Friend Week!
Help spread the fun of Little As at NDLAC by bringing a friend along to join one of our Saturday meets! 8:15AM sign-on for an 8:30AM start, all ages welcome. Friends can come in comfortable sporting wear to join their Age / Gender group for the morning, and we simply need a Trial Athlete form completed for insurance purposes. Who knows, your friends may just want keep coming back (we hope!)?
14 Nov 2020
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.
28 Nov 2020
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 5 Dec 2020 (New 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 21st running of the prestigious NDLAC Middle Distance Handicap to be held 8.15AM SHARP prior to our regular program.
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.
Fri 18 Dec 2020
FRIDAY CHRISTMAS TWILIGHT PROGRAM – 545pm for a 6pm start
Last meet for 2020, a special Friday Twilight one to kick-start the holidays and have some fun.
Fri 8 Jan 2021
FRIDAY Twilight meet 5:45pm for a 6PM start – Foxglove Oval
Welcome back for 2021 with a Friday Twilight meet! 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 16 Jan 2021
Regular Programs resume
We are back to Saturdays, see you at Foxy from 830AM!!
State Championships Qualification Events
At the time of this listing, it is proposed by LANSW that a State Championships meet will go ahead in March 2021 however the traditional Zone and Region Championship meets will not proceed due to the Covid-19 situation. The State Championships qualification criteria and process details are still under review, with the current expectation being that this will be conducted sometime in Feb 2021. Further details will be shared as soon as they are confirmed.
13 Feb 2021
Multievent Program (note: early start for U13-17 from 745am)
This season’s Multievent Championship at Foxglove Oval on Saturday, 13 February 2021. 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.
Wed 10 Feb 2021
State Combined Events Carnival Entries Close
Get your entries in to this fun-filled event, joining other NDLAC athletes travelling with families to Wollongong this season on 6 – 7 March 2021. 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 27 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 6 – Sun 7 Mar
U7-U17 State Combined Event Carnival, Wollongong. 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 Beaton Park, Wollongong (much closer to home than recent season destinations!). Participation is open to all athletes who wish to attend and complete entries prior to Feb 10, 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 13 Mar 2021 – State Team Photo
State team members are requested to arrive by 8:20AM for a group photo.
Sat – Sun 20-21 Mar 2021
State Championships – SOPAC, Homebush. Regular meet to be held at Foxglove
The State Championships meet is proposed to be held on these dates, with a modified format, and qualification meets to be held sometime in February (in lieu of Zone and Regional Championships). Further details will be provided as they become clear.
Sat 27 Mar 2021
Final Saturday Meet – for 2020-21 Season (and family fun day)
Our NDLAC regular season comes to an end on 27 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 (subject to Covid guidelines)!! Time to start practicing now!!!
TBC Apr 2021
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, TBC Apr 2021. Our 8th season will run for approximately 11 weeks and conclude with handicap races and a presentation of awards on Sunday TBC June. 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 2020-21 summer season. New athletes are welcome to join NDLAC for the 2021 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 TBC May 2021 – 5pm
Annual General Meeting & Presentation Day
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 email@example.com. Details on the Committee Member nomination process will be advised separately.
Awards for the 2020-21 season will be presented – subject to prevailing Covid Safety Plan – for all individual athletes, together with Age Group awards and Centre awards. Further details including the nomination process will be advised closer to the date.