Parent / Guardian Participation
The Little Athletics motto is “Family, Fun and Fitness”. Little Athletics is a family sport and is one activity where the whole family can be involved and participate. Everyone is welcome, from siblings, aunties and uncles to grandparents. Like other Little Athletics centres, Algester Little Athletics Centre is a not-for-profit organisation which is run by volunteers, most of whom are parents of current athletes at the Centre.
Unfortunately, there isn’t always enough helpers. Our Centre cannot operate without the assistance of parents and carers filling the many and varied roles needed each week to run our competition. To hold the weekly competition, we need around 60 volunteers to run all of the events. It can be quite difficult to fill all the roles necessary to ensure we can provide a safe and fun weekly competition for our kids.
To encourage assistance, our Centre collects a $35 parent participation levy from each family as part of the fees payable during our sign on day. To obtain a refund of the parent participation levy at the end of the season, each family must have helped out for 75% of the season, which usually calculates to be approximately 15 competition weeks, although helping out at regional relays and regionals can also count. Please ensure that you see our Officials Coordinator each week to add your name to the list of helpers, as we don't want to miss anyone out.
Starting from the 2020-21 season, families are also required to help a minimum of 4 times during the season in order for their children to qualify for a trophy or award at the end of the season. This is in addition to the athlete attendance and participation requirements for trophy day. This has become necessary due to the ever decreasing number of helpers we have each week, which is not sustainable for the continuation of our weekly competitions.
In order to meet these new volunteering requirements (ie. 4 helps), families must help out a minimum of 2 times from the list in Column A below. It is then open to families to chose 2 options from Column B (or alternatively, 3 from Column A and 1 from Column B, or 4 options from Column A if preferred). It is up to families how (and when) they'd like to volunteer, provided that at least 2 are from Column A, and a minimum of 4 are recorded over the course of the season. Volunteers will be recorded by the event chiefs and committee members, and a running sheet will be available online to ensure transparency, and to help families keep tally. To be clear, each individual parent / carer does not have to help 4 times - the workload is spread across the entire family. Therefore, families could meet this criteria in as little as 2 weeks if both parents help out.
We will be running our competition over approximately 20 weeks this season, plus running working bees, regional relays, regional championships and other events (such as Bunnings BBQ's). This means that there are plenty of opportunity for families to put their hand up and volunteer at least 4 times.
Please click on the below link to see the tally for the 2021-22 season parent participation. Please note that helping out at each event is worth 0.2 points. So you would need to help out at 5 events (by raking, spiking, retrieving etc) in order to get 1 point for Column B.
If your surname is shaded grey in the overall tally of points, you have not meet your parent participation requirements for this season. If your surname is white on the overall points tally page, your minimum requirements have been met.
Unfortunately, this system has become necessary as a result of too many families sitting on the sidelines and leaving the workload to a small group of people. In circumstances where ALL of our children are participating in little athletics events, this is quite unfair. We would all love to sit and watch our kids - but our competition days do not run themselves.
Therefore, we would really love it if families could please do their little bit, so we can share the workload as evenly as possible across our membership and to ensure that our children can continue to enjoy little athletics for many, many years to come.