FAQs – Grass Track Athletics

Most Saturdays over summer at the Ginninderra Athletics Field near Dunlop, a Grass Track Athletics Meet is held for members from 3 years to Masters including Little Athletics.

Grass Track Athletics meets should not be confused with Red Track Meets hosted by Athletics ACT.

Start Time and Age Groups

The Start Time varies according to the Age Group:

Check In

Ginninderra Athletics aims to start on time every Saturday. Therefore members of each Age Group are encouraged to find their team mates by looking for the Age Group Flags near the Canteen at least 10 minutes before we start.

Warm Up

Athletes in the younger Age Groups (3 to 8 years) will be lead through a pre-activity Warm Up by their allocated Junior Coach.

Older Athletes are encouraged to warm up appropriately before each event on the program. Coaches and Athlete Assists are available on a Saturday and at training to teach athletes how to warm up and cool down properly.

Athletes in the Under 12s and up are provided indicative start times in their Weekly Program to assist them to warm up and cool down between events. These start times indicate that the next event will not start before the allocated time. Start times may vary on any given day. due to unforeseen circumstances.

Weekly Program

Ginninderra Athletics operates a 3 Weekly Program of Events across the Grass Track Athletics Season. This is usually a combination of run - jump - throw events.

The program has been designed to enable maximum utilisation of the Ginninderra Athletics Field on Lhotsky Street.

Age Groups must adhere to the order of the events provided. With over 110 individual events being managed each Saturday and over 400 athletes, the order of the events and how long they take can have an impact on other age groups.

Tiger Cubs (Under 6s to Under 7s)

Ginninderra Athletics provides a mix of skill growth, practice and age appropriate competition for our Under 6s and Under 7s.

Fo the first 8 weeks of the season, each weekend the Tiger Cubs will compete in two events (combination of sprints, long jump, shot put, vortex) where they can track how much they improve over the entire season using ResultsHQ.

Along with the two events, Tiger Cubs will undertake the On Track Program which reduces waiting around at events, provides more chances to practice the basics right, gives everyone the opportunity to excel, all while being fun and easy for everyone to do.

Open Events

Athletes in the Under 12s and up can also choose to enter "Open" age events if they are looking for additional chances to do their preferred run - jump - throw. Athletes must be eligible to compete for Ginninderra Athletics at an AACT event to take advantage of this opportunity.

Marshalling and Seeding (Under 12s and up)

Teens, Seniors and Masters athletes are encouraged to get to their next event 5 minutes before the indicative time in the Weekly Program.

This is especially important in Track Events where athletes will be seeded into Heats. Ginninderra's Grass Track Athletics meets seed athletes (Under 12s and up) in track events to ensure that everyone is given a fair go.

This means that in any given event there can be a mix of boys, girls, men, women and age groups.

Athletes may self select their "seed time" during marshalling. It is very important that you choose the correct seed time to avoid disappointment. What you provide will determine which heat you will be allocated too.

Athletes in an Age Group may choose to participate with their friends and hence not provide a seed time.

Marshalling for the High Jump is also highly encouraged. Athletes achieve their best performances by not "over jumping". Ginninderra Athletics asks that athletes in the Under 12s and up consider jumping at a High Jump area designated for their starting height.

Except for Open Events, all field events are conducted by Age Group (e.g. Under 13 Girls, Under 14 Boys, etc) and not mixed age or gender.

Uniform

Ginninderra Athletics mandates athletes to use our Official Uniform. This is covered within the Club's Constitution. Athletes must wear Club Uniform at all competitions.

Registration Numbers

Age Patches, Sponsor Badges and the Registration Number Placement

Little Athletics ACT require you to wear their Registration Number, Age Patch and Sponsor's Logos (as appropriate). These are all provided to you by Ginninderra Athletics at a Registration Day, Come & Try Day and/or any Saturday morning meet.

For registered member of Athletics ACT (teens, seniors and masters), the registration number is provided in the Call Room during marshalling for your first ever meet of the season. Please allow enough time to collect your number before Check In at a Red Track Meet.

Volunteering

Athletics is a Volunteering intensive sport. Officiating and providing your time to rake a pit, assist with Starting or manage Age Groups, helps to ensure Grass Track Meets run smoothly. It is also a great way to give back to the sport where fees are kept low (no one is paid to officiate).

We are always looking for volunteers and if you can lend a hand for 30 minutes or more on any given Saturday, please contact us.

Mentoring and Support

If you are going out to a Grass Track Meet for the first time and would like a friendly Ginninderra Athlete to show you around, where events are located, how and where to warm up, as well as do the whole Check In and Marshall process (see above), send us an email and let us know. Our friendly experienced athletes are always available to give you a hand.

Drinks and Food

Ginninderra Athletics runs a Canteen each Saturday morning. It is the club's only fundraising source and we ask that you support the Canteen. All monies raised are invested back into the Club and its members.

Results

Ginninderra Athletics takes lots of photos each weekend and these are published to Facebook and we normally do a weekly round up and this is published to our website.

All Grass Track Athletics performances are automatically added to ResultsHQ if you have an account.

Rules

Grass Track Athletics Meets are conducted mostly by volunteers. We are very grateful for their support and assistance.

Ginninderra Athletics encourages our volunteers to up-skill and learn about each event and how to officiate. This will help to reduce technical fouls, false starts and other infractions from clouding official results.

Following our Event Fact Sheets will assist you to abide by most of the LAACT and AACT rules.

Club Records must be verified and witnessed by a qualified individual in order to be accepted as a record. It is in the interests of the Athlete and the whole Age Group that their Parents, Guardians, Team Mates, Team Manager or Coach notify the Committee immediately if they believe an attempt on a record is imminent. A suitably qualified and accredited Official can then be allocated to witness an attempt.