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Family Fun and Fitness

Over the Winter months the Ginninderra Athletics Committee have been planning some many new and exciting initiatives especially for Tiny Tots, Tiger Cubs (Under 6s) and our Under 7 and 8s Boys and Girls.

Focus of Little Athletics is on Family Fun and Fitness. The Tigers are delivering an improved Weekly Program this season that keeps kids active for longer but that doesn't impact on your Saturday morning too much.

The Club House Days and the inclusion of team based Relay events gives athletes the chance to socialise and make close friends. The introduction of Team Managers of 8-10 athletes will also ensure small groups of kids are doing more of what they want.

Team Managers
Team Managers

The oval is being re-arranged from previous seasons with Tiny Tots now located at the southern end of the Oval in a bigger space and closer to the other Tigers and the Toilet facilities. We are also trialling moving the Canteen to the Southern Shed too.

Ginninderra has purchased more Shot Puts and Discus for the younger age groups. We will paint each Saturday pop-up throwing circles too give Teams the chance to do the event at their leisure without having to wait in line for a Discus Cage or a throwing Circle. Less kids and more circles means more kids throwing.

Similarly with Long Jump Pits there will be mats at both ends of the Pit so athletes can jump from either side. Giving Teams the opportunity to just get in there and do it. No fuss and no hassle.

We are also encouraging Teams in the younger age groups to focus less on Centimetres in their throws and jumps, instead clearing or achieving a line of personal accomplishment each time they participate. This is not the Olympics and we are here for their enjoyment.

For our older youngsters, the Under 8s, they will enjoy two new events the 700m run and the Scissors Jump (High Jump).

Our Teams will again be supported by the Junior Coaches who will help guide the kids in the basics of each event.

For Parents unsure on how to assist at an event like raking, measuring, spiking or spotting jumps and throws, we have developed some quick and easy guides with illustrations on how to help. Most activities take 15-20 minutes and only happen twice each Saturday. So while you are at the oval encouraging your child there's an easy way to really get in on the action and make the day go smoother for everyone.


Rock – Paper – High Jump & Scissors?

This season Athletes as young as Under 8 can now safely learn to do the High Jump thanks to  a decision by Little Athletics Australia. An update to the Standard Rules of Competition in May 2016 has resulted in a new Age Restriction for the High Jump.

The Scissor technique will be the only allowable technique performed in High Jump for the Under 8, Under 9 and Under 10 age groups at all levels of competition. Check out the video below for how to do the Scissors Jump.

The rules also stipulate that the height for scissor mats at all competition levels and in all Affiliated Associations will be between 150mm and 300mm with minimum dimensions of 5m x 3m.

Ginninderra Athletics has recently made some room in the Shed as we said goodbye to some of our favourite Fosbury Flop Mats. This was short-lived however as we have replaced the mats with two new  Scissor Mats for the coming season.

This purchase was only possible due to the incredible generosity of our sponsors including major contributions by Ray White Belconnen, Beyond Bank, Choice Home Loans, Absolute Insurance & Financial Services and Throne Plumbing.

On the 8th of October we will be holding a Come & Try Day for all Tiny Tots, Under 6s, Under 7s and Under 8s from 08:30am to 09:30am (subject to the weather). There will also be a Registration Desk running at the Oval from 09:00am to 11:00am for all ages.

Then on the 15th of October the Season will kick off for everyone with Week 1 Activities for all ages. The Under 9 Boys will be the first Age Group to make use and christen the new Scissor Mats.

The Tigers are still looking for Team Managers especially in the the Under 6 Boys and Girls, Under 7 Girls, Under 8 Boys and the Under 10 Girls and Boys respectively. It is a very rewarding experience and we provide a How to Guide as well as a Managers Meeting to help you settle into the role. Please nominate using the form on the website.

Navigating Athletics 101

This season navigating your way from the Straight Track to the Walks and back to the Discus Area will be far more easier thanks to the new Event Flags positioned clearly at each Location.

There is simply an Event Flag for nearly everything which is perfect for first time visitors to the Club or even for those who get a little lost along the way. Navigating across an Oval can be daunting for those unfamiliar with where everything is located.

Layout of Charnwood Athletics Field
Layout of Charnwood Athletics Field

Even for those Members who are returning in 2016-17 there has been changes over the off-season. The most obvious is the trial of the Canteen to the Southern Shed this season. The Club is essentially basing itself from that end (subject to your feedback).

Its not just finding your way to an Event that we have been working on, you'll find Cheat Sheets for Parents who volunteer at their child's track and field events. There is easy to understand short role descriptions focusing on the basics for things like starting, time keeping, place judgingrakingmeasuringspiking or spotting jumps and throws, we have developed some quick and easy guides some with videos on how to help.

Did you know that most Jumps and Throws take 15-20 minutes and only happen twice each Saturday. So while you are at the oval encouraging your child, offering to assist doing the above roles is an easy way to really get in on the action and make the day go smoother for everyone. The more Helpers we have means our focus remains on Family Fun and Fitness.

Also with the move to the Southern Shed, the Committee has re-organised the storage including the purchase of a Shipping Container to store training equipment including Hurdles. This will make Set-up and Pack-up a lot more easier for those rostered to help each weekend.

Hurdles Container
Hurdles Container