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.
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.