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One of the most exciting events in the Track & Field season is Relays. It’s a unique opportunity for our athletes to participate as a team. Our Centre is committed to this program and includes participation in the Box Hill relays, Eastern Metropolitan Region and State relays where teams have qualified. This program is for the U9 to U16 age groups in single sex and mixed sex events. Direct entry to State Relays Championships will be available for all U13-U16 athletes.
Events are: 4 x 100m, 4 x 200m, Medley (100m, 300m, 200m, 400m) [Swedish Medley format introduced 2020/21]
At Ringwood Little Athletics, the aim is to have as many athletes as possible join in the relay program. Each age group needs to have a Relay Age Group Manager. Their role is to manage the relay team, making sure that training times and the relay schedule/locations are well known, liaising with the Ringwood Relay Team Manager, and generally looking after the relay runners on the day of the relays held at Box Hill, Region Carnival and State Championship.
Athletes run in the Ringwood team uniform. Relays are a team event and so there is an expectation that team members will attend training sessions to learn and improve on their relay techniques. Baton changing is one of the keys to success and training of these techniques is essential for athletes to achieve their best.
Every child in the U9 –U16 age groups is encouraged to join the relay squads and we endeavor to make it an enjoyable and rewarding experience for the athlete.
At Region Carnivals and State Championships, parents of relay runners are required to fulfill duty rosters of approximately 2-3hrs on the day. Box Hill relays are run by the Box Hill Centre and no duty is required.
Dates for Season 2020/21 are as follows:
Box Hill Relay Day: Sunday 21st February
EMR Relays: Sunday 28th February U9 – U12 Only (Ringwood)
LA VIC State Relay: Saturday 27th March U9-U12 only (Casey Fields)
Sunday 28th March U13-U16 only (Casey Fields)
*Ringwood Little Athletics Centre pays the team entry cost for those participating in the relays.
To join the Ringwood LAC Relay Squad, please register your athletes details with our Team Manager, Brooke Clarke at firstname.lastname@example.org