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Week 1 – 9th Sep Track & Field season 2023-2024

Week 1 – 9th Sep Track & Field season 2023-2024

It was a great start to our 2023-2024 season at Ringwood, with over 150 athletes compete.

We had one centre record broken, many potential Personal Bests to come and lots of trial athletes giving it all a go.  Our next week of competition is this Saturday 16th from 8:15.  More information about this Saturday to come.

Saturday 9th September – Season 2023-2024

Well we have started and what a cracker day it was!! Saturday 9th September was our official kick off to Season 2023-2024.  There were about 150 athletes that participated, a massive Centre record, lots of great results and happy faces.  There were lots of familiar parent faces and some new ones to add into the mix.  Overall it was a great day, of what will be a fantastic season at Ringwood Little Athletics Centre (RLAC).

Our Sponsors – special sponsor attending this Saturday

I want to emphasise how important the centre is to our community and thank our many sponsors for their new and ongoing support.  Its great that our local businesses and politicians help our centre continually grow through their generous financial contributions. On Saturday there will be a special guest at our centre, one of our major sponsors, who will be presenting two of our junior coaches with a very special community award.  So we look forward to that very special event.

Volunteering – we need your help

As we are at week two of competition, parents need to reach out and help through volunteering their time to make sure the day progresses efficiently and effectively.  We will provide the weekly sign up link where all the duties are listed that need to be filled each week.  The more of you that volunteer, the less times you will need to.  Give a new activity a go, whether its cooking on the bbq or raking at an event, get out and be active and you may have a better chance at seeing your athlete perform up close.  Sign up link for this week: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D45AEAE28A1FDC34-rlac38

Track weekly setup

Each week an age group has been scheduled to assist with track setup usually from 8am.  This week it’s the U6&U12 age group parents required to assist with track setup, see you at the track from 8am!

The schedule of the setup is in the season calendar on our website: https://ringwoodlac.com.au

Safety

You, or a suitable guardian, must remain with your athlete at training sessions and during Saturday competition.  This is a non- negotiable rule from Little Athletics Victoria (LAVic), so please adhere to this at all times.

Dogs – Dogs are not permitted at training or Saturday competition, which is another LAVic rule, you will be asked to leave.

Competition day safety – Unless you have signed up for a duty, you cannot walk across the infield, or be anywhere near the infield or track.  Be aware that our older little athletes can throw a discus quite far into the infield and it can cause serious injury if it hits someone.  Also please remind your athletes not to  venture onto the track at any time and to check the track before crossing.  Quite often we witness many near misses with younger athletes not checking the track.

Sports balls – Please do not bring any of your sports balls to the track as they can injure an athlete or spectators inside the grandstands.

Grandstand repairs – One of our Grandstand’s are currently under repair and we are hopeful it will be completed very soon.  In the meantime be very vigilant to ensure your child does not climb the fence or enter inside the fenced area.

Build your knowledge – Athletics Training courses

Recently parents of Ringwood athletes attended an “ITLAS” training session.  That session took parents through, rules, tips and handy techniques across all events, so that parents could be more aware of how to teach athletes correct techniques for events.  I would encourage those who are interested to attend and the club covers your cost (once you show us your certification.  There are many other training sessions for parents available, with race walk judging on this weekend.  For more information refer to the LAVic website :

ITLAS training : https://lavic.com.au/education/coaching/

Coaching, Officials, On Track and Volunteer training : https://lavic.com.au/education/officials-education/

Training sessions and School holidays – Training will continue over the school holidays and events offered will be based on coach availability.  Note that Training will not occur on Sunday October 1st over the grand final long weekend.

Session times are: Middle Distance Training with John Walker, Monday & Wednesday from 4.30-5pm; Tuesday from 4:15-5.30pm for event training, followed by High Jump training on the apron with Mick and Hannah from 5.30-6.30 for younger age groups and lower heights, and then from 6.30-about 7pm for older athletes and higher heights.

Competition and school holidays – There is no competition after this Saturday and we return back on Saturday the 7th October.

Communication – There are many types of communication available to parents and family friends, so you can keep up to date and read our weekly news.

We have a FaceBook page (open to the broader public)  – https://www.facebook.com/rlac52

We have an internal FaceBook group that you need to answer questions to gain access: https://www.facebook.com/groups/418528084981734

Follow us on Instagram at : https://www.instagram.com/ringwoodlittleaths/

Have a look at our website at : https://ringwoodlac.com.au/

Yes there is a lot of information, but if you still have questions or what to whinge about something, please reach out at ringwood@lavic.com.au

Looking forward to seeing you all at the track,

Cheers,

Jason

RLAC President