FAQ about Little Athletics with Ryde!   

The answers to most of your Little As questions are here

When is the season?   Our season usually begins in September but due to COVID we have been delayed this season. We generally have a few weeks break over Christmas and New Year and then begin again in January through to March.

Where?   Dunbar Park, Sobraon Rd, Marsfield

Time? Saturday Mornings from 8am. See our program page here. If you can’t make it one week that’s ok, no need to let anyone know. There is optional midweek training.

When do they finish?  Each age group will do 6 events each week. We work on a two week program. Age groups finish between 10am-11am just depending on what events they have that week. Older children who do Javelin will finish later as they don’t compete until the track is clear

How does the morning work? Your child will meet their Age Manager and Assistant. They will have the same people with them all morning. These people will be the same every week (unless they are away) so your child will get to know their Age Manager. The Age Manager will walk the group to all of the different events during the morning and when they are finished they will ensure that they are returned to you.

How much?
Little Athletics Registration Fees for online registrations for the 2021-22 Season are:

  • $152 for the first child in your family
  • $128 for the 2nd child
  • $110 for 32d-5th children
  • Tiny Tots $97
    Tiny tots (ages 3 and 4)

Can I have a trial session to see if I want to join?   

Ryde Athletics are excited to announce that we are now able to accept athlete trials – for new participants who would like to try athletics before committing to the full season.

To register click here

🚨No trial entries on the day of competition, register before 4pm Friday to compete on Saturday, only available to those new to little athletics, must abide by all current public health orders🚨

How can I Register ?   Register online and pay by credit card

The $100 Active Kids Vouchers can be used during the registration process.
Apply for your Active Kids Voucher before you go online to register.  Applications can be made here 
Be sure to have your voucher ready BEFORE you start the Little Athletics registration process.

What to bring?   Hat, comfortable running shoes, sun-screen and water bottle.

How to pay?   Online only

Documents to provide?
We need to sight your child’s Birth certificate, Blue Book or Passport to make sure they register in the right age group.

What age groups?
Athletes can register from the age of 3. Age groups are determined by age of the child as at midnight on 31 December, e.g. a child who has already turned 8 as at midnight on 31st December will be registered and will compete as an Under 9 Little Athlete. This is not able to be changed by us – age groupings are strictly adhered to as a requirement of LANSW.

Registration Age Grid

What events can my child do?
Each week we alternate on a Week 1 and Week 2 program.
Depending on their age, children get a variety of track and field events such as:
Track – 70 m, 100 m, 200 m, 400 m, 700 m, 800 m, 1500 m , 3000m, hurdles and race walking.
Field – Long Jump, Triple Jump, Shot Put, Discus, High Jump, and Javelin

Uniforms will be available to purchase during the registration process. It is preferable to buy uniforms at the time of registration. Uniform purchases will also be available on collection day (subject to availability).

When can I purchase a uniform?

-Athletes must compete in the Ryde Centre uniform each Saturday, at LANSW competition events, and if dual registered, at ANSW events

-Girls: Centre T shirt, singlet or crop top with black shorts or bike pants.

-Boys: Centre T shirt or singlet with black running shorts.

Shirts/singlets/crop tops can only be purchased from the club.

Black shorts, can be purchased at the usual sporting outlets.

-The athlete’s individual registration number is to be sewn on to the front of the shirt, singlet or crop top with red border fully visible.

-The age group number is sewn on the front left hand side of the shirt or shorts and the COLES patch is sewn on the front right hand side of the shirt.

-Tots have their own shirt provided by the club and registration number is to be affixed to the front of the shirt. Tots may also wear a club uniform shirt if they choose.

-We have a collection of second hand uniforms available if anyone wants to donate their preloved uniforms or if the cost of new uniforms is prohibitive.

Uniform Prices for 2021-22 Season

Unisex T-Shirts (Size 6-22)
Ladies’ Singlets (G6-10, L8-18)
Men’s Singlets (Size 10-20)
Ladies’ Crop Tops

Parent declaration and working with children declaration?
You will also be required to confirm you have read and understand the parent/guardian declaration and provide your Centre with a completed Little Athletics NSW Working with Children declaration.

What do I do as a parent?
Parents are required to stay each Saturday and help out on the oval as an official/helper or alternatively can help with the BBQ or Canteen. Little A’s can only continue with the support of the parents involved in the morning activities, and this is why we need your help. You will not be able to walk around with your child and their age group. Our volunteers coordinator can help you choose which event to help with if you are unsure.

What do the Tiny Tots do each Saturday?
If your child is a Tiny Tot, they will participate in play activities, mainly in their own area. Tots usually spend some time on the track where they run, have relays, and long jump into the sandpit to get them used to the track, running in lanes, and queueing for their turn, amongst other things! The activities are designed to develop some of the gross motor skills and co-ordination used in later years for athletics, eg throwing bean bags jumping, running, etc .

A parent of the Tot stays with them and helps with the activities. All the Tots’ parents take a turn in organising and leading the activities for the group. The Tots’ program starts at 8.30 and usually finishes by 9.30. No times or places are recorded for them.

What happens if it rains?
Due to the low impact nature of athletics and the excellent drainage system at the track, council usually gives us permission to make the decision about conducting events at Dunbar Park. We are not classed as a “sports ground” so if council closes Sports Grounds it doesn’t mean we are closed. We will only cancel competition if the track is deemed unsafe to conduct any events. We may use the wet weather program if necessary. If you are unsure about morning competition, it is worthwhile making the trip to the ground as it is likely to be usable.
Cancellations will be posted on the home page of this website by 7:30am on the morning of competition. We will also post on TeamApp and Facebook. TeamApp is where we will post first

Canteen and BBQ
We are very  fortunate at Ryde Athletics to have a well stocked canteen and a popular BBQ stall. Our canteen has all the usual favourites including cold drinks, ice blocks, snacks and (very importantly) coffee! Our BBQ caters for both meat and vegetable lovers with options such as sausages, eggs, bacon and mixed vegetables!

*Please note; cash and EFTPOS/tap payments at the canteen, EFTPOS/tap payments only at the BBQ.


Ryde Athletics uses TeamApp (available to download to your smart phone here), FacebookInstagram, Emails and our website to communicate with our club members.