F.A.Q s

"Can my child compete in an age group other than the one calculated by QLAA?"
Generally no; but we do allow this at Centre Level for those athletes wanting to compete with their friends.  Age groupings are determined by QLAA to ensure the safety of children competing.  Different age groups use different weight of throwing implements, compete in different running events and have different rules for events.  All are aimed at increasing your child’s enjoyment whilst keeping him/her safe.  If age groups are combined due to numbers on any night, children should still use their correct equipment and only compete in events suitable for their age.

"How does the Friday night event operate."
  1. Tiny Tots.  Tiny Tots have their own area and a club coordinator who will organise the group to play athletics oriented games for fun and skill development.  The session will go from 6pm to 7pm.  There are no measurements or times for tiny tots.
  2. Under 6 groups.  There will usually be a club coordinator but sometimes the parents will need to coordinate the group.   This group will start the season with game play activities and short coaching sessions to develop skills and generally to have fun.  As the season develops the group will do more competition and start to measure their performances and earn personal bests.
  3. Under 7.  Similar to under 6 but start their competition earlier.  There will be an event roster each week for the group.
  4. All other groups.  There is a 5 event (optional 6th on 2 in every 3 weeks) programme for each group.  The programme will generally include at least one sprint, one middle distance, one jump and one throw.
"When is the coaching night and what is the programme?"
Coaching is on Wednesday night between 6pm and 7pm.  There will be up to four coaches and the athletes will be able to choose the session that suits them.  Sometimes the events will be restricted: eg high jump may be programmed for flop only, the hurdles may be divided into senior and junior in different weeks etc.  Coaches may be available for individual/extra coaching- please feel free to discuss your requirements with the coaches.   A programme for Wednesday night will be issued each Friday on the notice board.

"How can I become a qualified official or coach?"
Becoming an official is easy and you are greatly encouraged to apply - see all you need to know here.  Or just start helping on any Friday night.  The club is always looking for more officials on Friday nights so please make yourself available.
The club offers (and covers all fees) Introduction to Coaching course each year - apply at the canteen.   The club will also pay for more advanced courses (up to advanced level 2) if you can volunteer some to to our Wednesday night coaching.

"Do I have to buy the uniform?"
No.  If your child does not intend to compete away from The Gap there is no need to buy the uniform.  However, your child may feel more comfortable in the same clothes as his/her friends.  Of course, if your child wants to compete in any competition outside The Gap, they must have full and correct uniform.
Athletes must wear their registration patch with correct number at all events.

"Why do I need the correct shorts for inter-centre competition?”
If your child wears the incorrect shorts at an inter-centre competition they run the risk of disqualification as all competing athletes must display correct centre uniforms for identification purposes.  However, any pair of plain black shorts meet the requirements for The Gap uniform.

"Where are the other centres?"
 
For all other centres go to http://laq.org.au/  Other Met North Centres are included in the Handbook which can be found on this web site.

"How do relay days work?"
Inter-centre relay competitions encourage children to compete in small teams.  Field events (shot put, discus, javelin, jumping) team two athletes together (the best two Gap performances from the actual competition form a team, the next best two form another team and so on).   In track events, four athletes run a traditional relay event; track relays include 4 x 70m (under 7 and 8), 4 x 100m (all ages), 4 x 200m (under 9 -10) and 4 X Medley (under 11 and up).   All athletes are encouraged to participate; there are no qualifying standards for any Regional Events.

"How does my child qualify for State competitions? And at what age?"
QLAA hold a number of competitions throughout the year that your child may compete in.  Only under 9 and up can go on to State Championships.   You qualify for the state events by finishing in the top 3 (top four for some relay events) of any event.   Should a regional event be cancelled due to rain an athlete can qualify for states through centre level performance or performances at  Senior Carnival, Junior Carnival or Pentathlon (however this rarely happens).

The actual team that competed on the Regional Relay day will qualify for the state event (a substitute will only be allowed if one of the competitors is unable to attend for any reason, eg injury).

The club covers fees for all state or national events.