How to help at Little Athletics
Parents play a very important role in their child’s little athletic involvement.
Because Little Athletics is a totally voluntary organisation, Centres cannot operate without the assistance of parents each week in fulfilling the many and varied duties required. These include officiating at an event, managing an age group, recording results, working in the canteen, to name just a few. Little Athletics is one of the few sports where parents can become fully involved in their child’s sporting interests. There are always plenty of experienced parents and officials on hand to answer any questions you may have.
Regardless of whether or not this is your first involvement as a Little Athletics parent, it is always worthwhile, at the start of each season, to consider what your role will be over the next six months or so.
Your child is in a sport that provides an opportunity for immediate and long term benefits. The benefits include: higher levels of fitness; better health; a pleasurable social environment and the satisfaction derived from skilled performances. Little Athletics can provide a launching pad for a life-long involvement in sport, whether it be elite or purely recreational. Little Athletics is the Foundation for All Sports, and it offers young people life skills which will stand them in good stead for the future.
Just as important as any of the above benefits is that Little Athletics provides children with the chance to have fun – TO PLAY. Please do not ever lose sight of this!
Unfortunately, all of the potential benefits of involving a child in a sport can be quickly lost due to one very important factor – ADULTS.
Do not underestimate the effect that you can have on your child’s long term participation in and enjoyment of sport. By taking a considered, understanding approach, a parent can be their child’s most valuable asset.
You must realise, however, that you don’t have to be a ‘screamer’ to have a subtle negative effect on your child in sport.
All too often, adults attempt to impose their own values on children’s’ sport. Do not assume that children play sport for the same reason that adults do. For example, when surveyed, a large number of children list ‘beating opponents’ and ‘receiving medals and trophies’ as last on a ranking of ten enjoyment factors in sport. Children are not little adults and their sport should be free from adult pressures and demands.
As a Healthier Choices Canberra partner, Little Athletics is committed to supporting the wellbeing of our community by promoting healthier snacks at sport, ensuring our canteens provide healthier food and drink choices and avoiding sponsorship arrangements that promote unhealthy food and drink to our sporting community. We encourage parents to support us by bringing fruit and water as refueling snacks at Little Athletics.
To access the 'How to help at Little Athletics Booklet click here
The Age Group Manager course gives parents an overview of each activity involved in Little Athletics and how to assist athletes to complete the activity competently. Please note this is not an official Coaching Course.