Unfortunately, I am raising Safety and Supervision item to the top with a hope that you all read and understand it!
Supervision/Safety: Remember a strict condition of our insurance is you cannot drop kids and leave; there must always be a guardian present when kids are at Little Athletics. Significant problems have arisen in some age groups already, mainly when there is nobody to assist in your child’s events, or there is an injury. We are volunteers and not trained health professionals, so if there is an injury to your child, we can assist you. However, it is your responsibility to manage your child. If you need to be elsewhere, it is up to you to provide or organise another parent or guardian (adult) to take on this responsibility in your absence!
It is imperative to be supervising children while watching the bigger kids in action. Please be careful when standing near our throwing sites, in particular, being hit by an errant Javelin, Discus or Shot Put is not much fun for anyone. These apparatus all derived from old-world hunting to kill methods, making them extremely dangerous. This is why we are so strict around supervision while using any equipment and reminding spectators/athletes nearby to be very cautious.
Please ensure children are not playing with or on equipment while not competing (e.g., no practising with shot puts etc.). Hopefully, most kids know this is not safe; however, our new families may not be aware; please discuss this with your athletes.
Also please do not let your kids play in our storage/equipment shed, otherwise we may need to revert to locking the doors which will become a problem should access be needed. It is simply not a safe place to play.
Please continue to walk BEHIND THE DISCUS CAGE to enter or exit the bottom field; this keeps you safe from the discus and the Javelin throwing sites.
Sorry for the ‘lecture’ but we are all responsible for safety!
ON A LIGHTER NOTE – President General Update: Last Wednesday was an excellent twilight meet, great weather and atmosphere; it was also the first meet of the year where we did not see a record fall, but there were lots of PBs set in the excellent conditions.
The reason we did not have a meet on Saturday was because of the North West All State (NWAS) meeting. Only a small number of CLAC athletes attended the meet at Penguin, and they did us proud. Some of the results include River H U9B securing three first-place results, Nicholas C U13B 1 first and 1 second, Isaac D 1 first,1 second and one-third place, Mackenzie G U13G 1 first and 1 second, Hugh M U13B a third place and Maighan A U13G a second place. Well done to all athletes and families who participated.
Set-Up / Pack Up:Please be aware of the date of your turn for duty, you can find the Calendar here: http://www.clarence.org.au/calendar/ if you are not available please swap with another family, if you do not know any other families, let us know.
Listed for Set-Up / Pack Up duty for Saturday 19th December is Genford, Giles, Gough and Graves.
THANK YOU to those who are turning up as first-timers and keen to learn the ropes. Remember many hands make light work if you can grab something and set it up, or put it back in the shed at the end of the meeting please do so.
Uniforms: Uniforms will be available for sale for the first 30 minutes on Saturday (closing around 9 am), so please ensure you head there first thing if you need to make a purchase.
U13s who did not pre-order a warm-up top, there is only one left, at the cost of $35.00 each. Please note we cannot get any more.
We have the new hoodies in stock and new caps. We take EFTPOS and Cash for uniform sales.
Name Badges: We are expecting the next batch of name badges to arrive this week, so they should be available in the Age Group Coordinator (AGC) folders.
Notice Board: There is much information pinned there. If you are still not sure, please ask one of the committee members, our faces are now on the notice board and our website so you can track us down.
Training: We hope to secure a coach in the new year, there will be no CLAC training in December.
Defibrillator / First Aid: We have an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) available at the canteen if ever the need arises. Please ensure each family member is aware of this. We also keep our first aid kit at the canteen; it is available for minor repairs.
Registrations: Every athlete should now be registered. If you need to provide proof of age, please bring a document with DOB on it, such as birth certificate, Medicare immunisation record or passport to the Tower asap. There is a current list on the notice board; please check this list to ensure we do not need to sight your documents; if we do you can bring them to our next meet on 19 December. An individual email will be sent to those families still on our “to checklist”.
State Multi Champs: 16 and 17 January 2021– Penguin, held over two days for U13s and Up (16th &-17th), with U9s and up on day 2 (17th).
State Relays:Keep an eye out for more information about the State Relays which will be held in Launceston on 6 February 2021. We will investigate a bus for this event, which would be circa $30 a seat return. Expressions of interest will be sought to commence 19 December for teams, and we shall finalise teams by mid to late January; this is a great day out, and we often enter multiple teams for each age group. Athletes must nominate at CLAC to be considered for Relay teams, more info to come.
ALAC Nominations: Nominations are now open for the 2021 State Team for the Australian Little Athletics Championships (ALAC). The Championships will be held in Melbourne on the 23rd-24th April 2021, with the team travelling on Wednesday 21st April and return on Sunday 25th April.
Tiny Tots: The Tiny Tot program is planned to start at 10:15 am, please be patient with us getting started; timing is volunteer dependant to release me to get things underway. Gross Motor Skills, a Relay, a balance challenge and a run on the track is planned.
COVID Safety: Reminder to keep socially distanced when watching, household groups can sit close, but other household members should maintain at least the 1.5M gap. Hand sanitiser is available, and we ask that you regularly use it. We have registered for the new Tas Government COVID safety App (Check-In Tas) available from the play store or app store, so visitors can sign in via the app using our specific Centre QR code (or do it on paper if you are not techno-savvy).
Canteen: We can now take EFTPOS at the canteen; however, there is a $5 spend minimum via EFTPOS; we still take cash. Egg and Bacon, Toasties and the Coffee machine will be getting a workout early this weekend.
SANTA is coming to CLAC: We are expecting a visit from the big man again this year, and this will be between 10 am, and 11 am (sometimes). There will be some additional restrictions this year to keep Santa Safe; we will need parental help for marshalling and organising kids to get a fresh spray of hand sanitiser before visiting the big man, who will have chocolates to distribute, there is more than enough for everyone, no need to rush!
Looking forward to seeing you again this week, be your best, that is all you can be!