About Cranbourne Little Athletics

Our Centre

Cranbourne Little Athletics Centre (CLAC) is an affiliated member of Little Athletics Victoria (LAVic) which comprises of 104 centres across Victoria, and which sees over 22,000 Little Athletes compete on a weekly basis.

CLAC subscribes to the core values of Little Athletics Victoria, with an emphasis on “Family, Fun and Fitness” and a focus on individual self-improvement, not just winning.

CLAC is run by volunteers, and parents/carers are always needed to help out with the centre program as team managers, officials and general helpers to ensure competition days run smoothly.  Active family participation is required at a centre that sees over 300 Little Athletes given the opportunity to participate in a range of activities, including running, jumping, throwing, and walking, on a weekly basis.

TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT

Training is not compulsory but we encourage all athletes to come down to practice the key skills required for the different events. This year we have a range of coaches available to support our Head Coach Matt Warwick and the athletes.

Tuesday’s
4.45pm – 5.45pm (under 6-8)
5.45pm – 6.45pm (under 9+ & multi class)

Thursdays
5.45pm – 6.45pm (under 9+)

AWARDS & TROPHIES

Participation Award

All athletes are eligible for a Participation Award provided that they and their family meet the following criteria:

  • The athlete has competed in at least 60% of the available events to them from their date of registration, and
  • The family has achieved the minimum number of Parent Duty points (i.e. 30 points) for the season.

By advising the Centre of an illness or custody arrangement which prevents the athlete from participating, the Centre can consider these circumstances in determining the eligibility for a trophy.

Unless there have been extraordinary circumstances, as determined by the Committee, no athlete shall be eligible for a Centre Champion, Aged Champion, and Runner Up award if they haven’t met the minimum criteria detailed below under each award.

During the season, points are automatically allocated within our results system based on the performance of the athletes for every single event they compete in. In this system, every centimeter thrown/jumped and seconds ran, attracts points every time they complete an event according to a pre-set table. Point scoring works overall competition days and special program events – Region and State events DO NOT Count.

Centre Champion Awards

The Centre Champion Awards are given to the girl and boy athlete who gains the highest total individual point score for the Track and Field competition season across all age groups.

They must have completed a minimum of 75% participation of total events and have the 30 parent duty points.

 The Centre Champion system is designed to recognize the most consistently high-performing, all-round, girl and boy athlete. It is similar to a decathlon or heptathlon competition but runs across an entire season. So high performance across most events competed in, combined with a high participation rate, is what is needed to have a chance at winning these awards.

Age-Group Champions

The Age-Group Champion and Runner-Up Awards are determined by having the most total points determined by the average results per event across a season. The average performances (i.e. times/distances) for each event are allocated points based on the % of the club record that was achieved (i.e. a maximum of 100% of available points if the average equals the current club record).

All percentages (and therefore points) are recalculated and adjusted automatically across the season if new club records are set in specific events.

Athletes must have completed a minimum of 75% participation of total events and 30 parent duty points.

The Coaches Perpetual Trophy

This is awarded each year to one boy and one girl athlete who are judged on a points system by the Head Coach for their general behavior and sportsmanship, at training and Centre competition days.

The President’s Award

This award is given to a member of the club determined by the CLAC President as someone who has made a significant, long-term, and often unheralded behind-the-scenes contribution as a volunteer helper.

The Lyn Abaloz Memorial Shield

Introduced in season 1988/89 as a tribute to Lyn Abaloz, in recognition of her long involvement and contribution to the development of Little Athletics in Cranbourne.  The ‘Lyn Abaloz Memorial Shield’ will be bestowed upon one girl and one boy athlete each year based on the following criteria:

  • General behavior
  • Attendance at Training and Centre competitions
  • Self-improvement throughout the season
  • Good sportsmanship
  • The highest personal best performance over the season

They must have completed a minimum of 60% participation of total events and 30 parent duty points.

Most Improved Athletes

A Most Improved Athlete will be awarded for a boy and girl across each of the following age groupings:

  • Junior (Under 6 to 8’s)
  • Intermediate (Under 9 to Under 12’s)
  • Senior (Under 13 to Under 16’s)
  • Multi-Class Team (varied ages of athletes with Special Needs)

This is determined from the number of Personal best performances recorded over the season.  They must have completed a minimum of 60% participation of total events and 30 parent duty points.

Family Volunteer Award

This award is given to a family who has shown great support and participation in the club throughout the season to make a strong contribution to the success of our program and the centre overall.

Bendigo Bank Volunteer of the Year

This award is voted on by the committee to recognize one of our parents who has gone ‘above and beyond’ in volunteering their time and services for the benefit of the club throughout the season.