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E.S. Marks Athletics Field, Moore Park, NSW

Latest News: Thursday, 20 September 2018
The 2018/2019 Season is Underway!

The 2018/2019 Season is Underway. Thank you to all of those who came along for a great 1st night of the season last week. We are again looking forward to some excellent weather this Friday the 21st of September with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting light north easterly breeze at 10-15 knots and a temperature of 19 degrees at 6pm. It should be perfect for Little Athletics.

ESLAC 2018/2019 Season Calendar. Please visit our Calendar Page or download the latest copy of our ESLAC Calendar 2018_2019 Season for full details about what we have coming up for the rest of the season.

Registration. There will still be a lot of registrations to get through this Friday so please come early if you don’t yet have your registration pack.  There will be one queue for returning members and another for new members. Please download your LANSW Working With Children Declaration 2018 and ESLAC Parental Obligations Aug 1, 2016 forms and fill them in before handing them in at registration this Friday. New members will also need to show our registrar, Ilana, a proof of age document (copy of passport, birth certificate or student card are preferred) for each athlete being registered, if you don’t have a proof of age document, you will not be able to pick up your registration pack.

Registration Numbers. We were reminded last week how important it is to get your registration numbers sewn onto the appropriate uniform as soon as possible. Our new software is not coping well with names being entered into the results system so we need those numbers on your uniform ASAP. Please download our Special Offer from Alter to Fit 2018_19 and get Lucy to do a professional job of getting your numbers and patches sewn on. If you’ve just received your number then securely pin it on, if that’s not possible then write your number on a sticker and stick it to your shirt or write it on your hand. If you find a lost number patch please hand it in at the ESLAC tent at the end of the back straight (on the barbeque side of the track). Senior athletes get 2 patches with the same number on each, one for Little Athletics, one for senior athletics. Please ensure the number with the RFID tag sewn into it is the one that goes onto your Little Athletics uniform.

Only Track Events will Count for Points this Week. Because of the lack of daylight saving, some particularly large age groups and our new Age Managers and their assistants still learning the ropes, we have decided there will be no competition points awarded for field events this week. Age Managers will mark those that participated in each event (participation points will be awarded) but no measurements will be made for field events. All track events will be timed, competition points awarded and live results should be available at http://eslac.com.au/results/.

We are still sorting out some technical issues that prevented results being uploaded last week but they will be posted on our website soon.

Event Series 4 this Friday. We had some problems with large numbers in some age groups last week so we have modified our usual Event Series 4 program to allow for larger groups. That means that the web site has been updated with new events at around lunch time today. We’ve also updated our map of ES Marks to add an extra shot put area next to Discus 1 for the tiny Tots to U7 age groups. Please visit http://eslac.com.au/event-series-4/ for full details of this Friday’s events or you can print copies of the ESLAC Event Series 4 Sep 21, 2018 and the new ESLAC ES Marks Event Locations Map Sep 19, 2018 and bring them with you so that you know what is scheduled for your age group and where you can find your group at any time.

Barbeque Help Required. The barbeque is the major fund raiser for ESLAC during the season and we thank the volunteers who turn up to run it every week. This week it is the turn of the U10 age group to provide the additional help we need at the barbeque.  Simply turn up as early as possible and report to Allison. Please download a copy of the ESLAC Barbeque Roster 2018_2019 Season to see when your age group is scheduled to help out at the barbeque.

Friday Night Coaching. ESLAC offers coaching on Friday nights before the start of competition and during the week at ES Marks for an additional fee of $100 per night of training you sign up to. The $100 covers you for that night for the whole season. Friday night coaching will start on Friday the 5th of October and mid-week coaching will start on Tuesday the 16th of October (1st week back after the school holidays). We will post more details about training over the coming weeks.

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Welcome to ESLAC

Eastern Suburbs Little Athletics Centre

From September to March each year ESLAC offers boys and girls, aged 4 to 17, the opportunity to learn, train and compete in a full range of athletic events. Our regular Friday night competitions take place at ES Marks Athletic Field where we aim to continue the Field’s 100 year tradition of community based athletics participation and competition.

The Junior program (Tots aged 4, Under 6s and Under 7s) starts our youngest members off with programs that will develop their coordination, athletic skill and confidence. As our young athletes progress through the age groups, the events in which they participate also progress until, as seniors, they are eligible for dual membership with an adult athletics club.

ESLAC uses electronic timing equipment to accurately time our track events and  with the help of parents and volunteers, results from competition nights are uploaded to our online database where personal best performances (PBs) are flagged for each athlete and a full history of individual results is available 24/7.

What Happens on Friday Night? Each Friday night in the season (see the ESLAC Calendar 2018_2019 Season) our registered athletes turn up to ES Marks at around 5:30pm. Parents/carers take their little athletes to the age group marshalling area in front of the barbeque where they find their age group flag and catch up with their Little Athletics friends. That gives the parents/carers some time to help set up equipment at the various event locations around ES Marks (see the ESLAC ES Marks Event Locations Map for details). At 5:45pm some of the ESLAC Coaches/Age Managers will take the Little Athletes around the track to start the warm up, then by 6pm the Little Athletes are warmed up and the Events Program is ready to start. The parents/carers come back from helping set up equipment at 6pm and they join their age groups to help out the Age Manager and follow their Little Athletes around the field and enjoy the evening.

Tiny Tots (ages U4/U5) through to U7 do 4 events in 15 minute blocks finishing at 7:00pm. The U8 to U17 age groups do 2 field events that take 40 minutes each and 2 track events that take 20 minutes each, which has them finish their events at 8:00pm.  ESLAC runs a 6 series events program that cycles the age groups through a full range of events over a 6 week rotation. Take a look at ESLAC Event Series 6 to see a typical events series and visit our Events Offered page to see the full range of events on offer at Eastern Suburbs Little Athletics Centre.

The emphasis for all age groups is on fun, friendship and participation but the great thing about Little A’s, as Little Athletics is affectionately known, is that all this is achieved at the same time as our youngsters transform from tots into the athletes of the future.

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