Weekly Newsletter – Feb 10

Friday Night LA Round This Week

This weeks round of little Athletics is on Friday night from 5.30pm, our first twilight round for the season. Always a fun evening!

EMR Championships This Weekend

Yarra Ranges Athletics athletes have been competing and training as the Track & Field championship season approaches.  Our Little Athletics athletes finally get to test themselves against other clubs at the Eastern Metro Region Championships to be held at the Knox Athletic Track next weekend.  Two days of fun, sweat and tears as our athletes strive for more PB’s.

Good luck to the Under 9 through Under 16 athletes competing at Region Track and Field this Saturday and Sunday! Thank you to our wonderful parents and officials for doing duty so our athletes can compete. A separate email will be sent with a duty roster and information for the weekend. If you need any help before then please call Katie on 0403 819391.

PB Round

The club helped these athletes prepare  with our annual “PB Round” on Saturday.  Athletes got the opportunity to ring the bell for every PB… It was a very noisy morning of athletics! We look forward to seeing more fantastic performances at “regions” this weekend.


Our senior athletes have plenty of competitions over the next few weeks. More rounds of AVSL, Vic Milers, HVC, Vic Throwers and State Championships all happening in the next 3-4 weeks.  Good luck to all our athletes participating.

Round six of AVSL was held in at several locations around Victoria, with many club athletes competing. Good luck to athletes competing at Vic Milers on Tuesday evening and Victorian 5km champs on Thursday evening. 

Club Presentations

The club was finally able to present awards for the 2019-20 Little Athletics season. The “normal’ presentation day was thwarted by COVID-19, however the wait was certainly worth it. Our club and age group champions were among the many awards presented on Saturday morning at Morrison Reserve.

Results HQ

All of our athletes results are loaded into Results HQ every week. Log in to see your PBs and other results. If there is any issues with this please contact info@yarrarangesathletics.org.au


Box Hill Relay (Sunday 21 Feb) & EMR Region Relay (Sunday 28 Feb) teams will be announced at the end of this week.  Please let us know if your athlete is unable to run at either of these days, asap, so we can make arrangements for the team to run! Thank you to those athletes coming to run for Yarra Ranges. It looks like we are taking the biggest team of athletes from Yarra Ranges in a number of years! Looking forward to two great days of team racing! 

The Day will be broken into U8-U11 in the morning and the U12-U16 in the afternoon. This year the U8-U11 will NOT have mixed teams (Boys & Girls) So unfortunately the U8 will only have one race 4×100. The U9-U12 can race 4×100, 4×200 and Medley.
U12-U16 will have mixed races and can run in up to 4 races, dependent on athletes available.

Just for the U9-U12, as the U13-U16 will have direct entry to State Relays. Athletes will run in up to 4 races this year as there is no heats, just straight finals.

STATE RELAY DAY – SATURDAY 27th MARCH – U9-U12 – Casey Fields
Teams will have qualified through Region Relay Day – This year Relays is over 2 days. More teams will qualify this year in the 4×200 and the Medley.

STATE RELAY DAY – SUNDAY 28th MARCH – U13-U16 – Casey Fields
No qualifiers needed. Direct entry for the U13-U16 age groups.
We would love to have at least 4 athletes from each age group, boys and girls. Hopefully even more from our bigger age groups! Athletes can be promoted up 2 age groups to form teams. Please text Katie on 0403 819391 or sign up at the Registration Table on Saturday.

Relays are a fun, team orientated event and we encourage all children to participate. As a
club we enjoy the whole day competing against other clubs from around the region and
state. The children enjoy spending the day with friends from our club and making new
friends with other athletes while doing what they love!

This year, athletes can compete in up to 4 events, up from 3.
Teams compete in a number of different events, 4 x100m; 4 x200m mixed, 4x100m,
4x200m and the Swedish Relay for girls & boys.

Due to clashes with the calendar, this season only the Region Relays Carnivals will only be
for U9-U12 athletes to qualify for the State Relays.
The U13-U16 athletes will have a direct entry into the State Relays, with unlimited Team entries.
All events at the Region and State Relays are Timed Finals only, and seeding at State is based on performance at Region. The number of events an athlete can compete in increases from 3 to 4. 
As all events are either Finals or Timed Finals, depending on entries, Team changes no
longer exist on the day. Team changes can still occur between Region and State Relays.
The number of teams that qualify for the State Relays in the U9-U12 age groups has
increased for the 4×200 and the Medley. The 4×200 is now 24 teams, previously 16, the
Mixed Sex 4×200 is now 16 teams previously 8, and the Medley is now 16 teams, previously 8.

If you would like more information please have a chat to Kate Downward, Nick Fiedler,
Dannie McKinnon or Katie Clarke. 


Track Safety
It is essential that we all work together to try and reduce the chance of incident and injury during our competitions (and training).
Please keep the following guidelines in mind when moving around the track:
 – Before crossing the track, look left and right  – treat it like a road.
– Groups needing to move from one side to the other, walk around the outside of the track. Avoid walking across the infield or across the jumps and throws areas.
– Do not cross the track near the finish line, move well past before looking and crossing.
– It is understood that sometimes it is unavoidable to have young (toddler) siblings with a supervising parent. On those occasions they must be kept well clear of event areas at all times.
– Equipment use is for competition (and training), if athletes are using outside of competition, they are to be fully supervised and only using with correct competition or training technique.

A few more event specific safety requirements:
– High Jump: Mats are only for use during competition. Playing on mats at other times is not allowed.
– Discus: Watching athletes are not to stand at the net, stand or sit back away from the nets. Don’t play in front of the net area (not even to the side of the tape)
– Shot put: Only adult officials to be in front of the thrower. All watching athletes are to sit behind the thrower.
– Un-laned (lap) Races: Remind athletes to give others running space, particularly when passing. Don’t cut in front of others, run straight to avoid tripping others over.
– Finish line area: Fast moving athletes and spectators don’t mix. Keep well clear of the finish line (even for taking photos). Circular race (800/400) athletes only move to the start cones when called up by the starters.

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