To accommodate families leaving for the long weekend, we will conduct round 15 on Wednesday Jan 25th evening.
Saturday January 21st – Little Athletics – Centre Program 2 – Starting 8:30am.
Wednesday January 25th (Twilight/Evening)- Little Athletics – Centre Program 1 – Starting 6:00pm
This Saturday, little athletics returns with the first event of 2023 ! This year the Four Pillars multi event will be held at Ringwood RLAC. The Four Pillars refers to the four athletics clubs of Doncaster, Nunawading, Box Hill, Ringwood and Kew joining us this year ! Competition starts at 8:45am for all Under 6 to Under 17 athletes. More details on this event are available here.
Thanks to all the athletes, organisers and duty volunteers who made Doncaster Open Day a wonderful event to close out 2022 ! The weather was great and the fireworks were amazing. Open Day results are available here. We look forward to seeing everyone back in 2023 !! First event of 2023 is the four pillars on the 14th of January. Calendar for the rest of the 2022/23 season is available here. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Enjoy the break.
The big day is finally here ! Final event program by age group is available here. Final event program by time is available here. Event begins at 1.00pm. (first call at 12.50pm). Don’t forget to come down and see the great fireworks show this evening, we look forward to seeing you !
Doncaster Little Athletics Open Day will be held on Saturday, December 17th, just three short weeks away ! Registrations for athletes who wish to compete will open at 8pm on Wednesday, November 30th. To register click the link here. One page flyer with more information is available here. For those wishing to explore the event program and the events being run, please review the event program by age group here, and the event program by time here. We look forward to seeing you. Please register early to avoid disappointment !
This week is our first Friday Night Competition for the season starting at 6 pm. It going to be an exciting night with our Under 6 & 7’s competing with the other age groups for the first time this season. Kew LAC will be joining us again this week as their track is still water logged. Tonight’s schedule will be based on Program 1. Doncaster is hosting the first round of the EMR Middle Distance PB Club. As a result our Under 9 to 17 – 800m races will not be held in the normal event rotation. The races will commence after 7:15 pm and will be seeded based on PB and not age group and gender. Hopefully we will see some exciting races with a few little athletes from other centres joining us on the night.
After a couple of weeks of bad weather, the weather forecast is looking good for Little Athletics this Saturday ! This week we are running program two. Click here for more details.
It was great to see everyone back at the track on a glorious spring Saturday ! The Canteen is open again and the BBQ was also very popular. If you are thinking about trying Little Athletics, please come on down next Saturday 8:30am , try out the new track, make some new friends and enjoy our wonderful facilities.
Please join us on Thursday 29th September at 6pm to celebrate the grand opening of our upgraded track and new competition lighting. For more details about this twilight event including the Doncaster Athletics Mile Track and Field event visit event details here.
Registration for the summer 2022/23 season is now open. Please visit how to join which will explain the details and direct you to the LAVic website for registration. Our lights have been upgraded and the timing system is being upgraded to the latest in photo finish camera technology. It’s time for the action to begin, register now !
Major track resurfacing works are complete. Facility is set to re-open on Monday 11th July. Come down and see Melbourne’s newest athletics track ! The new lights and freshly asphalted car park are some of the many improvements that will make for a wonderful return to little athletics starting on the 1st Saturday in October.
Details of the athletics program for this Saturday available here
Details of the athletics program for this Saturday available here
Details of the athletics program for this Saturday available here
4 Pillars & State Combined multi-event programs are just around the corner, Jan 2022. More details here
A time lapse camera has been capturing the track resurfacing works. Images have been taken at one minute intervals. Within a couple of hours the track was removed ! Check out the amazing video here
Resurfacing track works have commenced. Project updates, pictures and further information on this and other major initiatives will be made available on our new infrastructure projects page. The investments being made at DLAC are significant and will provide fantastic facilities for our athletes and the wider community.
The DLAC running track is now closed for track re-surfacing works over the summer. DLAC club members are most welcome to participate at the RLAC (Ringwood Little Athletics Centre) during this time. Directions, centre location and parking information available here.
Details of the athletics program for this Saturday including the Color Run celebration may be found here
The Tom Kelly Athletics track will be undergoing upgrade works from early December 2021 through March 2022. During this time, the track will be unavailable. Saturday 4th of December will be the last day for Athletics at the Tom Kelly track for 2021. To mark this occasion we will be having a Colour Run celebration. The following two weeks (11th and 18th December 2021) we will relocate to Proclamation Park, Ringwood and compete in conjunction with Ringwood LAC. Additional updates on the progress of this project to follow.
A big thank you to our sponsors Lavrin and Lawrence Orthodontics.
They are located in Templestowe and Melbourne city. If you require orthodontic services, their contact details can be found below.
The Doncaster Little Athletics Centre will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 16th June 2021 commencing at 7.30pm. This will be taking place online via zoom as was conducted last year.
Further details of how to login to this event will be sent out closer to the date. Please find a link below to the flyer and additional resources, if you would like to be part of the Doncaster Little Athletics Centre Council for the 2021/22 season please complete and return the Nomination Form. Completed forms should be emailed to the Centre Secretary at your earliest convenience and no later than 1st June 2021.
The following positions are coming up for election on the Centre Executive
All nominations must be received by the Secretary on the attached forms by 1st June 2021 to email@example.com
Business to be conducted on the day will include the following
1. Confirm and Adopt the Minutes of the previous AGM held on 29th September 2020
2. Present and adopt the Annual Reports of the Centre for the 2020/21 season
3. Election of Office Bearers i.e. Retiring and/or vacant Centre Executive and General Committee positions for the 2021/22 season
4. Appoint an Auditor for the 2021/22 season
5. Set a date for the next AGM
6. Any other business as determined by the Centre Executive
There have been a lot of date changes due to the snap lockdown, please see here for the latest calendar – single page program schedule click here
All weekend (13th/14th Feb) competition has been cancelled due to stage 4 lockdown.
The track has been locked, there is no public access permitted during lockdown.
Saturday the 16th of Jan will be the first week back. This week will be Program 2, including 200/300H for older age groups.
The programs are sent out on TeamApp every weekend. All families should therefore have access to the program and order of events so that we don’t need to rely on callouts. Covid restrictions prevented us from using the PA system/announcer stationed within the clubhouse.
State Combined Events – Entries close for this on 17th January, for more detail see https://lavic.com.au/event/
Box Hill and Region/State Relays – Our u9-u12 age groups will have the Regional Relay Carnival/Championship at Ringwood on 28 February. It is time to start preparing for these events, and Box Hill has an Open Day planned for Sunday 21st February as a final preparation day which is open to all age groups
Track and Field Region – The 2021 EMR Track & Field Carnival is taking place at the Knox Athletics Track on the 13th & 14th of February 2021. This is a great opportunity to compete against athletes from other centres in individual events and it is the only qualifier for the State Championships
The Doncaster Little Athletics season will commence on Saturday 14 November at the Tom Kelly Track, East Doncaster at 8:30am for ALL age groups including the Under 6 to 7’s subject to approval by Manningham City Council.
For details on the covid protocols in place, see here
Team App will be used to to co-ordinate covid protocols for the 2020/21 Season, Please download Team App from your app store: Get the App here
Search for Doncaster Little Athletics, and follow the instructions to join
The membership portal will open for registration at 5pm today the 6th of November. Returning members will receive an email regarding how to register.
New members will need to go to https://lavic.com.au/membership/new-member
For detailed information on how to register please see here
On Sunday (25-Oct-2020), Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced that from 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday (27-Oct-2020) that non-contact community sport for 18 years and under would be permitted under the COVID-19 restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne.
The steps from here – DLAC is currently awaiting the release of protocols for the safe conduct of community sport. Little Athletics Victoria (LAVic), receive these protocols from Sport & Recreation Victoria (SRV), which are then adopted to suit Little Athletics, before being released to Centres. We expect this to occur within the coming week.
Please see below the DLAC Open Day 2019 results
Open Day Results
At Little Athletics, our emphasis is on Family, Fun & Fitness. Children can join with any level of skill or fitness. Children are given plenty of encouragement to achieve personal bests (PB’s), giving each and every child the opportunity to continue to improve and earn bronze, silver and gold medals throughout the season.
If you are uncertain whether your little person will like Little Aths, you are welcome to two free trial sessions on any competition day (excluding special registration events – see the Calendar). We do recommend to register online first, just don’t pay until you’ve completed your free try-outs. Contact one of the club registrar of how best to organise this.
Other than trials, you cannot compete until you are registered and financial.
Is my child eligible?
Little Athletics is open to any boy or girl five or older (check the Age-Group Ready-Reckoner. Your child must be five or older before they can participate.
There are 4 clubs at the Doncaster Centre and schools in the area are allocated to these clubs. We do encourage families towards the clubs associated with their school, however you are free to choose any club because of family or friends etc.
Find your school in the table below, or get in touch with the centre to work out which club will be best for you.
|Bulleen Tempstowe||Templestowe Heights||Templestowe Valley||Templestowe Park||Birralee||Doncaster||Orange & Black|
|Doncaster Heights||Donburn||Doncaster Gardens||Serpells||Donvale Christian||Yellow & Green|
|East Doncaster||Anderson Creek||Carey Donvale||Donvale||Milgate PS||Warrandyte||Beverley Hills||Red & Navy Blue|
|Templestowe All Saints||St Charles||St Kevins||St Clements||St Gregory's||Our Lady/Pines||St Peters/Pauls||Navy & White|
This year registration will be open from October 12th, 2022, through the LAVic website, as described below. After registering on the LAV website, print off your Proof-of-Payment page & Parent’s Charter and bring them along to Registration Day to complete your registration, arrange uniforms and collect your showbag with membership materials.
All new registrations must produce a “Proof of age” such as a birth certificate, passport etc.
You will have recently received an email with your child’s username and password from Little Athletics Victoria (if you have not received this email contact your club registrar).
Option A: Trial Athlete Offer (2 free weeks as a trial member)
– Click Register for a trial. read the next page and then click ‘Register for Trial Athlete Offer‘ and complete your details.
– You will receive an email from LAVic. Please print out your trial patch contained in the email and bring it with you.
Option B: Register as a full member
– Click Register Now read the page and completing the forms.
– Select Doncaster Little Athletics Centre, follow the prompts to complete your registration.
It is a condition of registration that parents perform their rostered duty.
Please read the Parent’s Charter before registering your child (part of registering online is by accepting and agreeing to the charter).
DLAC has no paid staff – everything depends upon the efforts of volunteers to prepare and run the events and pack-up afterwards. A competition day at Little Athletics isn’t only about the kids. All the events our children take part in are run by parents whose children are also participating. The kids enjoy it and their parents get to have fun, too.
The Duty roster gives parents a chance to have fun being involved with the athletes, cheering them on and guiding them. Kids get a kick from having their parents officially measuring their throw, run or jump and most people find it’s more fun to occasionally have a hand in their children’s events than just watching.
So there is a Duty Roster. It’s not optional!
If you have difficulty being available for duty please don’t hesitate to speak to your Club’s Parent-Organiser or President. As we’re all volunteers we understand that everyone has constraints to work around.
Each Club rosters parents to help run the On-Track and Competition events that they are responsible for. The details of the roster depend upon each Club and the event. The tasks don’t require any prior Athletics experience – this handbook describes each event & how you can help (it also gives hints about becoming a qualified official, but that’s entirely up to you).
If someone else will be bringing your child on a day you’re rostered for duty (and you haven’t made other arrangements with your club’s organiser) that’s ok – we’re happy for that person to fill-in in your stead.
Note: for insurance reasons, the person performing the duty must be either a parent/guardian on the athlete’s registration, or must provide their name on-the-day for our Centre records.
The registration fee for U6 – U8 athletes is $120
The registration fee for U9 – U17 athletes is $180
Athletes are also required to wear a club uniform. (approx $40 – $70). The registration fee does not include uniform costs.
The registration fee includes the Doncaster coaching program and Special Event days at Doncaster (Open-Day, Multi-event, Handicap Day, Centre-Championships & Doncaster Cross-Country) as well as Region Relay competition.
Region and State Track&Field, State Multi-Event and State Cross-Country now require separate online registration and payment, they are not included in the Doncaster registration fee. These are optional events and require separate registration and payment as they occur.
External programs such as Junior Development Squad (JDS) and the Crystal Creek Camp are also not included.
If you are having difficulty paying these fees, please don’t hesitate to speak to your Club President regarding payment options.
Little Athletics Victoria expects all members to comply with the Code of Conduct.
Appropriate action may be taken in the case of any breaches of the Code of Conduct. Little Athletics Victoria will ensure that all athletes, coaches, spectators, parents, officials and administrators are not prone to sexual abuse, neglect, physical abuse or emotional abuse. They will ensure that all persons are included, protected and not discriminated against in any manner.
Little Athletics Victoria is registered as an Incorporated Association as protection for its Centres, Committees and its Members.
Please read the Officiating Booklet.
Cross Country winter season 2022 is now finished. The next season begins in April 2023.
The Cross Country season runs over winter, from April to August. The cost of running Cross Country is included in your summer fee, we do not require additional registering for Cross Country if you have already paid for the preceding summer season.
Doncaster LAC competes against athletes within the Eastern 7 group, which includes Box Hill, Camberwell/Malvern, Nunawading, Ringwood, Kew and Collingwood. Races are held on Sunday mornings, at various locations around the Eastern suburbs, from 9.30am and we’re usually finished around 11am.
In the Winter we put our Doncaster clubs rivalry aside and run under the Doncaster Centre banner.
Athletes must compete in the Doncaster Uniform (NOT THEIR CLUB UNIFORM). Uniforms will be available at the venues from 9am for the first few weeks of the cross-country season, after that by arrangement with the cross country co-ordinators.
Summer Registered Athletes
Cross-country registration is included as part of your Track & Field Registration.
For those athletes not registered for the 2022-23 Track & Field Season, cross-country must complete a New member’s registration (price TBD).
Please contact the Cross Country co-ordinator for more information on registration.
Training sessions are Mondays and Wednesdays during the season from 4.30pm-5.30pm, meeting at 4.30pm sharp at Rieschieks reserve.
Note that Training will go ahead in almost ALL WEATHER unless there is lightning or flooding – the sunny Autumn days won’t last forever!
For more information please contact your friendly Cross Country Co-Ordinator email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our photo galleries allow us to recognise the effort, determination & fun our Athletes put into their events.
Doncaster Centre & Clubs have a number of photographers who will be out on the track taking photos of our athletes. Our volunteers have Working with Children checks and will be wearing a yellow vest and identification. All photos are taken and used in accordance with the DLAC Photography Policy
Anyone who wishes to take photos at the Doncaster Centre will need to read and abide by this policy.
DLAC does not want to stop parents/carers from taking legitimate images of their own children for personal use, however there are restrictions. This policy has been introduced to protect Doncaster’s most valuable assets – our young athletes.
Please note only Officials and those on duty are allowed out on the track or the inside of the arena, so we must ask you to take your photos from the stands or from the outside of the track.