Woady Yaloak Athletics Club

A Little History

The Woady Yaloak Athletic Club incorporated is based at the Haddon Recreation Reserve,

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and has a working relationship with the Haddon Primary School. The club provides weekly developmental activities, and competitions, as well as providing school clinics, promotional activities and ongoing coaching and training for many school athletes.

Regular competition includes track and field during the summer seasons and cross-country during the winter. Now in our tenth season, we have established opportunities and pathways for athletes to develop athletic skills through competitions, event specific coaching, developmental and promotional clinics. These opportunities combine to provide a directional path for athletes to compete at local, (Ballarat Athletic Clubs), regional, state and national levels; and with a regional interclub and State body (Athletics Victoria and Victorian Little Athletics) relationship.

During the formation and progress of the Woady Yaloak Athletic club, all intentions have been to provide opportunities for athletes to participate in an athletic program within a number of rural communities. The club journeys to the towns of Smythesdale, Scarsdale, Linton, Ross Creek, Snake Valley and Cape Clear for events in both track and field and cross-country. The respective primary schools and town recreational centres have provided promotion, facilities, and specific equipment.

The activities that have been provided have assisted in lifting the profile of athletics in the regional primary schools, which have under-pinned successful competitive interschool results. The activities cater for all of the family (from under 5 through to seniors and veterans) and are conducted by parents under the guidance of the experienced club coordinator, and qualified coaches.

Club Guidlines, Procedures & Information


1. Age groups

The age groups will be determined be the age of the athlete on the 31st of December. The age groups will start at under 5 through to Veterans.

2. Affiliations

The Woady Yaloak Athletic Club is affiliated with Athletics Victoria as a Specialist Club and has formed a relationship with the

  • Wendouree Athletic Club.
  • Ballarat Regional Athletic Centre
  • Athletics Victoria
  • Ballarat Little Athletics
  • Victorian Little Athletics

3. Club Coaches

Accreditation is encouraged to assist with the understanding of athletic events and the specific skills required. Coaching of all athletes is encouraged and ongoing; before, during and after competition. Accreditation courses are run yearly.

4. Championships

Club championships will be run over two rounds, with awards presented to all place getters. Outside of club entries are encouraged with an additional entry fee. Ages will be determined as at the 31st of December during the current season.
Regional and State championships will be encouraged and entry forms available.
Extra registration and entry fees may be required for these competitions.

5. Events

The events will run accordingly under AAU rules, but with some modifications made for minimum age athletes, and specific club requirements.
These events are:

  • 80m, and 80m handicap
  • Horizontal jumps from carpet for ages under 5 to under 8. (measurement from takeoff, not from board)
  • Vortex for under 5,6, and 7
  • Turbo-Javelin for under 8, but traditional javelin for club championships and older age groups
  • Modification to hurdle heights and distances

6. First Aid

Peter Luke level 2 accreditation

7. Cancellations

Cancellation of any day will be avoided unless unforeseen circumstances arise. For wet and hot weather, modified indoor programs will be provided – and will include a set aggregate points for participation.

8. Competition Points

Competition points will be awarded for all competition, excluding club championships. Points will be awarded for an aggregate season total, as well as for a combined handicap season total.

9. Safety

Safety aspects should be observed in all circumstances, especially in the throwing events. Parents should direct all children to remain behind designated cones, and be seated when possible.

10. Honesty

For a successful competition, parent helpers should encourage precise measuring and recording under all circumstances – for the benefits of all concerned.

11. Registrations

Athletes shall be registered in accordance with the registration costs adopted at the Annual General Meeting, and become a member of the Woady Yaloak Athletic Club. External competitions may incur further registrations and entry fees.

Dual registration with Wendouree Athletic Club and the Ballarat Little Athletics is promoted for all athletes.

12. Legal and insurance

The Woady Yaloak Athletic Club Incorporated, is currently registered.
Personal Insurance is not provided for competing athletes, but advise on such is available on request.

13. Warm ups

Weekly warm ups and stretches will be conducted prior to competition. Please be early.

14. On going event training and information sessions will encourage event knowledge development for parents to successfully instruct and officiate during the season

15. Hurdles heights and distances

U5,6,760m5 hurdles (plastic hurdles)
U8,9,1060m5 hurdles45cm14m to 1st H - 8m between - 14m finish
U11,1280m9 hurdles60cm12m to 1st H - 7m between - 12m finish
U13,1480m9 hurdles76cm12m to 1st H - 7m between - 12m finish
U15,16100m10 hurdles76cm14m to 1st H - 8m between - 14m finish
U18,20100m10 hurdles84cm14m to 1st H - 8m between - 14m finish

16. Grand Prix

A Grand Prix will be run on the handicap nights. The Grand Prix will comprise a 1500m, discus, highjump and 100m. These events will be offered to athletes under nine and upwards and are fully handicapped

Club Guidlines, Procedures & Information


All club events will start from 4.45pm, athletes to report at 4.30pm at the start of the course; or for transport and directions - meet at the Haddon Recreation Centre at 4.15pm SHARP. (As the school bus arrives)

Most weeks will encourage a late afternoon tea, drinks, coffee/tea (thermos), while other weeks (away SPONSOR races) may offer a BBQ tea.
Athletes are encouraged to 'bring a plate' each week.
Cost is $1 per week. (This goes towards trophies and the BBQ teas)

Aggregate point system

First place will receive points as of the number of competitors plus 1 -down to the last finisher gaining 2 points. Athletes not finishing a race receive one point.
Athletes having first race will gain a suggested handicap.
The placings are determined by handicap times.

Handicap system

Athletes will be handicapped from their first race. The handicap time then will be determined from a preset time.
Handicap times will be checked and adjusted when necessary

Club Discipline Policy

To parents:

Please be advised: a WARNING PROCEDURE is in place during the season and follows a process to deal with inappropriate and disorderly behaviour. This may be disruptive, offensive, or dangerous to other children or parents helpers. This policy includes all participants, parent helpers and spectators and will be enforced by members of the club's executive committee.

First offence

Participants behaviour is brought to attention and are asked to modify their behaviour such that it becomes suitable to the environment. May give options.

Second offence

Participants behaviour is brought to attention and are asked to modify their behaviour such that it becomes suitable to the environment. Participants are removed from their group for approximately 10 minutes and parents are informed of their behaviour. - For others a refusal to acknowledge will incur the notice to be removed from the premises.

Third and continuing offenses

Removal from the group for the remainder of the activities and parents are informed to remove them from the premises.


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