Hi BHLAC families. An exciting announcement today with restrictions easing this coming Friday. With the state achieving an 80% double vaccination result, hopefully this means that we should be able to commence Little Athletics over the next week or two. We are eagerly waiting to receive the required Covid protocols from LAVic.
Please be patient with us this week whilst we finalise the requirements with our governing bodies. This week we hope to be able to provide the updated season calendar, program information and Covid safe protocols that we need approved in order for us to commence.
Make sure you check our updates this week via TeamApp, Facebook and your emails.
Important information from LAVic
Earlier this week LAVic released the first stage of information regarding the return to Little Athletics for clubs. As you will read below, there are a number of very important pieces of information we as a club and you as parents need to be aware of prior to starting the season. Please read carefully.
Commencement of Track & Field Training for Metro Melbourne Centres
The State Government has announced that community sport training can commence from this Friday 22nd October.
However, the Restricted Activity Directions are not expected to be available until the morning of Friday 22nd October and accordingly, LAVic will finalise the release of the Protocols and circulate as soon as possible.
Centres cannot commence sanctioned training until the Protocols have been received and that the Centre determines they have the necessary resources to comply. Critical to this will be the acknowledgement and understanding of the role of the CSO (an updated CSO Duty Statement will be released simultaneously).
Centres are also advised to seek approval from their venue managers prior to commencing training. For many Centres, Training may not
realistically commence until next week at the earliest.
Change to Vaccination Requirements
The Victorian State Government’s Department of Health & Human Services has advised of changes to application of the vaccination directions to community sport, and in turn to Little Athletics.
Effective immediately, the vaccination status of our volunteers – parents/guardians, officials, coaches, Committee members, Associate Members, Honorary Members and others necessary to conduct our sport – is not required to be checked or recorded if they are attending for Little Athletics activities.
In practical terms, parents/guardians and all volunteers – vaccinated and unvaccinated – can attend Little Athletics activities without having to confirm their vaccination status.
Little Aths season portal - Now Open
A reminder to all families that the BHLAC Season Portal is now open. It is not too late to join.
If you have not registered your children as yet, please click on the link to go directly to the BHLAC Registration Portal.
Important roles for the upcoming season
With the season poised to commence over the coming weeks we still need to finalise some important roles within the program.
Age Group Managers are a vital role for each age group. The Age Group Managers are responsible for managing the age group through the weekly program. Over the years we have been very fortunate for parents to take ownership of this role. Especially if their child may be in the same group. Traditionally the AGM from the previous season has the option to continue with this role for the upcoming season. We are calling on previous AGM’s and any new parents that would like to be an AGM this season to contact the club as soon as possible.
This season we are looking to form an IT & Timing Group. The IT & Timing group would be required to manage and assist with the weekly timing requirements on program day. Each week we require 4 parents to manage and handle the Timing Computers (Front & Back straights) Our aim is to form a group of approximately 8 parents that can rotate and share the IT timing role. A roster would be developed allowing parents to have a regular week off but equally ensuring that we have enough competent parents that know how to operate the systems each event day.
COVID Safe Official. As we ease off restrictions and commence our new season, the need for an official CSO will be required. Our club Vice President, Peter Walsh was our club CSO last year. This year we are looking for a parent to nominate as the Senior Covid Safe Official. This person will be required to oversee the Covid Safe role and manage the team weekly of Covid Safe Assistants.
BHLAC Secretary. Our club has been very fortunate to have had an outstanding Club Secretary over the last few seasons. Rajinder Atwol has made an outstanding contribution to BHLAC and like many parents has stayed on even after her children have outgrown Little Athletics. As this is Rajinder’s last season we are looking for a parent to take on this role and spend time with Rajinder learning the role before she leaves. If you would like to know more about the Secretary role at BHLAC, please let Rajinder know by emailing her directly at email@example.com
All these roles mentioned above are vital to the success of the Little Athletics program. If you would like to take a more active role in the running of the club, we would love to hear from you as soon as possible.
Please email our club President Dean Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 0417346382
Coaching at BHLAC
BHLAC is very fortunate once again to have highly decorated coach Steve Cain and his team assist our club with coaching for the upcoming season.
Whilst Steve runs a weekly training program each Wednesday afternoon during the season for members, he also provides a range of programs throughout the week that may be perfect for your little athletes that are looking for that bit extra. Head on over to the Multus website for further information regarding programs and pricing.
Last week for the offer from Fast Spikes
The team at Fast Spikes have a special offer for BHLAC members for the month of October. Replacement spikes and performance socks from Steigen are available at 30% off the RRP.
We are in the final stages of preparation for the commencement of the season. We thank you for your patience and look forward to seeing you all at the track very soon. Should you have any queries regarding the start of season or with any of the information provided above, please do not ask our club President Dean Williams at email@example.com or on 0417346382
On behalf of the BHLAC Committee - Stay safe!!