Welcome to the 2018/19 athletics season!

Monday Club nights - click here to join!

The first club night for the season will be the 15th October 2018 at the Caledonian Athletic Track at Logan Park, from 6.00-7.15 pm. The following programmes are offered that have been developed and endorsed by Athletics NZ:

  • The Get Set Go programme for 4-6-year olds will be from 6.00 -6.45pm
  • The Run Jump Throw programme for Grades 7-10 from 6.00-7.15 pm which will have both track and field events each training night
  • Grades 10-14-year training will also be from 6.00 – 7.15pm.

Please be there at least 5-10 minutes before the start times, to help the evenings run efficiently.  Grade 10-14 children who own spikes need to bring these each Monday Club night so that more effective sprint and hurdle training is possible.  Please do not bring valuables to Monday Club nights or to Saturday competition.  This includes jewellery, mobile phones, etc.

If there is poor weather on a training night, we will move to the Logan Park High School Gym.

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We require parent help to support our coaches to run each training session so please come in comfortable clothing and be ready to have a go.

Competing on Saturdays

Saturday competition begins on the 13th October at the Caledonian Ground.  The first Saturday is ‘Ribbon Day’ which is a great time to introduce new athletes to competitive Saturdays. If you are unsure whether or not you want to compete on Saturdays, the first 3 Saturdays are open to those who want to have a go without committing to the whole season.  No uniform or Colgate patch are required but you will need a day patch which is free and available from Ariki officials in the grandstand.  Sian, our Children’s Club President, works in the control room on a Saturday morning so she will be able to assist you.

For those athletes who are competing on Saturdays, always remember your full club uniform (shorts and singlet with Colgate patch), and warm pants.  Please remember to be at the Caledonian ground by 8.45am for a warm-up.

Ariki Uniforms

Singlets will be issued on the registration nights and if necessary after Monday practice nights to children who have registered to compete at the Saturday morning interclub competition. (“Competitive” athletes). All competitive athletes are required to wear correct Ariki uniform:  the Ariki Singlet and black shorts.

Patches

There are 2 patches or numbers that are required at the Saturday interclub competition:

1) As per previous years, the Colgate age grade patches are to be sewn or pinned onto the top left hand side of your singlet and can be washed in a washing machine.  Please do not use any adhesive or Velcro to attach patches.

2) Your large patch with the child’s specific race number must be worn every Saturday, pinned to the front of your singlet.

We do not bring spare Colgate patches or race number patches to the Caledonian Ground on Saturdays, so it is very important that you bring your patch every Saturday.  On very cold days, clothing may be worn under the Ariki top, but it must be plain only, either black or white. Please remember, we want every child to be proud to wear our Ariki uniforms, the uniforms belong to Ariki and it would be appreciated if they were returned clean and unmarked at the end of the season.

Saturday Morning Interclub Competition - Discus Roster

Otago Children’s athletics allocate each club an event to be responsible for and Ariki has been given discus.  Each family of a child registered for the Saturday interclub competition will be sent a roster and will be expected to do duty 4-5 times throughout the season. Parents on duty will need to be at the Caledonian at 8.30 to assist in setting up the event. The tasks are straightforward – marking and measuring the throws and retrieving the discus. There will be an experienced chief official to run the event and help parents with any questions.

We will be running a training session of how to run the discus circle on our first training night from 6pm.  It is very important that if you are new to athletics that you attend this session.

If you are unable to attend on your rostered duty, it is your responsibility to find a replacement. Please be courteous to your fellow discus crew members by making sure either yourself or a replacement is available. 

Parents are reminded that all children must be actively supervised by a responsible caregiver whilst at the Caledonian Ground, for the entire meeting.  This is a requirement imposed by Otago Children’s and cannot be fulfilled by club officials.

Discipline and Sportsmanship

Discipline is everybody’s responsibility.  If you are an adult watching and see any behaviour occurring that is not appropriate, please notify the official in charge of the event.  Of course, any dangerous behaviour should be stopped immediately by anybody that is watching, whether you are an official, helper or spectator.

Finally, to all children, good luck with your competition and have an enjoyable season!