Support and Advice to Children


The object of Little Athletics is for the enjoyment and competition of the children. Parental encouragement is recommended but in a friendly and helpful way. Chastising or criticising performance cannot be tolerated, as it is not in the best interest of children. The Centre endorses the following rules for parents:

  • If the child is interested, encourage them. However, if they are not interested, do not force them;
  • Focus on the effort and performance rather than on the outcome of the event;
  • Never ridicule or yell at them for making a mistake;
  • Remember that they are involved in athletics for their enjoyment, not yours;
  • Remember that children learn best by example. Applaud good effort by all athletes.

Even though this year is an Olympic year.  Saturday compilations at Chapman Oval is not the Olympics!

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