No regular Saturday morning competition at Narrabeen due to Zone Carnival from November 24 to 26

Parent Duties

Your child’s registration is not completed until you have selected 3 parent duties. 

Parent Duties – CLICK HERE if you are ready to choose. If you need more information, read below.

Little Athletics can only function through volunteers. All the regular faces you see at the track – committee members, officials, starters, age managers, canteen manager, IT and equipment specialists – they are all volunteers. In addition, every week we need 75 parent volunteers to fulfil a range of duties that enable us to deliver Saturday morning competition and mid-week training for our athletes.

The Centre (through each club) levies a parent duty bond of $75 per family in order to encourage parents to fulfil their parent duties – just 3 per family per season*. This bond is payable at registration and families are eligible for a full refund after completing all duties for the season.  Refunds are paid after the end of the season.

* Additional Parent Duties you need to know about

Should your child qualify for Zone, Regional or State level competition, then you must also perform rostered duties for our Centre, which is in addition to club parent duties. Please note that a parent duty bond refund is dependent on these additional parent duties also being completed.

Please also note that when you choose to assist an Age Manager it is greatly appreciated…but it is not included in the list of duties that contribute towards your parent duty bond refund.

Here’s where you can select your parent duties. 

Before selecting your parent duties, you should know:

  • Parent duties are a great way to meet other parents.
  • All clubs are using the same parent duty registration page this season.
  • You choose your parent duties from those assigned to your child’s club (some have changed this season – full descriptions below).
  • Whether you are a Reserve or have a specific duty, sometimes you may be assigned to doing a different duty including for a different club if we are short of helpers.

When you are ready to register click the button at the top of this page to select your parent duties.

Tips:

  • Remember the email and phone number you use to register so you can access later.
  • Try the “Add to Outlook” function to load your parent duty dates to your calendar.
  • Print your duties and bring them with you to one of your club’s Collection days.
  • Use the same link anytime to see what duties you have signed up for, or to adjust a duty if your circumstances change. Please note that changes to parent duty rosters will no longer be performed in the computer room or via email.

What to do on your parent duty day

Please arrive on time. See below for arrival times. You must sign on before completing your parent duty.  It’s how we record that you have completed your duty (if you don’t sign on we cannot refund your parent duty bond). Here’s where to sign-on (some changes from last season):

  • Canteen & BBQ: In the canteen
  • Equipment Set Up: At the front sign-on desk inside the front gate.
  • Equipment Pack Away: With the Wakehurst club representative who will be directing the pack away effort.
  • Equipment Maintenance: At the front sign-on desk inside the front gate.
  • Hurdles: At the front sign-on desk inside the front gate.
  • Circular track timing
    (1st shift): At the front sign-on desk inside the front gate.
    (2nd shift) At the officials table near the front track finish line.
  • Track timing (Front track): At the front sign-on desk inside the front gate.
  • Track timing (Back track): At the front sign-on desk inside the front gate.
  • Reserves: At the front sign-on desk inside the front gate
  • Results/Data Entry: At the front sign-on desk inside the front gate
  • Wednesday night Training: see your club’s organiser at the training location.

Parent Duty descriptions

Supervising clubs – Cromer, Manly, Peninsula

Canteen (available to parents from Cromer, Manly, Peninsula)
– 16 people (2 x shifts of 8 people). Shift 1: 7:20am - 10:00am (5:20pm - 7:30pm for twilight competitions), Shift 2: 9:45am to after cleanup at the end of competition (7:30pm to end of cleanup for twilight competition). Please report to the canteen just before your shift. 

BBQ (available to parents from Cromer, Manly, Peninsula)
– 4 people (2 x shifts of 2 people). Shift 1: 7:20am - 10:00am (5:30pm - 7:30pm for twilight competition), Shift 2: 9:45am to after cleanup at the end of competition (7:30pm to end of cleanup for twilight competition). Please report to the canteen just before your shift.

Circular Track timing (available to parents from Cromer, Manly, Peninsula)
– 6 people (2 x shifts of 3 people). Shift 1: 7:15am - 9:45am (5:15pm - 7:30pm for twilight competition), Shift 2: 9:20am to end of competition (7:25pm to end of competition for twilight competition). Please report to the Officials table near front track finish line after signing on.

Equipment maintenance (available to parents from Cromer, Manly, Peninsula)
– 2 people - 8:30am – competition end. Odd jobs around our equipment shed. Men and women handy with a broom, hammer, spanner, paint can are encouraged to select this duty. Please report to the Equipment shed after signing on. **Note: this duty is only required on a monthly basis**

Results/data entry (available to parents from Cromer, Manly, Peninsula)
– 2 people (2 x shifts of 1 person). Shift 1: 8:15am - 10:30am (6:00pm - 7:30pm for twilight competition), Shift 2: 10:00am until after the last result is entered (7:15pm until last result entered for twilight competition). Please report to the computer room after signing on.

Reserve (available to parents from all clubs. Not available until all duties are full) 
– multiple people (to cover either of the 2 x shifts).  Reservists are asked to report to the computer room at 07:45am and 10:15am (6:00pm and 7:30pm for twilight meetings).  Reservists will be allocated to any of the duties listed above in the case of the duty being under-staffed.  Reservists must remain available for the duration of competition and until released in order to qualify as having "completed" one of the three required duties.  Reservists allocated to cover a duty must complete that duty fully in order for it to count as one of the three required duties.

Supervising club – Seaforth:


Hurdles in & out (available to parents from Seaforth)
– 5 people. Setup must be complete by 7:50am (6:00pm for twilight competition) and put away at the end of all hurdles races. Hurdle height changes are required during the day. After signing on, please report to the hurdle trolley on the track by 7:30am to start setting up (5:30pm for twilight competition).

Sign-on desk (available to parents from Seaforth)
– 2 people. Desk must be manned by 7:10am (5:20pm for twilight competition) and stay manned until 9:45am (6:45pm for twilight competition) . Duty roster can be found here.

Sign-on desk – pack away (available to parents from Seaforth)
– 1 person. Desk must be manned by 9:45am (6:45pm for twilight competition) and stay manned until all parent helper bibs and late parent duty roster shift sign-ons have been completed and sign-on desk equipment packed away. Duty roster can be found here.

Supervising club - Wakehurst:

Equipment Set Up (available to parents from Wakehurst, Seaforth)
– 7 people. Involves heavy lifting. Setup must start by 7:00am (5:30pm for twilight competition) and be complete by 8:30am (6:15pm for twilight competition).

Equipment Pack Up (available to parents from all clubs)
– 7 people. Involves heavy lifting. The commencement of equipment pack up will be announced over the PA towards the end of competition, usaually about 10:30 - 11am. You will assist with pack up of all equipment including tents, high jump, sand bags, javelin, junior discus nets AND storage of equipment in equipment sheds. NOTE: you must remain until all equipment is stowed, which maybe as late as midday.

Finish Line (front track) (available to parents from Wakehurst)
– 3 people. Finish line must be fully manned by 7:50am (5:50pm for twilight competition) and stay manned until the last event on that track.

Finish Line (back track) (available to parents from Wakehurst)
 – 3 people. Finish line must be fully manned by 7:50am (5:50pm for twilight competition) and stay manned until the last event on that track.

When you are ready to register click the button at the top of this page to select your parent duties.