Every athlete in the Centre has the opportunity to qualify for selection in higher competitions. Please ensure that you are familiar with this selection criteria for this season.
State Relays Championships
11th-12th November 2023
Weeks 1-6 – Up to and including Saturday 21st October 2023
24th-26th November 2023
Weeks 1-8 – Up to and including Saturday 4th November 2023
10th-11th February 2024
Progression from Zone Championships
23rd-24th March 2024
Progression from Region Championships
To ensure that you are familiar with the selection criteria used in the selection of athletes for State Relays and Zone Championships, the following points are brought to your attention:
The Centre Selection Committee will select athletes based on Centre competition only. There will be no exception to this rule and the Centre Selection Committee’s decisions are final.
All athletes are to opt in for State Relays (U8-U17) and Zone Championships (U7-U11). Only athletes who have opted in will be considered for selection. An email detailing the opt in process will be sent to all families at the start of the season. The opt in process must be completed prior to the cut off dates listed below:
State Relays – Midday, 15 October 2023
Zone Championships – TBC
The selection weeks may change depending on the cut off dates of LANSW or any other unforeseen circumstances. An athlete not knowing the cut-off date for selection is not grounds to appeal not qualifying for an event.
If an athlete wants to be selected for representative competitions it is advised they compete in as many weekly competitions as they can and perform at their best level to avoid disappointment.
Athletes competing as a “trialist” will not have their results recorded during the trial period, as such these results will not be considered for representative selection. Click here for more details.
Representative parent duties are mandatory for all athletes competing at a representative carnival. Parents must give a commitment of help for each and every representative carnival at which they have a child competing. Where the duty roster fills up prior to a parent selecting a duty they will be required to do an additional duty at the following representative carnival or on a normal competition day in the case where there are no athletes from the family competing at the next representative carnival.
Please note the following with regard to State Relay selection:
The selection period for State Relays is Weeks 1-6 of competition
A junior athlete (U8-U11) is required to have competed in an event 50% or more of the times the event has been offered to be eligible for selection. Age Managers and the Centre Selection Committee will have the ability to determine the best athletes for selection. In the first instance when looking at results the best results of an athlete will be used to calculate an average. As an example, in the case where an event has been offered 5 times, an average of the athletes 3 best results will be used. If there are athletes with a similar average result, PBs and head to head results may also be considered in order to select an athlete.
A senior athlete (U12-U17) is required to have competed in an event one or more times to be eligible for selection. Age Managers and the Centre Selection Committee will have the ability to determine the best athletes for selection. In the first instance PBs will be used to select an athlete but averages and head to head results may also be considered.
It is important to note that State Relays is a team based competition. Selections are made based on combinations of athletes to give the best, strongest, overall teams across the different events while trying to give as many athletes as possible the opportunity to represent the Centre. This may lead to athletes being selected for events other than their favourite event.
Please note the following with regard to Zone Championship selection:
The selection period for the Zone Championships is Weeks 1-8 of competition
A junior athlete (U7-U11) is required to have competed in an event 50% or more to be eligible for selection. Age Managers and the Centre Selection Committee will have the ability to determine the best athletes for selection. In the first instance when looking at results the best results of an athlete will be used to calculate an average. As an example, in the case where an event has been offered 5 times, an average of the athletes 3 best results will be used. If there are athletes with a similar average result, PBs and head to head results may also be considered in order to select an athlete.
A senior athlete (U12-U17) self-selects their events, up to 6 events may be selected.
Athletes who opt in and offer themselves for selection for the Zone Championships must be available for the Regional & State Championships. If you are unlikely to be available because of clashes with other sports or activities, such as Nippers Carnivals, then the athlete should not be opting in for the Zone Championships.
Athletes from All Age Groups who qualify for Region & State are required to compete in all their qualified events. If you are no longer able to compete at Region or State for any reason, please ensure that you inform the Championships Manager before the end of the Zone or Region Championship so the reserve athlete is given the opportunity to compete in your place. Substitutions cannot be made once the championship is finished.
CONSEQUENCES OF FAILING TO COMPETE
In past seasons there has been an escalation in the number of athletes who fail to compete at Representative Carnivals and also of parents failing to perform their required duties. Failing to compete obviously denies the next ranked athlete the opportunity to compete. In some instances a genuine reason is tendered in explanation, however, in the majority of cases it has been noted that many athletes fail to notify their Age Manager or the Championships Manager of their inability or unwillingness to compete beforehand or provide a genuine acceptable explanation. This also applies to parents failing to perform their duties.Any athlete who fails to attend and compete, or a parent that fails to perform their duties, without due cause, at Representative Carnivals will result:i) in the athlete being ineligible for further selection
ii) in the athlete being excluded from End of Season Centre Awards
iii) in the case of a parent duty not being performed, the parent duty bond will be not be refunded
Parents will be requested to complete a Failure to Compete Form with an explanation as to why the athlete did not compete. The explanation will be taken into consideration by the Centre Selection Committee when finalising the End of Season Centre Awards.
In the 2023/24 season the above consequences will be enforced.
The Centre has 2 main awards schemes.
The first one is a merit award scheme to encourage athletes to participate during the season.
The second one is the end of season awards.
MERIT AWARD SCHEME
The Centre conducts a merit award system to retain enthusiasm amongst all the athletes. It is based on a point score system to give each athlete an aim of achieving 500, 1000 and 1500 points. At the end of season awards athletes are presented with a merit award based on the band of points they have reached. If an athlete has not managed to reach the minimum band of 500 points they will receive a participation merit award.
Athletes must be present at the end of season awards to receive their merit award.
Points for the merit awards are based on the following table and are accumulated during the year, placing’s in each race or event gain the following points:
Please note, the points accrued may not span the whole season. This decision is up to the discretion of the MWLAC committee and may be dependent on a number of factors including the number of washout weeks, etc.
END OF SEASON ATHLETES AWARDS
Various awards are presented at the annual presentations. These include:
Junior and Senior Encouragement Awards (based on perseverance, dedication and application);
Junior and Senior Athlete of the Year;
Rookie Awards to the best new athlete in each age group (excluding under 7);
Improvers Awards (the athletes who demonstrate the most improvement in performance, based on the number of PB’s. achieved, awarding the top 3 in each group up to U12’s and 1 to each group in the U13–U17 age groups;
1st, 2nd & 3rd Best overall athletes in each group.
This is based on a points rating system different to that used for the merit award scheme for the achievement of 500, 1000 and 1500 points as detailed above. To qualify for consideration a junior athlete (U7-U12) is required to have competed in an event 60% or more and a senior athlete (U13-U17) is required to have competed in an event 50% or more times it has been offered. Points are allocated to the top 6 performers during the year in each event an age group contests however, in the case of junior athletes only their 10 best events count and for senior athletes their top 8 best events count. The top 6 performers will be determined using the average of the best results of an athlete. For example, for a junior athlete where an event has been offer 10 times, an average of the athletes 6 best results will be used. If an athlete has only competed 5 times or less in an event they will not be eligible to be included in the top 6 performers for that event. The three athletes with the most points receive these awards. The matrix is completed by each Age Manager and will be reviewed and confirmed by the Centre Selection Committee.
All Age Managers make written submissions for the above awards that are then reviewed by the Centre Selection Committee. Any queries should be referred to them in the first instance.
A serious breach of Manly Warringah Little Athletics Code of Conduct may result in exclusion from end of season awards.