Frequently Asked Questions


Do I register for Little Athletics or Senior Athletics?

Athletes born between 2007 and 2019 should register with Little Athletics. Senior Athletics is for athletes born in 2006 or earlier.

Dual memberships with both Little Athletics and Senior Athletics are available for athletes born after 2006.

If I register for a kid's membership with Athletics NSW, can I bring my child to a Friday night Little Athletics competition?

Friday night competitions are for members registered for Little Athletics at Parramatta City Athletics. There are no formal competition nights included with the Athletics NSW kid's membership.

How do I register for Little Athletics?

Registration for Little Athletics is via the Little Athletics NSW registration portal.

The registration process and links can be found on our Little Athletics registration page here.

How do I register for Senior Athletics?

Registration for Senior Athletics is via the Athletics NSW registration portal.

The registration links and membership offerings can be found on our Senior Athletics registration page here.

Little Athletics Competition Nights:

Where, when and what happens at Little Athletics?

Little Athletics is held at Barton Park, North Parramatta every Friday evening from September through to March. Athletes compete in 4-6 events each night. The events vary in a four-week rotating program.

What do we bring on a Friday Night?

Athletes should bring a water bottle. A jacket or long pants for cooler nights is also advised. Athletes can wear a t-shirt or long sleeved top under their Little A's singlet, as long as their number can be seen during an event.

What happens in wet weather?

We rarely cancel, except in extreme weather or when the council has closed the ground. Notification will be sent via Team App, so please ensure you have joined and have notifications turned on.

What happens if we can't make a Friday night?

That's ok! We understand life can get messy and you have other commitments. There's no need to let us know. We will see you next time.

How involved do I have to be as a parent?

Parents are expected to sign on and help.

In order to run each Friday, we require approximately 120 parents each night to assist with set-up, time-keeping, race starting, canteen, BBQ, Age Group helpers, and pack-up. There is a duty roster for the set-up and pack-up as well as the canteen and BBQ.

What time on Friday nights?

All athletes should arrive at 5:45pm for a 6:00pm start. Tiny Tots should finish at approximately 7:00pm. Under 6 and 7 finish around 7:30pm, with Under 8 and above between 8:00pm and 9:00pm.

What is an Age Manager?

An Age Manager is a volunteer, usually a parent, not a paid coach.

They are in charge of guiding the age group safely through the events for the night. They provide basic instruction for each event, and show other parent helpers what to do.

Does Little Athletics run through the school holidays?

Little Athletics runs through the October school holidays. There is a break for 4 weeks over Christmas and New Year. Members will be notified in advance of the break period.

What happens if I arrive late or have to leave early?

When you arrive late, check the program, find the age group and let the Age Manager know you have arrived. Then your athlete can join in on the fun!

If you have to leave early, find the age group and let the Age Manager you are taking your child.

Do parents have to stay at the ground?

Yes.  A parent must remain at the field in case of injury or cancellation due to wet weather.

General Questions:

What coaching do you offer?

There are some coaching options available to registered members. You can find all information about coaching on our coaching page. If you are interested in discussing your options further, please email our coaching co-ordinator.

Can our school hire your equipment for our athletics carnival?

Absolutely! Reach out to us via email to discuss your requirements.

Remember to book the ground through the City of Parramatta Council.