This policy is an approved policy of the South Australian Little Athletics Association INC. Affiliated members of the association are required to adhere to this policy and are encouraged to adopt this at Centre level for the benefit of all members of the association.
The South Australian Little Athletics Association Inc. and Affiliated Centres and Clubs recognise that passive smoking is hazardous to health and that non-smokers should be protected from the involuntary inhalation of tobacco smoke. Our mission is to develop children of all abilities by promoting positive attitudes and a healthy lifestyle through family and community involvement in athletic activities. Parents, Administrators, Coaches and Officials have a responsibility as Role Models, particularly when involved at Little Athletics Centres and at Association Events. Smoke Free signage provided to Centres will be displayed in the appropriate areas at all times during Little Athletics Meets, Committee Meetings and Social Functions.
The South Australia Little Athletics Association has strict Codes of Behaviour for all involved in Little Athletics meets—Administrators, Officials, Coaches, Parents and Athletes. It is a condition of registration that a parent or guardian MUST be in attendance and assist in the running of the meet when their children are present. This requirement is imposed on the club for insurance and liability reasons. If there are insufficient parents for a group of athletes, they will be unable to take part in the events. Little Athletics is about athletes having fun and doing their best in an environment where they feel safe and supported. The focus is upon the child’s efforts rather than the overall outcome of the event. This assists the child in setting realistic goals related to his/her ability.
Little Athletics meets will automatically be cancelled if the weather forecast for Friday at Mt Barker is 38 degrees or more, as broadcast on the notified on the bureau of meteorology web page Thursday evening. A note will also go on the main gate and on our Facebook page, alternatively you can call one of the committee members for clarification. A modified program will be run on evenings when the forecast temperature is 35 to 37 degrees or on evenings where weather conditions (heat, humidity, rain or lightning) are considered to be a risk to athletes health and safety. Ambient temperatures at Birdwood High School at 4pm will be considered in determining the program modifications.
Sunscreen is available at all venues and should be worn. Hats must be worn while athletes are not competing. The health of members and supporters is of primary concern to the South Australian Little Athletics Association Inc. Our Association acknowledges that skin cancer is a major public health problem in Australia, with two out of every three people requiring treatment for some form of skin cancer in their lifetime. We recognise that skin cancer is preventable and we will actively seek to promote, encourage and support sun protection at meetings, training and competitions (local, regional, state and national). Where hiring conditions permit, schedule activities to avoid some, if not all, of the peak ultraviolet period 10am to 2pm (11am to 3pm daylight saving time)
Torrens Valley Little Athletics Centre is run by volunteers. Apart from very basic first aid for minor injuries, TVLAC is not able to manage injuries or illness suffered by athletes. It is for this reason (as well as to supervise and assist athletes when competing, before, after and between events), TVLAC insists on parents/guardians of athletes to be present at the oval for meets at all times. The South Australian Little Athletics Association commits to preventing workplace/event accidents and minimising dangerous occurrences and will endeavour to achieve a zero accident rate.
The South Australian Little Athletics Association Incorporated Access and Equity Guidelines are based on the inclusion of young people 3 years to 17 years with disabilities into Little Athletics. We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity in the services it provides. Consequently it is committed to ensuring that athletes with disabilities are accorded complete and equitable access to opportunities provided by SALAA, as circumstances would reasonably allow. SALAA accepts that it has a legal and moral responsibility to eliminate from its structures and practices any source of direct or indirect discrimination affecting athletes with permanent or temporary disabilities.