Our Policies

VOLUNTEER POLICY

Scope
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.

Introduction
The South Australian Little Athletics Association (SALAA) relies heavily on the unpaid work of volunteers and values their contribution highly.

Purpose
This policy is intended to ensure that volunteers working for the South Australian Little Athletics Association have work that is safe, significant, fulfilling, and appreciated.

Policy

  • All volunteers shall be treated with respect and gratitude for their contribution.
  • Volunteers shall be engaged at the discretion of the management of SALAA.
  • Volunteers shall carry out duties assigned by the management of SALAA.
  • All volunteers shall, as far as possible,
  • Be protected from harm
  • Be relieved of liability for acts performed in the discharge of their volunteer functions.

For Further information on this document, please contact:

The South Australian Little Athletics Association INC.
Po Box 146 Torrensville Plaza, SA, 5031
Phone: (08) 8352 8133

Email: Office@salaa.org.au
Website: www.salaa.org.au

SMOKE-FREE POLICY

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.

The Association and Affiliates also recognise that our Mission Statement 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.

Accordingly, the following policy devised by The South Australian Little Athletics Association Inc. applies to all Members.

SMOKING IS PROHIBITED AT:

CENTRES AND CLUBS
On the Competition arena and the area surrounding track and field events, Clubrooms and Canteen area, at Indoor and outdoor functions organised for Tiny Tots, Little Athletes, Junior Athletes, Parents, Coaches, Officials and Administrators.
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.

EVENTS CONDUCTED BY THE ASSOCIATION OR ON BEHALF OF THE ASSOCIATION
At the Mile End Facility – The Arena – warm up area, Grandstand, Seating in front of the Grandstand, Marshalling areas and immediate area surrounding the Track, Offices and Meeting Rooms.
The Association Annual General Meeting, State Conference, Events Hosted on behalf of the Association and any Social Function organised by the Association.
Smoke Free Signage will be displayed in appropriate areas at all times during Association Events, Meeting and Social Functions.

NON COMPLIANCE:
Non compliance of this policy will result in the offending persons being asked to reframe from smoking in the designated Smoke Free Areas.

Anyone wishing to discuss any aspect of this policy is invited to contact any member of the Committee, the Association Executive Officer or Member of the Board of Directors.

BEHAVIOUR

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.

Codes of Behaviour:

Administrators

  • Involve children in the planning, leadership, evaluation and decision making related to the activity.
  • Ensure that equal opportunities for participation in sports are made available to all children, regardless of ability, size, shape, sex, disability or ethnic origin.
  • Ensure that equipment & facilities are safe and appropriate to the ability level of participating children.
  • Ensure rules, equipment, events & training schedules take into consideration the age ability & maturity level of participating children.
  • Ensure that adequate supervision is provided by qualified and competent coaches and officials capable of developing appropriate positive behaviour & skill technique.
  • Remember that children participate for enjoyment (play down the importance of rewards).
  • Avoid allowing programs to become primarily spectator entertainment. Focus on the needs of participants rather than the enjoyment of the spectator.
  • Provide clinics aimed at improving the standards of coaching and officiating, with an emphasis of appropriate behaviour & skill technique.
  • Ensure that parents, coaches, sponsors, administrators officials & participants understand their responsibilities regarding fair play.
  • Distribute the Code of Behaviour sheet to spectators, officials, parents, coaches and athletes.

Officials

  • Compliment all participants on their effort.
  • Be consistent, objective & courteous in calling all infringements.
  • Condemn unsporting behaviour & promote respect for all opponents.
  • Ensure that the “Spirit of the Game” for children is not lost using common sense & not over emphasizing errors.
  • Ensure that equipment & facilities meet safety standards & are appropriate to the age & ability of the participants.
  • Publicly encourage rule changes which reinforce the principles of participation for fun & enjoyment.
  • Ensure that your behaviour is consistent with the principles of good sporting behaviour. Actions speak louder than words.
  • Make a personal commitment to keep yourself informed of sound officiating principles & the principles of growth and development of children.

Coaches

  • Be reasonable in your demands on young athletes time, energy & enthusiasm.
  • Teach athletes the rules of the sport are mutual agreements which no one should evade or break.
  • Whenever possible group athletes to give a reasonable chance of success.
  • Avoid over coaching the better performing athletes, the “just average” athletes need & deserve equal time.
  • Remember that children participate for fun & enjoyment and that winning is only part of their motivation. Never ridicule or yell at the children for making mistakes or losing an event.
  • Ensure that equipment & facilities meet safety standards & are appropriate to the age & ability of the athletes.
  • Take into consideration the maturity level of the children when scheduling & determining the length of training times & competition.
  • Develop respect for the ability of opponents as well as for the judgment of officials & coaches.
  • Follow the advice of a physician when determining when an injured athlete is ready to recommence training or competition.
  • Make a personal commitment to keep yourself informed of sound coaching principles & the principles of growth & development of children.
  • Demonstrate appropriate social behaviour, by not harassing athletes, other coaches or officials, smoking on the arena or being intoxicated.

Parents

  • Encourage children to participate if they are interested. However, if a child is not willing to do not force him or her.
  • Focus 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 by reducing the emphasis on winning.
  • Teach children that an honest effort is as important as victory, so that the result of each event is accepted without undue disappointment.
  • Encourage children to always participate according to the rules.
  • Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing an event.
  • Remember children are involved in Little Athletics for their enjoyment, not yours.
  • If you disagree with an official, raise the issue through the appropriate channels rather than questioning the official’s judgment & honesty in public. Remember, most officials give their time & effort for your child’s involvement.
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal & physical abuse at Little Athletics activities.
  • Recognise the value & importance of being a volunteer official and/ or coach. They give their time and resources to provide recreational activities for children and deserve your support.
  • Demonstrate appropriate social behaviour, by not harassing athletes, coaches or officials, smoking on the arena or being intoxicated.

Athletes

  • Play by the rules.
  • Never argue with an official. If you disagree ask your Team Manager, Chaperone or supervising adult to deal with the matter.
  • Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials or other athletes, deliberately distracting or provoking an opponent is not acceptable or permitted in our sport.
  • Work equally hard for yourself and/or your Centre. Your Centre’s performance will benefit.
  • Be a good sport. Applaud all good results whether they be by your Centre, opponent or the other Centre.
  • Treat all athletes as you would like to be treated. Do not interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of another athlete.
  • Cooperate with your coach, club mates & other participants. Without them there would be no competition.
  • Participate in Athletics for the “fun of it” & not just to please parents & coaches.
WEATHER POLICY

Little Athletics meets will automatically be cancelled if the weather forecast for Friday at Mt Barker is 38 degrees or more, as published on the BOM weather site.

A modified program will be run on evening when the forecast temperature is 35 to 37 degrees.

A modified program may be run on evening where weather conditions (heat, humidity, rain, 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.

Keep an eye out on Facebook for updates regarding meets or call / SMS President Dave Cottrell on 0421 133 283 or contact us.

SUNSMART POLICY

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)

 

SUNSMART POLICY:

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 possible South Australian Little Athletics Association Inc. will:

  • 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)
  • Ensure all Centre Uniforms have sleeves and where possible, collars
  • Actively encourage members to wear wide brimmed or legionnaire style hats when not participating in athletic events, as peaked caps do not provide adequate skin protection.
  • Actively encourage members to routinely wear broad spectrum water resistant SPF 30+ sunscreen and stress the importance of regular re-application.
  • Provide broad spectrum, water resistant SPF 30+ sunscreen for members and make it available for sale and/or use to spectators
  • Make maximum use of existing shade at facilities. When shade is not adequate, our Association will seek to work with relevant authorities and the community to provide more shade at sporting and recreation facilities; and will endeavour to provide temporary shade until adequate shade is provided. Individuals will also be encouraged to bring their own shade structures to events
  • Provide portable shade structures at competitions held away from our home ground
  • Promote sun safety through newsletters, brochures and over the public address system at competitions
  • Encourage senior athletes, coaches, officials, members in prominent positions, and parents to be SunSmart role models
  • Advise athletes, parents and volunteers about the SunSmart Policy at registration and encourage them to comply with it.
  • Consider the reasons for and appropriateness of any rules that prevent the implementation of sun protection strategies.

This SunSmart Policy will be reviewed annually to ensure that the document remains current and practical to the Centres and Clubs requirements.

HEALTH & ACCIDENT POLICY

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.

Failure to commit to these conditions will result in the athlete being unable to participate.

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.

EQUITY & ACCESS POLICY

 

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.

SALAA is 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.
SALAA is working to achieve this through the development of inclusive practices that meet the needs of all athletes, including those with disabilities.
SALAA is developing and implementing a Disability Action plan to ensure that it provides a physical and social environment in which athletes with disabilities have easy access to all services provided by SALAA.

Key outcomes in achieving this vision through the Action Plan are:

  • SALAA will provide services and programs that are accessible and inclusive to people with disabilities.
  • SALAA will ensure that Coaches, Officials and Administrators have met the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (www.austlii.edu.au)
  • SALAA Action Plan will be promoted, monitored, assessed and reviewed on a regular basis.
  • SALAA will provide services in venues, which are accessible to people with disabilities.
  • SALAA will provide opportunities for consultation with people with a disability in decision-making processes regarding service delivery and in the implementation of complaints and grievance mechanisms.
  • SALAA Guidelines will ensure accessibility to competition and training programs.

These Guidelines will be promoted and circulated to all Centres & Clubs, Members, Staff and Administrators of SALAA.