Parent Helpers

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Parent Helper Roster for Season 2020/21 + Age Managers

There is no parent roster this season!   We are going to ask all parents to use the on-line “Sign-up” to nominate the role they’ll fulfil for the evening, and to do so before coming to the ground.

In part, this is a response to the COVID situation.  We need to take steps that minimise or eliminate groups congregating eg. as happens if duty allocation is done at the ground upon arrival.  And in part, we want to enable the widest participation of parents, and the opportunity for some specialisation in key roles.

We do need one or two parents per Age Group to step forward as relatively ‘permanent’ Age Managers – responsible for leading the athletes through their events and recording results achieved (or marking off ‘participation’ in the case of Tiny Tots).   The other key roles of Age Managers include:

  • Collecting the Age Group folder (containing recording sheets);
  • Taking the role as the children arrive;
  • Encouraging the children;
  • Returning results sheets to the Recorder

Here is a document from LANSW that provides a number of suggested tips for Age Managers:  Guide for Age Managers.

It should be noted that the only persons permitted on the main oval during competition are Club Officials, Age Managers and Parent Helpers who have signed up for a duty on the Track.

Parent Helpers (Officials)

At club level, “officiating” is in large part the responsibility of parent helpers.   Each age group (eg. “under 7 girls”) is accompanied by an Age Manager (or two, if the group is large) – who leads their group through each event.  Only the Age Manager moves about from event to event with their group.  A small team of parents will also be located at each event station (eg. High Jump) and will supervise the performance of those events (for all Age Groups passing through) together with the respective Age Group Manager.  For Field Events, “supervise” includes checking events are performed “legally”, measuring the performance, retrieving implements, and so on.

To access information that will help you in supervising athletic events, visit our  Parent Helper Resources page.