Winter Cross-Country Program (April to August)

The Winter Cross-Country program takes place between April and August where athletes participate in Cross-Country running on a weekly basis.

Any Little Athletics Victoria registration (insurance) paid since 1 August 2023 will cover you until 31st August 2024. Additional fees ‘may’ apply with your Centre or Cross Country group to accommodate the winter program. Please contact your Centre for more information.

Athletes still represent their registered Centre they were with in during the Summer Track & Field program, however, unlike the summer program, and in some cases nearby Centres can participate together sometimes in different locations, if numbers permit the Centre may run their own Cross Country program.

On any given Cross-Country day, athletes will participate in one event only. The distance of the event the athlete participates in is the same in any Cross Country program across Victoria.

A Cross-Country day is shorter in duration due to fewer athletes participating and only one event per athlete. A Cross-Country day also only involves a single event being run at any one time. These programs are determined by the Cross Country group your Centre is involved with.


Whether you participate in your local Centres Cross-Country program or are a part of a program with Little Athletes from other Centres, children will all be competing across the same distances.

U6 U7 U8 U9 U10 U11 U12 U13 U14 U15 U16 U17
500m 1km 1km 1.5km 1.5km 2km 2km 3km 3km 3km 3km 3km

These distances are as per the Centre Level Standard Events Table found on our Rules and Regulations page.


What are the costs involved in joining a Cross-Country program?2021-04-13T10:55:39+10:00

If you wish to participate in a Cross-Country program, you must be a registered member of a Little Athletics Victoria affiliated Centre.

Some programs may also charge a small amount upon joining their Cross-Country program, or on a weekly basis. This information can be found on the Centre & Programs pages.

My Centre doesn’t actively participate in Cross-Country, does that mean my Children can’t participate?2021-08-07T14:50:42+10:00


Even if your Centre doesn’t actively participate in a Cross-Country program (or at their Centre), your Little Athletics Victoria membership allows you to compete at any Centre or program offering Cross-Country. We encourage you to contact the Centre to confirm their program and your ability to participate.

During the winter season members have access to view a summary of their nearest Cross-Country program this can be found on the Centres page.

Can my child try Little Athletics Winter Cross Country (April – August) before joining?2024-04-08T16:24:27+10:00

All Centres will offer up to two (2) trials for your child, these are conducted on a competition day. The Trial Athlete offer is available in Victoria. Athletes interested in trying Little Athletics for the first time will be required to submit an entry online so that they can attend a trial at their chosen Centre. A trial is recommended prior to paying, refunds are not available once registration has been paid.

To submit a trial for the Winter (Cross Country season) please visit our Trial Athlete Offer portal.

Can spike shoes be worn during Cross-Country?2023-05-11T10:52:13+10:00

No – Spikes, Football boots, runners with hard cleats are NOT permitted for Cross-Country.

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