Little Athletics Competitions in Victoria are conducted in accordance with the Competition Rules of Little Athletics Australia (LAA).

LAA uses the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), as the basis for the rules and makes modifications to suit the ages, nature and abilities of athletes participating in Little Athletics.

These Competition Rules are to be used at all Region Carnivals and State Championships, and in conjunction with the Centre Officiating Booklet, form the basis of all rules at Centre level for U6-U16 athletes. This provides a consistent and safe program for all participants in Little Athletics.

These Competition Rules relate to the Standard Events of Little Athletics. Additionally, there are events and specifications that are deemed inappropriate for inclusion at all levels of competition and athletic skill development activities. The following events are not allowed at Little Athletics.

  • Hammer Throw
  • Pole Vault
  • Steeple Chase
  • All events over 8km.

The Standard Events apply to all levels of competitions from Centre to State Competitions. Refer to Appendix 1 for the Standard Events table.

Where there is any doubt on a rule or its interpretation, the current IAAF Competition Rule book should be reviewed to provide clarity around its application, remembering the benefit of the doubt shall be in favour of the athlete.

There are processes and specific rules that apply to competitions conducted at Centre, Region and State level that are listed in a separate document.  These Competition Regulations and Events plans are the administrative processes that assist in providing a consistent and safe program for all participants.


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World Athletics Competition Rules C1.1 Nov 2019
2019-20 Competition Rules 4.7 Oct 2019
2019-20 Competition Regulations 1.3 Oct 2019
2019-20 Rule Changes
2019-20 Multi-Class Rule Changes
2019-20 Centre Officiating Booklet Aug 2019
2019-20 Relay Rule Changes
2019-20 Relay Officiating Booklet
Standard Events Table
Hurdle Specifications
Field Event Implement Specifications
Centre Uniform Booklet Nov 2019
Venue Spike Rules
Competition Appeals Form
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