The Junior Development Squad (JDS) gives U12 – U16 athletes an opportunity to develop additional skills and improve technical competencies through participation in coaching and training sessions with some of Victoria’s leading coaches. Training with other keen and enthusiastic squad members is both fun and motivational and helps develop new friendships based on an enjoyment of athletics. The emphasis is to provide a friendly and supportive environment.

The program usually consists of squad training days, educational sessions, invites to events and the JDS camp, for certain age groups.

However, due to the restrictions with COVID-19, JDS this season has been adjusted.  As the calendar with squad training days cannot be scheduled, the JDS structure and registration are now split into two parts.

  • JDS Joining Fee – the first part allows athletes who qualify, to register for JDS. The JDS Joining fee covers the administration of the registration process and the JDS t-shirt & postage.

  • JDS Squad Fee – the second part is the balance of the JDS fee that covers the cost of the squad training days, that will be determined once the calendar can be scheduled and the number of JDS days confirmed.

Each year a set of JDS qualifying standards are developed which reflects the performances of the athletes in the current season.  The standards are adjusted each year, to ensure the athletes are being compared to their peers, rather than against previous athletes.  This allows JDS to maintain a consistency of performances and competency from the athletes, in which all athletes who are eligible and qualify can join, rather than setting a maximum number of members.  Usually, to assist this process, the athletes must achieve 2 qualifying performances, however, with the 2020 State Track & Field Championships being cancelled in March, the requirement has been reduced to 1 qualifying performance.

The qualifying performances must be achieved at certain events to ensure the quality and accuracy of the results.

JDS Day 3 – Coaching Rotations
2020-21 Qualifying Standards
2020-21 JDS Information Pack


The athletes can achieve the qualifying performances at any of the following.

  1. Little Athletics Victoria Centre competition, Open days, Region & State
  2. SSV Region & State events (Primary or Secondary), SSA National Championships.
  3. AV Shield, AV Junior Championships, State & National All Schools Championships.
  4. APS / AGS / ACS / GSV Combined finals.
  • Performances at Schools District and Division carnivals are NOT
  • Multi-Class athletes should contact the LAVic Office for qualification requirements.
  • Multi-Class athletes will be accessed on a percentage of the Baseline tables.
  • Performances on a grass track require conversion prior to registration, if the performance is close to the qualifying standard, contact with the LAVic Office must be made prior to registration for approval.

The JDS registration process requires athletes to complete the online registration, confirming their eligibility against the qualifying standards and paying the JDS Joining Fee – $35 plus SportsTG admin fee.

Once the registration is checked for eligibility and confirmed, a confirmation of registration will be sent.  This confirms that the athlete has joined JDS, they will be sent the JDS t-shirt to the address in the online database.


Date Event Location
17th January 2021 Junior Development Squad – Day 1 Keilor Park Recreation Reserve, Keilor Park
20th January 2021 Junior Development Squad – Day 2 Keilor Park Recreation Reserve, Keilor Park
7th February 2021 Junior Development Squad – Day 3 Tom Kelly Athletics Track, Doncaster East
May Junior Development Squad – Day 4 TBC
8th August 2021 Junior Development Squad – Day 5 TBC
28th August 2021 Junior Development Squad – Day 6 TBC