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.

Each year a set of JDS qualifying standards are developed which reflects the performances of the athletes that were achieved throughout the 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.  To assist this process, the athletes must achieve 2 qualifying performances.

Due to the ongoing restrictions with COVID-19, JDS has been adjusted again this season to cater for the uncertainty in scheduling the training days early in the season.  As the calendar with training days cannot be confirmed yet, the JDS registration is 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 training days, that will be determined once the calendar can be scheduled, and the number of JDS days confirmed.

The JDS registration process will require athletes to complete the online registration, confirming their eligibility against the qualifying standards, selecting their coaching rotations according to the selection criteria, and paying the JDS Joining Fee – $50 plus GameDay 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.  Please double check your address in the database is correct prior to registering.

Please do not register unless you have checked the qualifying standards and have qualified.  Athletes that register without qualifying, will receive a refund minus a $15 administration charge.

Once the calendar has been confirmed and the number of JDS training days scheduled, the balance of the JDS fee will be determined, this is the JDS Squad Fee, this is $80.

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


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

  1. Little Athletics Victoria Centre competition, Open days, Region & State events.
  2. AV Shield, Milers Club, AV Junior Championships, National T&F Championships.
  • Performances at Schools District and Division carnivals are NOT accepted.
  • 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 requires 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.
2021-22 Qualifying Standards
2021-22 JDS Information Pack
Coaching Rotations – Day 4
JDS Day 1 – Photos


Date Event Location
Sunday 28th November 2021 Junior Development Squad – Day 1 Knox
Sunday 16th January 2022 Junior Development Squad – Day 2 Williamstown (Newport Park Athletics Facility)
Sunday 6th February 2022 Junior Development Squad – Day 3 Williamstown (Newport Park Athletics Facility)
Sunday 22nd May 2022 Junior Development Squad – Day 4 Doncaster (Ruffey Lake Park)
Junior Development Squad – Day 5
Junior Development Squad – Day 6