Introduction to Teaching Little Athletics Skills Course Request

Introduction to Teaching Little Athletics Skills Courses (ITLAS Courses) are designed to help participants become better placed to assist children to perform basic athletics skills

ITLAS course are practical coaching courses designed for Little Athletics and conducted on behalf of Little Athletics Australia. They cover how to teach basic working models for each event on the Little Athletics program. Participants will be shown event-specific skills, drills, games and activities relevant to the target age group.  

Who are the courses for?

The courses are great for parents, school teachers and other interested people who want to know a little more about the skills of the sport so that they may help to coach children of primary school age, assist at Little Athletics centres or prepare students for a school athletics carnival.  

The courses are suitable for: 

  • People with little or no athletics coaching experience
  • Little Athletics Age Managers
  • Primary school teachers
  • People who are considering attending a Level 1 Community Athletics Coach Course
  • People who have completed a Level 1 Community Coach Athletics Accreditation

Time Commitment

6.5 hours attendance face-to-face if completing all modules (track, jumps, throws) in one day OR

3 hours per session if the modules are completed on two separate days:

  • Session 1 - Track Events
  • Session 2 - Field Events (Jumps & Throws)

(No pre-course work or reading is required).


  • Introduction to Teaching Track Skills- Running, Hurdles, Relays, Race Walking
  • Introduction to  Teaching Jumping Skills - Long Jump, Triple Jump, Scissors High Jump
  • Introduction to Teaching Throwing Skills - Shot Put (Standing Throw), Discus (Standing Throw), Javelin (3-Step Approach)


Participants receive the following Little Athletics Australia downloadable manuals according to the sections of the course completed:

  • Introduction to Coaching
  • Warm Up & Recovery
  • Introduction to Running
  • Introduction to Jumps
  • Introduction to Throwing

Course Outcomes

At the conclusion of a course the participant will, for the target age group:

  • Better understand an appropriate working model for each events covered in the course
  • Have a greater knowledge of appropriate drills, skills, games and activities for each event
  • Identify some of the more common technical faults associated with each event
  • Have a basic understanding of a simple learning session
  • Better understand how to organise a group safely

Participant Requirements

  • All participants must be a minimum of 16 years of age at the time of the course.
  • There are no other course prerequisites.
  • There is no exam, written or practical.
  • While physical participation in each of the activities is strongly encouraged, it is not compulsory.
  • Participants will need to bring clothing suitable for participating in the various events, a hat, sunscreen, water bottle, pen, notepaper, and your own lunch, drinks and snacks. Participants may be asked to bring their own folding chair to some venues.

Participant Fee

The registration fee is $65.00 per person.


Participants register via the Little Athletics NSW online registration system.

“Walk-in” registrations cannot be taken on the day.


These courses sit outside of the Athletics Coach Accreditation Framework and therefore no formal accreditation is gained for attendance.


To receive the ITLAS Certificate, all modules need to be completed.

Course Venue

Ideally a course venue will feature a large indoor/undercover area that can be used in the case of rain, wind, cold or heat. This means that a course can go ahead regardless of the conditions and participants can learn in relative comfort. If the agreed course venue does not have this feature, the host centre MUST organise a “Plan B” alternative venue OR date in the case of adverse weather conditions forecast or occurring on the day. 

An athletics track or field event facilities are not necessary features of a venue for this course. A school or similar with a large hall is a perfect venue at which to host this course.

Any course venue hire fees are covered by Little Athletics NSW.


This course mostly makes use of modified equipment that is supplied by the Little Athletics NSW course presenter. Some equipment may need to be provided by the host centre.


Children or others who are not registered course participants cannot participate or become involved in the course on the day.

Host Centre Responsibilities

  1. Liaise with LANSW to determine a proposed course date, time & venue.
  2. Book venue and liaise with venue operators.
  3. If relevant, arrange a "Plan B" alternative venue in the case of adverse weather conditions forecast or occurring on the day of the course.
  4. Assist LANSW with locally advertising the course and recruiting participants.
  5. Provide access to required facilities, equipment & toilets on the day of the course.

Little Athletics NSW Responsibilities

  1. Liaise with host to determine a proposed course date, time & venue.
  2. Arrange a presenter.
  3. Administer the course.
  4. Create promotional flyers and online registration.
  5. Advertise the course and recruiting participants.
  6. Respond to enquiries.
  7. Arrange pre-course participant correspondence.
  8. Coordinate post-course correspondence and distribution of certificates.

To Complete This Form You Will Need:

  • Preferred course format (i.e. all modules in one day or individual modules on spererate days). A centre may request to host a single module (e.g. Introduction to Coaching Jumps) without the need to also host the other modules.
  • Proposed course dates
  • Proposed course venue
  • A proposed alternative venue in the case of adverse weather
  • Preferred course times
  • Formal centre/zone committee approval

Little Athletics NSW ITLAS Course Coordinator

All ITCC enquiries should be directed to Darren Wensor – LANSW Head of Coach & Volunteer Development, Ph. 02 9633 4511 (Ext 108) or 0417 686 257 or