Little Athletics is a fundamental skills development program designed to progress a participant’s skills and experience over time. Balance, coordination and technique are taught at an early age to enhance development and the participant’s enjoyment of the sport. Research shows that when a child can perform the skill correctly, both their enjoyment and achievement levels increase.
At Box Hill Little Athletics we are committed to progressing an athlete’s development using age appropriate training techniques and programs that will help bring out the athlete’s potential. We provide three distinct programs designed to help young athletes develop.
Our training is focused on skill development for all BHLAC participants. For the young and inexperienced it’s about mastering fundamental movements, that later become the basis for good technique. While for the older and more experienced Little Athlete, it’s a chance to refine techniques that will lead to improved performance during competition.
Our program and coaching team is led by head Coach, Stephen Cain. Steve is one of Australia’s leading Decathletes, having represented Australia at Commonwealth Games. As well as being an accomplished athlete, Steve is a level 4 IAAF Coach under the Athletics Coach Accreditation Framework.
Over the next two months Steve will work with our coaching team to develop and implement programs that engage our young athletes through fun yet challenging athletic programs.
Our post-Christmas program will focus on working with athletes 8+ to help them prepare for upcoming regional and state events.
To encourage and support Box Hill LAC athletes competing at Multis (2&3 Feb), Region (16&17 Feb) and State track & field (16&17 Mar), Wednesday training will focus on event specific development for athletes U9-U16.
ALL event areas will be covered at EVERY Wednesday training session as outlined by the schedule featured to the right.
This new structure will mean all athletes of ages 8+ will train as one group for their respective events, whilst the “Bonus Event” will prioritise the wants and requirements of the more senior athletes, as well as providing additional support for those competing at EMR and Combined Event champs.
For more information, contact Head Coach Steve Cain. His number is featured at the bottom of the schedule above.
Each Sunday when competition is held at Hagenauer Reserve, the Centre will run skills based activities program designed to progress the development of young participants aged U6 & U7. This skills training is based on the ‘On Track’ program endorsed by Little Athletics Victoria. More information about this program can be found at http://lavic.com.au/Portals/43/1_LAVic_On_Track_Quick_Start_Guide.pdf.
Tthe U6 program will be a complete skills based program and the U7 program will include both the skills program (‘On Track’) and competition elements.
Post Christmas On Track will cease and be replaced with events, interspersed with skills training. This enables the young athletes to put their new developed skills into practice.
Each Sunday when competition is held at Hagenauer Reserve, the Centre will allocate ‘event specialists’ to assist both athletes and parents. Focus will include:
This initiative has resulted from member feedback and has become a valued part of our program.
A range of additional programs and development resources exist for athletes and parents. These include:
Information regarding the scheduling of the Introduction to Coaching Course can be found at lavic.com.au/Education-Training/Coaching
More than just an athlete, Stephen Cain committed to the ancient event the Decathlon as his chosen sport when he was just a teenager, when there were many other sports on offer that most boys would popularly pursue including tennis and football that he excelled in.
At a very young age, with a very sport conscious family, Steve developed a love for sport and the outdoors. He commenced little athletics at the age of eight, and 21 years later was named on his first Commonwealth Games team bound for Glasgow in 2014.
The art of Decathlon, the ten event athletic challenge, quickly highlighted the many different disciplinary requirements which Steve thrived on as a perfectionist technician. Completing a degree in Exercise and Sports Science at Deakin University in 2006, Steve grew his knowledge of physics and related sport sciences to apply to his training and performance.
Representing Australia in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, 2014 has been a career highlight for Cain, finishing fifth overall.
Stephen balances his full time training with coaching the next generation of athletes in track & field.
Kat is our home grown throwing superstar, holding many club and state javelin records and even represented Australia at the 2016 World u20 Championships. On top of her dedication to aths, she plays the trumpet and is also studying to become a vet!
What do you like most about athletics? Athletics is a very unique sport as it combines the individual event with the team environment, which I love!
What do you enjoy most about coaching? Watching the athlete’s improvements not only week to week but even throughout a single session.
Favourite healthy food? Raspberries
Favourite sports person? Kim Mickle (Javelin)
Will is a great reflection of the successes of Little Athletics! He found enjoyment in all events of running, jumping, throwing and has continued his athletics in to the world of multi events. His multitude of talents and experience as a Decathlete will be of great benefit to our sprints, walks and distance training sessions this season.
What do you like most about athletics? The variety of every event on track and field – there is an event for everyone
What do you enjoy most about coaching? Helping kids learn new skills and find enjoyment in sport
Favourite healthy food? Bananas. I love bananas
Favourite sports person? Roman Sebrle (Decathlon)
JT can do it all, a multi talented athlete excelling in the sprints, hurdles and jumps. This season we are very lucky to have his knowledge and experience to help all our athletes with their jumping skills.
What do you enjoy most about coaching? Coaching is great because it gives me the opportunity to pass on the knowledge that I have collected over my many years in the sport to the next generation of athletes
Favourite healthy food? Cold apples
Favourite sports person? Mutaz Essa Barshim (High Jump)
Matthew is our home grown hero. Always first to the track to ensure the ideal setup is ready for his group when they arrive. A former box hill little athlete himself, we are very appreciative of his ongoing contribution back to the club he has been part of for many years.
What do you like most about athletics? I enjoy being outside
What do you enjoy most about coaching? Making sure everyone has fun
Favourite healthy food? Bananas are my favourite food
Michael joins us as an elite 400m runner with great experience not only in running one lap of the track super fast, but also in the facilitation of junior development programs that focus on the importance of fundamental movement patterns and how to progress this in to more specific event skills.
What do you like most about athletics? Achieving the best result after hard work.
What do you enjoy most about coaching? Providing athletes with a fun and challenging environment.
Favourite healthy food? Tuna / feta rice cake snacks
Favourite sports person? Wayde Van Niekerk (400m World Record Holder)
Sean is an endurance expert! A marathon runner himself, he combines his running coaching and corporate IT skills to deliver a wealth of knowledge to developmental athletic programs.
What do you like most about athletics? Working with Little Aths – it is the chaos and the opportunity to be surrounded by groups of children that are often highly motivated, eager to learn, and most importantly know how to have fun!
What do you enjoy most about coaching? I gain great satisfaction in providing an environment that balances enjoyment with the foundations for active and healthy lifestyles. In addition, high performance is an area I hold a close personal interest.
Favourite healthy food? I am an apple guy (Royal Gala to be precise, and not dipped in toffee)
Favourite sports person? I’ve got to say my Brother!
Lincoln is all over the athletics world with expertise as an athlete, coach and official.
What do you like most about athletics? What I enjoy most about Athletics is it brings lots of different events together under the one tent. Runners, throwers and jumpers all different in their own way, but together as one sport
What do you enjoy most about coaching? It’s about helping athletes grow and be prepared to perform at their best on competition day no matter what the circumstances
Favourite healthy food? Mangoes
Favourite sports person? Derek Jeter, former Captain of the NY Yankees. He is all class at all times and an excellent role model, always giving his best.