Competition: A parents perspective



There are a number of competitive opportunities available to athletes at the club. Some are by selection and some you need to be a bit more proactive with! You can get info from under calendar and then events.
You will find a personal perspective and a bit of information about the main meetings below:

JSB Forth Valley League

Normally Saturdays… Ask coaches for travel details… first meetings in 2013 by bus

There are 2 divisions and the club are currently in division 1. The events take place at either Pitreavie or Grangemouth, both have stands for shelter and the atmosphere is always good and adds to the great excitement. There are 3 meetings and a final as well as a “Presidents Select” toward the end of the season. The athletes earn points for the club and then these determine where the clubs finish in a league type set up. There is promotion and relegation and this gives a good edge to the competition. There are no individual medals except at the Presidents Select match in September.
This is a great entry level league designed for under 11, 13 and 15 boys and girls. Athletes are selected and usually there are A and B string in each event. There is not a full programme so some events are only available some of the time. This does mean that the matches are kept to a tight time window. The Final and Select matches are at the weekend.



Young Athletes League /Youth Development League  needs update

Usually by bus from Lasswade High Usually Sundays

There are 2 divisions in central Scotland and the club is currently in Div 2. The matches take place throughout central Scotland at venues like Meadowbank, Grangemouth, Wishaw, Scotstoun etc. These days are usually quite full and the athletes, and supporters, will need food and drink to see them through the day. The competition usually starts at 12 noon and finishes a bit after 4pm.
This competition is for Under 13,15 and 17 boys and girls. Athletes are selected to compete for the club (a and b string again) and once again they earn points which determine where the club finishes. There is promotion and relegation through the two divisions. There is a Final for the best Division one and Northern Division Clubs with the top two competing in a British Final.

Scottish Womens Athletic League

Bus or Own transport Usually Sundays

Bigger Clubs and Composite teams from throughout Scotland compete in the Women’s League. The matches take place usually in the central belt with the occasional trip North. Matches begin at 12.30 and go on till around 5pm. Lasswade compete as part of the Lothian team and will include athletes from Musselburgh AC , Dunbar AC and others. This gives a high level of competition and is for athletes at Under 13 to Senior level. Once again athletes are selected to compete for the team, Lothian in this case, and earn points which contribute to the teams total. There are no individual medals.

Scottish Athletics League (The Men’s League)

This is for men aged Under 17 to veteran. There are 4 matches in the summer season involving two divisions of clubs. Lasswade have been promoted to division 1 for the first time this year!! Qualification standards have to be met in order for athletes to score points. This team is currently ably managed by Andy Sobik.

Scottish Athletics Indoor League

By bus from Lasswade High Sundays around 11am

This takes place at the Emirates Commonwealth  Arena in Glasgow. It usually starts in December and finishes in March. Lasswade usually compete in the afternoon starting around 1pm. There is a great atmosphere at this venue and the competition is for Under 11 boys and girls to Under 20 men and women. Not usually back until around 7pm so provisions required.
This competition again takes the form of a league and the top three clubs from the morning sessions compete with the best from the afternoons in a final including relays (relays are open to all clubs).

Open Graded Meetings

Own Transport or share Various weekday nights

These are held at various venues throughout the year. As the name implies you just make your way along and enter on the night. The athletes are graded by ability rather than age so you will be competing with folk at roughly the same standard (by personal bests). Open graded meets can be good fun and present a less pressured and more informal introduction for younger athletes. Details can be found on the Scottish Athletics site with Grangemouth a good venue indoors and out.

Scottish National Championships

Own Transport or Share Weekends

There are both indoor and outdoor national championships. The former around feb/march and the latter usually take place in August. These are open to anyone including folk from other countries so competition is usually at a high level. Athletes need to be entered into these competitions and this can be done by entry form which is sent out by Scottish Athletics (when you have become a member)or online via the Scottish Athletics website. Currently these Championships are for Under 14 and upwards although there is a “Superteams” competition available for Under 12s.

Scottish Schools

The Scottish Schools Athletic Association  run various competitions throughout the year. Some schools are better than others at entering teams/athletes so it is a good idea to keep informed and ask the PE dept or Headteacher at Primary level if you are interested in competing.

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