What is the Star Awards System?
The Star Awards System provides athletes with goals to aim for during the season. It rewards athletes for their attendance, improvement and achievement.
An athlete can be awarded up to 5 stars in a season, for increasing levels of performance; Yellow, Green, Red, Blue and finally Gold. The stars can be displayed on the athlete’s centre uniform.
To qualify for the award of a star, an athlete must achieve the qualifying standard in the prescribed number of track and field events for their age group – the mixture of track and field events is designed to encourage athletes to develop skills generally. It is important to note that results must be entered against the colour categories in order. For example, say an athlete achieves a Gold standard performance for 100m in week 1, that result must be entered against Yellow. If in week 2 the same athlete then achieves a Blue standard performance for 100m, the result must be entered against Green and so on.
The numbers of events in which a qualifying standard is required depends on an athlete’s age group and are follows:
Yellow, Green, Red and Blue:
- U6 to U8 – 1 x track + 2 x field, or 1 x field + 2 x track
- U9 to U10 – 2 x track + 2 x field
- U11 to U17 – 3 x track + 2 x field, or 3 x field + 2 x track
- U6 to U17 – Any 2 events, track or field
The qualifying standards are summarised by age group in the Star Award Performance sheets below. These standards are based on the LANSW multi-event and non-multi-event points tables. However, because it is significantly harder for smaller athletes to perform well in the “strength” events – Shot Put, Discus and Javelin – the qualifying standards for those events have been reduced.
How Do I Claim a Star Award
There is an automated process for recording results and therefore parents will not be required to complete any paperwork to register their child’s achievements. However, we strongly encourage parents to print the star relevant charts and review results with their children during the season. This helps to encourage the athletes during the season and increases the sense of achievement they will feel as they work towards their goals.
Results for athletes can be accessed via ResultsHQ.
Age Managers will distribute stars on a regular basis during Saturday morning competition starting from Week 4 of the season.
For more information, see the Awards officer on a Saturday morning.