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The Junior Development Squad (JDS) is a program aimed at giving our talented athletes a little more in terms of coaching, education, competition and a sense of accomplishment. Athletes must qualify for the squad by achieving athletic results that better a set performance criteria.

The squad is open to all registered athletes from U/12 to U/15 that meet the performance criteria. Ranging from mid October to late February, the program consists of numerous activities including coaching days, alternate coaching sessions, coaching camp, education sessions, role model sessions with elite athletes and a presentation ceremony.

The JDS is open to all qualified athletes in the Under 12 to Under 15 age bracket.

U11 athletes qualify during the season to be eligible for JDS in the following season.

Athletes qualify in their current age group.  Use your age group of the current season to check against the standards, not the age group you be next season.  The season commences October each year and finishes with Cross Country in August/September the following year.

An athlete must qualify at 1 event twice at separate meets or 2 separate events once to be eligible unless you achieve a Top 8 finish at either the State Multi-Event or Cross Country Championships.

Supporting documentation (copy of results) must be supplied to verify the performance used on the application for all results other than LAVic Region and State Championships, otherwise applications will not be accepted.  These can be posted, faxed or e-mailed through, details below.

Athletes must qualify and re-apply each year to become members.

Qualifying performances must be current to the age of the athlete at the time of the athletes application. eg. If an U/13 athlete applies, they must have U/13 qualifying performances.

Refer to Qualifying Standards for details.
The athlete must achieve the qualifying performances at any of the following:

  1. Little Athletics Victoria Centre competition, Open days, Region & State Championships.
  2. SSV State Championships (Primary or Secondary), SSA National Championships.
  3. AV Shield, AV & AA Junior Championships, AV & AA All Schools competitions.
  4. APS/AGS Combined Finals.

  • Once submitted, payment needs to be received prior to the athlete being accepted.
  • A return e-mail will be sent out confirming acceptance or otherwise.
  • Athletes with disabilities should contact the LAVic Office for qualification requirements.
Squad Fee & Benefits
Squad Fee entitles you to:

  • Attend all JDS sessions.
  • An Official JDS T-shirt, which needs to be worn to all official JDS activities.
  • JDS Shoe Bag (new members only).
  • Chat sessions with elite athletes and coaches.
  • Opportunity to attend the JDS 4 day coaching camp.  This is an additional cost, and is only open to 80 registered JDS athletes. Applications are released during November.
  • Invites to special athletic meets, Open championships and training days held with National and international athletes.
  • Recognition of being a member of the JDS training group.

Code of Conduct
Please read this information carefully, it is an important agreement between you and LAVic.

The general standard of behaviour of all members reflects on the image of LAVic.  JDS members will abide to the conditions set out and published in LAVic Code of Conduct.

Smoking is not permitted and will not be tolerated at any sanctioned JDS activity or function.

Disciplinary Action
LAViC reserves the right to terminate the JDS membership status of any individual without refund of monies paid, for what it deems as serious breaches of the Code of Conduct.

Qualifying Standards
Standards for the 2016/2017 season are listed here: JDS (Junior Development Squad) U12-U15

Please call the VLAA office on 9676-3600 for qualifying standards for athletes with a disability.