Linden Park Primary School has a strong history in participation in the South Australian Primary Schools Amateur Sports Association (SAPSASA) competition.

SAPSASA runs a series of Knockout Competitions, State Carnivals and State Championships, which the school nominates individuals and teams for competition. In some sports, competition is run in district championships. This can lead to state and interstate representation for successful students. Other SAPSASA sporting competitions are run with the support of the relevant sporting bodies in Adelaide.
SAPSASA outlines the philosophy and rationale, together with the guiding principles underlying this broad based program.
All competitions are run under the Associations strict Codes of Behaviour.

UPDATE: 12/2/2019

2019 Adelaide South East District Athletics

Adelaide South East District Athletics Day is rapidly approaching. In 2019 it will be held on Tuesday, 30th April (Term 2, Week 1). This is considered to be one of the most prestigious events on the annual SAPSASA calendar and in 2018 we were thrilled to finish in 1st place in a very tough Adelaide South East district. Our second win in the past 4 years!

The date of this event has been moved significantly this year to accommodate the National Championships being held in Darwin during their dry months. Unfortunately this change will require a big adjustment to how our selection, trial and training program has been running successfully over recent years.

The Year 4-7 Athletics day results will again be counted as trials for the majority of events. The Athletics Days have been moved from Term 2 into late Term 1, which allows for the events to be taught in school P.E. lessons, as well as avoiding timetable clashes with SAPSASA Swimming and the school swimming carnival.

As the 200m, 800m and Shot Put events will not be a part of the Year 4-7 Athletics Days, we will be running stand-alone trials for students born from 2006-2009 that wish to compete in these events. These trials will commence in the near future.

In the event that results from Athletics Day indicate that a further trial may be required (i.e. two or more students are equal or close together in time/distance etc.), specific students will be asked to attend a trial at Mariner Oval before school. If your child is being asked to attend a morning trial, parents of these students will receive emails from the PE Staff with more specific details. Failing to attend a trial on a given day may unfortunately result in a child missing out on selection in our final team.

Any cancellations for circumstances such as inclement weather will be provided on the Skoolbag app, but it is a shared responsibility between parents and students to take note of all forthcoming communication.

Unfortunately the change in timing of the event this year is going to mean that we will have minimal time to train beforehand, as well as only having a short time to have all permission forms/payments and logistics organised. However we will endeavour to schedule at least one week of trainings in the short time that we will have available.

If anybody has any questions or wishes to discuss further, please feel free to email me at, or you can generally find me in the Gym office most mornings to talk in person.

SAPSASA Sports Policy_Sept2017 (PDF 572KB)
2019 SAPSASA Calendar (PDF 407KB)

Students can participate in SAPSASA events at a school, district and state level as described below:

Knockout Competitions – Year 6/7 students only

In knockout competitions, if a team wins they progress to the next round of competition. The
knockout competitions are spread out across terms. Agreements are made between the SAPSASA
Coordinators of both schools as to when and where games are played. Games are played during
school hours. Trials may be scheduled to select teams to represent the school.
Knockout sports in which schools can enter teams:
Terms 1 & 4
Cricket – boys and girls
Tennis – boys and girls
Softball – boys and girls
Terms 2 & 3
Soccer – boys and girls
Netball – girls and boys
Australian Rules Football – boys and girls
Hockey – boys and girls
Carnivals – 10 to 13 year old students, depending on the sport
Carnivals are whole day events.
Individual events for cross country, swimming and athletics.


District SAPSASA is not run by the school. The school will inform Year 6/7 students as to when trials
for district selection are being held and generally 4 students per sport are nominated to attend these
trials. Sometimes more than 4 students can be nominated if the relevant district coach is agreeable
to having more students sent out. With excessive numbers, the Sports Coordinator and other
personnel will make a decision as to which students will be nominated to trial.
If a student makes a district team for a particular sport, the district team competes in a state
carnival. The state carnivals are one day events (cross country, swimming and athletics) or one week
events (all other sports). All carnivals whether for school or district are played during school hours.
The Adelaide South East District has 16 schools in the zone.

All the knockout and carnival sports have SAPSASA district team representation, so your child has an
opportunity to represent the Adelaide South East district in a carnival. District trial dates are only
provided to the SAPSASA Coordinator from the Adelaide South East District Convenor a couple of
weeks before each trial.


12 years old and under state teams are selected to compete at the National Championships for
students turning 10, 11 or 12 years old during the school year. Students do not have to represent a
school or district SAPSASA team to make a State SAPSASA team, however the student should be
playing for a club at a high level for their particular sport(s) to have realistic chance of being
selected. They also must attend ALL trials. Nominating to trial is made online individually through the
SAPSASA website – click here to visit the SAPSASA Website.


School SAPSASA selection is ‘user pays’ and has costs that vary for each team depending on whether
a bus is required or not.
District selection expenses are usually around $150 and mean that your child will be out of school for
a week from 9am–3:30pm at various venues. District selection for cross country, swimming and
athletics only requires one day out of school time. In most cases, it is the child’s parent responsibility
to get their child to and from the event. Linden Park Primary School staff do not attend district
events unless they are a district coach.
State selection expenses are usually in the order of $1000-$1500 for airfares, uniforms etc. These
generally run for a week and sometimes occur during school holidays. Some councils also offer
subsidies if you apply.


All vehicles carrying children to and from sporting events in school hours must be covered with an
appropriate comprehensive insurance policy.
Only suitably qualified people shall be permitted to drive. This excludes those with L or P plates.
All vehicles being used must have seatbelts with the driver ensuring that they are worn.
Consent forms must be signed prior to the competition.
When numbers are large, a bus will be booked and parents charged.