Frequently Asked Questions
Here’s a list of the most Frequently Asked Questions! If you have a question that’s not on here, feel free to contact us using the form on our front page.
Q: What is the camp ground like?
We camp at Lardner Park. There are powered sites available, and most people sleep the night in tents, marquees, or caravans. (No sleeping in cars) Limited showers and toilets available on site and at venues. Warragul can get rather cold at night so thermals and a warm sleeping bag are highly recommended!
Q: What do I need to bring to SYG?
Warm clothes! A lot of people bring thermals to wear at night or early in the mornings (which we recommend!).
Sleeping bag – preferably a good quality one as it can get very cold at night.
Towel / personal items;
Clothes to play sport in – include plenty of changes in case you get muddy and wet.
Any necessary sports equipment required (eg bibs for netball, bike for mountain bike, etc);
Tent (or caravan);
Any other items requested by your group coordinator (fold up chair, plate/bowl/cup etc)
Q: I’m on my first year P-Plates. Is it true I cannot drive passengers around during the weekend?
Yes – Youth Vision has a policy which states that first year P-Plate drivers cannot take any passengers. In addition, all drivers transporting young people throughout the weekend must sign a Driver Nomination form. Your Group coordinator should have these forms for you. If you need additional copies, let us know.
Q: I’d love to help out at SYG – how can I get involved?
We rely on volunteers to make SYG the amazing weekend it is. From Sports coordinators, umpires, security personal, cafe helpers, office administration – we have plenty of ways you can help out. Check out our Volunteer page!
Q: Where are the sports played?
Sports are played at a number of different venues in the Warragul and Drouin area. Most sports are played away from the Lardner Park site and require transport (car).
Q: What age can you be to play the sports?
U15 & U18: For the under age sports, the participant needs to be under the specified age by the Friday of SYG. Eg, 17 or younger for U18 category. Minimum age is year 7.
Open Individual: For open individual sports, the age cap is 29, so anyone under 30 can participate in open individual sports. This includes those under 18, although it is recommended that they enter their appropriate age category (ie U18 or U15).
Open Team Sports: For open team sports, there is no age limit. Adult helpers attending SYG with their team (eg youth leaders, parent volunteers etc), are welcome to participate in the open team sports.
Q: Am I covered for any injuries I suffer at SYG?
No. Consequently, we strongly suggest and encourage all participants to take out personal health insurance.
Q: I’m in a band – can we play at SYG?
If your band would like to play this coming year please contact us. We select bands based on the group’s attitude towards serving, previous experience, the type of music, whether there’s any costs we need to incur, etc. Email us and we’ll see what we can do.
Q: Can I just come up for the evening services?
Yes certainly! People who cannot make it for the whole weekend are more than welcome to come down and check out the evening program. If you are not a registered participant at SYG a small charge may be incurred.
Q: I’d like to bring a group to SYG? What do I need to do?
The Group Coordinator’s pack explains everything you need to know. Fill in the ‘update your contact details’ form on our front page between January and April and a pack will be mailed to you.
Q: How can I get added to your mailing list? Or, I’m on your mailing list but my details have changed.
Send an email to email@example.com
Q: What else do I need to know as a group coordinator?
Important information for group coordinators is announced via the sygrego site – it is updated regularly with info you need to be aware of.
Q: Why hold SYG in June? It’s a busy time of year for students and the weather is often cold!
A: State Youth Games needs a three day weekend to fit in all the sports. There are three weekends during the year when this happens – Easter, Labour Day, and Queens’ Birthday.
Easter is an inappropriate time for obvious reasons. We have seriously considered moving SYG to Labour day but have put it on hold for a number of reasons. Firstly, other Christian events have been held on that weekend, and we do not want to compete with them. Secondly, Labour day is not a holiday for most university students. Thirdly, March makes it difficult for Group Coordinators to prepare everything in time – they would need to start in January / February – the busiest time of year for Youth Leaders.