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Summit High School Mountain Bike Club. What is the Washington High School Cycling League?. The Washington High School Cycling League was organized in 2010 to provide mountain biking programs for students in grades 9 to 12.

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what is the washington high school cycling league
What is the Washington High School Cycling League?

The Washington High School Cycling League was organized in 2010 to provide mountain biking programs for students in grades 9 to 12.

  • The League is the governing body for high school (grades 9-12) cross-country mountain biking for the entire state of Washington.
  • The League is a project league of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA).
  • The League provides support and structure for high school cross-country mountain biking.
  • The League is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
  • The League is a self-governing, self-funded, and self supported program that partners with high schools.
our mission
Our Mission
  • NICA is built on youth development principles that are the foundation of a movement that’s fun, exciting, relevant and enriching to high school student-athletes.  Specifically, NICA’s five core principles are:
  • Inclusivity
  • Equality
  • Strong Mind
  • Strong Body
  • Strong Character
history
History
  • NorCal High School Cycling League
    • 2001 NorCal League was founded
    • 2011 500+ racers and 40 clubs
  • SoCal High School Cycling League
    • 2008 SoCal League was founded with grant from Easton Foundations
    • 2008 100+ racers and 14 clubs
    • 2011 250+ racers and 29 clubs
  • National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA)
    • 2009 NICA was founded with grant from Easton Foundations
  • Colorado High School Cycling League
    • 2010 Colorado League was founded
    • 2010 150+ racers and 20 clubs
  • Washington High School Cycling League
    • 2010 Washington League was founded
    • 2011 80+ racers and 20 clubs
annual schedule
Annual Schedule

Summer

  • Rider Camps: typically one-day camps will bike skills instruction
  • Fall – Back-To-School
  • Start forming teams or recruiting new members:
  • Coaches to Leaders’ Summit, a weekend-long educational conference

Winter

  • Practice may begin on December 1st, generally 2–3 times per week
  • Coaches – WFA-MTB (Wilderness First Aid training)
  • Racers – Skill Clinics

Spring

  • Practice Continues
  • Racing Series, 4 races March through May
practices skills
Practices & Skills
  • Practice schedule is determined by coaches
    • Once or twice during the week after school
    • Longer ride on the weekend
  • Skills development
    • Riders of all levels are welcome and encouraged
    • Focus on safe bike handling skills
    • Fitness training
race day
Race Day

What you can expect from the League:

  • Saturday pre-ride: Course open for riders and coaches
  • Sunday race day: A fun day for everyone. Bring your family and cowbell!
  • Safety including:
    • Well marked course
    • EMT’s on site
    • Fixed Course Marshals
    • Sweep Marshals
  • Individual podiums every race
  • Team podiums every race
  • ALL RIDERS ARE CHEERED! Cowbells, cowbells, cowbells.
racing categories scoring
Racing Categories & Scoring
  • Team Scoring
    • - Division 1 Teams (≥ 12 riders)
    • - Division 2 Teams (< 12 riders)
    • Combination of boys and girls results are used.
  • Individual Scoring
    • - Freshman
    • - Sophomore
    • - Junior Varsity
    • - Varsity
how much does it cost
How Much Does It Cost?
  • Students
    • $50 to register a student/rider
    • $40 per race
    • Scholarships are available for all students in need
  • Adults(Coach, Asst. Coach, Ride Leader, Volunteer)
    • $25 + required background check
  • Other Items
    • Clothing
    • Other support costs depending on desire of team including team equipment, tents, etc.

Any of these costs can be offset by sponsorship and fundraising by the team.

coach license program
Coach License Program

NICA program for all adult volunteers

  • Must pass background check through TC Logiq
  • Education: Leaders’ Summits and NICA’s online webinars provide education
    • Topics range from Risk Management to Tips for Coaching Girls to the Positive Coaching Alliance’s Double-Goal Coach.
  • First Aid: CPR and first aid requirements
    • Basic First Aid or Wilderness First Aid are required, depending on license level
  • Continuing Education: coaches must engage in ongoing education to ensure up-to-date best practices are employed

Contact Tyler Dibble (tyler@nationalmtb.org) or go to www.nationalmtb.org/coaches-license-program for more info

insurance coverage
Insurance Coverage

Insurance provided to all registered teams, licensed coaches and registered student athletes

General Liability for Clubs (Schools can be added as additionally insured)

  • $1,000,000 Each Occurrence
  • $2,000,000 Aggregate/Club
  • $500,000 Each Claim – Sexual Abuse and Molestation
  • $500,000 Aggregate Limit

Accident Medical

  • $25,000 Each Person – Excess Accident Medical
  • Deductible: None
  • Accidental Death: $10,000
  • Volunteer Coverage: Yes

Events

  • $1,000,000 Each Occurrence
  • $2,000,000 Aggregate per Event
  • No annual aggregate
  • Accident Medical:
  • $25,000 Each Person – Excess Accident Medical
  • Deductible: None
  • Accidental Death: $10,000
risk management
Risk Management
  • The League promotes a systematic approach to proactively managing risk associated with our sport and programs
  • WHY?
    • To do our absolute best to protect out student-athletes from harm;
    • To mitigate the potential for injury and loss;
    • To protect ourselves and our programs from litigation;
    • To ensure we are in alignment with the best practices in the field;
    • To run quality programs that attract and retain participants
  • Legal Issues covered by League risk management education
    • Duty of Care
    • Negligence (basic/simple, gross/reckless)
    • Breach of Care
    • Waivers/Releases
    • Inherent Risk
    • Assumption of Risk
risk management cont d
Risk Management (cont’d)

Prevention

The League’s Risk Management education puts strong emphasis on effective program planning and preparation.

  • Risks associated with Cross-Country Mountain Biking
  • Planning and Preparation includes:
    • Relationship Building
    • Accurate Marketing of the sport to new participants
    • Honest information exchange
    • Background Checks for staff/adult volunteers
    • Release & Assumption of Risk Forms
    • Proper Reporting
    • Medical Conditions Knowledge
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Risk Management (cont’d)

Prevention with Riders and Staff

  • Adequate Conditioning
  • Skills instruction & Skills Checks
  • Rules & Enforcement
  • Terrain & Ride Selection
  • Equipment (Bikes & Helmets)
  • Appropriate Dress
  • Hydration, Food and Medications
  • Coaching Ratios (6:1 or 8:2)
  • Safe Ride Formation

Preparedness Education

  • First Aid Training
  • Emergency Action Plan
  • Knowing what number to call in an emergency (often not 911)
  • Know your route, including shortcuts home
  • Educate Riders, Staff and Parents
contacts
Contacts

Joe Smith – Team Coach

phone: 123-456-7891

email: joes@email.com

League Director - Lisa Miller

lisa@washingtonmtb.org

(206) 291-7773

www.yourleaguewebsite.org

National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA)

Tyler Dibble, Associate Director

tyler@nationalmtb.org

(510) 524-5464

www.nationalmtb.org