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MN League Development CommitteeMinnesota High School Cycling LeagueDevelopment Committee Gary Sjoquist, Advocacy Director, QBP Libby Hurley, formerly Erik’s Bike Shop Mark Parr, Director Sec. Ed. Dist. 196 Josh Kleve, Sales Exec. DKS Systems Mark Hartney, Specialized
MN High School Cycling Leaguewww.minnesotamtb.org is the official MN High School Cycling League siteNational Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) sanctioning body for high school mountain bike racingMinnesota High School “Cycling” League – the hope is that students will start with mountain biking but expand to road, cyclocross, commuting, etc.
MN League/MNMBS/USA CyclingMinnesota High School Cycling League sanctioned by NICA (governance, insurance, licensing of coaches)MN League will be separate from the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series (MNMBS)MN League will not be affiliated with USA CyclingMN League exists as a non-profit (donations tax deductible)
MN League UpdatesMN League timeline for 2012 Kick Off Open House – March 11th Leaders Summit – April 21/22 Teams Form – April/May Camps – Summer 2012 Beginner/Intermediate Camps Girls Camp Day Camps Racing – Sept. through Oct, 2012
Typical Race SnapshotSaturday: - Course set up 7 am to Noon - Pre-ride 1 to 4 pm - Camping available on site or nearbySunday: - Teams set up in Pit Zone - Racing starts at 10 am - Girls Freshmen/Soph, Jr. Varsity/Varsity - Boys Freshmen/Soph, Jr. Varsity/Varsity - Awards around 4 pm
Race FormatCourses are between 4 and 6-mile loops, mostly singletrack, with passing zonesClimbing 400 to 600 ft. per lap Fr/So – 45 minutes to one hour JV/Varsity – up to 1:45Not too technically challenging – more lapsUphill starts/finishFenced through start/finish, feed zone, pit areaPartially visible for spectators
Teams and ScoringStudents can race: - As independents - As part of a high school team - Composite team; racers from several schoolsTeams with girls score more pointsEvery team member scores pointsAwards: - Individuals - Team scoring
Ways to Help with the MN LeagueOpportunities to help:1. As a parent of a student athlete who wants to race on a team2. As a volunteer at race events3. As a MN League Manager
1. Helping as a Parent for a Team1. Help students form a team at the high school - Team Starter Kit info on web site (handouts) - Teams exist as a “club” like Chess Club or Debate2. Help by becoming a team volunteer organizer - Help communicate within team (meetings, practices, etc.) - On race day, help with team logistics at event3. Help by becoming a Ride Leader, Assistant Coach, or Head Coach for a team - Attend Leaders Summit and gain license - Minimum requirement is passing a background check
2. Helping as a Volunteer at Race EventsVariety of tasks take two or three hoursCan sign up in advance for specific taskHelping with registration, helping with parking, course set-up, feed zones, etc.Ride Marshalls – follow last racer, sweepTiming and scoring helperTear down and clean-up
3. Helping as a MN League ManagerManagers a small band of really committed folks who agree to manage key tasksWill get lodging expenses and stipend in return for a season-long commitmentMajor commitment – often all day Sat/SunCan’t have the race without these tasksBasically making a statement – this league is important enough to get going that I’ll step up and do what it takes
Race Operations ManagerSite manager – goal to execute race day layoutPit zone, feed zones, timing and scoring, uphillstarts, fencing, start line structure, podiumResponsible for setting up course, tearingdown everything after, and transport/storage ofrace kitWill have team of assistants for both days
Chief Course MarshalResponsible for integrity of race courseEstablishes marshal points along race routeTrains and oversees race marshalsMonitor marshals throughout racesLiaison with EMTs
Chief Score KeeperSunday only positionSet up timing areaSet up scoring laptopsTrain assistantsTrack racers’ lap timesAssemble and post resultsResolve scoring issues
Chief Registration ManagerAssemble and organize online registration from Pit ZoneTrain and prepare assistants for race day regHand out race numbers per category/genderTrack day of registrationPrepare starting wave lists prior to start times
Chief Course SetterSaturday positionResponsible for laying out race courseSetting up fencing, stakes for arrows, feed zone, ribbons (used to block shortcuts)Works with Operations Manager to ensure integrity of race course
Volunteer ManagerCoordinates MN League Volunteer NeedsTeam of assistants will helpTeams will also provide volunteersWalk-up volunteers need to be directedCare and feeding of volunteers importantMeals, rotating shifts, right materials,acknowledgment, etc.
Race Photographer/ReporterGreat graphics a key to successResponsible for producing great photos for use in MN League promotional materialAlso need someone who can complete timely race write-up per NICA guidelines
Leaders SummitMN League Leaders Summit - April 20/21 at QBP - Agenda at www.minnesotamtb.org - Part of the coaching licensing process - One day option for Ride Leaders ($75) - Two Day option for Assistant and Head Coaches ($120) - Lodging available at Holiday Inn Bloomington - Fees include Saturday evening dinner at QBP’s Spokes Café for two