Start a Club/Team

 

Community members, parents, and/or students can start an Oregon League youth mountain biking club or team in their local community. Extensive cycling experience is not necessary – one should simply have the desire to introduce teens to the sport of mountain biking. Once you have decided to create a team, the Oregon League can help educate you and provide you with all the tools necessary to be an excellent coach.

Types of teams

There are two types of teams:

    • School-Based Teams: Comprised of full-time students from the same middle or high school, public or private. While it is not necessary that the person who initiates the club be a school “insider” (teacher or administrator), this can be very useful. A teacher, administrator or school volunteer within the school possesses certain advantages, such as knowledge of the school community, bureaucratic systems and channels, and how to access potential teen cyclists. School-based teams can be “official” or “unofficial”.
    • Composite Teams: Comprised of full-time students from more than one middle or high school within the same district or other geographic proximity. Composite Team Limitations: Composite Teams are intended to be temporary solutions toward building school-based teams. If a composite team has 5 or more students from the same school, those students will be scored separately from the rest of the composite team unless a petition to do otherwise is approved.

Don’t have a team to race with? That’s ok! Students can compete as an independent rider with the Oregon League. Independent riders are unaffiliated with a specific school or team.

Home-schooled and online students who are enrolled in a Oregon online charter school or is home schooled are welcome! To understand the rules about which team to join, please refer to the League Rule Book (PDF) (Section 7: “Team Rules”; pp. 21-25).

Please see the Rulebook (PDF) for more info. If you’d like to register for the Oregon League, get in touch: heather@oregonmtb.org

Where

The Oregon League includes the entire state. Neighboring states may participate if a league does not currently exist in that region. 

When

The Oregon Interscholastic Cycling League operates a Fall sport based race series schedule:

April – August: Registration for Oregon League teams happens in April. At this time anyone who intends to coach a team should register with the League so that they are covered under our insurance. League teams are limited to the number of weeks they can have pre-season practice. In addition, teams are not to practice as a NICA Team or are insured outside of these limits.

April 1 – June 30: Pre-season activities can commence limited  activities on April 1st.  Allowable pre-season activities are bike checks, fun rides, mechanical workshops or skills clinics. Between April 1 – and June 30, teams are allowed to have up to 6 scheduled pre-season activities.  These activities must be approved by the League director and comply with NICA training limits.

July 1- October 31:  Regular season training practice (3-4 times a week) can commence on July 1. All team rides or other training activities must end within two weeks of the final League race. A more detailed description can be found in the rulebook (PDF).

How

Visit NICA’s Team Starter Kit for guides and education resources.  These guides and resources will give you a step by step approach to starting your new team.  Additionally, contact information for advice and mentoring is contained within these guides.

 

Connect with people in your area

Here’s a map with info on where are teams are. Those yellow stars are established teams, and we can always add more at any time during the season! Click the icons for more details.

If you’d like to be included on this map, email Heather (heather@oregonmtb.org) and we’ll get your info on there.