August 2019 – Single Track Times
▪ SuperPass and Registration Deadlines
          – The Superpass is available for purchase until 11:59PM August 15
          – If purchasing Race #1 online,  the Deadline is Tuesday Aug 20 at 11:59PM when the PIT ZONE Closes.
          – If registering at the venue, a late charge will be assessed.
Volunteer at the Races  – Sign up!
New for 2019! In order to receive one of the awesome custom t-shirts, from Wolf Tooth, a MN League sponsor, you need to be signed up with our online registration tool and complete 3 volunteer shifts – SignUp.com. Plus, every volunteer registered will also receive a free custom designed buff by Wolf Tooth after their first volunteer shift!

August 2019 – Coach Special Edition
 – Coach Weekly Meetings Starting 8/14/2019 at 7 PM

Race Week Coach Calls

 – Coach on Duty (COD)
 -Preliminary Race Flyers 
Previews of Race Flyers can be viewed here.  Details are being added to each as they become available.
– Volunteer Changes
       League Volunteer hour Tracking
– Information to watch for the week of the race
     – Race Day News – emailed to Coaches Monday’s of Race Week
     – Call Ups – Posted for download on the Website at  by Thursday night of Race Week
– Reminders
    • Petitions must be submitted by Monday night before Race Day – petitions submitted at the race will be considered for the next race

JULY 2019 – Coach Special Edition 

The results of the Focus Group are in and the Rulebook is updated!
Time to confirm your racer count to firm up your division
Name on Plate Deadline – Encourage your riders to register in the Pitzone now!
          Registration, payment & petitions needed before August 1 to get rider name printed on plate
          Superpass purchase by August 1 will include name on plate
          Superpass must be purchased by August 15, then single races must be purchased
What’s your category?  How it can be changed?
– Pitzone Assistance
Having Trouble registering?  Email Rider/Coach name, team, issue description to Registration@minnesotamtb.org
What camping is available?  How to reserve a camp site.  You must register in advance.

June 2019

It's time to ride!

Through partnerships and sponsorships, the MN League is excited to share information about a number of exciting cross-country mountain bike races.

Lutsen 99'er has sold out for this summer, but be sure to get this race on your calendar for next year! Coming in July, the Bluff Riders Charge is just around the corner. Registration is open now!

Read More


Announcement in Single Track Times June 20 2019

Are you interested in camping at Summit Lake Game Farm for Race #3, Sept. 14 - 15, 2019?

Summit Lake Game Farm is near Hayward, Wisconsin - just down the road from the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival, taking place September 14, 2019.

Registration for camp sites will be available on our website in early July. Stay tuned!


Announcement in Single Track Times June 20 2019

THE OFFICIAL LEAGUE SEASON STARTS JULY 1, 2019!   Be sure you are registered!

TIP 1: A rider can practice with a team one time with a signed waiver - after that, they must be registered as practice-ready in the Pit Zone.

TIP 2: Correct information matters. Take a minute and review your riders details in the Pit Zone.

  • We advise using standard capitalization on all entries (example: John Smith).
  • Do not use all caps (JOHN SMITH) or all lower-case (john smith).
  • Do not use any extra spaces or punctuation. A space in front of your rider's name will make the rider unsearchable in the Pit Zone. Punctuation can cause similar problems.
  • Check and ensure your rider is listed with the correct team, and school.
  • Check and see if your riders birth date and emergency contact information is accurate.
  • If you are not permitted to correct certain errors in the Pit Zone, send a detailed request including rider name, team and changes to info@minnesotamtb.org.

An accurate Pit Zone registration makes the mountain bike season easier for all of us.

TIP 3: Be advised as you start the registration process: When a rider registers in the Pit Zone, it will automatically assign a racing category (ie: JV2) based on a rider's school grade level. However, if the rider petitions to a higher or lower category by their coach, the Pit Zone will be manually adjusted before the Race Plates are issued in August.

Pit Zone Registration Help

TIP 4: In order to take advantage of the discounts for being a rider or a coach with the MN League, some vendors and retailers ask for proof or a license. Once you are registered in the Pit Zone, look for the License Document section and download your new MN League license!


Announcement in Single Track Times June 20 2019

2019 BYE-WEEK SCHEDULE

The 2019 racing season for each team will consist of 5 races.

Each team will participate in 4 of the 6 regular season races and then all teams participate at the state championship event in Mankato. Take a look and see when each team will be racing this season!

VIEW the 2019 BYE-WEEK SCHEDULE


Announcement in Single Track Times June 20 2019

May 2019

Complete your coaching certification

On-the-Bike Skills 101 and On-the-Bike Skills 201. Coaches learn the progressive steps needed to teach both basic and advanced mountain biking skills, experiential teaching techniques, how to accommodate different learning styles and how to create a positive learning environment for young riders. Taught by NICA-certified skills trainers. Required for coach license Level 2 and Level 3. Cost: $20.

REGISTER TODAY

Sat. June 15 - Rochester OTBS 101 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sat. July 6 - Carver Park OTBS 101 8:00 AM -12:00 PM OTBS 201 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Sat. July 27 - Spirit Mountain OTBS 101 8:00 AM -12:00 PM OTBS 201 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Sat. Aug. 10 - Alexandria OTBS 101 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Note: OTB 101 is a prerequisite for OTB 201.

Read More


Announcement in Coaches News May 22 2019

Updated Provider and Policy

For the 2019 season, changes to our background screening policies have been made to increase the safety for our program participants and brings us into alignment with screening frequency of most large youth organizations.

Moving forward, NICA will be requiring coaches to pass a background check on an annual basis through Verified Volunteers. They are the leading background check provider in youth sports, and a subsidiary of Sterling Talent Solutions, a world leader in background check screenings.

Verified Volunteers offers a “Fast Pass” option which provides coaches the ability to transfer Verified Volunteer Complete package background checks between organizations.

Team Directors or Head Coaches will be sending email invitations to their coaches and volunteers to start the online process.

REVIEW FULL DETAILS


Announcement in Coaches News May 22 2019

NICA annual course requirements and guides

As part of the NICA Coach License Program, we require coaches to complete a concussion online program annually.

NFHS: Concussion in Sports

This is a free, online course. Upload your Certificate of Completion to your coach license in the NICA Pit Zone.

CONCUSSION PROTOCOL - MN LEAGUE
Concussion is a serious safety concern for our young athletes. In recent years, medical experts and coaches, from youth sports to the professional level, have worked to create appropriate guidelines to protect athletes from short and long-term impairments related to concussion.

The MN League offers a written protocol to help you identify concussion, communicate with families and local physicians and guide safe return-to-play.

DOWNLOAD AND REVIEW THE PROTOCOL


Announcement in Coaches News May 22 2019

COACHING TO CHARACTER

7 Core Character Skills

The MN league is introducing a new tool for coaches to open space at your team practices to discuss, teach and reward great character.

Prop Time and Stickers
Recent research indicates that teaching empathy, communication skills, self control and positive self-concept are just as critical in the development of healthy kids as english, history and math.

Learn how you can add Prop Time to your practices for the upcoming season. Download and print your own stickers to hand out at your practices.

VIEW PROGRAM DETAILS


Announcement in Coaches News May 22 2019

2019 Try It Out Registration

Description:  A Try-It-Out Session is a chance to give mountain biking a try, whether it's your first time or you just want to meet other racers!  Student-athletes who will be in 6th - 12th grades in 2018 are eligible for Try-It-Out Sessions

Read More


Announcement in Single Track Times May 9 2019
Announcement in Coaches News May 22 2019

Summer Mountain Bike Sessions

Dirt School, sponsored by Giant and Liv Cycles, is a MN League program designed to teach student-athletes the necessary skills to be a capable and well-informed mountain bike rider.

This program is geared for students who have:
* never been on a mountain bike,
* are new to mountain biking, or
* would like additional biking instruction to build their skills.

In 2019, we will have Dirt Schools running in Minnetonka, Stillwater, and Shakopee starting in June. Dates and costs vary by cities.

View Dates and Register.

Read More


Announcement in Single Track Times May 9 2019
Announcement in Coaches News May 22 2019

TIP 1::  When a rider registers in the Pit Zone, a racing category will automatically be assigned (ie: JV2) based on a rider's school grade level. However, if the rider has advanced to a higher category in the previous season, or petitions to a higher or lower category by their coach, the Pit Zone will be manually adjusted before the Race Plates are issued in August.

TIP 2: In order to take advantage of the discounts for being a rider or coach with the MN League, some vendors and retailers ask for proof or a license. Once you are registered in the Pit Zone, look for the License Document section and download your new MN League license!

Read More


Announcement in Single Track Times May 9 2019

April 2019

Date: Saturday. June 1th, 2019
8:30am - 4:30pm  (8 hours)

Location: Quality Bicycle Products
6400 W 105th St, Bloomington, MN 55438

Cost: $90

Lunch and snacks are included.

Registration is Limited.  Register Here

Description:   This Mountain Bike First Aid Course taught by EMTS will satisfy the first aid requirement for 2 years for all levels of NICA-Licensed coaches.  This course includes hands-on and scenario training, preparing for the most likely situations that a coach may face while coaching  and CPR.

Read More


Announcement to Coach Community April 9 2019

The Pit Zone is Open as of April 1, 2019.

For Coaches:  THE LITMOS LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM LAUNCHES!   What is Litmos?

  • Litmos is a learning management system that NICA has adopted to streamline the coach licensing process.
  • Litmos is now integrated with Pit Zone so that any training completed in Litmos will automatically be updated in the Pit Zone.

Read More . . .


News Published in Coaches News, Volume VIII, Issue 3 on April 1 2019

Date: Saturday. May 18th, 2019
8:30am - 4:30pm  (8 hours)

Location: Quality Bicycle Products
6400 W 105th St, Bloomington, MN 55438

Cost: $90

Lunch and snacks are included.

Registration is Limited.  Register Here:  (coming soon)

Description:   This Mountain Bike First Aid Course taught by EMTS will satisfy the first aid requirement for 2 years for all levels of NICA-Licensed coaches.  This course includes hands-on and scenario training, preparing for the most likely situations that a coach may face while coaching  and CPR.

Read More


News Published in Coaches News, Volume VIII, Issue 3 on April 1 2019

TRY IT OUT SESSIONS

Try-It-Out Sessions afford new riders a chance to give mountain biking a try and to meet other riders! Student-athletes who will be in 6th - 12th grades in 2019 are eligible.

These events serve as great recruiting tools for MN League teams.

Try it Out Session #1: May 15th, Rochester
Try it Out Session # 2: June 12th : Carver Lake
Try it Out Session #3: June 26th : Elm Creek
Try it Out Session #4: July 13th : Duluth

Registration is Required. 

Read More


News Published in Coaches News, Volume VIII, Issue 3 on April 1 2019

March 2019

GRiT MN CORNER

Review the latest information and events to learn how to participate and support the MN GRiT program. Get involved today and show your GRiT! We need your help.

Meet and Greet Events

MN GRiT will be hosting two Meet & Greets for women interested in learning more about the GRiT Program and volunteer opportunities. Your support, feedback and ideas are an integral part of GRiT MN, and we can't do it without your help! No registration required to attend.

Meet & Greets will be held at:

Erik's Bike Shop Bloomington (MN League Sponsor) Headquarters.
Address: 9201 Penn Ave S., Bloomington, MN 55431

- Thursday, April 4th: 6:30-7:30pm
- Wednesday, May 1st: 6:30-7:30pm

GRiT Pre-Season Social MTB Rides

GRiT will be hosting pre-season social rides at various locations for female athletes in the league. If weather is not in our favor, we will move to paved trails, depending on the venue.

Registration and locations for these rides coming soon! Check out the MN League online event calendar for updates.

Social Ride Dates

All rides will be from 6-8pm on Thursdays.

▪ May 9th
▪ May 23rd
▪ June 6th
▪ June 13
▪ June 20th
▪ June 27

GRiT Beginner Skill Clinics for Women

GRiT would like to help develop female ride leaders and coaches to help many of our teams. If you are interested in helping your team as a on-the-bike volunteer or coach, attend one of the introductory skills clinics.

The following dates are tentatively planned:
- Sat. June 1st: 9am-1pm
- Sat. June 29th: 9am-1pm

Registration coming soon - watch for details on our website.

Coach Volunteers

GRiT needs licensed coaches to assist with pre-season rides! Please contact nicole@minnesotamtb.org if you would like to ride with us!

Make sure you are following us on Instagram (NICAGRiTMN) and Facebook (NICA GRiT Minnesota).


News Published in Single Track Times, Volume VIII, Issue 3 on March, 20, 2019

2019 RACE REGISTRATION PAYMENT OPTIONS

New for 2019 is the introduction of a Super Pass payment option for race registration.

NEW! SUPER PASS:
Pay a package price of $150 for all five races + one-time league fee.

Total Cost:
One-time NICA/MN League Fee ($100) + Super Pass Fee ($150) = $250. The Super Pass option will be available for purchase soon.

  • The cost of the Super Pass is equivalent to the cost of registering online for 3 races (Pay By Race).
  • The $150 Super Pass must be purchased Online and by Tuesday August 15, 2019, before Midnight.
  • If a racer misses the SuperPass Purchase Deadline, they will Pay By Race.

PAY BY RACE:
The option to pay for each race is still available. Race registration can be done online or at the race venue with a late fee.

Total Cost:
One-time $100 NICA/MN League Fee. Then, each race is $50 (or $60 if paying onsite at the race).

For example: If a racer only can be at 3 races and they registered onsite for each race. Their total cost would be $100 + $180 ($60 x 3). The total cost would be $280.

HOW DOES THIS COMPARE TO 2018 PRICING?

  • Purchasing the Super Pass keeps the cost for 5 races equivalent to 2018 Costs.
  • The MN League/NICA fee changed from $50 to $100 per rider.
  • Pay by Race Race Registration changed from $40 to $50 per race.

REGISTRATION DEADLINES

  • Rider Name on Plate Registration Deadline: NICA/MN League fees must be ‘paid’ in the Pit Zone by August 1, 2019 to have the racer name printed on the race plate. Paying by credit card is best, or allow extra time for your check to be received and posted.
  • Pit Zone Online Registration is open until Tuesday, Midnight of each Race Weekend. Payments at the race are subject to $10 late fees.

Read More


News Updated in Coaches News, February 2019
News Updated in Single Track Times, Volume VIII, Issue 3 on March, 20, 2019

FIND A TEAM NEAR YOU

It's almost spring! Teams will start planning their activities soon. If you are looking for a team, take a look at the list of [2018 teams]   Look at Find a Team.

Note: This list is continually updated during the Spring and Summer. If you don't find a team or contact information, send an email to info@minnesotamtb.org and we can provide the latest contact information for a team.

Coaches: take a look at the current contact information for your team. If there are changes, submit your updates on the Team Contact Update form.

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News Published in Single Track Times, Volume VIII, Issue 3 on March, 20, 2019

February 2019

REGISTER FOR MN LEADERS' SUMMIT

Minnesota High School League Leaders' Summit 2019
When: April 27th and 28th, 2019
Where: Quality Bike Products, Bloomington, MN

The annual MN League Leaders’ Summit event is an opportunity to share strategies, and prep for the coming season. This event is ideal for parents, volunteers, new coaches, and returning coaches who would like to learn more about the league structure and processes, how to start a mountain bike team, how to work with their schools, issues related to liability, and the unique intricacies of working with middle and high school cyclists.

This is a dual track event for New and Returning Coaches.  On-the-Bike-Skills is in included for each track.

Attendance at a NICA Leaders’ Summit is required to secure a Level 3 coaching license.

View Event Details | Register Today!


News Updated in Single Track Times, Volume VIII, Issue 2 on February nn, 2019

2019 BYE-WEEK DRAW

Mark your calendar! The 2019 Bye-Week Draw will be held at QBP in Bloomington.  Time and Place below.. A coach from each team is required to attend and sign in for the draw.

Saturday April 27th, 3-5PM

Quality Bicycle Products (QBP)
6400 W. 105th Street
Bloomington, MN 55438

What is the Bye-Week Draw? The bye-week draw is a selection process that teams use to pick their season’s four races from the six available races in the season. The remaining two races become a team’s ‘bye’ weeks. The seventh race in the season is the state championship where all teams are invited to race!

 View More about Bye-Weeks.

Notes:
- The attending coach for the draw does NOT need to attend the Leaders' Summit event in order to attend the Bye-Week Draw.
- In the event that representative from a team is unable to attend, the head coach of the team should send their priorities to Joshua@minnesotamtb.org before by Friday April 26th, 2019.


News Published in Single Track Times, Volume VIII, Issue 2 on February nn, 2019

PIT ZONE LICENSING UPDATE

New for 2019, the Pit Zone will automatically calculate your coach license level versus waiting for a NICA staff member to manually update the Pit Zone with your updates.

This new update will increase the accuracy of your coach license level since it will done automatically based on the requirements completed. The Pit Zone will also automatically adjust a license down when WFA, First Aid, CPR and CEU's (when required) expire.

WHAT TO EXPECT:
When your license level changes due to automatic calculations by the Pit Zone, you will receive an email notification of the change.

NOTE: If you log into the Pit Zone now, be aware, NICA is still updating and prepping for the 2019 season. The Pit Zone typically will reopen around April 1 each year. Once we hear from NICA that it is ready, we will alert everyone that the Pit Zone is open for the 2019 season.

Did you get a "Level None" notice?
When the Pit Zone is reset at the start of each season, every coach will begin the season at Level None. Once you register, pay, complete your background check, and complete annual training requirements your license level will be upgraded.


Originally Published in Single Track Times, Volume VIII, Issue 2 on February nn, 2019

The call up procedure is undoubtably the most discussed rule each year. It’s a challenge because at no point in time will a rule please everyone. But that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be evaluated, refined and adjusted to create a procedure that does the most amount of good for the most amount of riders. While minor adjustments are made almost yearly to support category structure changes, it has been 3 years since an in-depth evaluation has occurred.

In March 2019, the MN High School Cycling League will convene a focus group to evaluate, and, if needed, suggest a new call up procedure to the league rules committee (LRC). The focus group will include parents, student-athletes and coaches that range from big teams to small teams, metro to out-state. The selected focus group will meet over the course of 2 or 3 nights.

Callup Forum is closed to additional applicants as of 3/25/2019.


News Initially published in Single Track Times, Volume VIII, Issue 1 on January 10, 2019
Updated Single Track Times, Volume VIII, Issue 2 on February nn, 2019

January 2019

For the last three years, the MN League has offered a single summer 3 day camp in the Cuyuna area.  Kids, parents and coaches all enjoyed the program - and each year, it sold out in record time - to only 60 kids.

This year, we are reshaping the experience, by expanding our offering to hundreds of kids all over the state of Minnesota!  What does this mean?

1. There will not be a summer overnight camp for 60 riders this year.
2. There will be multiple day camps in several Minnesota locations this summer, using the Dirt School model.
3. There may be different summer day camps offered for various skill levels.

And, the best part - We will be getting #morekidsonbikes this summer.

Instead of only 60 kids in 3 days, we are going to make summer day camps accessible for hundreds of kids throughout the summer.

We are finalizing the schedule, day camp details and costs.

Keep an eye out for a Single Track Times announcement for summer day camp details and when registration will open.

Any school districts interested in exploring establishing a Dirt School in their area should contact Josh Kleve to learn more, at info@minnesotamtb.org.

Read more about Dirt School.  Details for 2019 Dirt School(s) will be available soon!


News Initially published in Single Track Times, Volume VII, Issue 12 on December 11, 2018

2019 Season - Program Volunteers Needed

We are currently looking for people to help in the following areas:

  • GRIT
  • Dirt School
  • Venue Setup/Course Setup
  • Scoring
  • Sponsorship Development
  • Registration
  • Volunteer Coordination

These program roles require some training and an extended time commitment. These volunteers will be working side-by-side with Core Staff to learn the job with the fine details.

If you are interested or want more information, view Program Volunteers Needed


News Initially published in Single Track Times, Volume VIII, Issue 1 on January 10, 2019

We are always interested in hearing your feedback and suggestions.  Over the years, we have acted on feedback and suggestions from parents, racers, coaches, volunteers, sponsors and community partners.

All Feedback and Suggestions are now submitted through our on-line  Feedback & Suggestion Form.


News Initially published in Single Track Times, Volume VIII, Issue 1 on January 10, 2019

The MN High School Cycling League, a 501 (c)(3) youth development organization, is structured and organized to support the following objectives:

  • Get #morekidsonbikes.
  • Create cycling families.
  • Build cycling communities.

All MN League efforts and programs are overseen by a Board of Directors and managed by a senior leadership staff (aka: Core Staff).

To see more, View the  Minnesota League Structure

 


News Initially published in Single Track Times, Volume VIII, Issue 1 on January 10, 2019

December 2018

To bring back pre-ride and address a number of other suggestions (shorten the race day, include 6th grade racing, have middle school awards closer to when they race, allow many families to only need to be on-site for one day, etc.) we have launched two-day racing for 2019.

This does not replace the bye-week system but compliments it. The exact race-day schedule will be announced in late July 2019/Early August 2019.

The following is a tentative schedule and is subject to change. Small timing adjustments may be made, but the principle of middle school racing on Saturdays and high school racing on Sundays will always apply. Both days will have a pre-ride.

Tentative Schedule:

Saturday
Pre-ride - 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Middle School Racing - 1:00PM – 4:30PM
Awards - 5:00PM

Sunday
Pre-ride - 7:30AM - 9:30AM
High School Racing - 9:30AM – 4:30PM
Awards - 5:00PM

More information will become available this spring.  As always,  check the race flyer for Race-specific information.


Notice Initially published in Single Track Times, Volume VII, Issue 12 on December 11, 2018

Our mission is to get #morekidsonbikes and since launching the middle school pilot program in 2013, we have been repeatedly asked by parents, coaches and student-athletes to include 6th graders in racing. To date, the MN League has not included 6th grade racing due to a lack of time in the race day, but we have provided the teams an option to allow 6th graders to practice at their own discretion.

It is important to remember that 6th grade – and the entire middle school program – is an option that teams may choose to participate in.

With the change in the race day structure (two-day racing), we now have the time to expand middle school racing and include 6th grade racing.


Notice Initially published in Single Track Times, Volume VII, Issue 12 on December 11, 2018

In 2019, we are pleased to hold a Minnesota High School Cycling League race in conjunction with the historic Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival.. Please note, the MN League will hold their own races, separate from the Short and Fat or Forty. For this race weekend only, middle school racing will be held later in the day to allow people to participate or cheer on the riders who wish to participate in the Short & Fat or Chequamegon Forty.   Here is what we know so far . . . .

More information will become available this spring.  As always, check the race flyer for Race-specific information.


Notice Initially published in Single Track Times, Volume VII, Issue 12 on December 11, 2018