COACHES: Please review this policy before placing an order for your team racing apparel.  Also see FAQs below for logos for t-shirts, shorts, tents, banners, flags.

Policy

The policy of the MN League is to have only area names, high school names, logos, or mascots featured on racing apparel used in MN League races. No company or manufacturers names or logos other than the apparel manufacturer will be allowed on racing apparel used in MN League races. Riders or coaches using racing apparel that violate this policy will be subject to disqualification.

In order to be worn at MN League races, all jerseys designs must be submitted for approval by MN League Director Josh Kleve by emailing the design to joshua@minnesotamtb.org.

During Inclement weather, but only at the discretion of the Race Director, additional clothing can be worn that may cover official race apparel.

Policy Last Updated April 2018

Background

MN League initiated a partnership with local bicycle retailers Penn Cycle and Erik’s Bike and Board Shop. In exchange for recognition as “Founding Retailers,” both agreed to provide significant funds as well as mountain bikes for use by student athletes who don’t currently own an appropriate bike.

Additionally, both retailers agreed that MN League policy regarding racing apparel worn by student-athletes should be “manufacturer or company neutral,” meaning that no companies, manufacturers, or bicycle retailers, including Penn or Erik’s, can have logo space on team jerseys or shorts. That Penn or Erik’s didn’t insist on having their logos on team jerseys is a gracious gesture on their part and shows their dedication to our MN League.

Jersey or uniforms in varsity sports like hockey, cross country, or baseball don’t have manufacturer’s logos or company names featured. We want student athletes to build pride in their teams by representing their schools or communities, and not be subject to any commercialization of the sport.

FAQ

Will there be an official MN League jersey?

Yes. Following NICA protocol, MN League will have official league jerseys for sale. These jerseys will feature NICA’s national sponsors. One version of this jersey will be for sale to help raise funds for the MN League. A second version of this jersey will be the “Leaders Jersey” given to the top scorers in each category. 

What are some jersey options for teams in the MN League?

First of all, in bicycle racing, the word “kit” is used to describe the matching jersey and shorts worn by racers.  

There are options available to teams and individual racers. We’ve listed them here:

Team Specific Jerseys

if you want to go this route, you can order custom-made jerseys or kits (matching jersey and shorts) from many vendors.   Be sure to follow the NICA Graphic Standards Guide,  Podiumwear, a National NICA Sponsor, is one option.  They can help ensure the standards are met. 

Keep in mind that our “no company or manufacturer logo” policy on jerseys, t-shirts, or shorts worn in races is a MN League-specific policy is not reflected in the NICA Graphic Standards Guide (pdf)

No Jersey

Jerseys aren’t required, although bike racing jerseys often come with handy pockets in the back for spare tubes, energy bars, etc. You can race in a t-shirt if you want, however, all team members must wear the same color t-shirt. In addition, t-shirts and shorts won in MN League races must meet MN League Racing Apparel policy guidelines. You don’t need bike shorts, either, but because they’re heavily padded, we recommend using them. Your local bike shop will have a selection.

Can student athletes race in t-shirts the teams design?

Yes, you can race in t-shirts for this first year to save costs. However, the same policy applies – no manufacturer or company logos on t-shirts or shorts worn during the races.

If we can’t sell logo space to companies or manufacturers, how can we raise funds for the team?

We’re not against having sponsors – we want to give exposure to your teams sponsors,  just not on racing apparel. Our goal is to mimic the current practices of official high school sports and have apparel worn during the race that features only the school name or mascot. At our races, every team will have a large area within the Pit Zone where a team tent, tools, bikes, coolers, etc. will reside. Within this space, you can display logos on a team tent, or put large placards or banners on display in your team Pit Zone area. You can also display logos prominently on your team web site and in newsletter updates or presentations. You could also sell team t-shirts to be worn at school, in practices, around town, etc., that could display whatever logos you want.

Are there guidelines for using NICA or MN League logos on jerseys, t-shirts, shorts, tents, banners, flags, etc?

Yes, please refer to the NICA Graphic Standards Guide  for Team Graphics regarding color and placement of logos.

Keep in mind that our “no company or manufacturer logo” policy on jerseys, t-shirts, or shorts worn in races is a MN League-specific policy is not reflected in the NICA Graphic Standards Guide (pdf)

Questions?

Send an email to Info@minnesotamtb.org.