Individuals can participate in the Minnesota League, but what’s even more fun is having a team to train and race with. Whether you are a student or coach, the MN League wants to do everything we can to help you form a team at your local high school.
If you’d like to start or join a team:
- Check out the League Map to connect with others in your area. Here you can also see prospective teams and contact information.
- If you don’t see a team in your area and are interested in forming one, please send us an e-mail so we can help you out.
The league can assist in many ways, including help:
- Athletes find coaches
- Coaches form teams
- Teams become recognized by their schools
- Teams find additional volunteers
Below is some detailed information about teams. We encourage all athletes to recruit some fellow students and have some fun trying out the Division II competition.
All teams must register with the League. Doing so provides insurance coverage for all coaches and volunteers, as well as supporting League programs.
The price for registering a team varies depending on the division of the team and if the team has a licensed head coach. Special discounts for the first season are planned. Click here to see more about participation fees.
If you have questions about team registration, please contact Libby Hurley (firstname.lastname@example.org).
In 2014, the MN League had 6 or more teams with more than 12 riders. According to NICA guidelines, teams were then split into two divisions. Larger teams (12+) are designated Division I, with Division II being made up of smaller teams.
While Division I and Division II teams do race separately, they are treated equally by the League in all aspects. The separation is only intended to provide a fair race environment.
Teams are awarded points after every League race which count toward the teams’ standings at that individual race and for the overall series. Both girls and boys points count toward that team’s overall score. However, teams need not have boys’ and girls’ points to score for a race. Due to the difference in team size between divisions, Division I teams and Division II teams are scored differently.
For Division I, the team’s score is highest score possible out of the following boy/girl combinations:
For Division II, the team’s score is the highers score possible out of the following boy/girl combinations:
For more information about Team and Individual Scoring, please refer to the League Rule Book (PDF) (Section 8: “Team and Individual Scoring Rules”; pp. 26-28).
For more information about the League rules governing teams, please refer to the League Rule Book (PDF) (Section 7: “Team Rules”; pp. 21-25)
Individuals, Home School Teams and Composite Teams
Don’t have a team to race with? That’s okay! Students can compete as an independent racer in the League Series. While they will not be eligible for the Team Overall title, they are eligible for the Individual Race and Overall titles. Independent racers need not register a team, and should only register for the series, being sure to denote that they are racing as an “Independent” where appropriate on registration forms. All other rules apply.
Composite Teams may form that are comprised of full-time students from more than one high-school within the same district or other geographic proximity. Composite teams must first seek approval of their geographic scope. Contact your league director to discuss a composite team in your region.
Home-school riders are allowed to join school-based teams, form a composite team or a regional home-school team or simply race as an independent rider. Home-school teams are like composite teams but are comprised of home-school students from a given geographic region.
Composite Team Limitations: Because Composite Teams are intended to be temporary solutions towards building Single School-Based Teams or County-Based Home-School Teams, riders may only score for Composite Teams for a maximum of 2 years. In addition, if a Composite Team has 5 or more students from the same school, those 5 or more students will be scored separately from the rest of that Composite Team unless a petition to do otherwise is approved. See the League Rule Book (PDF) for more details.