Minnesota High School Cycling League Team Racing Apparel Policy
COACHES: Please review the following policy before placing an order for your team racing apparel.
In order to get the MN League up and running, MN League Director Gary Sjoquist 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 League.
The ultimate goal of the MN League is to establish mountain bike racing as a “real” high school sport in the near future. 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.
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 Gary Sjoquist by emailing the design to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The jersey shown completely contradicts the MN league policy by showing manufacturer and company logos. Why?
As a national sponsor, Primal supplies each NICA league with national jerseys modified with the new league’s logo to help build awareness about the new league. These national jerseys, shown here, have logos from the manufacturers and companies that support NICA and are similar to jerseys from the CA, WA, TX, and CO leagues. We will be using these jerseys primarily as fundraising tools by supplying them to the high school teams for sale to adults, parents, and mountain bike racers who will not be participating in the high school league races. This way, our new teams can 1) raise funds to purchase custom jerseys per our policy, and 2) use adult riders to advertise our new league as they wear the jersey in races or out on rides. Our goal as we build this MN League is for teams to design and wear racing apparel that reflects our “no manufacturer or company logo” policy.
- Will there be an official MN League jersey?
Yes. Following NICA protocol, MN League will have official league jerseys for sale. These jerseys, made by NICA national sponsor Primal, 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. See jersey displayed above.
- 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. So our racers will have the ability to order custom made “kits” from NICA national sponsor Primal as well as from MN League Gold sponsor Mt. Borah. Second, there are some options available to teams and individual racers. We’ve listed them here:
- 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.
- Team specific jerseys – if you want to go this route, you can order custom-made jerseys or kits (matching jersey and shorts). It would be great if you would work with Primal (Primal Jersey Program), a national NICA sponsor, or with our MN League Gold sponsor Mt. Borah, who can both provide templates for you to design your own jersey and shorts. Mt Borah has a cool video your student athletes might enjoy about how a jersey is made. Plus, you can download an app from Mt Borah on iTunes to design your jersey too!
MT. BORAH CUSTOM JERSEY PROGRAM FOR MN LEAGUE (PDF)
- Other Custom Team Kit Options -
Erik’s Bike and Board Shop has put together a custom apparel program for the MN High School League. Program Overview (PDF)
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.
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.
Yes, please refer to the NICA Graphic Standards Guide, 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 not reflected in the NICA Graphic Standards Guide (pdf)
Minnesota High School Cycling League Director