2020 PICL Season Plan – Sept 8 update

This one is the simplest and easiest update so far – we are rolling ahead and looking forward to a great weekend at Granite in a few days and a couple more super events in the weeks to come at Fair Hill and Raystown.

Let’s keep keeping it simple — the Granite event flyer is here!

Season Schedule
Sept 12-13 Granite Hill ITT, Granite Hill Camping Resort, Gettysburg
Oct 3-4 Fair Hill Invasion ITT Adventure, Fair Hill NRMA, Fair Hill, MD
Oct 17-18 Awesome Allegrippis Adventure, Seven Points, Raystown Lake, PA

2020 Season info page

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———- Aug 5 Update ——–

Scroll down for the July 1 update! August coming at you right now!

We’re feeling pretty good about the 2020 PICL Season while still carefully watching all that is unfolding around us.

The fall event schedule is still on –

As of right now…

September 11-13 – Grinnin’ at Granite – Granite Hill Campground, Gettysburg, PA
October 2-4 – Fair Hill Invasion – Fair Hill NMRA, Fair Hill, MD
October 16-18 – High Ground at J-Town, Memorial Park, Johnstown, PA

Local Dirt events offering competitive options for neighboring teams are in development in a number of locations across the state. We have plans in almost all regions with some fun stuff starting to take shape in these places and more to come.

Jordan Creek North of SEPA
Blue Comet SEPA
Danville North Central
Gettysburg South Central
Oesterling Farm South Central
Boyce Western
French Creek SEPA
Hershey – Palmyra South Central
7 Springs Western
Alameda Western
Mt Pleasant Western (Erie!! NWPA!)

Granite Hill will be an ITT – Individual Time Trial. One rider at a time against the clock. All the times per category compared at the end.

The ITT has been called the “race of truth” because they take mental focus unlike other cycling events. It is just you out there to push yourself. You can’t rely on a competitor or team mate to give you extra motivation or support.

The ITT has a special place in the history of American cycling. Greg Lemond, the first American winner of the Tour de France, came from behind on the final day of  1989 edition to win his second tour by the smallest ever winning margin in the Tour de France. That day was an ITT. He made up 58 seconds in about 12 miles at almost 34 miles per hour, alone and against the clock. What do you think you can do?

While we’re doing this thing…

Be a good teammate
Your following this guidance makes you a good teammate, reduces the chance of your teammates getting COVID-19 and will reduce the chance your team practice will need to pause.

**Stay home**
If you have been exposed to anybody with symptoms or in contact with anyone who has had a positive COVID test in the past 14 days, stay at home.

**Stay in contact**
Let your coach know about any potential exposure you may have had with anyone who has COVID symptoms or has tested positive for COVID before, during, or after practice.

**Stay healthy**
If you develop or are having any of the following symptoms prior to, while at practice, or after practice, let your coach know.
– Fever
– Sore Throat
– Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
– Muscle Pain
– Nausea
– New loss of taste or smell
– Cough
– Vomiting
– Unexplainable Rash
– Chills
– Diarrhea

**Stay away**
Practice physical distancing- stay 6 feet away from coaches and teammates. Give plenty of room when passing or allowing others to pass. Plan ahead for stopping areas to maintain distance.

**Stay covered**
Always have your mask ready to put-on. Wear it anytime not riding or may come within 6 feet of others.

**Stay chill**
On the trail, stay within your limits. Have fun but save the gnar for another time. Get rad later.

**Stay solo**
Be prepared, you will not be able to share equipment– make sure your bike is working properly, bring all the water, tools, pumps, tubes, snacks, and anything else you need to be self-sufficient on the trail.

**Stay small**
Before and during rides, gather in small groups with consideration for group size limits. As possible, keep the same groups for the season.

**Stay clean**
Wash your hands, use hand sanitizer often, avoid touching your face, keep your bike and other equipment sanitized. If you need to use a public restroom or any public facilities, be quick and avoid touching any surfaces or fixtures as much as possible. Use hand sanitizer immediately afterward.

— July 1 update below —

The 2020 PICL Season will look different than they have in the past. While attending to CDC and PA Government guidance and directives we are working to offer as much as we can. Plans have changed many times already this year and it should be noted that plans will likely continue to evolve.

This situation makes publishing plans for event weekends in particular more challenging because we do not have the capacity to update these plans for you with every single change.

Details will follow as we draw closer to September and October, guidance and basic information is below.

Key CDC guidance includes the following:

The more people a child or coach interacts with, the closer the physical  interaction, the more sharing of equipment there is by multiple players, and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread. Therefore, risk of COVID-19 spread can be different, depending on the type of activity. The risk of COVID-19 spread increases in youth sports settings as follows:

  • Lowest Risk: Performing skill-building drills or conditioning at home, alone or with family members.
  • Increasing Risk: Team-based practice.
  • More Risk: Within-team competition.
  • Even More Risk: Full competition between teams from the same local geographic area.
  • Highest Risk: Full competition between teams from different geographic areas.

Coaches and league officials must review and consider the CDC guidance on consideration for youth sports to modify practices and games to mitigate the risk of spreading the virus. This includes focusing on individual skill building versus competition and limiting contact in close contact sports.

  • PICL is already enacting this guidance and we are working with coaches to manage the practice planning while ensure that teams are ready to return to play.

— Parents, teams need coaches and your team may need significant help to ensure that all students are able to practice. We all need to maintain athlete to coach ratios on all rides and this year there may be more rides as teams are broken into smaller groups. A great way to minimize contact is to keep groups small and consisting of the same riders, including coaches. Becoming a NICA Level 1 coach is a completely online process. With more people working from home we know that there is more potential for more coaches. Please consider helping your team by becoming a coach today! —

  • Our first PICL events will consist of small groups consisting of teams from the same local geographic area in Local Dirt events. These can be thought of as “dual or tri-meet style” events, will begin as Adventure, GRiT, or similar excursions, and advance to scrimmage style events as regional cohorts are trained and prepared to Local Dirts.
  • Currently, three larger “state” events are in the plans for September and October.

Additional guidance from the CDC includes:

The way sports are played, and the way equipment is shared can influence the spread of COVID-19 among players. When you are assessing the risk of spread in your sport, consider:

  • Physical closeness of players, and the length of time that players are close to each other or to staff. Sports that require frequent closeness between players may make it more difficult to maintain social distancing, compared to sports where players are not close to each other. For close-contact sports (e.g., wrestling, basketball), play may be modified to safely increase distance between players.
    • For example, players and coaches can:
      • focus on individual skill building versus competition;
      • limit the time players spend close to others by playing full contact only in game-time situations;
      • decrease the number of competitions during a season.

    Coaches can also modify practices so players work on individual skills, rather than on competition. Coaches may also put players into small groups (cohorts) that remain together and work through stations, rather than switching groups or mixing groups.

  • Amount of necessary touching of shared equipment and gear (e.g., protective gear, balls, bats, racquets, mats, or water bottles). It is also possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes. Minimize equipment sharing, and clean and disinfect shared equipment between use by different people to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread.
  • Ability to engage in social distancing while not actively engaged in play (e.g., during practice, on the sideline, or in the dugout). During times when players are not actively participating in practice or competition, attention should be given to maintaining social distancing by increasing space between players on the sideline, dugout, or bench. Additionally, coaches can encourage athletes to use downtime for individual skill-building work or cardiovascular conditioning, rather than staying clustered together.

Important considerations for all gatherings:
— The current maximum allowable gathering size for an event in Pennsylvania is 250 people on site at one time.
— Riders, coaches, and staff are key personnel for events. It will likely be necessary to limit most or all others from the event venues until gathering size limits are increased.
— The less time on site and the fewer interactions there are between all of us (which is really tough since the getting together is some of the best stuff) the more protected we all are.

So what does all of this mean?

These considerations have led us to the following “state” event plans for 2020, at this point in time:

  • Reduce the number of state events to no more than three
  • Eliminate the season long points standings
  • Support Local Dirt events for neighboring teams and build these wherever possible
  • Focus on Individual Time Trial events — riders leave the start line one at a time and compete against the clock
  • Reduce and eliminate event infrastructure as much as possible as a way to reduce contact time and material handling
  • Explore additional event concepts for ways to balance concerns.

Finally – how about that schedule?!?!?!
As of right now (about midnight on June 30)

September 11-13 – Grinnin’ at Granite – Granite Hill Campground, Gettysburg, PA
October 2-4 – Fair Hill Invasion – Fair Hill NMRA, Fair Hill, MD
October 16-18 – High Ground at J-Town, Memorial Park, Johnstown, PA

There is a possibility that the league will be hosting a league fundraiser event at the Oesterling Farm over August 28-30, rescheduled from July 18-19, which was rescheduled from April 4-5….and that’s 2020 in a nutshell.

And that’s why this is all subject to change.

We need you to know that we will need to create additional protocols and practices in order to create larger events. It is your responsibility to be aware of these protocols in advance of the event and come prepared.

One of the best ways that we can protect each other, our family members, and ourselves is to remain vigilant and follow this key guidance:

Caregivers should monitor their children for symptoms prior to any sporting event.  Children and athletes who are sick or showing symptoms must stay home.