Most mountain bike teams start small and grow quickly; it’s a tremendous challenge but highly rewarding!
Administrators, teachers, parents, students and/or community members can start a cycling club at their local high school. While it is not necessary that the person who initiates the club be a school “insider” (teacher or administrator), this can be very useful. A teacher, administrator or school volunteer within the school possesses certain advantages, such as knowledge of the school community, bureaucratic systems and channels, and how to access potential teen cyclists. Extensive cycling experience is not necessary. One should simply have the desire to introduce kids to the sport of mountain biking. Once you have decided to create a team, the League can help educate you and provide you with all the tools necessary to be an excellent coach.
A Pennsylvania League mountain bike team can be any size, as long as correct coach-to-student-athlete ratios are abided by. Teams are broken into Division 1 and Division 2 categories based on their team size (and not their school size). Please see the rulebook (PDF) for more info on Division specifics.
Types of Teams
Comprised of full-time students from the same high-school, public or private. School-based teams can be “official” or “unofficial”.
Comprised of full-time students from more than one high-school within the same district or other geographic proximity. Composite Team Limitations: Composite Teams are intended to be temporary solutions toward building school-based teams. Riders may only score for a composite team for a maximum of 2 years. In addition, if a composite team has 5 or more students from the same school, those students will be scored separately from the rest of the composite team unless a petition to do otherwise is approved.
Don’t have a team to race with? That’s ok! 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.
All teams must register with the League. Doing so provides insurance coverage for all coaches and volunteers, as well as supporting League programs.
In order to register the team’s Team Director should contact the league director.
The price for registering a team varies depending on the division of the team and if the team has a licensed head coach. Discounted rates are for teams that have at least one Level III coach and at least one member of the coaching staff that attended the 2017 Leaders Summit.
Division I Teams (≥ 12 riders):
Discounted Team Registration Fee: $250
Team Registration Fee: $450
Division II Teams (< 12 riders):
Discounted Team Registration Fee: $150
Team Registration Fee: $300
If you have questions about team registration, please email email@example.com.
The Pennsylvania League includes the entire state. Neighboring states may participate if a League does not currently exist in that region.
April – August: REGISTRATION for Pennsylvania League teams happens in April. At this time anyone who intends to coach a team should register with the League so that they are covered under our insurance. League teams are limited to the number of weeks they can have pre-season practice. In addition, teams are not insured outside of these limits.
May 1 – June 30: PRE-SEASON activities can commence limited activities on April 1st. Allowable pre-season activities are bike checks, fun rides, mechanical workshops or skills clinics. Between May 1 – and June 30, teams are allowed to have up to 6 scheduled pre-season activities. These activities must be approved by the League director and comply with training limits.
July 1- October 31: REGULAR SEASON training practice (3-4 times a week) can commence on July 1. All team rides or other training activities must end within two weeks of the final League race. A more detailed description can be found in the rulebook (PDF).
NICA Coaches License Program
For more information about the NICA licensed coach program, please click here. Coaches on new teams need only obtain a NICA General Volunteer License, but the Team Director does need to take steps toward obtaining a NICA Head Coach License. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have more questions.