RIDER REGISTRATION Rider registration is now open! This often causes a great amount of excitement amongst the riders and anxiety amongst the coaches.

Rider registration is now open! This often causes a great amount of excitement amongst the riders and anxiety amongst the coaches. With the launch of the new online Pit Zone we believe that, ultimately, the process will be smoother for the riders, coaches, and League and will allow coaches to have a better handle on which riders on their team are actually registered and for which races.

For a rider riding with a club to register, their club must be registered with the League. The rider registration flow is as follows:

Team Director registers the club
Team Director "invites" riders on their club to register by entering individual rider emails into the Pit Zone
Pit Zone generates an email which is sent to the rider. There is a registration link in the email.
Rider follows the registration link back to the Pit Zone and completes online registration.
Payment is completed online or sent in later with signed releases.
After rider completes online registration, Pit Zone emails the rider a series of registration documents.
Rider/parent/guardian prints out documents and signs them.
Signed documents are mailed to League with payment (if payment was not completed online).
Rider is fully registered once payment and signed documents are received.
Rider picks up race number at first race!

A few notes on the process and the SoCal series:

Independent riders should contact Tyler Dibble at tyler@nationalmtb.org for registration link.
UPDATED: Registration cost + all four races in the SoCal Series is $230 when paid in advance.
UPDATED: For riders wishing to pay on a per race basis, registration is $50 and each race is $40.
UPDATED: Late registration (race day) prices will be higher! Please pre-register and save $$$!
State Championships is NOT included in SoCal Series registration. Qualified teams and riders will be notified later in the season and will pay a separate one race registration fee for State Championships.
Team Directors should be sure riders are mature enough to complete registration before adding a rider email into the Pit Zone. If the rider is younger or not mature enough to handle the process, please enter a parent or guardian email.

Registration premium:

Thanks to the generousity of new NICA sponsor Maxxis Tires we are able to offer a registration premium to the first 100 fully registered riders. The bonus consists of 2 Maxxis tires, 2 inner tubes, tire levers, and a t-shirt! To be eligible:

Rider must pre-register for the full 4 race SoCal series
Payment must be received
Signed releases must be received
Registration must be complete by February 18, 2011

We have condensed our pre-race season rider camps to one one day camp. The date of the camp is Saturday February 5th. The location of the camp is Bonelli Park. The primary reason for condensing from two to one camp was due to low enrollment and the need to secure permits and insurance a reasonable period of time prior to the camps. We know coaches are under a great deal of pressure at the start of the season. We also know that some clubs have become sophisticated enough to provide a basic skills camp similar to what the League offers. Unfortunately these things seem to have combined to lead to lower than expected registration numbers.

For those who have been to Bonelli Park you know that it is a perfect place for a League rider camp. This will be the third year we have hosted a camp at Bonelli Park and we are expecting a great camp. If you have riders who will be attending camp, please encourage them to register ASAP. Camp registration materials are available HERE. We also need several coaches (any level is great) to help us with the camp. If you can help please email matt@socaldirt.org. Helping at a Rider Camp is a great way for coaches to help learn, spread their knowledge to a wide range of League student-athletes, and gain hours toward licensure.

The Paramount Ranch Roundup is a first time pledge ride the League is putting on Saturday February 19th. This event will directly benefit YOUR CLUBS by raising funds. How will this work? The ride is open to club riders, coaches, parents, or interested community members. Riders will pay no entry fee but will commit to raising a minimum of $125 (adults) or $75 (youth) to participate. During registration, riders will have the ability to select the club they are supporting. All funds raised above $25 per person will be split 50/50 between League and club. The $25 per person will get the rider a supported ride on a short dirt course, a t-shirt, insurance, live music, and a BBQ supper. Use this as an opportunity to raise funds for your club in a fun League environment. Start spreading the word about the event. Several coaches are already registered and raising funds for their clubs. Click HERE for the event website.

The League wants to thank all who participated in building the first ever NICA pump track. Work took place in Riverside the weekend of January 21-23rd at the ranch of Woodcrest HS head coach Dave Peery. Woodcrest Assistant Coach Dave Lansing was instrumental in completing the project by securing over 120 cubic yards of prime dirt, trucking it in in multiple dump truck loads, then providing the heavy earth moving equipment and skill to position it. Kids and parents from around the League then worked on Saturday morning to hand sculpt the pre-positioned dirt using hand tools brought in by League partner CORBA (Concerned Off Road Bicyclists Association). Now that the work is complete, the League has a fantastic training resource we can use for skills clinics, fundraisers, and Leaders' Summits. Be looking for several dates through the season where you can bring your riders to the track for a fun and challenging alternative workout.

35 League coaches braved a beautiful weekend to complete their WFA-MTB (Wilderness First Aid Mountain Biker) certification on January 15-16. What does braved mean? After weeks of cold weather and rain the WFA-MTB weekend had clear breezy skies and temperatures in the low 80s. In other words, your dedicated coaches spent their weekend staring up at the mountains through perfect weather while doing a whole bunch of book learning. Now THAT is dedication! At least one coach has already put what he learned to good use when he came upon a downed equestrian with serious injuries.

Are you an active Head Coach, Assistant Coach, or Ride Leader? Have you registered with the online Pit Zone? If you haven't registered you are not classified as a coach. To be recognized (and insured) you must be registered. At a minimum this means you've registered online, paid the annual registration fee (this gets you your coaching insurance), and taken the online background check (done when you first register). Late registration fee of $15 begins February 1st. If you've completed those three easy steps, you qualify for a General Volunteer license and can begin taking the steps needed to upgrade to a Head Coach, Assistant Coach, or Ride Leader license with the knowledge you are covered by League insurance for your coaching activities. If you are with an existing club, your Team Director must "invite" you from within the Pit Zone. You'll know you've been invited when you receive the email asking you to register. Please contact matt@socaldirt.org with general questions or tyler@nationalmtb.org if you are checking on the status of an existing license.

As time permits we update the SoCal League website. We are currently linking club websites, blogs, or facebook groups to the site. Please take a look at the "Teams" page and note the list of projected clubs for 2011. Does your team have an internet presence that is not listed? If we are linked, are we linked to the page you want? Please email matt@socaldirt.org with any updates.

We encourage ALL League riders, parents, coaches, and supporters to subscribe to the Single Track Times. Please pass the information and registration link along and let people know the registration link exists under one of the icons on the bottom right corner of the main page of the website as well as under the "Media Center" link on the main page.

The SoCal League recently launched a coach only facebook group. Since the launch, coaches have been sharing ideas and information and the League has used the group to put timely information out to coaches. If you facebook, the groupI can be found HERE. Please feel free to use this group as a touchstone to share coaching ideas, coaching questions, and equipment and clothing exchanges.

There are several important dates to add to your coaching calendar. More information will be forthcoming but dates and locations (unless noted as tentative) are firm at this time:

• February 5. SoCal Rider Clinic.
One-day rider clinics to refresh the skills of returning riders and introduce new riders to SoCal League skills and culture.

• February 19. Paramount Ranch Roundup.
Fun fundraising ride for both the League AND the clubs to be held at Paramount Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

• March 6. Race #1 at Vail Lake, Temecula.
SoCal Series opener.

• March 27. Race #2 at Keysville.

• April 10. Race #3 at Lake Arrowhead.

• May 1. Race #4 at Vail Lake, Temecula
SoCal Series finale on more challenging course.

• May 15. State Championships at Los Olivos.**

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