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Director's Note

Are you pumped for another Fall of playing in the dirt? We are extremely honored that you create magical memories for youth and families. Coaches are pivotal in providing the structure and opportunity for youth to shine!

We are excited to welcome new teams from:

▪ Albuquerque Composite, NM
▪ Cañon City
▪ Denver Academy
▪ Pagosa Springs
▪ Santa Fe Composite, NM
▪ STEM School Highlands Ranch
Albuquerque Composite, NM
Cañon City
Denver Academy
Pagosa Springs
Santa Fe Composite, NM
STEM School Highlands Ranch

A list of many ideas for playful drills to develop skills compiled by Elke Brutsaert, Fort Lewis College is HERE. Mix it up and have FUN while developing a purposeful practice session.

As you gear up for the upcoming season please review the 2018 rulebook, race information, team volunteer race assignments, and the new team course inspection assignments.

Need to know deadlines for personal number plates, scholarship applications, race registration, or category petitions? They are all listed on the website calendar HERE.

Please read below about details for the 2018 season. Reach out to me with any questions.

Many thanks for bringing smiles to every mile,

Kate Rau, Executive Director

Contents July 2018

1. Personalized Number Plates - July 30th Deadline
2. Race Weekend Team Volunteer Assignments
3. Category Placement & Petition Deadlines
4. Team Divisions, Scoring, & Pricing
5 Team Division Determination - August 20th
6. Coach & Rider Representative Race Course Inspection Team Assignments
7. Get Geared Up for Race Season – Feedback Sports & Athletic Event Supply
8. Race Conduct
9. Incident Injury Reporting - NICA Safety Study
10. 2018 Legacy Riders
11. Scholarships Opportunities
12. Sponsor Discounts
13. Calendar of Events

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Personal Number Plate 2018

Personalized Number Plates - July 30th Deadline

The Pit Zone registration system is open for the 2018 fall season. Register by July 30th to get a personalized number plate for the season.

Be sure to invite new and returning riders.

The Pit Zone login link and instructions are HERE.

Returning riders whose team affiliation is changing, as a result of moving schools, must login to the Pit Zone and update their registration documents before their team affiliation can be changed. Once registration is completed email Kate Rau to change your team affiliation.

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Race Weekend Team Volunteer Assignments

Race weekends are inspiring, fun, and rewarding! Teams will experience firsthand the energetic buzz of the Colorado League community of coaches, riders, and families while supporting the student-athletes.

Teams are assigned to “host” a race weekend. We ask teams to provide at least 1 volunteer per 4 athletes for each race weekend and 2 volunteers per 4 race athletes for your “host” race. A list of the 2018 Team Volunteer Assignments is below.

We welcome course marshals, finish line volunteers, course setters, and more. Share the numerous volunteer opportunities with your team. Sign up HERE today!

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Category Placement & Petition Deadlines

Registration for the 2018 season is open! Returning riders are placed according to their previous season results.

New Freshman (9th) and Sophomore (10th) riders race the category associated with their grade. New Juniors (11th) and Seniors (12th) race the Junior Varsity category. The Racer Category Placement Criteria is HERE.

Please check the category placements of your returning team members for accuracy.

If you believe that a rider needs to change their assigned category, please review the Category Petition Guidelines.

Petitions must be submitted by August 13th for Race #1.

Submit Category Placement Petitions to Kate Rau.

All these references can be found on the Coach Resources page of the website.

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Team Divisions, Scoring, & Pricing

New for 2018! Teams from the North Conference & South Conference will be organized into three divisions based on their team size.

Division 1: 30 > Riders
For Division 1, scoring will be based on the Top 15 point earners, with a maximum of 12 of those point earners being from the same gender.

▪ $450 per team, covered by League insurance
$450 per team, covered by League insurance

Division 2: 13 - 29 Riders
For Division 2, scoring will be based on the Top 10 point earners, with a maximum of 8 of those point earners being from the same gender.

▪ $300 per team, covered by League insurance
$300 per team, covered by League insurance

Divisions 3: 12 > Riders
For Division 3, scoring will be based on the Top 5 point earners, with a maximum of 4 of those point earners being from the same gender.

▪ $150 per team, covered by League insurance
$150 per team, covered by League insurance
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Team Division Determination - August 20th

Will your team compete as D1, D2 or D3? Division size and scoring units need to be defined to allow for accurate scoring. The deadline for this determination is Monday, August 20th.

Please inform Kate Rau of team division size changes or updates in scoring units within a composite team for the season.

Please note that once the season begins, teams do not change divisions. It may not be clear which division a team should compete. This requires coaches to know their team members and, if they're on the cusp, make their best honest prediction. Feel free to welcome student-athletes once the season commences if they are adequately skilled and fit to race.

In the context of this rule, a "member" is a student-athlete who does at least one race during the season. It does NOT mean the number of racers at any given race. It also does NOT mean your total number of student-athletes if there are student-athletes who will absolutely not be racing. Here are a few examples of how this might play out:

▪ A team has 10 total student-athletes and does not know of any other potential student-athletes are ready to join the team. This team is clearly a D2 team.

▪ A team has 20 total student-athletes and 16 are stoked to do every race. This team is clearly a D2 team.

▪ A team has 10 total student-athletes and they are all ready to race. Coaches have heard of, and maybe talked to, 4-5 additional students who think they might join the team and race. This team should probably register as a D2 team as they are on the border and will likely end up with more than 15 racing student-athletes.

▪ A team has 8 total student-athletes. Coaches have heard of, and maybe talked to, 4-5 additional students who think they may join the team and race. This team should probably register as a D3 team as they will likely not have all of the potential students join. Even if they all did, the most would be 13 members, which is within the "bubble" of 12-15 riders.

Please contact League Director Kate Rau if you have any questions or need guidance on determining your team status.

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Coach & Rider Representative for Race Weekend Course Inspection

This season, the Colorado League staff will begin partnering with teams to review course safety and layout. Two coaches and riders from the north and south conference will inspect the race course.

Each assigned team will select one coach and one rider to be a part of the race course inspection team. During pre-ride these coaches and riders will review course marking, route, and venue layout. They will then report their feedback to the Colorado League staff.

Race Course Inspection Team Assignments click below.

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Get Geared Up for Race Season – Feedback Sports & Athletic Event Supply

Feedback Sports – Repair Stands, Tools, & More
Feedback Sports continues to support the Colorado League. Based in Golden, Feedback Sports is dedicated to creating products that support cyclists and mechanics since 2004.

Keep your team Pit Zone organized with A-Frames, work stands, tools, and more this season.

Colorado League Member Discount of 30% off of Online Orders. Use this code COMTB2018. Place your order online or call 720.536.2369.

Athletic Event Supply – Team Tents, Flags, & More

Athletic Event Supply supports the Colorado League's mission. They offer team packages for custom tents, wind blades, and more. Make sure that your team and culture are represented well with custom graphics and design this season.

Team Packages are available for Colorado League teams. Contact Athletic Event Supply today to get started on your custom equipment. info@athleticeventsupply.com or 801.872.4055.

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Race Conduct

Race weekends are full of action! To optimize the fun there are a few protocols to support safety and camaraderie.

Start Chute
You cannot win a race in the first 250 feet yet you could lose one. Riders can pass immedaitely after the exit the start chute and cross over the race timing mat. This is designated by the large Colorado League windblades.

Feed Zone
This is a busy and important place. Feeders need to have a Feed Zone badge. This simple process will allow Coaches to support their riders:

▪ RED LINE: All feeders must remain behind the RED line when not feeding their team riders.
▪ YELLOW: All feeders must remain behind the YELLOW line when riders are within 100 yards of the Feed Zone.
▪ GREEN: All feeders must approach the GREEN line when feeding riders.
RED LINE: All feeders must remain behind the RED line when not feeding their team riders.
YELLOW: All feeders must remain behind the YELLOW line when riders are within 100 yards of the Feed Zone.
GREEN: All feeders must approach the GREEN line when feeding riders.

Be sure to stand still when passing fuel to racers. Running along side of them is dangerous for your and others. It helps to have a team spotter to look for incoming riders and call out names so the feeder is ready.

Pass With Class, Be Passed with Class
This is a Colorado mantra says it all. Communicate that you are going to pass. The passing rider is responsible for announcing in advance and is the one who needs to make the move. The passed rider can hold their line and does not need to move. No intentional contact is allowed from any riders.

Positive Sporting Behavior
Everyone has different goals and motivations for being part of the weekend event. Some are their to hang out with friends and family, others are working on their fitness, many have individual goals, and others are striving for a top 20 finish. No matter what the reason for riding is, be kind and humble.

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Incident Injury Reporting - NICA Safety Study

What happens when someone gets injured at a practice, team event, or race? How do I file a medical claim?

Step 1:
Determine if the injury resulted in any of the following:

Referral or visit a medical facility
Unable to complete or attend team practices, train or race
Unable to attend school or work
Unconsciousness or Potential brain injury

Step 2:
Fill out the Colorado League Incident Injury Report Form even if you do not plan on filing a medical claim.

Step 3:
Carefully read and follow the instructions in the email sent to you after you fill out the form. It includes lots of informaiton and important hyperlinks.

Step 4:
Please fill out the NICA Safety Study form
Colorado League Insurance Overview and FAQ’s

The Injury Incident Report Form – MUST BE COMPLETED before filing a claim.

An overview of the Colorado League insurance and FAQs is HERE.

NICA has partnered with sports medicine physicians around the country and the University of Utah to begin a high school mountain bike injury-tracking program called the “NICA Safety Study.” Our goal is to better understand what injuries our student-athletes sustain. As we track injuries and analyze their patterns, we hope to institute preventative measures to make training and racing safer. More details are HERE.

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2018 Legacy Riders

We are very proud of those “Legacy Riders” who have raced in the League for 4 years. These riders will be recognized with a special race plate and will receive a Legacy gift at the end of the season. Please confirm your team’s Legacy Riders HERE.

If there is a rider missing from the Legacy Rider list, please contact John Hutchinson.

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Scholarship Opportunities

There are many scholarships available to support teams, coaches, and riders.

The 2nd Chance Fund funded by Mountain Island Construction assists with CPR, First Aid, and Wilderness First Aid. The importance of knowing CPR cannot be overstated. Rainer Barth, Boulder High alum, delivered CPR for more than 20 minutes to a person who was drowning as they traveled in the back of a pickup to the hospital in Costa Rica. Because of Rainer's training the person survived. Recently, a couple was hiking and one was struck by lightning. The other knew CPR and saved their boyfriend's life. See more the news report HERE.

Alpine Bank is offering 3 travel scholarships for State Championships in Durango. Team Evergreen Cycling, Yeti Cycles, and Mountain Island Construction are the three primary supporters of the Colorado League Scholarship Fund for teams, coaches, and riders. Please note the various deadlines for all scholarships.

Please understand that funds are limited, and we make every effort to meet each applicant’s needs.

Please note the various deadlines for all scholarships.

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Sponsor Discounts

Companies that support Colorado League programming offer special discounts HERE.

Available Discounts
* Leadville Silver Rush
* Feedback Sports
* Honey Stinger
* Optic Nerve
* Osprey
* Primal Wear Inc.
* RockyMounts
* Today’s Plan
* Yeti Cycles

Check out offers provided by NICA sponsors HERE.

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Calendar

We are filling the calendar with a plethora of events for 2018.

Upcoming Events

August 13, Colorado League 10% Day, Jacque Michelle Gifts & Fashions
August 22, Skratch Guest Bartender Event
November 10 Primal Shift Art Party | Denver, CO

2018 Race Schedule
Race #1 August 25 (North) - 26 (South) Frisco Bay Invitational, Frisco, CO
Race #2 North September 9 Showdown In The Boat, Steamboat Springs, CO
Race #2 South September 9 Cloud City Challenge, Leadville, CO
Race #3 North September 23 Granby Ranch Round-Up, Granby, CO
Race #3 South September 23 Chalk Creek Stampede, Nathrop, CO
Race #4 October 6 (South) - 7 (North) Conference Championships, Haymaker Classic, Eagle, CO
Race #5 October 20 - 21 State Championships, Durango Mesa Pursuit, Durango, CO

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THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!

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