sst HEADER 2019

Volume VIII, Issue 2

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Reid Strickland, Minnetonka, Freshman D1 2018 | Photo Credit:


▪ Leaders' Summit Date Change
▪ Bye-Week Draw
▪ Summer Camp Format Change
▪ Update: Focus Group
▪ Program Volunteers needed
▪ GRiT Reminders
Leaders' Summit Date Change
Bye-Week Draw
Summer Camp Format Change
Update: Focus Group
Program Volunteers needed
GRiT Reminders

Preparations and planning are underway for an exciting season of mountain bike riding and racing. Packed into this issue are critical updates for coaches, volunteers, parents and riders.

Reminder, our mission: get #morekidsonbikes! Together, we as a community, will continue to ensure middle and high school students have the opportunity to build strong minds, bodies and characters through cycling.

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Minnesota High School League Leaders' Summit 2019
When: April 27th and 28th, 2019
Where: Quality Bike Products, Bloomington, MN

The annual MN League Leaders’ Summit event is an opportunity to share strategies, and prep for the coming season. This event is ideal for parents, volunteers, new coaches, and returning coaches who would like to learn more about the league structure and processes, how to start a mountain bike team, how to work with their schools, issues related to liability, and the unique intricacies of working with middle and high school cyclists.

Attendance at a NICA Leaders’ Summit is required to secure a Level 3 coaching license. Leaders' Summit registration and event details will be available on Feb. 15, 2019.

Mark your calendar! On Sun. April 28th at Quality Bicycle Products, the 2019 Bye-Week Draw will be held in the afternoon (specific time of day coming). A coach from each team is required to attend and sign in for the draw.

What is the Bye-Week Draw? The bye-week draw is a selection process that teams use to pick their season’s four races from the six available races in the season. The remaining two races become a team’s ‘bye’ weeks. The seventh race in the season is the state championship where all teams are invited to race!

Note: The attending coach for the draw does NOT need to attend the Leaders' Summit event in order to attend the Bye-Week Draw.

Let's get #morekidsonbikes and #morecoachesonbikes!

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Clayton Caswell, Champlin Park JV Boys D2 2018 | Photo Credit:

NEW Summer MTB Day Camps

Coming Summer 2019

That's right. people. Summer Mountain Bike Day Camps.

Previously, the MN League had offered a single summer overnight camp (3 day camp) held in the Cuyuna area. Kids, parents and coaches all enjoyed the program - and each year, it sold out in record time - to only 60 kids.

This year, instead of offering a program for only 60 kids in 3 days, we are going to make summer day camps accessible for hundreds of kids all summer long. So, what does this mean?

1. There will not be a summer overnight camp this year.
2. There will be multiple day camps all summer.
3. This year, as we roll out the new program, we will only be offering day camps geared for the entry level rider.
1. There will not be a summer overnight camp this year.
2. There will be multiple day camps all summer.
3. This year, as we roll out the new program, we will only be offering day camps geared for the entry level rider.

And, the best part - We will be getting #morekidsonbikes this summer.

We're excited, are you?

We are hard at work finalizing the schedule, camp details and costs.
Keep an eye out for updates as we finalize the dates and locations.


Austin 2018 | Photo Credit:

Focus Group - Update

At this time, we are still looking for participants to help review the procedure for generating call-up lists. To date, we have received a number of requests from coaches, but we would like to have a diverse group helping with this new procedure development. We are urging parents and riders to participate!

To help facilitate a diverse group - we are moving the timing of the focus group meetings to March 2019.

All meetings will be held in the Bloomington area from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Dates will be selected and agreed upon once the group has been finalized.

This focus group will include representatives from big teams to small teams, metro to out-state, and new racers to old. The size of the group will be limited. For those not able to attend in person, a call-in line will be made available.

Please, only apply if you can attend all the meetings. Substitutes are not allowed. The new deadline to apply is February 28.

During the month of March 2019, the MN League will convene a focus group to evaluate, and, if needed, suggest a new procedure to the League Rules Committee (LRC).

This Focus Group will meet to:
• Review the past rules
• Determine what is a “good call up”
• Research and review other organization’s procedures
• Write and evaluate draft rule(s)
• Make a formal submission to LRC

Submit Information to Join Focus Group

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Volunteers - We need your help!


Fun new opportunity to volunteer and help get #morekidsonbikes!

At this time, we are looking to expand our volunteer group to support our Core Staff. These new volunteer roles do require some additional training and time commitment beyond just race days.

We are currently looking for people to help in the following areas:
* GRIT Coordinators
* Dirt School Support
* Venue Setup/Course Setup
* Scoring Assistance
* Sponsorship Development
* Registration Coordinators
* Volunteer Coordinators

If you are interested, submit your inquiry.

Program Volunteers will be working directly with our Core Staff Members.

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Upcoming events for GRiT MN

February 28th, 6-8pm : GRiT MN Meet & Greet. Save the date, more information coming soon for this event.

Help us out - We are working on scheduled GRiT MN Group Rides on Thursdays for female athletes and coaches, moms, and other team supporters. Any ideas, let us know!

Check back for updates on the GRiT section of the MN League website.

Please make sure you are also following GRiT on Instagram (@NICAGRiTMN) and Facebook (NICA GRiT Minnesota). If you would like to be on a GRiT email list for volunteer opportunities, please email


If you have a question, please review the MN League website - it is packed with information, or you can send us an email today.

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