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Volume IX, #1


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▪ Leaders Summit Dates
▪ Bye-Week Draw Date
▪ Coach Town Halls
▪ First Aid Class
Leaders Summit Dates
Bye-Week Draw Date
Coach Town Halls
First Aid Class

Preparations and planning are underway for another exciting season of mountain bike riding and racing.

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.

Reminder, our mission: get #morekidsonbikes!



MN High School League Leaders Summit 2020

At each Leaders Summit event, we present material to keep coaches current on national curriculum developments and also provide a tailored agenda specific for coaches and teams here in Minnesota. In addition, Leaders Summit events allow coaches and team directors to meet and reconnect directly with other team leaders and MN League core staff.

NEW for 2020 - Two Leaders Summit Events

Returning Coaches, Head Coaches, and Team Directors.
Date: Sat. March 21, 2020
Location: Quality Bike Products, 6400 W 105th St, Bloomington, MN 55438

At the March Leaders Summit event, we will focus on topics that are critical for existing teams. Be prepared for roundtable discussions and opportunities to collaborate and learn from other attendees, as well as from MN League Core Staff. From NICA policies and procedures to team organization, and coaching structures, this event offers an opportunity for teams to listen, share and discuss topics critical to helping everyone prepare for the 2020 season.

Pricing, agenda and event details are still being worked out. Plan on spending a full day with other MN League coaches, team directors, and MN League core staff.

NOTE: The Bye-Week draw will be conducted after the March Leaders Summit on Sat. March 21, 2020. Attendees for the draw do not need to attend the March Leaders Summit.

Registration will open on Sat. Feb. 1, 2020, for the Leaders Summit 1.
Pricing and full event details will be emailed out to all coaches and team directors by Sat. Feb. 1, 2020.

New Coaches or Coaches that have not yet attended a Leaders Summit
Date: Sat. May 2 - Sun. May 3, 2020
Location: Quality Bike Products, 6400 W 105th St, Bloomington, MN 55438
Pricing, agenda and event details are still being worked out. Plan on spending two days with MN League coaches and MN League core staff.

This Leaders Summit will focus on helping new coaches who are working on getting a new team up and biking! At this event, coaches will gain an understanding of the core NICA coaching curriculum - currently being used in 30 other leagues across the nation - that forms the foundation for effectively starting and supporting a team. An example of topics covered will be on-the-bike skills training, risk management, core coaching philosophy, effective practice planning, and much more. Beyond learning critical information for how to coach and manage a team, this is also an opportunity to connect and meet other coaches in the MN league.

Registration will open on Sat. Feb. 1, 2020, for the Leaders Summit 2.
Pricing and full event details will be emailed out to all coaches and team directors by Feb. 1, 2020.



Mark your calendar!

On Sat. March 21, at Quality Bicycle Products, the 2020 Bye-Week Draw will be held in the afternoon (~3:00 pm). 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 seven races in the season. The remaining three races become a team’s ‘bye’ weeks.

Reminder, the eighth race is the All-Team Finale 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!



NEW FOR 2020!

As we continue to grow past 2,000 student-athletes and 900 coaches, keeping an open dialog between the MN league core staff and our teams is increasingly a challenge and simultaneously important.

To help improve the dialogue between coaches and core staff, the MN High School Cycling League is rolling out a series of virtual town halls to offer a forum for discussion and education. Each town hall event will consist of a year-in-review, followed by proposed changes/feedback and an open discussion. Meetings will be approximately 2 hours.

Multiple, identical, town halls will be conducted over several weeks to ensure each team can attend and enable everyone to engage in the discussion.

Call-in instructions will be sent via email by Fri. Feb. 7th, including a formal agenda with topics to the head coach of each coaching group/team. The coach e-mailed for each team/coaching group is shown below. If the incorrect person is listed for your team/coaching group, please e-mail prior to Fri. Jan. 31, 2020.

Team/Coaching Group / Head Coach

Alexandria Area Youth Cycling / Jeff Pokorney
Armstrong Cycling Club / Bill Welsh
Austin H.S. / Gareth Hatye
Bemidji Composite, Trek North / Mark Larson
Bloomington Jefferson, Bloomington Composite / Steve Mayhew
Burnsville H.S. / Kenny Oatman
Cannon Valley Composite / Todd Trembley
Chaska, Chanhassen, Eden Prairie / Sonja Rasche
Chisago Lakes Composite / Jesse Boyle
Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Composite / Matt Hagelin
Crosby-Ironton, Brainerd High School / Shaun Anderson
D196: Apple Valley, Eagan, Eastview, Rosemount / Brian Plantz
Duluth East H.S., Duluth Composite / Brian Hayden
Edina H.S., BBB Composite / Ryan Horkey
Elk River Composite, Rogers, Spectrum Academy / Jason Kempel
Face to Face Academy / Bryan Bakke
Gentry Academy / Bruce Martens
Hastings Area Composite / Andrew Storkamp
Hopkins H.S. / Paul Krawczyk
Hudson H.S. / Steve Stilwell
Hutchinson H.S. / Craig Juhnke
Lakeville North, Lakeville South / Gail Strom
Mankato H.S., Mankato Composite / Mike Busch
Maple Grove, Osseo Composite, Champlin Park HS / Brady Prenzlow
Minnetonka H.S. / Jason Stukel
MPLS South H.S., Southside Comp, Southwest H.S., Washburn H.S. / Chris Hedlund
New Prague H.S., Minnesota Valley Composite / Jonathan Rosemeier
Northwest Composite / Ben Olson
Orono H.S., Orono Composite / Kris Clover
Patrick Henry H.S. / Matt Sabin
Prior Lake H.S. / Jeffrey Pettes
Rochester H.S., Mayo H.S., Rochester Composite / Scott Hogen
Rockford Composite / Bruce Stageberg
Roseville H.S., Roseville Composite, Mahtomedi H.S., Moundsview H.S. / Danny McCullough
Shakopee H.S. / John Oman
St Cloud Area Composite / Mike Rathlisberger
St Louis Park / Mike Daugherty
St Paul Composite, Highland Park H.S., St. Paul Central H.S. / Allan Shuros
St. Croix Valley Composite / Julie Gujer
St. Paul Central H.S. / Mike Schnegelberger
Stillwater HS / Calvin Jones
Tioga Trailblazers (Grand Rapids Composite) / John Connelly
Wayzata H.S. / Todd Bollom
White Bear Lake High School / Mark Weinberger
Winona Composite / Josh Horeck
Woodbury/Cottage Grove Composite / Drew Voegele




Emergency Medical Training Specialist (EMTS) will be providing an 8-hour Mountain Bike First Aid as an alternative to Wilderness First Aid (WFA).

This course will satisfy the first aid requirement for all levels of coaches. This course will provide additional hands on and scenario training preparing a coach for the most likely situations that you may face while coaching. This course is good for two years and includes CPR.

Registration will open on Fri. Feb. 7, 2020.

Date: Sun, March 22, 2020
Location: Quality Bicycle Products, 6400 W 105th St, Bloomington, MN 55438
Time: 8:30 AM - 4:40 PM
Cost: $90

If you can not make this date, below are other class dates:

▪ Sat. April 25
▪ Sat. May 9
▪ Sat. July 18
Sat. April 25
Sat. May 9
Sat. July 18

Private training can also be scheduled directly with EMTS - 15 person



With the support of our national and local sponsors, we are able to offer our youth development programs. When considering a purchase, be sure to visit and thank our sponsors for their support. Please encourage them to continue supporting the MN League and our student-athletes.


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