Race #1: Minooka Park Race Weekend: Sat. Aug. 30 - Sun. Aug. 31, 2014 ▪ Racer Registration Deadlines▪ Coach Licensing Reminder▪ Pre-Ride Dates▪

   
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Race #1 is almost here! | Hanna Mork of Wausau United Ride | Photo Credit: Gary Smits from Wausau Daily Herald News Article

Race #1: Minooka Park

Race Weekend:
Sat. Aug. 30 - Sun. Aug. 31, 2014

Racer Registration Deadlines
Coach Licensing Reminder
Pre-Ride Dates
Race #1 Course Map
Photos and Videos - Share!
Call for Volunteers - It's Time!
Know the Rules - Reminder
2014 Full Race Schedule

This is it people. By this time next week, we will have had our first race. Congratulations to all for the work you have accomplished to bring your team to the line.

Below are a few critical reminders and deadlines for the race.

We look forward to seeing everyone at our first race - Minooka Park in Waukesha, WI.

Be sure to follow the WI League on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

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MN League Racers Line up Near Registration

RACER REGISTRATION DEADLINES

With this many teams on the first race....lets work together to help eliminate some tension on race day weekend?

Get Race Ready Now!

-- ONLINE PITZONE CLOSING: Pitzone will officially be closing for Race #1 on Mon. Aug. 25, 2014 by Midnight. Please take the time to remind your kids and parents to get their forms submitted and fees paid.

If a racer still need to turn in waivers and health forms at this time, please do not mail them to CA at this time. Instead, please submit waivers and forms by email or fax by Mon. Aug. 25 before Midnight.

NICA email: registration@nationalmtb.org or FAX: 510-779-5597

NOTE: After Mon. Aug. 25, please bring your forms and waivers to registration on site at Minooka park. There will be onsite registration at the race, but late fees will be applied.

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COACH LICENSING REMINDER

Coaches and Team Directors please be sure you are registered and that your insurance certificate has been issued.

All coaches please check your license status in PitZone and if you have any questions email coachlicensing@nationalmtb.org.

Be sure that your coaching staff is registered, completed their background checks, taken the CDC Head’s Up Concussion Course, and signed the annual Agreement to Participate waiver.

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Questions, please contact Co-Director, Kathy Mock.

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Pre-Ride: Get to know the course and the rules.

PRE-RIDE DATES

Registered coaches and high school and middle school racers are able to pre-ride the course.

Only student-athletes who are registered for Race #1 are allowed to pre-ride. Number plates must be affixed to student-athletes bikes in order to pre-ride the course.

Coaches are only allowed to ride the course with student-athletes. Independent riders may bring their parent, if the parent signs a waiver before entering the course.

Sat. Aug. 30 from 1:00PM – 5:00PM
Sun. Aug. 31 (Race Day) from 8:00AM – 10:00AM

Questions, contact WI League Co-Director Kathy Mock at kathy@wisconsinmtb.org.

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Course Map Race #1 Minooka Park

RACE #1 COURSE MAP

The course at Minooka Park is a mixture of well built single-track and a wide open ski trail, the course at Minooka promises to provide a fun introduction to high school mountain bike racing.

VIEW COURSE MAP

With its many passing opportunities, flowing singletrack, and just the right amount of technical challenge to keep all interested, this rolling course starts with a moderate climb and rolls through the wooded and grassy terrain south of shelter area 5. Course distance is approximately four miles.

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Some of the best pictures are not of the racers..... | MN League Washburn Coach Joel Woodward

PHOTOS & VIDEOS - SHARE THEM!

At race day, cameras are flashing and GoPros are capturing the sounds of the day.

CAN YOU SHARE THEM?

We would love to see your photos and videos. And, I know other people would too.

Be sure to share your photos and videos on WI League Facebook and Twitter.

Or, feel free to send them directly to Kathy Mock, Co-Director for the Wisconsin League - and your photo could end up in our next newsletter! If you would like photo credit, please be sure to mention in your email.

MARSHALS

JOIN THE RACE CREW

Join the Race Crew and volunteer your time at a race this year. Helping with scoring, handing out water, course marshal and the popular "sweep" position - all are important and we need 50-60 people to make these races work.

Suggestion: If your son or daughter is racing, volunteer to help when your child is not racing. Be a part of the excitement and still be able to watch your son or daughter race!

How to Sign Up:
1. Go to the Volunteer Page on the wisconsinmtb.org site.
2. Review the positions available.
3. Click on the VolunteerSpot Image.
4. You will be taken to a different website where you can sign up to volunteer!

Thank you - we appreciate your support!

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Be a Role Model for the Students - they are counting on you!

BE A ROLE MODEL - FOLLOW THE RULES

Coaches and parents are expected to abide to a code of conduct that serves as an example to all student-athletes.

In addition, all NICA student-athletes must abide by Trail Etiquette & Code of Conduct which covers the aspects of safety and respect.

Here are the rules as outlined in the NICA Rulebook:

COACHES CODE OF CONDUCT - Section 13, Page 36

13.1 COACHES' HELMETS
NICA league coaches and team assistants are expected to comply with the helmet rule (4.1) at all team practices, team events, and league races. In the event a coach is seen riding without a helmet, a 25-point penalty will be applied to his or her team's score for noncompliance.

13.2 DUTY OF CARE
Coaches have a duty of care to their student-athletes at every event. This duty of care begins at the time designated by the team for student-athlete arrival. It ends at the very end of the event. The Head Coach, or someone acting as interim head coach, must remain at the venue until the last student-athlete from his/her team has departed, except in the case that a student-athlete's parent or legal guardian is present.

13.3 RACE ATTENDANCE
A Head Coach must attend each race. If the Head Coach cannot attend a race, an interim Head Coach shall be appointed and the NICA league must be notified as to who is serving as interim Head Coach.

13.4 POSITIVE SPORTING BEHAVIOR
It is expected that all coaches will display mature and positive behavior during every event. Coaches must serve as role models to student-athletes, thereby demonstrating fair and calm response in the event of protests, complaints, conflicts, or emergencies. Coaches are expected to be focused not only on winning, but on helping student-athletes develop positive character traits, learn life lessons, and grow into healthy young adults.

PARENT CODE OF CONDUCT - Section 14, Page 37

14.1 PARENTS' HELMETS
Parents shall comply with the helmet rule at all races (Rule 4.1). Parents riding bicycles without helmets shall be given two warnings. After a third infraction, the parent’s student-athlete will be penalized 25 points at the race where the infraction occurred.

14.2 HANDLING PROTESTS
Parents must handle protests, complaints, and/or conflicts with a positive and respectful attitude.

14.3 PARENTS RIDING ON THE COURSE
During a race, parents must not ride (or run) on the course in the proximity (within 200 meters) of any competitors. Parents cannot run along the course with a student-athlete for more than 50 meters.

14.4 POSITIVE SPORTING BEHAVIOR
It is expected that all parents will display a mature and positive sporting attitude during every event.

What parents can do to encourage positive sporting behavior:
▪ Keep your comments positive. Don’t bad-mouth coaches, student-athletes, or officials. If you have a serious concern, discuss it privately with your child’s coach or a NICA league official. Commend good effort and performance, no matter who it comes from--especially when it’s student-athletes from a “rival” team. Remember that you are a parent, not the coach (unless you are both). Shout encouragement, not directions, from the sidelines.
▪ Set a good example with your courteous behavior towards parents, coaches, and student-athletes from other teams.
▪ Look for examples of good sporting behavior in professional student-athletes and point them out to your child. Talk about the bad examples, too, and why they upset you.
▪ Emphasize values like teamwork, responsibility, and discipline. Winning comes and goes, but values should be ever present.

2014 WI LEAGUE FALL RACE SCHEDULE

Race #1: Sun. Aug 31, 2014 - Minooka Park, Waukesha, WI

Race #2: Sun. Sept 21, 2014 - Iola Winter Park, Iola, WI

Race #3: Sun. Oct 5, 2014 - Nordic Mountain, Mt. Morris, WI

Race #4: Sun. Oct 19, 2014 - Cascade Mountain, Portage, WI

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