Youth Development Through Cycling
Since 2014, the Georgia Interscholastic Cycling League (Georgia League) has worked to get more kids on bikes in Georgia. The Georgia League programs strive to create confident and responsible young adults and to provide them with the opportunity to learn about and participate in healthy and active lifestyles. We work to ensure the success of cycling by establishing and maintaining safe, quality youth programs around the state.
The Georgia League is one of nineteen leagues in eighteen states overseen by the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), established in 2009, with over 12,000 student-athletes and 4,000 licensed coaches now participating across the nation. The collective experience of these leagues and the guidance of NICA give the Georgia League a level of professionalism and experience unparalleled in the industry. Skilled and dedicated coaches are the most important aspect of the Georgia League. The extensive coach’s training program provides coaches the tools and resources to teach students on the middle school and high school-based teams and clubs how to ride safely and realize the benefits of cycling as a lifelong sport. At the heart of our programs is a comprehensive approach to risk management. While we embrace all kinds of cycling, we have chosen cross-country mountain biking as the entry point, principally driven by our risk management principles. While not a risk free activity, the Georgia League aims to ensure appropriate risk under controlled conditions.
Georgia League Programs
The Georgia League is open to ALL Georgia students in grades 6 through 12, regardless of ability. We have created a variety of programs to make cycling accessible to every student who has a desire to participate.
• Race Series – We offer a five event mountain bike race series open to student-athletes interested in the competitive aspect of cycling each September – November.
• Coach Licensing and Training – The Georgia League and NICA have a comprehensive coach licensing system. Through this program, we provide training for all adults involved in the programs, screen those adult coaches and monitor compliance with the licensing criteria at the annual Leadership Summit.
• Scholarships – Through the Georgia League and NICA Booster Club, scholarships are provided so those in need can participate in our programs. Financial aid is available for individual riders, teams and adult coaches.
• Camps and Clinics – There are additional opportunities for our student-athletes to attend camps outside of Georgia with other leagues, often held at colleges with robust cycling programs. For more information on camps, please email Kenny@georgiamtb.org.
• Loaner Bikes– The Georgia League manages a fleet of capable bikes for use by student-athletes with an economic need.
• NICA GRiT GA League – The NICA GRiT Georgia program inspires young women to build confidence and empowerment through off-road cycling. The goal is to increase the number of female student-athletes and coaches on an annual basis.
• Switching Gears Recycled Bike Program – The Georgia League Switching Gears Recycled Bike Initiative donates used bikes and parts to organizations assisting “at-risk youth” in the Atlanta area through their mentoring and training programs.
In just three short years, the GA League has trained close to 800 student-athletes and over 300 coaches through its Mountain Bike Youth Development programs. Interest and excitement in the League continues in 2017 with 50 teams expecting to participate in the upcoming fall season! Teams from all areas of Georgia will participate; including Rabun
County in the Northeast, Augusta in the East, Columbus in the South, and multiple teams in between, as well as two teams in South Carolina.