Georgia Interscholastic Cycling League
The Georgia League Middle School Program Policy is based on the following premises:
- The Georgia League Middle School Program Policy is locally driven and may differ from other leagues in the NICA framework.
- Middle school is defined as 6th, 7th and 8th grade.
While the Georgia League does hold a race series, our philosophy is to balance competitive and non‐competitive mountain biking pursuits. At the middle school level, we want to de‐emphasize the competitive aspects of the sport even more. We prefer to introduce the younger riders to competition slowly. Though some kids relish competition, many do not. We would prefer the kids get excited about cycling before being expected to compete. We want middle school programs to focus on fun, fitness, skills, and responsible trail etiquette and sportsmanship.
Key functional aspects of the Middle School program
- The race duration will be between 30 and 45 minutes, typically in a one lap format, and run on the same course as the high school student athletes.
- The middle school races will be held on Saturdays of each race weekend.
- The middle school boys will start together, divided by category, and the middle school girls will start together, divided by category, in separate waves.
- All middle school students will join a school based or composite team. Based on the school that the student attends, that school then feeds to a specific high school. The middle school students will participate on the team that their school feeds to (school is listed on Georgia team map list).
- All middle school students riding with their school’s club must register with the Georgia League (name appearing in the Pit Zone and have turned in a completed NICA Participation Agreement & Waiver).
- All middle students will be led by licensed coaches and ride leaders based on their skill and fitness abilities and will stay on terrain and ride distances appropriate to their fitness and skill levels.
The Georgia Interscholastic Cycling League (the “Georgia League”) has developed and adopted the following Middle School Program Policy.