Georgia Interscholastic Cycling League
To address the growing interest from our constituents to provide guidance and leadership for a middle school cycling program, The Georgia Interscholastic Cycling League (the “Georgia League”) has developed and adopted the following Middle School Program Policy.
2017 Middle School Program Policy PDF
The Georgia League Middle School Program Policy is based on the following premises:
- High school students and middle school students are a unique age group with specific needs and interests that deserve a program of their own.
- The Georgia League Middle School Program Policy is locally driven and may differ from other leagues in the NICA framework.
- NICA licensed high school coaches are given the ultimate decision whether or not to include middle school students in their practices.
- 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.
In light of the preceding philosophy, we want our middle school program team structure to be more flexible than at the high school level.
Each Georgia League high school team will make their own choice with respect to whether or not to include middle school athletes in their program. There is no requirement for high school teams to accept middle school students. Middle school aged groups may start their own programs if there is not a high school program in the area, or if the area high school team does not allow middle school athletes.
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 race will be held in between the high school girls and high school boys races.
- 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 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 school clubs 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.
- NICA licensed high school teams may allow registered middle school students to train with them if the head coach agrees. All middle school students riding with a high school team must be registered with the Georgia League (name appearing in the Pit Zone and have turned in a completed NICA Participation Agreement & Waiver).
- Students who do not have a registered club at their middle school or in their area may register to compete as an Independent Rider. Independent Riders will not be covered by the Georgia League’s insurance program when riding on their own during the season, but will be covered during the race if they have properly registered with the Georgia League.