Most mountain bike teams start small and grow quickly; it’s a tremendous challenge but highly rewarding! The first step for many successful coaches is attending our winter coaches conference, AKA the Leaders’ Summit. If you miss the winter Summit and want to coach this year, you can register as a general volunteer. You will need to attend the conference next winter.
Administrators, teaches, parents, students and/or community members can start a cycling club at their local high school or in their local area. Composite teams for a specific geographic area where a school based team is not available can help get more interest to eventually move to school based teams. While it is not necessary that the person who initiates a school-based club to be a school “insider” (teacher or administrator), this can be very useful. A teacher, administrator or school volunteer within the school possesses certain advantages, such as knowledge of the school community, bureaucratic systems and channels, and how to access potential teen cyclists.
Extensive cycling experience is not necessary. One should simply have the desire to introduce kids to the sport of mountain biking. Once you have decided to create a team, the League can help educate you and provide you with all the tools necessary to be an excellent coach.
Teams are broken into Division 1 and Division 2 categories based on their team size (and not their school size). Division 1 is for the school-based teams and Division 2 are for the composite teams. While there is no limit to the size for school based teams, composite teams may have no more than 11 high school racers before splitting into smaller teams.
If you are a coach and interested in starting a team, please contact Programs Director, Lisa Hayes, firstname.lastname@example.org to be invited to register through the PitZone. At this time anyone who intends to coach a team should register with the League so that they are covered under our insurance. League teams are limited to the number of weeks they can have pre-season practice. In addition, teams are not insured outside of these limits.
Teams can commence limited pre-season activities on April 1st. Allowable pre-season activities are bike checks, fun rides, mechanical workshops or skills clinics. Between April 1st and June 30th, teams are allowed to have up to 6 scheduled pre-approved preseason activities. Regular training practice (3-4 times a week) can commence on July 1st. All team rides or other training activities must end within two weeks of the final League race.
Coach License Program
For more information about the coach licensing program, please visit our Coach Licensing Page. Please contact Georgia League Programs Director, Lisa Hayes, at email@example.com if you have more questions.