Volunteer Opportunities

 

Core Staff Volunteer
The Georgia League relies on a dedicated group of volunteers (Core Staff) to make our race series happen. It takes a “village” to put on quality youth mountain bike races. Many parents and cycling enthusiasts find that getting involved with race production is a fun and rewarding experience.

We value all those who give of their time and energy to help our student-athletes succeed. If you want to be a part of this exciting opportunity, take a look at the core staff positions and get involved!

Race Weekend Volunteer
There are many opportunities to contribute to the success of the League through volunteering. Race Weekend volunteers are our Starting Line-Up and we need your help this season! We have venue and course set-up opportunities the Saturday before each race and many volunteer opportunities on Sunday, race day.

If you have any questions, please contact the GA League Volunteer Coordinator, Lisa Hayes, at: Lisa@georgiamtb.org

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Pre-Race Day Opportunities

Course Setting

Opportunity: 8:00am – 12:00pm
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As a course setter you will be marking the course for NICA Student Athletes pre-riding and racing. With the direction of the Chief Course Setter or League Director, you will be placing markings to alert riders to turns, dangers and confirm they are on course. This involves you or your assigned course marking partner to mountain bike with a backpack full of course-setting supplies: course tape, signs, zip ties and small wooden stakes. You’ll have fun getting out on course with some fellow League supporters. Come well prepared with your mountain biking gear, clothing for a range of weather, as well as sunscreen, snacks and drinks.

Infield Set-up

Opportunity: 8:00am – 12:00pm
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Build the infield with a team of volunteers and race staff. A well-built infield brings excitement to the event. You will work on a variety of tasks including; installing snow fencing and course tape, erecting EZ-UP tents, placing flags and sponsor banners. Unlike most race weekend volunteer positions, you’ll learn all the skills as you go. Safety is key, please bring gloves and protective eyewear.

Race Day Opportunities

Parking Volunteer

1st Opportunity: 7:30am – 11:00am
2nd Opportunity: 11:00am – 2:30pm
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Be the first to welcome NICA Student Athletes, their families, coaches and supporters as they enter the race venue. Often there is just enough space for our growing League to park, so its important to park cars in an efficient manner. After parents park cars you can answer questions while setting the relaxed tone at the race. Be sure to come with layers of clothing appropriate for a range of weather, as well as snacks, water and sunscreen.

Registration Volunteer

Opportunity: 7:30am – 10:30am
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Greet NICA Student Athletes with a smile as they check-in at registration. This is a great way to meet athletes, coaches and parents from other teams.

Announcing Assistant

1st Opportunity: 9:00am – 12:00pm
2nd Opportunity: 11:30am – 2:30pm
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Announcing invites all NICA Student Athletes and their family into the action. This role allows the race announcer to be organized and keep up the energy level. You’ll be giving the announcer all the information he or she needs to announce NICA Student Athletes as they cross the finish line. The announcing assistant needs to be quick as they cross reference rider numbers with names and schools.

Course Marshall

Opportunity: 9:00am – 2:30pm
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Course Marshals have the most direct role in ensuring safety on the course. Course Marshals stand at key marshal points on the course to ensure everyone is safe and going the right way. Course Marshals have a variety of jobs on top of their primary tasks such as; crossing guard, League representative for other trail users, warning NICA Student Athletes of upcoming obstacles and givers of encouragement. Radios are provided to communicate any problems or injuries. Course Marshals also keep track of any outside support, rule violations and DNF NICA Student Athletes. Course Marshals can hike or ride bikes to their marshal points. Training meeting for all Sweepers and Course Marshalls will be held at the First Aid Tent at 9:00AM.

Course Marshall Hospitality

Opportunity: 9:00am – 2:30pm
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You will be the best friend to every weary Course Marshall during the race. Your only job is to ensure that the Course Marshalls stay hydrated, fed and happy. This will require you to ride your bike delivering “care packages” to all of the Course Marshall points through the duration of the race. Training meeting for all Sweepers and Course Marshalls will be held at the First Aid Tent at 9:00AM.

Roving Course Marshall

Opportunity: 9:00am – 2:30pm
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Course Marshals on bikes! Roving Course Marshals keep the entire course safe by reporting incidents and injuries while circling the whole course or a specific area. Training meeting for all Sweepers and Course Marshalls will be held at the First Aid Tent at 9:00AM.

Sweeper

Girl’s Races: 9:00am
Boy’s Races: 11:30am
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Sweepers add additional communication and emergency support out on the course. We want to ensure that every NICA Student Athlete gets to the finish line in the safest way possible. While Sweepers enjoy riding their mountain bike around the course, they must also be willing to ride behind the tail end of a race category and tend to any issues that may arise on the course. Please check in at the volunteer tent ten minutes before your shift begins to receive your number plate. Training meeting for all Sweepers and Course Marshalls will be held at the First Aid Tent at 9:00AM.

Finish Line Support/Crossing Guard

1st Opportunity: 9:30am – 12:00pm
2nd Opportunity: 11:30am – 2:30pm
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Finish Line Support Volunteers ensure NICA Student Athletes finish strong and make a smooth transition from competing to reuniting with parents, coaches and teammates. The finish line is often the most hectic and crowded part of the race course. Parents and teammates crowd the finish line to see their NICA Student Athletes finish. The NICA Student Athletes will be exhausted, fatigued and in need of someone to corral them out of the way. Finish Line Support Volunteers allow NICA Student Athletes a clear, safe exit from the race course. A quick training session meeting at the finish line will orient you in this unique part of the course. /// Crossing Guards are vital to protect the NICA Student Athletes and to keep the course clear of spectators and vehicles. Crossing Guards are stationed where the race course crosses a road and will stop vehicle traffic until a break in the race provides safe passage for both the vehicle and the NICA Student Athletes. Crossing Guards stationed along the snow fencing in the start/finish areas of the race will monitor specific crossing points for spectators.

Scoring Assistant

1st Opportunity: 9:30am – 12:00pm
2nd Opportunity: 11:30am – 2:30pm
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The Scoring Assistants provide a critical role to keep track of the action moment by moment using NICA’s proprietary scoring system. The Chief Scorekeeper will guide you and the rest of the team in the positions of Data Entry, Number Caller and Hand Jammer. Be sure to come prepared with appropriate layers for a range of weather, as well as snacks and water  we also recommend a hat and sunglasses.

Course Take-Down

Opportunity: 1:30pm
Volunteers will need to bring their bikes and helmets to take down the course markings and clean up the course. Volunteers will gather up ribbon, signs and other race-related debris. WE DO NOT START THE AWARDS UNTIL THE COURSE IS COMPLETELY TAKEN DOWN.

Take-down Material Manager

Opportunity: 1:30pm – 2:30pm
This position will stand at the back of the trailer and help organize items taken down and dropped off by the volunteers taking down the infield and course.

     
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