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  • Georgia High School Cycling League Apalachee High School
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  • The Georgia High School Cycling League is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization under NICA and is the governing body for high school (grades 9-12) cross-country mountain biking in Georgia. The League added a middle school program in 2014. The League provides not only races and events but also direct rider, coach, and team support including defined programs, education, licensing, and insurance. The League was founded in 2013 and is one of 16 NICA leagues in operation as of 2015. Vital League Information
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  • 4 Georgia League Vision Vision: The Georgia High School Cycling League was organized in 2013 to provide a well defined race season for high school (grades 9-12) student-athletes and to promote the formation of teams at public and private high schools. In 2015 that grew to include a middle school program designed to introduce middle school aged riders (grades 6-8) to the sport of mountain biking focused heavily on skills, fun, and fitness with a taste of the competitive aspects of mountain biking..
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  • 4 Georgia League Mission The Georgia High School Cycling League works to establish and maintain safe, quality high school mountain bike programs. The League is responsible for establishing a climate that will: Provide students who have the desire to mountain bike with the coaching and camaraderie that will help them achieve both competitive and non-competitive cross-country mountain biking goals in a safe and enjoyable manner; Develop an awareness of what it is to be an amateur athlete that is both gracious and respectful to their community; Create an environment in which they may discover new friendships and find role models; Guide students towards learning new skills and disciplines, and spread the foundations of mountain bike racing across the U.S.; Foster a responsible attitude toward the use of trails and wilderness; Promote the value of cycling to our community as a mode of transportation and as a life long sport.
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  • 4 Five Core Principles NICAs Five Core Principles are fully integrated into the programs, resources and staff support for leagues, coaches and student athletes. Inclusivity: All student athletes are encouraged to participate. No one is benched. 83% of NICA student- athletes surveyed reported that their coach did a great job creating a positive, safe and inclusive team environment. Equal: All student-athletes are treated equally. Team scores are a combination of male and female points. Nearly 1/4 of NICA student athletes in 2011 were girls. Strong Body: Improving fitness and wellness are at the center of NICA training and education. 95% of NICA student athletes reported that their health and physical fitness improved when they joined a NICA League. Strong Mind: NICA student-athletes are students first. More than half of NICAs Student-Athletes have a 3.5 GPA or higher, 85% will go to a 4-year college or university, and 1/3 reported academic improvement when they joined the NICA League. Strong Character: NICA programs and leadership teaches student-athletes to work hard, respect others and give back to their teams, communities and the environment. 73% of student athletes reported an increased awareness and respect for the environment.
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  • 4 How it all started... NICA Founder, Matt Fritzinger 1998 Matt Fritzinger, a math teacher at Berkeley High School at the time, started a mountain biking club with just 4 student-athletes. 2000 Matt was organizing and producing a race series with teams from 4 local high schools competing The NorCal League was born. 2008 The movement spreads to SoCal with the creation of the SoCal League. 2009 NICA formed to take high school mountain biking Coast to Coast by 2020. 2011 Four leagues (NorCal, SoCal, Colorado and Washington) were racing with over 1,000 Student-athletes and 109 High School Teams. 2012 Seven leagues (including new adds Texas, Utah, and Minnesota) were racing with over 2,000 Student-athletes. 2013 With three new leagues (New York, Tennessee, and Arizona) touching both east and west coasts NICA brings the total to 9 leagues. Minnesota launches middle school program. 2014 Two new leagues (Georgia and Wisconsin) for 11 leagues and over 3,000 student-athletes racing in 2014. SoCal launches middle school program. 2015 Alabama and Virginia announced for 2015. Will there be more? This isnt just another racing program. This is in our schools. Its a cultural shift, cycling in the mainstream. -NICA Founder, Matt Fritzinger
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  • National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) 501(c)3 Youth Development Non-Profit Organization National Governing Body for grades 9-12 inter- scholastic mountain biking. NICA finds and supports local leadership to create NICA chapter leagues within specific geographic regions across the US. NICA provides start-up grants, comprehensive programs, resources and staff support for league start up and ongoing operations. 13 NICA Defined NICA creates and supports affiliated chapter leagues across the US. Senior girls from Drake and San Marin High Schools (NorCal) refuel mid-race. The NorCal League is the best run League of any high school sport, Ive ever seen. -Robert Ramierez, NorCal Parent
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  • 16 The NICA Way The NICA way is based on over a decade of proven leadership, governance and programmatic support to promote the creation, development and sustained operation of High School Mountain Biking Leagues. National Interscholastic Cycling Association NICA creates and supports affiliated chapter Leagues within specific geographic regions across the US. NICA Leagues NICA Leagues, led by a League Director, produce races, camps, outreach and special events to support the development of new coaches, teams, and student- athletes. NICA Coaches NICA Coaches create teams integrated within high schools and provide mentoring, instruction, training schedule, and race support for its student-athletes. NICA Teams and Clubs NICA Teams recruit, train and support the development of student-athletes to participate on the team and compete in the League. NICA Student-Athletes NICA Student-Athletes learn the skills and discipline of riding, training, teamwork and giving back; strengthening body, mind and character in the process. NICA Families NICA Families are supportive of their childs participation and become passionate about riding as well with 61% of Dads and 37% of Moms reporting that they had started riding again. NICA Leagues NICA Coaches NICA Teams and Clubs NICA Student-Athletes NICA Families
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  • 21 Georgia League Races What you can expect from the League: Pre-ride: Course open for riders and coaches Saturday afternoon (1-5 PM) and Sunday morning (8-9:30 AM). Sunday race day: Spectator friendly multiple lap courses. Bring your friends, family and cowbells! Safety & Proven Risk Management including: Well marked course EMTs on site Fixed Course Marshals Sweep Marshals Individual podiums every race Team podiums every race ALL RIDERS ARE CHEERED!
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  • 4 Additional League Events Leaders Summit The Leaders Summits are in integral part of the NICA model for high school mountain bike programs. The summits bring together head coaches, assistant coaches, ride leaders, and parent volunteers both new and experienced to develop skills and knowledge, share strategies, and build community. The conferences promote a holistic approach to coaching that creates an environment in which young people can grow and thrive. They also provide opportunities for participants to learn all about the league structures and processes, how to start a mountain bike team, how to work with their schools, issues related to liability, skills and drills technique and instruction, and the unique intricacies of working with high school cyclists. Attending a NICA Leaders Summit is a requirement for obtaining a NICA Coaches License at the level of Head Coach or Assistant Coach. Rider Camps For many student-athletes, mountain biking is a new sport. Even experienced riders can learn something new at a NICA rider camp or clinic, which emphasizes proper skill, technique and a healthy approach to riding and racing. Licensed coaches and assistants provide spot-on training for students of all skill levels, and in some cases a girls-only camp is held to encourage our future women to let their natural abilities flow. Fundraising Events Since 2004, the our NICA leagues have organized a weekend of fellowship to celebrate a successful year, bringing together cyclists in the community in the form of a sit-down banquet and group ride. Celebrities have included road pro Freddie Rodriguez, Giro dItalia winner Andy Hampsten, former road and MTB pro- turned author and television commentator Bob Roll, mountain bike evangelist Gary Fisher, pro roadie Levi Leipheimer and Garmin-Transitions CEO Jonathan Vaughters. Funds are raised, the year is celebrated, information and friendship is shared, and another season is planned out over drinks and hor doeuvres.
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  • 4 Coaching Background checks Wilderness First Aid & CPR Risk Management Positive Coaching Skills & Drills Training Annual Leaders Summit NICA Leagues provide comprehensive resources, education, licensing programs and insurance for coaches, assistants and ride leaders
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  • 4 Schedule Year Round Teams may form, recruit, and plan for the upcoming season but no TEAM on-bike activities outside of season (April 1 st through November 15th) Winter League Leaders Summit League Wilderness First Aid Training Team Registration begin


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