What If I've Never Mountain Biked Before?
No problem! We are thrilled you want to try something new. Come to the first practice with your bike, helmet and an open mind. You may discover this is the perfect sport for you! There are no try-outs to be on the team. All 7th-12th graders are welcome and accepted.
How Do I Know If I Have The Right Equipment?
You will need a cross-country mountain bike with knobby tires, front shock and a certified helmet. Coaches will check athlete's equipment once in June and once the first week of practice.
Coaches will make recommendations to parents regarding equipment safety and suggest maintenance or upgrading at that time. Outside those two Equipment Check Nights, riders will be responsible for their own bike's maintenance and safety. Prior to each practice student riders will review each others bikes for safety. This includes checking tire inflation, brakes, and chain viability.
Equipment Required: Helmet and cross country style mountain bike (not BMX or downhill bike)
Equipment Recommended: bike gloves, eye protection, padded bike shorts, water bottle and energy/food.
* Emergency prescription medication like inhalers or Epi-Pens must be carried by student rider at all times on their person. Bike jerseys and cycling jackets have three rear pockets that easily carry these items.
Can I earn a Varsity Letter?
The Wayzata Mountain Bike Team is currently not a high school sport and therefore does not allow for sports lettering. It is our hope that in the future we will gain that status. You can help us by recruiting more club members and being great teammates these first few years. This will build our reputation as a viable and growing club.
Can I Score Individually?
Yes, there are both team podium and individual podium awards at each race. At the state awards banquet in November, there are individual and team awards based on season point totals.
Who is Our Competition?
Several schools from the Lakes Conference have mountain bike teams, including Edina, Minnetonka, and Hopkins. We compete against all high school teams in Minnesota at every race.
Will I Ever Have to Race Against Kids Older Than Me?
Typically students race against riders in their own grade level. Riders with previous race results may sometimes "move up" a grade level or two depending on their past race performances. Deviation from racing within your grade category is done rarely and on a case-by-case basis only.
Do Boys and Girls Race Against Each Other?
High School mountain biking is a co-ed sport and although we train together, races are always separated by gender. There is a separate race for boys and for girls and for each grade level.
What About Transportation?
Transportation is not provided. We ask parents to coordinate transportation for their child to attend practices and races. This can be done at the informational meeting in May, at the orientation meeting in August or through our communications hub on Team Snap. **Pick up your child promptly at the end of practice. It is often dark when we finish riding.
Do My Parents Have To Volunteer?
Yes. The Minnesota League is completely volunteer run. Since parents are transporting student riders to races anyway, we ask that they sign up for a short volunteer shift during race day. It's always interesting!
What If I'm going to Be Out of Town and Miss a Lot of Practices?
Contact Coach Sheryl to let her know the dates you will be gone. She'll update you on whatever training or skills sessions you've missed. She also needs to know if you will be missing any of the races so that she can take your name off the start lists for that week.
Can I Do Another Fall Sport?
We are very flexible and believe now is the time to try new sports and activities to discover your strengths and interests; however, be aware that mountain biking is a physically demanding endurance sport and students who try to manage two fall sports often become ill or fall behind in schoolwork when trying to balance everything. If you have concerns, contact Coach Sheryl so she can work with the coaches to coordinate a healthy approach.
Do You Have An Attendance Policy?
We take attendance at each practice. Students who are sick or know they are going to miss practice, contact Coach Sheryl by email firstname.lastname@example.org or text message (612) 401-0933 prior to practice - (It's too late if you contact Coach Sheryl 10 minutes before practice). Athletes who miss two unexcused practices will have to meet with the coaches. Keep in mind parents and school officials report to us on school attendance and grades. Mountain Biking is super fun, but your first priority is schoolwork. If grades or attendance at practice start slipping, expect a meeting between Coach Sheryl, parents and student.
You will grow close to your teammates socially this season and share many experiences together. In the event of family or personal crises, school suspensions or other private developments in your life, make sure you let Coach Sheryl know. Coaches will protect your privacy and protect you from inquiries from your teammates.
Do Students Need To Volunteer?
As part of the mountain bike team, student riders will be expected to help on Race Day. When not racing, students are expected to help with cheering, team walkie-talkies, team tent management and supplies, team race food and course tear-down. Each year, we volunteer as a team cleaning and fixing bikes for FreeBikes4Kidz and occasionally we are called on to do trail-building work in the community.
Why Do Student Riders Have To Volunteer?
The Wayzata Mountain Bike Team is as much about character development as it is about race competition. Our team members build character as they develop life skills together, leading by example, being loyal, persevering, encouraging and working together to meet challenges. The discipline they will earn in an atmosphere of good sportsmanship will serve them well as they develop into mature members of our society. This is not a superstar-focused team; it is a cohesive and caring group that happens to be developing great fitness, racing well, and achieving goals!
How Do I Sign Up?
Registration is a two-step process. Registration opens May 1. Enroll through Wayzata Community Education. wayzata.thatscommunityed.com
or call 763-745-5213. Select “Mountain Bike Team” from the list of course choices. Once you've registered online, you will receive an invitation to register through the NICA Pit Zone. Follow the Invitation Link to NICA's Pit Zone. This online registration process assures you will be covered under the national insurance protection. You do not need to register for any races yet – just pay the registration fees and submit your online waiver form Enrollment on the team is complete now. You will receive an email invitation to join Team Snap - our communication website. This website houses information on practices, races, forms, photos and team information. This website private and only for paid and registered members of the Wayzata Mountain Bike Team.
How Much Does It Cost?
Registration fee is $195. The fee covers coaches, training and certification, team practices, and team equipment and supplies. NICA registration and insurance fees are an additional fee (approximately $50) when you register online through the NICA Pit Zone. Races are paid for individually in the fall (approximately $40 for each race). New participants will also need to purchase a team jersey (required for all races and approximately $50). Returning riders do not need a new jersey unless they've outgrown theirs.
Is other team apparel available?
Optional team apparel (spirit wear and team cycling jackets) will be available for purchase during the summer months. Team Members will be alerted through Team Snap and also at pre-season activities. (Need to be registered to get in on early apparel orders.)
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