Q. Who can join the Downingtown Mountain Biking Team?
A. Any Downingtown School District student in grades 6-12. We have a girls coach, a high school coach and a middle school coach. We are focused on being safe while having fun on mountain bikes.
Q. What are the coach's qualifications?
A. Besides racing themselves they have been accredited by the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) and are recognized coaches by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Cycling League (PICL). They are certified in CPR, concussion detection and Wilderness First Aid and they are sufficiently knowledgeable to be a positive influences on all student athletes.
Q. Is the Downingtown Mountain Biking Team fully insured?
A. Yes, NICA provides General Liability insurance for the Downingtown Mountain Biking Team including coverage for trail maintenance and repair by the club, club rides, training rides, races and other club functions such as meetings and clinics. Coaches are covered while acting within the scope of their duties for the Downingtown Mountain Biking Team.
Q. Can I participate in another sport and race for the Downingtown Mountain Biking Team?
A. Student athletes can participate in two sports in the same season however the onus is on the student to do well in school as academics come first for the Downingtown Mountain Biking Team.
Q. I've been on several teams and never got to compete. Will the Downingtown Mountain Biking Team be different?
A. We want to introduce kids to mountain biking and make it fun for all. Everyone races and every race counts as long as you finish!
Q. What are the core values of the team?
A: The five core values of NICA, PICL and Downingtown MTB Mountain Biking Team are:
Inclusivity: no bench-warmers, every finish counts
Equality: no try-outs; everyone rides.
Strong Body: lifelong fitness and good health start here.
Strong Mind: student-athletes are students first.
Strong Character: work hard, play fair, respect others and the community.
Q. When is the Downingtown Mountain Biking Team's season?
A. We can hold six team events before July 1 and start practicing after that. We will practice three times a week with a lot of optional rides available on great local trails. 4-6 races will be on races are on Sundays with course set-up and pre-rides on Saturdays in September and October. We want to get kids on their bikes as much as possible and make practices fun and effective.
Q. What will practices be like?
A. With a focus on safety and fun, practices will be split up by ability so that everyone can learn at their own pace.
Q. How is this going to help me in the future?
A. First of all, you can mountain bike most of your life and exploring great trails with friends on weekends is a lot more realistic than continuing to play other scholastic sports after high school. Many colleges have mountain biking teams and you can compete at a collegiate level and, even better, Teen Trail Corps Initiative is an excellent addition to your college application.
Q. What is Teen Trail Corps Initiative?
A. NICA has partnered with IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association) and REI to create Teen Trail Corps. The program is designed to educate student-athletes in advocacy as well as to encourage them to take action now and as leaders in the future. This optional leadership program for students allows cycling athletes to create a sense of community on the trails and to ensure continued access to our public land uses.
Q. How much is this going to cost?
A. The team dues of $250 for the season includes the Downingtown Mountain Biking Team uniform and allows our team to participate in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Cycling League. Each race, with a cost of $40 will be paid for with your team dues. We plan on organizing fundraising and sponsors to support our team. Oh, and you'll also need a bike! If you're on the Downingtown Mountain Biking Team you'll receive a team discount from our sponsoring bike shop. Additionally, there are dues for the PA League and the National Association. Those total $65 and cover insurance and operation expenses of each.
Q. What is a race day like?
A. It's a blast! You'll hang with your friends and make new ones from all around the state. You'll be prepared to compete and race against athletes of similar experience and skill. When you're not racing you'll cheer on teammates and points from boys and girls in all age categories contribute to the team points.