• How do I start a high school mountain bike team? Administrators, teachers, students, community members, anyone can potentially begin a cycling club at their local school. Every district works a little differently, but most schools athletic programs depend on the support of community members. Visit your school and ask questions about their current sports programs and clubs. Whether considered a club, or an athletic program, it is important to find support from the school. Discuss your plans and ideas with your school administration, and you're ready to get started. Next, you’ll need to meet a few NICA coaching requirements to get started.  Check out our coaches 411 page for more info on how to become a coach.

  • How do I recruit kids for a team? Various teams have had success with many different recruiting techniques. Hosting a Bike Club table at Club Rush (or whatever your high school Club recruitment day is called) is a great way to garner initial interest. Meeting with the Athletic Director in order to educate he/she about your new club is another idea. Call the Alabama League at 205.310.5828 and ask if there are current teams or clubs that you can connect with in your area. Put an article in the school newspaper, get parents to talk to other parents, send an email to your school’s Boosters Club. There are lots of ways to get kids interested in cycling!

  • Do I have to have insurance for a club or team? Yes. Do not run a program without adequate insurance coverage! NICA provides comprehensive liability insurance to all teams and coaches who officially register with the Alabama League.

  • Can I get a scholarship for race entry fees? The Alabama League is able to provide scholarships to registered League athletes who are in need of financial assistance. Please contact Lauren Haughey for information on how to apply for a scholarship.

  • Can I get a good deal or discount on a new bike? Please go to the Founding Sponsors page and find the closest bike shop to you that is an Alabama sponsor. These shops all offer incredible discounts to Alabama League riders and coaches

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