There are already teams throughout Alabama for the 2016 season. If you want to get involved first check out the League Map to see if there is already a team in your area.
Individuals can compete in the Alabama League, but what’s even more fun is having a team to train and race with. Whether you are a student or coach, the League wants to do everything we can to help you form a team at your local school or in your local community.
The league can help in many ways, including help:
Athletes find coaches
Coaches form teams
Teams become recognized by their schools
Teams find additional volunteers
Who can start a team?
Administrators, teachers, parents, students and/or community members can start a cycling club at their local school or in their community. While it is not necessary that the person who initiates the club be a school “insider” (teacher or administrator), this can be very useful if you are trying to start a school based team. Extensive cycling experience is not necessary. One should simply have the desire to introduce kids to the sport of mountain biking. Once you have decided to create a team, the League can help educate you and provide you with all the tools necessary to be an excellent coach. Check out the Team Starter Page for more information on what the next steps are.
What kind of teams are there?
An Alabama League mountain bike team can be any size, as long as correct coach-to-student-athlete ratios (1:6) are abided by. In order to inclusive to all students, there are several team types to accommodate anyone who wants to participate.
Official School Club Team : An official club at the school and is comprised of full-time students from the same school.
Independent School Team : Not an official club at the school, but still recognized by NICA as representing a single school. All members of the team must be full-time students from the same school.
Composite Teams : Comprised of full-time students from more than one school and may also include home school students from the same area. These teams are community based instead of school based, however depending on the total number of students from any one school on the composite team, scoring may be separated out into the respective schools. It's important to know that certain limitations and rules apply to composite teams, review the NICA 2015 Rules and Guidelines (PDF) for more information on composite team rules.
Home School Teams : Comprised of home schooled students only who live within the same county or within geographic proximity of one other.
Independent Riders : In addition to teams, independent riders are welcome to participate in league events. If there is not a team in your area and you wish to participate, contact the league director Adam Crews () for more information on how to get involved.
Teams are broken into Division 1 and Division 2 categories based on their team size (and not their school size). The Alabama League is transitioning to a two division league for the 2016 season. All teams will register with the league as a D2 team and as the season approaches the league director will work with each coach to determine how many registered racers will be on the team and whether or not that team needs to be classified as D1 or D2. Please see the NICA 2015 Rules and Guidelines (PDF) for more info on how the league determines Divisions.
While Division I and Division II teams are scored separately, they are treated equally by the League in all aspects. The separation is only intended to provide a fair race environment.
The Alabama League includes teams from the entire state. Check out the league map above to see if your area has an existing team. If you are interested in starting a new team, go to our Team Starter Page to learn how.
Neighboring states may participate if a League does not currently exist in that region. Click here to see where the latest Idaho teams are located.
Registration : October 1 - March
Alabama League teams can register starting on October 1st of each year up until the racing season starts in March
Pre-Season : October 15 - December
During the pre-season teams are allowed limited activities that must be pre-approved by the league director
Season : December 1 - May
During the season teams are allowed to practice and participate in NICA events
Off-Season : May - October
Out of season team activities are neither sanctioned nor insured and violations of these rules may result in expulsion of a team from the league
Anyone who intends to participate in the League must register in the Pit Zone and abide but this timeline so that they are covered under NICA insurance.
Most mountain bike teams start small and grow quickly; it’s a tremendous challenge but highly rewarding! The first step for many successful coaches is attending our spring coaches conference, a.k.a. the Leaders Summit.
If you don't see a team in your area then check out the Team Starter Page for information on how to get one started. You can also email the league director Adam Crews : for more information.