Start a Team

The MN League recognizes that our coaches are the most essential component of a successful mountain bike team and we have many resources that can help you organize a team. Please contact Joel Woodward Coaching Director or Joshua Kleve League Director with any questions.

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 high 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 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 school administration, and you are ready to get started. Next, you’ll need to meet a few MN League Licensing requirements to get started.
How do I start a Composite mountain bike team? Composite Teams are comprised of full-time students from more than one high-school within the same district or other geographic proximity. Composite teams must first seek approval of their geographic scope. Contact your league director to discuss a composite team in your region.

Note that Independent riders and home-schooled individuals have the option of joining school-based teams, forming a composite team or a regional home-school team or simply racing as an independent rider. Home-school teams are like composite teams but are comprised of home-school students from a given geographic region.

How do I recruit kids for a team? Various teams have had success with many different recruiting techniques. Hosting a Bike Club table at your schools sports recruiting day to garner initial interest. Meeting with the Athletic Director in order to educate he/she about your new club is another idea. See if there is a team already 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 Minnesota League.
How Big does a Team Need to Be?  Most mountain bike teams start small and grow quickly; it’s a tremendous challenge but highly rewarding!  A MN League mountain bike team can be any size, but the amount of racers a given team can bring to a race may be capped. Teams are broken into Division 1 and Division 2 categories based on their team size (and not their school size). This is only done after a certain amount of teams are in the MN League. Please see the Minnesota Rulebook (PDF) for more info on Division specifics.
NICA Coaches License Program  For more information about the MN League licensed coach program, see Coach Licensing. New teams do not need licensed coaches, but the head coach does need to take steps towards obtaining one. Please contact Josh Kleve at if you have more questions.
When Can We Start a Team?

Anyone who intends to coach a team should register with the MN League so that they are covered under our insurance.

MN League teams are limited to the number of weeks they can have pre-season practice.  Practice can commence July 1.   In addition, teams are not insured outside of these limits. Allowable pre-season activities are bike checks, fun rides, mechanical workshops or skills clinics. All team rides or other training activities must end within two weeks of the final League race. A more detailed description can be found in the Minnesota League Rulebook (PDF).

Coach Resources View MN League Coach Resources

View the MN Team Starter Kit

NICA Coach Resources View NICA Coaches Resources