The Washington Student League is a holistic mountain bike program for students grade 7-12. We are self-governing, self-funded, self-supported program that patterns with schools and community organizations.
Our mission is to promote youth development, confidence, leadership, health and public stewardship through mountain biking and create a foundation for lifelong cycling enjoyment.
Cycling teaches all of us that goal-setting, persistence and tackling one mile at a time can lead to unimaginable achievements.
Education • Leadership • Mentorship • Stewardship
Skills • Practice • Trail Exploration
Competition • Individual Fitness Goal Achievement
A lifelong passion of cycling
Important Dates / Events
September – October Applications for Meet the League rides accepted. To host a Meet the League Ride, apply here.
December 1 Registration for Teams, Coaches and Riders opens.
Meet the League Rides
Meet the League rides are hosted by local Washington Student League teams and coaches throughout the year. These rides are open to any student grade 7 through 12 , parents, and potential volunteers who are interested in learning more about the League. Come join us and explore trails via mountain bike, meet fellow students and coaches. These rides are social and suitable for all fitness and ability levels. Please bring a mountain bike, helmet, and a sense of fun. Rain or shine, dress for weather.
All the rides are free.
* Note: Minors will need to have a parent or guardian sign a waiver which can be found here.
COACHES – to register your Meet the League Rides, please submit here.
In 2015 we will be hosting 4 league races. Approximately 2 in April and 2 in May.
Our race venue committee is actively working on the 2015 schedule and is looking to find some new race venues. Stay tuned for more information.
More race information.
- WATCH OUR VIDEO
- League Brochure
- Middle School Philosophy
- 2014 Results
Middle School Philosophy
All middle school students are encouraged to participate in the WSL regardless of their ability and prior experience with organized sports.
In addition to the general mission and vision of the WSL, the Spring Program should also provide opportunities for middle school students to:
• improve self-esteem and feelings of competence through positive interactions with their peers and adults
• acquire new skills and refine those previously learned
• learn to function effectively as members of a team or group
• improve personal health and fitness levels
• to have fun and enjoy biking in the outdoors
Recognizing the unique developmental needs of the middle school student, the WSL promotes the building of student success through active participation, increased skill building, and positive sportsmanship.
• Emphasize having fun
• Emphasize participation and practice over racing and race results
• Balance competition with cooperation
• Encourage lifelong participation in biking
• Promote academics as the highest priority
Cycling Skillbuilding and Conditioning
• Develop experience-based appropriate skills
• Focus on fundamentals for a safe riding experience
• Develop skills and conditioning as a foundation for improvement and rider progression
• Develop a positive individual and team attitude
• Encourage, cooperate and collaborate with peers
• Present positive adult role models that demonstrate self control and mutual respect
Benefits of Sport Participation at the Middle School Level
Numerous authors and organizations have cited the potential benefits of participation in sport and physical activity programs (e.g., American Academy of Pediatrics, 2001; Darst & Pangrazi, 2002; Seefeldt & Vogel, 1986; Siedentop, 2001). A representative list of such benefits, developed by the World Health Organization (1998) includes the following:
• Improvement of motor skills and physical fitness;
• Enhancement of normal physical and social growth and maturation;
• Improvement of socialization, self-esteem, self-perception and psychological well-being;
• Establishment of a basis for a healthy lifestyle and lifelong commitment to physical activity.
In addition, the Centers for Disease Control (2002) lists the following benefits of physical activity, specifically for middle school students:
• Helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints;
• Helps control weight, build lean muscle, and reduce fat;
• Prevents or delays the development of high blood pressure and helps reduce blood pressure on some adolescents with hypertension;
• Appears to reduce depression and anxiety, improve mood, and enhance the ability to perform daily tasks throughout the lifespan;
• May contribute to a physically active lifestyle that may continue into adulthood.
Concerns About Sport Participation at the Middle School Level
Despite the impressive list of benefits of participation in sport and physical activity programs, there are some concerns that coaches and parents should be aware of:
• Student’s educational priorities
• Overuse injuries and burnout
• Psychological stress about competition
• Time management / stress if overcommitted with other activities/commitments
THANK YOU FOR A SUCCESSFUL SEASON!
And a special thank you to Ed Fischer of Camas Bike & Sport and the Camas/Washougal Composite teams for hosting such an epic season ender!
Results for Washougal MX Challenge are up! Check them out.
1. Olympic Composite (1st Overall)
2. Pilchuck Composite (2nd Overall)
3. Issaquah Composite (3rd Overall)
1. Anacortes Composite (2nd Overall)
2. Camas/Washougal Composite (1st Overall)
3. Icicle River Middle School (3rd Overall)