Education • Leadership • Mentorship • Stewardship
Skills • Practice • Trail Exploration
Competition • Individual Fitness Goal Achievement
A lifelong passion of cycling
Cycling teaches all of us that goal-setting, persistence and tackling one mile at a time can lead to unimaginable achievements.
- Spring League Registration
- What is the League About?
- Middle School Philosophy
- And the Winner Is....
Team, Coach and Rider Registration for the 2014 Spring League is Open!
New to the League? Need to connect with a local team?
|If you are new to the League and not on a team and want to be, check out our registered or forming teams to see if there is one at your school or in your area. Don’t have a team in your area? Contact Lisa Miller at email@example.com to get information on how to start a team. It’s not too late!!|
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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
Bronson Berry of Ballard High School
“If someone were to ask me, ‘What is your best experience
from high school?’ I would say, ‘Mountain Biking Club!’”
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.
Date: March 8, 2014
Hosting Team: Anacortes Composite Middle School & High School Teams
Location: ACFL Cranberry Lake Old City Dump Trailhead
Street Address: A Ave. and Trail 10
State / Province: WA
Postal / Zip Code: 98221
Details: Meet at the A Ave. Trailhead (Old City Dump) across from Safe Harbor Church. Students AND Adults must have a waiver to ride. Download it at http://washingtonleague.org/wp-content/uploads/Form_LiabilityWaiver.pdf
March 23, 2014
Fort Steilacoom Invitational
April 6, 2014
Gig Harbor, WA
April 27, 2014
Battle at the Base
May 18, 2014
Washougal MX Challenge
More race information.