Interested in Starting a Washington Student League Team?
Coaching is a very rewarding experience and we are sure that you will enjoy your time in our program. Starting and managing a student mountain bike team is no small task, but don’t let the process overwhelm you. There are may different ways to get to the end result of starting a team, but taking one step at a time will help ensure a successful launch! And the Washington Student Cycling League is here to help you – you are not alone.
To start a new team, please review the information on this page and contact Lisa Miller first. We are here to help you make your journey as straightforward as possible.
Familiarize yourself with the League mission, how is it structured, types of teams and boundaries, etc.
Do you have any other trusted adults interested in helping you start a team? Now is a good time to get them on board. Remember, you don’t have to wear all hats. In fact, you don’t want to!
You will have plenty of time along way to develop a management team, but it’s good to have help in the beginning.
- Division: High school or middle school.
- Team Structure: School-Based Team or Composite Team.
- Timeline and milestones.
- Start-up expense and team budget.
It’s time to register to enact your insurance coverage:
- Register yourself as a coach.
- Register the team.
Forming a relationship with your school(s) administrators is a critical part of a team’s formation, particularly for School-based teams. Without their support you won’t be able to use the school’s name, recruit riders, or become an “official” team, therefore we encourage you to keep the administrators informed and involved.
Meet with school administration to give them a League overview, present your team information, supply them with our SafeKids Policy and Insurance Overview.
Not all schools immediately grant “official club status”. Don’t worry, the League does not require that our teams are Official Clubs. The League can work with you to on other options.
Recruit riders, parents and adult volunteers:
- Distribute team flyer (school, community centers, coffee shops, etc.).
- Create a Facebook page.
- Place an add in the school paper or newsletter or post on the community board.
- Contact the PTA about promoting within the PTA and parent list serves.
- Place an add in your local neighborhood newspaper.
- Have a booth at Student Orientation Night, Club Fair, Health Fair, etc.
- Hold a community informational meeting.
Okay, it’s “GO” time…..
- Finalize your management team.
- Decide on various team roles and assign to coaches.
- Decide on your team mission and goals for the season.
- Decide on your practice schedule.
- Hold a Team Meeting with parents and student athletes.
- Make sure everyone registers.
- Start training and teaching.