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GETTING ROLLING IN 2021

High School race registration opens tomorrow, May 1.
Some teams have delayed MiSCA activities due to MDHHS requirements.
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Executive Director's Message
May is always an exciting time around MiSCA. Teams are in full planning mode and some are even starting to ride as a group. This year we have seen an explosion of families looking to participate and we have a few teams that are already beyond capacity for the season. We were extremely proud of our 2020 growth, ending the year with 716 student riders, supported by 252 volunteer coaches. With 4 months until racing, we already have 676 students and 258 coaches signed up for 2021! 
More exciting news is that race registration opens tomorrow! We prioritized full series race registration for high school ages to allow them increased opportunities for participation. This was based on parent and coach feedback from 2020 and should help with school-based athletic awards, national rankings, college aspirations, and more. High School ages will not be prioritized after June 1 and, if participation caps are required, races will be first-come-first-serve for all ages. High school students wishing to register for less than all 6 races will do so starting June 1.
- May 1 - High School only: Full Series (all 6 races)
- June 1 - All grades: Full Series (all 6 races) and Individual Races (if not signing up for all)

Something new with race registration this year - you will not select a race category. Race categories will be determined through consultation with your coaches and the coaches will enter this into the system by August 1st. MiSCA is still working through this process and we're planning to provide coaches and independent riders with recommendations for category placement based on prior-year results soon. The fees have been simplified and are now defined by grade level, not race category, which will make upgrades easier moving forward.

On to the not exciting news... our state is still experiencing high COVID numbers, resulting in rather strict orders around gatherings and face mask use. Restrictions for the general public are looser than they were last Fall; however, the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) has released strict guidance around youth sports in an effort to limit exposure in unvaccinated youth and keep kids in school as much as possible. As announced last month, and followed up with our registered families on April 28th, the MDHHS now requires all student-athletes ages 13-19 to be tested weekly for Coronavirus. Please read the GUIDANCE SURROUNDING THE GATHERINGS AND FACE MASK ORDER (APRIL 28, 2021) document for more details and information on what we're doing to keep our families safe. The current order is set to expire on May 24 and we will continue to update our families as things evolve and change.

These orders are generally confusing enough and they get even less clear with various organizations interpreting and implementing the policies in various ways (e.g. the MHSAA releasing their own guidance that contradicts the published order). As a sports organizer, MiSCA must comply with and enforce the requirements issued by MDHHS. Any
activities not following MiSCA's guidance or rules are not affiliated with or being organized by MiSCA - this could include events or rides hosted by teams that traditionally organize under MiSCA but are following outside guidance from an Athletic Director, etc. Since these activities are not official MiSCA activities, organizers are not required to follow MiSCA's rules and the participants, coaches, and affiliated organizations are not covered under MiSCA's insurance policy during these activities.

MiSCA will continue to work directly with the MDHHS and communicate future guidance and clarification. We hope that our open dialogue with the MDHHS and the education we provided to them will help clarify future orders for outdoor and non-contact sports. Thank you to our parents, coaches, and staff for finding ways to make this work - I know this isn't easy for anyone. I'm sure my next update will have better news and we can all move forward!

     Happy Trails,
     
     SEAN WARREN, Executive Director
HIGH SCHOOL RACE REGISTRATION OPENS MAY 1ST
Thanks to rider, coach, and parent feedback, race registration will be prioritized for high school students. Students entering grades 9-12 can register for the complete race series starting on May 1st. Registration for grades 8 and under, and all individual races, will open on June 1st.

CHECK YOUR EMAIL FOR THE RACE PARTICIPATION CODE!
Annual coach & rider registration is required to participate in MiSCA teams, events, and activities. A participation code to unlock your access to racing will be included in the confirmation email and was sent as an additional reminder earlier today.
D&D Bicycles 2021 MiSCA Race Series
We are excited to announce 6 youth-only mountain bike races scheduled for this fall! You'll notice some new venues, a return to some prior locations, and the favorites you've come to love. Race #5 will be at Milford Trail on Oct 10th. Race registration will open for high school on May 1st and everyone on June 1st.
  1. Aug 29 Heritage Park
  2. Sep 12 Addison Oaks p/b Cycletherapy
  3. Sep 19 Merrell Trail
  4. Sep 26 Bloomer Park p/b Fraser Bicycle
  5. Oct 10 Milford Trail p/b Wheels In Motion
  6. Oct 17 Cannonsburg Ski Area p/b Hammerhead Bike Howell
 
Rider & Coach Registration - Now Open!
MiSCA utilizes SportsSignUp Play to help manage teams, coaches, volunteers, parents, and riders. We operate on a "league model", which runs March 1 - March 1 each year, and requires an annual registration fee ($50 riders, $30 coaches). Due to insurance requirements, all riders (including adults) must be registered with MiSCA to participate in team practices and compete in races. League registration opened on March 1st. Race registration opens for high school on May 1st and everyone on June 1st. Adults create family accounts and register their children and themselves for participation. First-year riders can use code FIRSTYR when registering to waive the annual fee. Scholarships available if finances are a barrier to participation. Please email registration@miscabike.org with questions or technical issues.
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TESTING REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTICIPANTS AGES 13-19
MDHHS published guidance for athletics on March 20, which was clarified on April 16, and extended through May 24. Starting April 2nd, all individuals ages 13-19 participating in contact and non-contact athletic activities must test for SARS-CoV-2 on a weekly basis. MiSCA must comply with this order.

Read MiSCA's full guidance at www.miscabike.org/covid
Welcome to MiSCA webinar - recording available!
The 2021 season is upon us! Whether you’re a parent new to MiSCA or a seasoned Head Coach, this webinar is for you! Learn about the registration system (SportsSignUp Play), our Coaching Certification program, new racing categories, rules updates, and more. The webinar was hosted on March 30th by Sean Warren, Executive Director of Michigan Scholastic Cycling Association.

Watch on YouTube
FEMALE-FOCUSED PROGRAMS
BRAVE: Girls Epic Adventures
Registration is now full for the BRAVE program. BRAVE is a girls' adventure ride club that will meet 6 times throughout the spring and summer. The rides will be non-competitive and will focus on camaraderie, confidence-building, and FUN.

Wish our ladies lots of luck for their opening event at River Bends Park in Shelby Township this weekend. Reminder for girls 13-19, per MDHHS guidelines, proof of a negative COVID test result is currently required for participation in all MiSCA activities. Please read the full guidance and find updates on the gatherings and face mask order by visiting www.miscabike.org/covid.

BRAVE 2021 schedule:
  • May 2 (Sunday, 4pm): BRAVE Kickoff Ride @ River Bends
  • May 22 (Saturday, 10am): Gravel ride to Crust Bakery, Fenton
  • June 16 (Wednesday, 6pm): Downtown Lake Orion to the high school trail (ice cream at Cookies & Cream after)
  • July 12 (Monday, 6pm): Stony Creek
  • August 4 (Wednesday, 6pm): Novi Tree Farm
  • August 22 (Sunday, 3pm): Celebrate BRAVE @DTE Foundation Trail
Pro Cyclist Mentorship Opportunity with Ellen Noble
FROM ELLEN NOBLE VIA INSTAGRAM @ellenlikesbikes
At long last, I am so thrilled to announce the details and application for my Noble Racing Mentorship Program. 🎉 This program, through monthly mentorship calls, community building, and monetary grants, aims to create a meaningful impact on multiple young women, from anywhere in the world. 🌎 Not being able to complete the #ENCXQuest due to COVID, brought me back to the drawing board on how to keep giving back to the sport I love without being reliant on meeting in large groups.

The mentorship program will consist of 3 parts: 
  1. Virtual 1-1 monthly mentorship calls. The athletes will dictate the direction of each call and get to choose the topics that they would like to discuss!
  2. Virtual community building calls: one a month, all of the Noble Racing Mentorship athletes will come together on a community call, to get to know one another and create friendship that can be built upon at races and in-person events.
  3. Monetary grants: each selected athlete will receive a monetary grant, provided by Noble Racing, to help fund their racing season. The athletes can use this grant however they see fit. ✨🥰
Who can apply: 
Any athlete is welcome to apply, but strong preference is given to Women, trans and NB athletes ages 16-22

The application is open for 1 week (April 30-May 7). Thank you so much, everyone! I can’t wait to read everyones application!


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The DEVO club had their first activity recently, where they hosted a live Zoom call with collegiate cyclist Maddy Frank. Maddy is racing for Lindenwood University and is our 2015 & 2016 Varsity state champ. She did a great job and covered a lot of points with great insight into what it is like to be a collegiate racer.  The DEVO members also asked some great questions and a few questions got pretty deep, talking about the pressure and big workloads.

We have our next guest speaker confirmed - Hannah Finchamp. Hannah is one of six women selected to have the chance to compete for the USA in the Tokyo Olympics. She just left for Europe for the next two UCI events and will talk with us on her return. Hannah raced for and graduated from Lindenwood and has a very impressive website and offers some great articles about training and racing. https://hannahfinchamp.com

The DEVO group is also planning to represent Michigan at the WORS races in Wisconsin. 7 racers are confirmed so far for WORS #1, the Englewood Open on May 16th. We will have a tent on the course for the races in the pits and we will have another tent in the camping pasture, which is close to the race venue. If you're planning to attend WORS races, reach out to Jim to help coordinate, we'd love to get all the Michigan riders together.


Please direct any questions around DEVO to Jim Davis at jdavis@miscabike.org.
COACHES CORNER
Make sure you are registered as a coach for the 2021 season before your team starts practices.
If you already registered and were planning to upgrade to level 2 or 3, please email Sarah with your request. You should attach any documents to your upgrade request email.
Upgrade Requirements for 2021
2020 was a weird year and 2021 continues to be challenging. We understand that many coaches were unable to work as much as expected with their teams, so MiSCA has reduced the required number of fieldwork hours to maintain or upgrade to level 2 and level 3.

Fieldwork requirements
- Level 2: 20 hours reported in 2020 and/or 2021 (down from 30)
- Level 3: 40 hours reported in 2020 and/or 2021 (down from 60)


First Aid / CPR requirements
In-person training is really important to ensure coaches grasp these important life-saving concepts; therefore, MiSCA requires first aid / CPR certification through the completion of an in-person class. Many providers offer a combination First Aid and CPR class -that will give you only 1 certificate, but that is perfectly fine. Coaches may petition MiSCA to accept online-only courses by emailing registration@miscabike.org. A waiver may be granted if an overwhelming majority of level 2+ coaches on the team have in-person certificates.

Clinics / Skills Training
MiSCA is planning to host many coaching clinics this summer. If you're looking to upgrade to level 2, please complete the following requirements in advance:
- Watch the Ride Guide webinar
- Review the Ride Guide manual
- Pass the Ride Guide quiz

If you're ready to upgrade, please email Sarah to request an upgrade. DO NOT register again in SportsSignUp Play, as that will cause more issues and charge you more money!


Request Upgrade
Field Hours Reporting
Field Hours are any time spent in contact with MiSCA student-athletes in a mountain bike team setting. This can be time spent leading team rides, skills clinics, leading team meetings, and spending time at races supporting our athletes. Fieldwork hours ensure that coaches and volunteers are practicing their own coaching skills and having a positive influence on our riders. Use the Google Form to submit your fieldwork hours after each activity. If you need to catch up, you can download a copy of this Excel Template and submit it with your upgrade request.

Please submit your field hours, regardless of your coaching level. We use this as a measurement for the number of hours our coaches are volunteering their time.


Submit Hours
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Support our Mission!
The Michigan Scholastic Cycling Association (MiSCA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that empowers communities to develop and grow K-12 youth mountain biking programs across the state. We instill confidence by promoting the values of an active lifestyle, healthy competition, and outdoor stewardship and adventure while building life-long friendships in an inclusive environment. MiSCA now serves more than 700 kids and 250 coaches throughout the state, with new clubs/teams forming all the time. In the fall, MiSCA holds a professionally-run 6-event youth-only mountain bike race series. We provide coach training and support through a certification program that requires skills clinics, first aid/CPR training, background checks, and more to ensure safe and consistent education is provided to our youth. Additionally, MiSCA has programming focused on getting more girls active in the sport by creating girls-only events where girls feel welcomed and ensuring girls are included equally in all aspects of the organization. Cycling is truly a lifelong sport, and we strive to create a fun environment where everyone can experience the joys of the outdoors.
Thanks to YOUR SUPPORT, we waived $10,733 in registration fees to help families in 2020!
Support MiSCA - Donate Today!
Special thanks to our top supporters:

D&D Bicycles



Cycletherapy Bicycles space Fraser Bicycle

Hammerhead Bikes of Howell (Elite Level Sponsor) space Wheels In Motion (Elite Level Sponsor)



Barry Roubaix (Expert Level Sponsor) space Clinton River Mountain Bike Association (CRAMBA) (Expert Level Sponsor)
Giant/Liv (Expert Level Sponsor) space KOM Cycling (Expert Level Sponsor) space KLM Bike & Fitness (Expert Level Sponsor) space
Motor City Mountain Bike Association (MCMBA) (Expert Level Sponsor) space Primal Apparel (Expert Level Sponsor & Official Team Apparel of MiSCA) space West Michigan Mountain Bike Alliance (WMMBA) (Expert Level Sponsor)

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