Prospective Spring 2015 Teams
Individuals can compete in the SoCal League, but what’s even more fun is having a team to train and race with. Whether you are a student or coach, the League wants to do everything we can to help you form a team at your local high school. If you’d like to see a team form at your school, please send us an e-mail so we can help you out. The league can help in many ways, including help:
- Athletes find coaches
- Coaches form teams
- Teams become recognized by their schools
- Teams find additional volunteers
Below is some detailed information about teams. We encourage all athletes to recruit some fellow students and have some fun trying out the competition.
All teams must register with the League. Doing so provides insurance coverage for all coaches and volunteers, as well as supporting League programs. Team registration will begin in early October.
Late registration fee of $50 applies on February 1, 2015. Teams will not be allowed to register after February 6, 2015. Riders from teams failing to meet the February 6, 2015 deadline are welcome and encouraged to register and compete as independent riders.
In order to register, the team’s Director or Head Coach should contact the league director.
The price for registering a team varies depending on the division of the team and if the team has a licensed head coach.
Division I Teams:
With licensed Head Coach OR first year teams: Appx. $250
Without licensed Head Coach: Appx. $350
Division II Teams:
With licensed Head Coach OR first year teams: Appx. $150
Without licensed Head Coach: Appx. $250
Middle School Teams:
With licensed Head Coach OR first year teams: Appx. $100
Without licensed Head Coach: Appx. $150
If you have questions about team registration, please contact Matt Gunnell (email@example.com).
High School Divisions
SoCal League teams are divided into Division I and Division II teams. Single school teams of 12 or more riders are Division 1 teams (a rider in this context is a team member planning on doing at least one race during the season). Teams of 11 or fewer riders and composite teams are Division 2 teams. Single school teams of between 10-15 riders may petition to race in their non-statutory division.
While Division I and Division II teams do race separately in many fields, they are treated equally by the League in all aspects. The separation is only intended to provide a fair race environment for team scoring.
Teams are awarded points after every League race which count toward the teams’ standings at that individual race and for the overall series. Both girls and boys points count toward that team’s overall score. However, teams need not have boys’ and girls’ points to score for a race. Due to the difference in team size between divisions, Division I teams and Division II teams are scored differently.
For Division I, the team’s score is the highest score possible based on 8 riders with at least two riders being of opposite sex. Following are the possible boy/girl combinations:
For Division II, the team’s score is the highest score possible based on 4 riders with at least one rider being of opposite sex. Following are the possible boy/girl combinations:
For more information about Team and Individual Scoring please refer to the NICA rules.
We do not keep track of middle school team scoring.
Individuals, Home School Teams and Composite Teams
Don’t have a team to race with? That’s ok! Students can compete as an independent racer in the League Series. While they will not be eligible for the Team Overall title, they are eligible for the Indiviual Race and Overall titles. Independent racers need not register a team, and should only register for the series, being sure to denote that they are racing as an “Independent” where appropriate on registration forms. All other rules apply. Please contact League Director Matt Gunnell at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to register as an independent rider.
Composite Teams may form that 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.
Home-school riders are not allowed to join school-based teams, but they may join a composite team, form a regional home-school team, or simply race as an independent rider. Home-school teams are much like composite teams but are comprised of home-school studens from a given geographic region.
Composite Team Limitations: Because Composite Teams are intended to be temporary solutions towards building Single School-Based Teams or County-Based Home-School Teams, riders may only score for Composite Teams for a maximum of 2 years. In addition, if a Composite Team has 5 or more students from the same school, those 5 or more students will be scored separately from the rest of that Composite Team unless a petition to do otherwise is approved. Finally, composite teams with 12 or more members will be broken into multiple scoring units which will each compete as separate D2 teams. See the NICA Rule Book for more details.