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Youth Mountain Bike Program
TSALTESHI SPROCKETS

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June 9 – July 21, 2020

MISSION
Developing life long cyclists while building self-confidence, having fun and playing outdoors.

GOALS
Demonstrate improved bike handling and safe trail riding skills while gaining self-confidence
Practice proper trail etiquette and stewardship
Develop a love of physical fitness through the lifelong activity of cycling
Value a connection to nature by exploring outdoors
Create riding comradery, friendships and fond memories while having FUN!

ELIGIBILITY
Open to youth ages 8 – 16 years old who are proficient in basic road/sidewalk bicycle riding skills. (Must be turning 8 in 2020.) Previous mountain biking experience is NOT required.

REGISTRATION
Registration for returning riders and eligible siblings will be open from March 25-31. On April 1, registration will open for new riders. Registration will remain open until 72 riders have registered or until April 15, whichever comes first.

MANDATORY PARENT & YOUTH MEETING
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 6pm at the Soldotna Sports Center
• Important program paperwork, information and question & answer session.
• Bicycle helmet medical information carriers and helmet name tags will be handed out.
• Bring your helmet for a safety check and fitting.

LESSON DATES
• June 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 & 30
• July 7, 14 & 21
• Lessons are from 6:15-7:30pm and start at the Bike Shack beside the Skyview Middle School Hockey Rink.

FEES
$75.00 per biker for all 10 lessons. Additionally, each biker must be covered under a Tsalteshi Trails membership, either individually as a student ($20) or as part of a family membership ($120). Membership forms are available online at www.tsalteshi.org.

(The fee covers TTA liability insurance, trail maintenance, safety equipment, lesson equipment, use of basic bike repair equipment, use of the Bike Shack, Porta-Potty rental fees and a bear bell & a helmet medical info carrier.)

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT NOT COVERED BY THE PROGRAM
• A reliable bike with hand brakes and gears
• Bike safety check form completed and turned in prior to first lesson
• Proper fitting bike helmet
• Closed toed shoes with laces or velcro – NO slip-ons or sandals
• Water bottle or hydration pack
• Bear bell (1 per rider provided by program)
• Medical emergency helmet label (1 per rider provided by program)
• Extra inner-tube
• Windbreaker / rain coat
• Smile

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT NOT COVERED BY THE PROGRAM
• Bike gloves
• Protective eye wear
• Bug spray

REFUNDS
Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation, the on-line payment option has been disabled and we are not taking the $75 rider registration fee at this time. The purpose of doing this is to avoid the process of giving refunds if we have to cancel the program. We will keep you posted on program status and registration fees as we get closer to June 1st.
• TTA Membership-NO REFUND
• Program/Lesson fees-NO REFUND

CODE OF CONDUCT
Each biker and their parent will sign the code of conduct prior to participating in the program.

TTA RELEASE
A Tsalteshi Trails Association release form will be signed by the parent prior to participating in the program.

PARENT PARTICIPATION
All parents are asked to attend the first lesson on Tuesday, June 9th to assist during the ability assessment ride. During lesson times, parents will NOT ride with their child’s ability group. Please contact tsalteshisprockets@gmail.com, if you are interested in volunteer opportunities.

BIKE MAINTENANCE
The mandatory bike safety check form must be completed and turned in prior to parent night. Bikers are expected to come to every lesson with a well functioning and maintained bike.

LESSON START TIMES
Lessons start promptly at 6:15 pm! Plan to arrive 15 minutes early to go through your bike safety check, locate your group and receive any necessary instructions before lessons begin.

Tsalteshi Sprockets will not be responsible for bikers who arrive late for lessons. Youth will not be allowed to bike alone searching for their group. If you are going to be late, plan to ride with your child or miss the lesson.

PRE-RIDE REQUIREMENTS
Bikers should be hydrated, urinated, well nourished and dressed for conditions.

BICYCLE HELMETS
EVERYONE must wear a bicycle helmet.  This includes in parking lots, lesson staging areas and before and after lessons.  If you are on a bike, you have on a helmet!

WEATHER
Unless serious weather or trail conditions are present that would be unsafe, bikers should plan on riding in all conditions. Bikers should come dressed accordingly. If you feel your child will not enjoy riding in a particular weather condition, please take that into consideration before sending them out with the group.

CURRICULUM
Skills, Drills & Fun. Each lesson will include a warm-up period, a skill/drill in technique, a game and exploration of the trails on two wheels. All bikers will be assigned to small groups based on their riding ability. Movement between groups may occur based on progress and coaches’ recommendations. Sprockets lessons DO NOT include racing. Our insurance prohibits racing. TTA offers many opportunities to race.

COACHES
Each group will have one coach and one assistant coach with no more than eight youth bikers. Each head coach will have a background check prior to the first lesson. All coaches will carry a coach’s safety kit, which will include a cell phone, bear spray, first aid kit, trail treats, etc.

BIKE SHACK
The Bike Shack located next to the Skyview Middle School hockey rink will be our home base. Two adults will be assigned to Bike Shack duty during each lesson. In the event a biker is injured or for any unforeseen reasons can no longer ride with their group, the biker will be escorted back to the Bike Shack and a parent will be contacted if necessary.

Tsalteshi Sprockets is affiliated with the Tsalteshi Trails Association and is run by a committee who oversees the program. For more information, e-mail tsalteshisprockets@gmail.com.