MiSCA update – fostering youth racing as the future of the sport.

Update from the Director
Here it is April and it is prime time to get your teams and clubs started back up in preparation for the fall race season. I thought this would be a good opportunity to update you on some of the things that MiSCA has been working on and what to expect for 2013.

First, I want to say thank you to everyone that participated over the last few years to help MiSCA get going, whether that be as a volunteer, coach, rider, parent or sponsor. We couldn?t have done it without you.

MiSCA is now an independent non-profit organization which means we are no longer under the umbrella of the MMBA. It also means we no longer enjoy any financial or organizational support from them either. We rely 100% on donations, sponsors, and race entry fees to support our existence. This is also true for how we run MiSCA, everything is done through volunteers, unlike some other race organizations. But the MiSCA board is finding it increasingly difficult to continue to devote the time necessary for MiSCA due to personal and work obligations. We need your support, particularly in the area of fund raising and race organization and management. Please consider volunteering to help MiSCA grow.

In 2013 we have a number of changes planned for the races, from race categories, venues, rules, and cost and team structures. We will continue to partner with USAC, the official cycling race organization in the United States.

Changes for 2013 include:
? Four races for 2013, three are student only races
? All students are eligible for MiSCA medals, team affiliation is not required
? USAC annual licenses are not required[i]
? Addition of a 10 and under category (coed)
? Revision in team and series scoring
? The MiSCA championship race will also be the USAC Michigan Scholastic Championship[ii]

[i] Students not holding a USAC annual junior MTB license will pay $5 extra on race entry
[ii] USAC annual junior MTB licenses are required to earn the USAC championship, but not for the MiSCA championship.

With MiSCA racing being a fall sport, it is important to begin recruiting now, in the spring season, for team members. We will be updating our website to include some recruiting tools, FAQ?s, etc. that might be helpful when planning a recruiting drive or even if you are just interested in starting a team. MiSCA is more than happy to help in any way we can, including being available for team or parent info sessions. Just let us know when and where and we will check our schedules.

I will send out more information as we post it but check out some of the other articles for great information about the race schedule and more team opportunities this spring.

See you on the trails,
Steve Kinley