Individuals can compete in the Arizona 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 or in your area.
If you’d like to start or join a team:
- Check out the team list to see if a team already exists at your school or in your area.
- If you don’t see a team in your area and are interested in forming one, 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 Division II competition.
Types of Teams
There are two types of teams.
- School-Based Teams: Comprised of full-time students from the same high-school, public or private. School-based teams can be “official” or “unofficial”.
- Composite Teams: Comprised of full-time students from more than one high-school within the same district or other geographic proximity. Composite Team Limitations: Composite teams are intended to be temporary solutions only, allowing student-athletes to compete as members of a team pending the establishment of single school-based teams. In addition, if a composite team has five or more students from the same school, those students will be scored separately from the rest of the composite team unless a petition to do otherwise is approved.
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 Individual 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.
Home-schooled and online students who are enrolled in an Arizona online charter school or is home schooled and who are domiciled within the attendance zone of a member school or composite team, may compete on the member school or composite team. If neither of these options are available to the student-athlete then the online or home school student may compete as an independent rider. Although this policy varies from the NICA rulebook, it aligns with the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s student eligibility rules.
For more information about the league rules governing teams, please refer to the rulebook (Section 7: “Team Rules”).
All teams must register with the League. Doing so provides insurance coverage for all coaches and volunteers, as well as supporting League programs.
In order to register the team’s Team Director 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 (≥ 12 riders):
With licensed Head Coach: $250
Without licensed Head Coach: $375
Division II Teams (< 12 riders):
With licensed Head Coach: $125
Without licensed Head Coach: $250
If you have questions about team registration, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2015, if there are six or more teams with more than 12 riders, the Arizona League may move to two divisions. Larger teams (12+) will then be designated Division I, with Division II being made up of smaller teams.
While Division I and Division II teams do race separately, they are treated equally by the league in all aspects. The separation is only intended to provide a fair race environment.
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 highest score possible out of the following boy/girl combinations:
For Division II, the team’s score is the highest score possible out of the following boy/girl combinations:
For more information about Team and Individual Scoring, please refer to the rulebook (Section 8: “Team and Individual Scoring Rules”).