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There are already interscholastic teams starting to form in Maryland. We are in the early stages of this development. If you are interested in starting a team, contact Jon Posner (jon@marylandmtb.org)

Individuals can compete in the Maryland 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 middle 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:

  1. Athletes find coaches
  2. Coaches form teams
  3. Teams become recognized by their schools
  4. 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 toward building school-based teams. Riders may only score for a composite team for a maximum of 2 years. In addition, if a composite team has 5 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 a Maryland 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 Maryland Interscholastic Cycling League’s student eligibility rules.  For more information about the League rules governing teams, please refer to the League Rule Book (PDF) (Section 7: “Team Rules”; pp. 21-25). Please contact the League Director to confirm which team to join.