About the Maryland League
The Maryland Interscholastic Cycling League was organized in 2017 to provide a fun, safe and high quality mountain biking program for students in grades 6 to 12. With the cooperation of our partners and our sponsors, we are able to provide a competitive mountain bike racing experience. Regardless of ability level, the Maryland League is committed to providing a positive experience for all student-athletes in accordance with NICA’s Five Core Principles:
Fun: Inspiring friendship, joy, and adventure.
Inclusivity: Everyone should be able to participate in our programs and feel welcomed, respected and supported.
Equity: Means being committed to fair treatment, equal access, opportunity, advancement and elimination of barriers to encourage participation for all.
Respect: Consideration for all others, oneself, and the outdoors.
Community: NICA unites diverse people, families and communities through cycling by creating fun and welcoming experiences.
The Maryland League is committed to teaching safe riding practices. We believe forming middle and high school teams is the best way for students to learn how to ride safely, to acquire safe riding techniques, and to develop the ability to teach these skills to others.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
Matt Fritzinger, a teacher at Berkeley High, founded the movement with the 2001 NorCal High School Mountain Bike Racing Series. As the coach of the Berkeley High team he saw that a school team could succeed, but that competition would be required for it to thrive. In the first series mountain bikers from schools all over Northern California answered the call and came to compete as semi-organized high school teams. Now well over 50 California schools offer well organized mountain bike programs and is spreading to states all over.
Maryland League Mission Statement
To enable every Maryland teen to develop a strong mind, a strong body and strong character through lifelong participation in cycling.
The Maryland Interscholastic Cycling League:
Fills a niche for students whose needs may not met by traditional interscholastic sports
Gets kids outside
Welcomes and supports diversity in ability, ethnicity, gender, orientation, and skill level
Promotes trail-building efforts and environmental awareness
Improves focus and academic performance in our student-athletes
Promotes health & fitness in teens & their families