The Gators Bike Team has reached capacity on day 1 of registration the past several years in a row. Sadly, that means not everyone gets a spot on the team. Many variables contribute to team capacity but the most limiting factor is maintaining a safe and effective coach-to-kid ratio. With that in mind, please consider doing some prep work so you can quickly cruise through registration on March 1. Below you will find details on what to expect and some tasks you can complete in advance.
These practice sessions are for riders who cannot balance on a bike with pedals yet, and, therefore use a “balance bike” that doesn’t have pedals. They cruise around Gators Bike Park using their feet to propel their bike forward, Fred Flinstone style.
Practices: Monday evenings, Gators Bike Park
Bike recommendation: pedal-less!
ROLLER sessions are for riders who are still working on grasping the fundamentals of biking off-road and developing confidence on the trail. They are not yet ready to tackle all obstacles at Gators Bike Park. ROLLERS can also be capable younger riders limited by endurance.
Practices: Monday evenings, Gators Bike Park
Bike recommendation: Geared or non-geared pedal bikes; may or may not have hand brakes.
GRINDERS have some level of previous instruction (or mountain bike trail experience) and regularly apply the fundamentals (e.g. eyes forward, pedals level over obstacles, brakes covered). They can confidently navigate small obstacles at Gator Bike Park and are ready to tackle more challenging features at Gator Bike Park such as the Snake Ladder Bridge, Lilypads, & Log Skinny. GRINDERS are transitioning to a hand brake lever instead of a coaster brake and may have experience manipulating gears.
Practices: Monday evenings, Gators Bike Park
Bike recommendation: Geared bikes with handbrakes are preferred.
SHREDDERS are experienced mountain bikers ready for longer trail rides on tree-rooted terrain at Alum Creek. These riders have demonstrated mastery of most Gator Bike Park features and are ready to tackle more challenging terrain. Practices are 2 hours and can cover up to 4 or 5 miles.
SHREDDERS should be capable of completing the Alum Creek Beginner loop & some features of Gnomewood Bike Park with minimal dismounting. Experience manipulating gears is a huge plus.
Practices: Tuesday evenings, Alum Creek
Bike recommendation: Bikes equipped with hand brakes & gears.
TO SHRED OR NOT TO SHRED, THAT IS THE QUESTION! The best way to figure out if your rider is ready to SHRED is a trip out to the Beginner Loop! Have an adult lead the ride, and be ready to walk any sections that you don’t feel comfortable with. If riders don’t feel comfortable with the beginner’s loop then they should stick to Gators Bike Park and the ROLLER/GRINDER groups.
Riding with RIPPERS is by invitation only, after coaches have assessed riding ability and skill levels. If you have not received a RIPPERS invitation from a Gators coach and register for RIPPERS anyway, your registration will be canceled. If you are ready to RIP but are new to the team, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org well in advance of the registration open date to discuss.
Practices: Tuesday evenings, Alum Creek
If you have questions or need guidance, please reach out to email@example.com well in advance of the registration open date!
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I, on my own behalf and on behalf of my minor children, understand that there are significant elements of risk in mountain biking and that there are significant elements of risk in activities associated with mountain biking including – but not limited to – activities such as trail riding, trail building, and racing. In spite of these significant elements of risk, I (we) choose to participate in mountain biking and activities associated with mountain biking. I (we) also understand that these significant elements of risk include – but are not limited to – the risk of damage to property, the risk of physical injury or death, and the risk of emotional injury. I (we) also understand that there may be other significant elements of risk that are not described above in mountain biking and in activities associated with mountain biking. I (we) understand that by clicking “I Accept” below, that I (we) am (are) signing a binding agreement and that I (we) am (are) giving up legal rights.
Assumption of Risk
In recognition of the significant element of risk in mountain biking and the significant elements of risk in activities associated with mountain biking which I and any minor child(ren) for which I am responsible will engage in, I confirm that I (we) am (are) physically and mentally capable of participating in mountain biking and in activities associated with mountain biking. I (we) participate willingly and voluntarily and I (we) assume full responsibility for personal injury, accidents, or illness (including death), and any related expenses. I (we) also assume responsibility for damage to or loss of my (our) personal property. I (we) also assume the risk of accidents or injury caused by the negligence of other participants in mountain biking and activities associated with mountain biking. I (we) assume the risk of personal injury, emotional injury, accidents, and illnesses, including – but not limited to – sprains, torn muscles, torn ligaments; fractured or broken bones; eye damage; cuts, wounds, scrapes, abrasions, and contusions; dehydration; head, neck, and spinal injuries; insect bites and allergic reactions; shock, paralysis, and death. I (we) understand that there are other types of injuries that are not described above in mountain biking and in activities associated with mountain biking and that I (we) voluntarily and knowingly assume those risks. I (we) understand that by clicking “I Accept” below, that I (we) am (are) signing a binding agreement and acknowledge that I (we) voluntarily and knowingly assume all risks associated with mountain biking and in activities with mountain biking.
Liability Waiver and Release
In consideration of my (our) participation in mountain biking and in activities associated with mountain biking in association with TrailGators and Gators Bike Park, I, for myself and for any minor children for which I am parent, legal guardian, or otherwise responsible, and on behalf of my (our) heirs, personal representatives, and assigns, do hereby waive, release, and forever discharge TrailGators, Gators Bike Park, Worthington Schools, and Worthington Schools Board of Education and their principals, directors, officers, agents, employees, and volunteers, and each and every land owner, and municipal or governmental agency upon whose property an activity is conducted (collectively, the “Released Parties”), from all liability and waive any claim for damage arising from any cause whatsoever. I understand that this Assumption of Risk, Liability Waiver, Release, and Indemnity Agreement (the “Agreement”) does not apply to acts of gross negligence or to reckless or willful misconduct. BY SIGNING AND AGREEING TO THIS AGREEMENT, I (WE) ACKNOWLEDGE THAT I AM (WE ARE) GIVING UP CERTAIN LEGAL RIGHTS. I (WE) HAVE HAD SUFFICIENT OPPORTUNITY TO READ THIS ENTIRE AGREEMENT. I (WE) HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND IT, AND I (WE) AGREE TO BE BOUND BY ITS TERMS FOR THIS AND ALL FUTURE MOUNTAIN BIKING AND MOUNTAIN BIKING RELATED ACTIVITIES IN ASSOCIATION WITH TRAILGATORS AND GATORS BIKE PARK. (If the Participant is less than 18 years old as of the date of the Agreement, then the minor Participant’s parent or legal guardian must sign the Agreement on behalf of the minor Participant.) I (we) understand that by clicking “I Accept” below, that I (we) are signing a binding agreement and that I (we) am (are) giving up legal rights.
I, the person signing below, represent and agree that: (1) I have the legal right to enter into the Agreement on behalf of the minor Participant; (2) I hereby enter into the Agreement on behalf of myself and on behalf of the minor Participant; (3) I agree to hold harmless, defend, and indemnify the Released Parties from any and all claims of the minor Participant, the minor Participant’s heirs, personal representatives, and assigns, and from any and all claims of mine, including claims of my heirs, personal representatives, and assigns arising from any loss or damage as the result of the minor Participant’s or my attendance at or participation in mountain biking and in activities associated with mountain biking in association with TrailGators and Gators Bike Park as described more fully above. I (we) understand that by clicking “I Accept” below, that I (we) are signing a binding agreement and that I (we) am (are) giving up legal rights.
I hereby grant TrailGators and Gators Bike Park permission to use my likeness, and the likeness of my minor child(ren), in any photograph, audio or video recording, or other digital media (collectively, “Media”) in any and all of the TrailGators and Gators Bike Park’s publications, including web-based publications, social media, or in any other format, without payment or other consideration. I understand and agree that all Media will become the property of TrailGators and Gators Bike Park. I authorize TrailGators and Gators Bike Park to edit, alter, copy, exhibit, publish, or distribute the Media for any lawful purpose. I waive the right to inspect or approve the Media wherein my likeness, or the likeness of my minor child(ren), appears. I waive any right to royalties or any other compensation arising out of or related to the use of the Media. I, on my own behalf and on behalf of my minor child(ren), and on behalf of my (our) heirs, personal representatives, and assigns, do hereby waive, release, and forever discharge TrailGators and Gators Bike Park from any liability and all claims, demands, and causes of action relating to the Media. (If the Participant is less than 18 years old as of the date of the Agreement, then the minor child(ren)’s parent or legal guardian must sign the Photo Release on behalf of the minor child(ren).) I (we) understand that by clicking “I Accept” below, that I (we) are signing a binding agreement and that I (we) am (are) giving up legal rights.
I hereby grant TrailGators and Gators Bike Park permission to email me updates regarding Gators Bike Park, Gators Bike Team and Gators Race Series.
Please review the SCA Informational Handout, then watch the required video; both from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH):
What is Lindsay’s Law? Lindsay’s Law is about Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) in youth athletes. It covers all athletes 19 years or younger who practice for or compete in athletic activities. Activities may be organized by a school or youth sports organization. Which youth athletic activities are included in Lindsay’s law? * Athletics at all schools in Ohio (public and non-public) * Any athletic contest or competition sponsored by or associated with a school * All interscholastic athletics, including all practices, interschool practices and scrimmages * All youth sports organizations * All cheerleading and club sports, including noncompetitive cheerleading What is SCA? SCA is when the heart stops beating suddenly and unexpectedly. This cuts off blood flow to the brain and other vital organs. People with SCA will die if not treated immediately. SCA can be caused by 1) a structural issue with the heart, OR 2) a heart electrical problem which controls the heartbeat, OR 3) a situation such as a person who is hit in the chest or a gets a heart infection. What is a warning sign for SCA? If a family member died suddenly before age 50, or a family member has cardiomyopathy, long QT syndrome, Marfan syndrome or other rhythm problems of the heart. What symptoms are a warning sign of SCA? A young athlete may have these things with exercise: * Chest pain/discomfort * Unexplained fainting/near fainting or dizziness * Unexplained tiredness, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing * Unusually fast or racing heart beats What happens if an athlete experiences syncope or fainting before, during or after a practice, scrimmage, or competitive play? The coach MUST remove the youth athlete from activity immediately. The youth athlete MUST be seen and cleared by a health care provider before returning to activity. This written clearance must be shared with a school or sports official. What happens if an athlete experiences any other warning signs of SCA? The youth athlete should be seen by a health care professional. Who can evaluate and clear youth athletes? A physician (MD or DO), a certified nurse practitioner, a clinical nurse specialist, certified nurse midwife. For school athletes, a physician’s assistant or licensed athletic trainer may also clear a student. That person may refer the youth to another health care provider for further evaluation. What is needed for the youth athlete to return to the activity? There must be clearance from the health care provider in writing. This must be given to the coach and school or sports official before return to activity.
All youth athletes and their parents/guardians must view the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) video about Sudden Cardiac Arrest, review the ODH SCA handout and then sign and accept this agreement. By clicking “I Accept” below, you acknowledge that the participant and the minor participant’s parent or guardian have reviewed the information set forth above.
Please review the information on Youth Concussions from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH):
- Ohio’s Return to Play Law – What Parents and Guardians Need to Know for Youth Sports Organizations
- ODH Concussion Information Sheet for Youth Sports Organizations
Dear Parent/Guardian and Athletes, This information sheet is provided to assist you and your child in recognizing the signs and symptoms of a concussion. Every athlete is different and responds to a brain injury differently, so seek medical attention if you suspect your child has a concussion. Once a concussion occurs, it is very important your athlete return to normal activities slowly, so he/she does not do more damage to his/her brain. What is a Concussion? A concussion is an injury to the brain that may be caused by a blow, bump, or jolt to the head. Concussions may also happen after a fall or hit that jars the brain. A blow elsewhere on the body can cause a concussion even if an athlete does not hit his/her head directly. Concussions can range from mild to severe, and athletes can get a concussion even if they are wearing a helmet. Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion Athletes do not have to be “knocked out” to have a concussion. In fact, less than 1 out of 10 concussions result in loss of consciousness. Concussion symptoms can develop right away or up to 48 hours after the injury. Ignoring any signs or symptoms of a concussion puts your child’s health at risk! Signs Observed by Parents or Guardians * Appears dazed or stunned. * Is confused about assignment or position. * Forgets plays. * Is unsure of game, score or opponent. * Moves clumsily. * Answers questions slowly. * Loses consciousness (even briefly). * Shows behavior or personality changes (irritability, sadness, nervousness, feeling more emotional). * Can’t recall events before or after hit or fall. Symptoms Reported by Athlete * Any headache or “pressure” in head. (How badly it hurts does not matter.) * Nausea or vomiting. * Balance problems or dizziness. * Double or blurry vision. * Sensitivity to light and/or noise * Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy or groggy. * Concentration or memory problems. * Confusion. * Does not “feel right.” * Trouble falling asleep. * Sleeping more or less than usual. Be Honest Encourage your athlete to be honest with you, his/her coach and your health care provider about his/her symptoms. Many young athletes get caught up in the moment and/or feel pressured to return to sports before they are ready. It is better to miss one game than the entire season… or risk permanent damage! Seek Medical Attention Right Away Seeking medical attention is an important first step if you suspect or are told your child has a concussion. A qualified health care professional will be able to determine how serious the concussion is and when it is safe for your child to return to sports and other daily activities. * No athlete should return to activity on the same day he/ she gets a concussion. * Athletes should NEVER return to practices/games if they still have ANY symptoms. * Parents and coaches should never pressure any athlete to return to play. The Dangers of Returning Too Soon Returning to play too early may cause Second Impact Syndrome (SIS) or Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS). SIS occurs when a second blow to the head happens before an athlete has completely recovered from a concussion. This second impact causes the brain to swell, possibly resulting in brain damage, paralysis, and even death. PCS can occur after a second impact. PCS can result in permanent, long-term concussion symptoms. The risk of SIS and PCS is the reason why no athlete should be allowed to participate in any physical activity before they are cleared by a qualified health care professional. Recovery A concussion can affect school, work, and sports. Along with coaches and teachers, the school nurse, athletic trainer, employer, and other school administrators should be aware of the athlete’s injury and their roles in helping the child recover. During the recovery time after a concussion, physical and mental rest are required. A concussion upsets the way the brain normally works and causes it to work longer and harder to complete even simple tasks. Activities that require concentration and focus may make symptoms worse and cause the brain to heal slower. Studies show that children’s brains take several weeks to heal following a concussion. Returning to Daily Activities 1. Be sure your child gets plenty of rest and enough sleep at night – no late nights. Keep the same bedtime weekdays and weekends. 2. Encourage daytime naps or rest breaks when your child feels tired or worn-out. 3. Limit your child’s activities that require a lot of thinking or concentration (including social activities, homework, video games, texting, computer, driving, job-related activities, movies, parties). These activities can slow the brain’s recovery. 4. Limit your child’s physical activity, especially those activities where another injury or blow to the head may occur. 5. Have your qualified health care professional check your child’s symptoms at different times to help guide recovery. Returning to Learn (School) 1. Your athlete may need to initially return to school on a limited basis, for example for only half-days, at first. This should be done under the supervision of a qualified health care professional. 2. Inform teacher(s), school counselor or administrator(s) about the injury and symptoms. School personnel should be instructed to watch for: a. Increased problems paying attention. b. Increased problems remembering or learning new information. c. Longer time needed to complete tasks or assignments. d. Greater irritability and decreased ability to cope with stress. e. Symptoms worsen (headache, tiredness) when doing schoolwork. 3. Be sure your child takes multiple breaks during study time and watch for worsening of symptoms. 4. If your child is still having concussion symptoms, he/she may need extra help with school-related activities. As the symptoms decrease during recovery, the extra help or supports can be removed gradually. 5. For more information, please refer to Return to Learn on the ODH website. Resources ODH Violence and Injury Prevention Section www.odh.ohio.gov/concussion Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov/headsup/youthsports/ National Federation of State High School Associations www.nfhs.org Brain Injury Association of America www.biausa.org/ Returning to Play 1. Returning to play is specific for each person, depending on the sport. Starting 4/26/13, Ohio law requires written permission from a healthcare provider before an athlete can return to play. Follow instructions and guidance provided by a healthcare professional. It is important that you, your child and your child’s coach follow these instructions carefully. 2. Your child should NEVER return to play if he/she still has ANY symptoms. (Be sure that your child does not have any symptoms at rest and while doing any physical activity and/or activities that require a lot of thinking or concentration). 3. Ohio law prohibits your child from returning to a game or practice on the same day he/she was removed. 4. Be sure that the athletic trainer, coach and physical education teacher are aware of your child’s injury and symptoms. 5. Your athlete should complete a step-by-step exercise- based progression, under the direction of a qualified healthcare professional. 6. A sample activity progression is listed below. Generally, each step should take no less than 24 hours so that your child’s full recovery would take about one week once they have no symptoms at rest and with moderate exercise.* Sample Activity Progression* Step 1: Low levels of non-contact physical activity, provided NO SYMPTOMS return during or after activity. (Examples: walking, light jogging, and easy stationary biking for 20-30 minutes). Step 2: Moderate, non-contact physical activity, provided NO SYMPTOMS return during or after activity. (Examples: moderate jogging, brief sprint running, moderate stationary biking, light calisthenics, and sport-specific drills without contact or collisions for 30-45 minutes). Step 3: Heavy, non-contact physical activity, provided NO SYMPTOMS return during or after activity. (Examples: extensive sprint running, high intensity stationary biking, resistance exercise with machines and free weights, more intense non-contact sports specific drills, agility training and jumping drills for 45-60 minutes). Step 4: Full contact in controlled practice or scrimmage. Step 5: Full contact in game play. *If any symptoms occur, the athlete should drop back to the previous step and try to progress again after a 24 hour rest period.
By clicking “I Accept” below, you acknowledge that the participant and the participant’s parent or guardian have reviewed the information set forth above.
I, on my own behalf and on behalf of my minor children, understand that participation includes possible exposure to and illness from infectious diseases including but not limited to COVID-19. While particular rules and personal discipline may reduce this risk, the risk of serious illness and death does exist. I, on my own behalf and on behalf of my minor children, KNOWINGLY AND FREELY ASSUME ALL SUCH RISKS, both known and unknown, EVEN IF ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASED PARTIES or others, and assume full responsibility for my participation and for the participation of my minor children.
Please review the information on COVID-19 from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC):
I (we) understand that by clicking “I Accept” below, that I (we) are signing a binding agreement and that I (we) am (are) giving up legal rights.
Families must pay the team registration fee to complete registration. Credit cards are accepted online.
If finances are an issue, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org well in advance of the registration open date regarding scholarship opportunities!
If you get closed out of registration due to capacity limits for your division, we strongly encourage you to complete the registration process and hop onto our waitlist. As we shuffle riders and coaches into smaller riding groups, more spots may open up.
We will take additional riders on a first-come first-served basis from this list only.