Are you interested in being on a team in the OISA for the 2016-17? We would enjoy having you be a part of it! You can start a team with just one rider and a savvy parent. If you would like to learn more, we have a spring general meeting in April and a fall general meeting in September where you can come learn more. Fill out the contact us form and we’ll email out an announcement as the date gets closer.
Basic Steps to Starting a Team
1. Recruit VOLUNTEERS & RIDERS
Parent volunteers are the ‘backbone’ of your program. ‘Many hands make light work’, so find a few who are committed, and others that may not have as much time to give, but are willing to contribute. Ask for permission to promote the team at school, put up signs, have interest meetings, and get your group together. Associate Teams can start with just 1 rider, so start with yourself, and go from there.
Post a flier at school, put something in the announcements, advertise it to your school.
2. Download the OISA REGISTRATION PACKET
Registration is due in mid November each year . Don’t wait until the last minute. Start bringing your friends together and talking to parents as soon as school starts. You don’t want to miss the deadline. Contact OISA Board members for help.
3. Connect with OTHER TEAMS
Other teams that are near your school are an amazing resource. Attend the OISA meetings (you don’t have to be a member) and ask questions. This organization has grown every season due to the willingness of people to step up and help one another…so please, ask for help…and you will receive it. As soon as the OISA determines which league to place your new team in, you will have the League President, and Officers to assist you as well.
4. Select a TRAINING AREA/RESORT
Most OISA Teams and Leagues practice and compete on Mt. Hood but you can practice anywhere. Teams from Southern Oregon practice at Mt. Ashland and consistently win awards at the State Championships. You will want a location that you can get to easily and frequently. Contact the resort and see what accommodations and considerations they can offer high school teams. Check to see if they have forms you will need to fill out.
5. Arrange TRANSPORTATION
Set up a practice schedule, and ask your league & ‘neighboring’ teams to help you sort your bus situation. FYI This is a major team expense. Use the yellow pages and be persistent. Some teams double up in larger busses to share. The larger the team you can recruit, the less each individual has to pay for transportation. There are options, just ask around. ATS (Athletic Transportation Services) and First Student are 2 prominent options.
6. Get INSURANCE
This can be another major cost. Many teams have been using the Boy Scouts of America to cover the team adequately at low cost (about $35 per rider). Some school districts have insurance you can use as well, so check with your athletic department or district office. The OISA will have contact names and numbers for you. There are other options out there as well. It‘s your team’s choice but you must have insurance.
7. Find a COACH
Again, the OISA, your league & ‘neighboring’ teams can help. Look for people in your areas that you are familiar with, and who are ‘qualified’ to work with kids. Please also, check with your school rules to make sure the coach satisfies all of your school requirements. Try local shops, and the resorts as well. Many coaches also instruct at the resorts. If you can put together a large team, it would be wise to think about assistant coaches too. We recommend a minimum ratio of 1:7 and a maximum of 1:10 coach:rider relationship. It is proper to provide coaches with a pass and some sort of compensation. Mt Hood Meadows sells coach’s passes for $250 per 10 riders up to 40 riders.
8. Remember the DEADLINES
All OISA paperwork and fees are due to the Secretary in mid November. We can talk about a little flexibility but cannot register “NEW” teams after December 15th.