July 2022 Newsletter + PICL Event Date Corrections

In this edition:

  • PICL event date correction for Pittsburgh and Johnstown
  • Importance of RSVPing through TeamSnap
  • Weather policy
  • Reminder about inhalers
  • Blue Comet event Saturday July 30, 8:30am in Skippack
  • Season event calendar and lodging info sheet

Local Bike Shops Spotlight

We are fortunate to have many bike shops in our area, with most of them supporting NICA student-athletes and families with discounts on merchandise and service. Please keep these shops in mind! All shops offer free and/or discounted, immediate turn-around for bike checks and simple maintenance work.

Circle Cycle Bike Shop, Huntingdon Valley
2525 Huntingdon Pike, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006
215-938-8646
https://circlecyclebikeshop.com/

Keswick Cycle, Glenside
408 N Easton Rd, Glenside, PA 19038
215-885-7433
https://keswickcycle.com/

Trek Bikes, Spring House
1105 N Bethlehem Pike Unit C, Lower Gwynedd Township, PA 19002
267-507-9010
https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/retail/spring_house/?y_source=1_MzAxNTY0MjAtNzE1LWxvY2F0aW9uLndlYnNpdGU%3D

Trek Bikes, Manayunk
4159 Main St, Philadelphia, PA 19127
215-487-7433
https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/retail/philadelphia_manayunk/?y_source=1_MTM3ODM1MDktNzE1LWxvY2F0aW9uLndlYnNpdGU%3D

PICL Corrects Erroneous Event Dates

PICL recently notified the community that the Johnstown and Pittsburgh event dates were flip-flopped on the official Events page on the PICL websites. The dates have been corrected and can be found below. If you made lodging plans we ask you to update your plans as soon as possible. (Note: Pittsburgh lodging will be hotels (no camping), while Johnstown can be camping OR hotel.) If you have questions about lodging, please see the Google Doc linked in at the bottom of this email.

https://www.pamtb.org/upcoming-events (with correct dates)

The corrected dates are:

Johnstown Showdown
Saturday and Sunday, September 17 & 18
260 Playground Drive Johnstown, PA, 15904

Boyce Big Ring – Pittsburgh
Saturday and Sunday, September 24 & 25
901 Centerview Drive Plum, PA, 15239

Importance of RSVPing for practice!

We can’t stress enough the importance of RSVPing for practice via TeamSnap. With a team of almost 70 student athletes it is MISSION CRITICAL for our senior coaching staff to know who is attending practice and if we have the coaching staff to support. If you are unsure about a date’s attendance, please mark MAYBE. RSVPing is required for every student-athlete and coach!!!

Weather policy

Weather Cancellations/Changes: Summer weather brings the possibility of practice changes or cancellations due to heat or storms. Our goal is to have each scheduled practice, but the safety of the kids (and coaches!) is of utmost importance. For weekday practices we will make a decision regarding changes/cancellations by 4:00 p.m. For Saturdays we will make the call by 8 am. Unless notified otherwise, practice is ON! We promise to notify you via TeamSnap anytime there is a practice change or cancellation.

Reminder about inhalers

A reminder for anyone with an inhaler and/or epi-pen to make sure they have it on them at every practice.

Blue Comet event

Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 30th 8:30am-noon, Blue Comet Scramble! This event will be for all athletes. Families are welcome to attend and hang out. BBQ food will likely be available for purchase. Additionally, there’s lots to see and do in/around the town of Skippack.

Season Event Calendar and Lodging Info

Our statewide events start in Gettysburg on September 10 with a super-fun camping weekend where the trails and course are right there on site!

https://www.pamtb.org/upcoming-events

Gettysburg is then followed up by 2 events in central and western PA. Our final 3 events are at Blue Mountain Ski Resort, Fail Hill Maryland (only 1 hour drive) and Raystown Lake PA.

You can find more about what our teams have put together regarding lodging here.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LtKoVvVdsm_pIC1KWJ4N8u2zOrXiom31nAhAd7hUdM4/edit

Don’t hesitate to ask questions!

 

Happy trails!

Coach John

jraisch@gmail.com

215 704-1556

 

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