Junior Development

7th-8th Graders

 

 

If you are interested in joining a 7th-8th grade team, please see the teams list below and contact the head coach. If there is not a team in your area, please contact Tasha at tasha@utahmtb.org

 

Please scroll past team lists for complete details about the Junior Development program. 

 

DO NOT USE THE CONTACT INFORMATION BELOW FOR SOLICITATION PURPOSES, THIS INFORMATION IS SOLELY FOR PROSPECTIVE RIDERS TO CONTACT THEIR SCHOOL'S TEAM


2018 regions


north region

"+" indicates a High School team that allows 7-8th graders
Composite Teams (COMP) are area-based teams

ASCENT ACADEMY FARMINGTON Ambre Judd

BONNEVILLE+ John Lecain

BOX ELDER COMP+ Jason Munns
Box Elder High, Bear River High

CACHE VALLEY COMP+ 
Cameron Peterson
All schools in Logan area

DAVIS+ James Packer 

EAST+ Shawn Rossiter 

FARMINGTON JR DEVO Jon Lowe

 

FREMONT+ Dave Yngsdal
Facebook

MCGILLIS Heidi MacNaughton

MORGAN JR DEVO Preston Niederhauser

NORTH DAVIS COMP+ Wade Okelberry, James Phelps

OGDEN JR DEVO Paul Heiner

PARK CITY JR DEVO Laura Patten

SKYLINE+ John Bercaw

SLC COMP+ Vicente Planelles

 

SLCSE+ Kate Nebeker

SOUTH DAVIS COMPOSITE+ Jon Lowe
Facebook, Bountiful, Viewmont, Woods Cross

ST. JOSEPH MIDDLE SCHOOL Derek Tate

WEBER JR DEVO Bart Schenck 
Facebook, Instagram

WEILENMANN SCHOOL OF DISCOVERY JR DEVO Laura England

WEST+ Kenton Peters

 


Central region

AMERICAN PREP DRAPER Lacey Bailey 
Website

BINGHAM JR DEVO Troy Noorda 
Facebook

COPPER HILLS+ Brad Johnson                                 Facebook

CHAIN GANG JR DEVO Justin Ketcheside and Lisa Ketcheside
Summit Academy Jr, Saint John the Baptist, Schools South of 106th
Facebook 

DRAPER PARK JR DEVO Jeff Stenquist
Corner Canyon Jr., Draper Park Jr

 

 

HERRIMAN JR DEVO Joe Astin                            Facebook

MURRAY/TAYLORSVILLE COMP+ Shane Evertsen

OLYMPUS+ Kevin Pferdner
Facebook

RIVERTON JR DEVO Marcus Brown

SOUTH SUMMIT+ Leif Cox

SPROCKET ROCKETS COMPOSITE+ Nate Branch
Albion, Eastmont, Union, Butler

 

UINTAH+ Jesse Atwood

WASATCH+ Robert Bills

WEST GRANITE COMPOSITE+ Nolan Harris
Bennion, Brockbank, Eisenhower, Hunter, Jefferson, John F. Kennedy, Kearns, Mattheson, Valley, West Lake JH, West Jordan MS
WebsiteFacebookInstagramTwitter

WESTLAKE JR DEVO Shauna Powell                    Frontier MS, Vista Heights MS, Lakeview Academy


south region

"+" indicates a High School team that allows 7-8th graders
Composite Teams (COMP) are area-based teams

AMERICAN FORK JUNIOR DEVO Paul Pearson

DESERT HILLS JUNIOR DEVO Chris Beykirch

CRIMSON JR DEVO + Chris Tidwell 

HURRICANE JR DEVO+ David Lisonbee
Facebook

IRON COUNTY COMP+ Ginger Hall

LEHI JR DEVO Kenny Newbry
FacebookWebsite                                    Willowcreek MS

LONE PEAK JR DEVO Joel Teemant

MANTI+ Monica Nielson 
Facebook

 

MANTI+ Monica Nielson 
Facebook

METAL MASHERS COMP Loren Smith
Lehi Jr, Renaissance Academy, John Hancock Charter, Odyssey Charter - Facebook, Website

MOAB JR DEVO Mike Estenson

MOUNT NEBO COMPOSITE + Chris Morrill
Payson, Salem Hills, Spanish Fork, Maple Mountain, Springville

OREM JR DEVO Conrd Guymon
Lakeridge, Orem Jr High, Oak Canyon, Canyon View, Mountain View, Karl G. Maeser Prep
Facebook, Website

PLEASANT GROVE Ken Welker 
Facebook

PROVO COMP+ Bryan Gillespie
Provo, Timpview - Facebook

SEVIER VALLEY COMPOSITE Daniel Hawley

SOUTHERN UT JR DEVO Jeff Poulton
St. George and surrounding area

 


Junior Development Program information

VISION

The Junior Development program is designed to introduce 7th and 8th graders to the sport of mountain biking focused heavily on fun, fun, fun, skills, fitness, and NICA’s “Spirit of Howdy” with a small taste of the competitive aspects they will find when in high school. 

Practice Guidelines

  • 1 -3 practices a week is recommended
  • The main goal is to have fun and develop skills
  • Their physiology is not ready for endurance training at this age - hence race time and training are shorter than HS

RACE DISTANCE 

Beginners will race 4 miles, Intermediate 6-8 miles, and Advanced 8 miles. 

RULES

All rules not related specifically to scoring and divisions in the NICA Rulebook still apply

FEES

Same as High School students

CATEGORIES & SCORING

  • Race categories are skill-level based and separated into male/female. Coaches select categories for students. 
    • “Advanced” - students who are competent in skills and endurance to race for 2 laps. Students must race Advanced if: 
      •  Finished in the top 30% of Intermediate category in prior year of racing.
      • Race CAT 1 or 2 in USAC
    • “Intermediate” - students who are not yet advanced, but have fitness and skills to race 1.5 laps. Boys fields will be split into 7th and 8th graders and scored separately.
    • “Beginner” - students who are new to mountain biking, still learning basic skills and endurance; and for whom racing 1 lap is appropriate. Boys fields will be split into 7th and 8th graders and scored separately.
  • NO overall scoring.
  • NO TEAM SCORING.
  • Race day medals will be given to the top five finishers in all categories.

Team Types 

High School Team

A High School Team that accepts 7-8th graders and oversees all management, coaching, practices, etc.

High School junior devo Team

A team that is associated with the High School team, but has dedicated coaches and practices.

junior devo Composite team 

Students from more than one middle school and is independent from a High School team. 

High School teams accept 7th & 8th grade riders at their discretion – they are not required to accept middle school riders or necessarily support a middle school program. Any Jr Devo team with 5 or more riders must be registered as a team, otherwise the team can be integrated with the high school team.