Individuals can compete in the Texas League, but what’s even more fun is having a team to train and race with. Whether you are a student or coach, the League wants to do everything we can to help you form a team at your local middle or high school. If you’d like to see a team form at your school, please send us an email so we can help you out. The league can help in many ways, including help:
- Athletes find coaches
- Coaches form teams
- Teams become recognized by their schools
- Teams find additional volunteers
All teams must register with the League. Doing so provides insurance coverage for all coaches and volunteers, as well as supporting League programs.
In order to register, the team’s Team Director should contact the league director.
The price for registering a team varies depending on the division of the team and if the team has a licensed head coach. Currently all teams in the Texas League are Division II Teams. Special discounts for the first season are planned.
Division I Teams:
With licensed Head Coach: $325
Without licensed Head Coach: $450
Division II Teams:
With licensed Head Coach: $275 (High School), $250 (Middle School)
Without licensed Head Coach: $400 (High School), $375 (Middle School)
If you are registering a Middle School and a High School team under the same name, ie Team A Middle School Composite and Team A High School Composite, the league will waive the registration fee for your Middle School team.
If you have questions about team registration, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All current Texas teams are be Division II Teams. As the league grows the Texas League may move to two divisions. Larger teams (12+) would then be designated Division I, with Division II being made up of smaller teams.
While Division I and Division II teams do race separately, they are treated equally by the League in all aspects. The separation is only intended to provide a fair race environment.
Teams are awarded points after every League race which count toward the teams’ standings at that individual race and for the overall series. Both girls and boys points count toward that team’s overall score. However, teams need not have boys’ and girls’ points to score for a race. Due to the difference in team size between divisions, Division I teams and Division II teams are scored differently.
For Division I, the team’s score is highest score possible out of the following boy/girl combinations:
For Division II, the team’s score is the highers score possible out of the following boy/girl combinatins:
For more information about Team and Individual Scoring, please refer to the League Rule Book (PDF) (Section 8: “Team and Invidivual Scoring Rules”; pp. 20-21).
For more information about the League rules governing teams, please refer to the League Rule Book (PDF) (Section 7: “Team Rules”; pp. 17-19)
Individuals, Home School Teams and Composite Teams
Don’t have a team to race with? That’s ok! Students can compete as an independent racer in the League Series. While they will not be eligible for the Team Overall title, they are eligible for the Indiviual Race and Overall titles. Independent racers need not register a team, and should only register for the series, being sure to denote that they are racing as an “Independent” where appropriate on registration forms. All other rules apply.
Composite Teams may form that are comprised of full-time students from more than one school within the same district or other geographic proximity. Composite teams must first seek approval of their geographic scope. Contact your league director to discuss a composite team in your region.
Home-school riders are not allowed to join school-based teams, but they may join a composite team, form a regional home-school team or simply race as an independent rider. Home-school teams a much like composite teams but are comprised of home-school students from a given geographic region.
Composite Team Limitations: Because Composite Teams are intended to be temporary solutions towards building Single School-Based Teams or County-Based Home-School Teams, riders may only score for Composite Teams for a maximum of 2 years. In addition, if a Composite Team has 5 or more students from the same school, those 5 or more students will be scored separately from the rest of that Composite Team unless a petition to do otherwise is approved. See the League Rule Book (PDF) for more details.