2020 Thursday Racing: Things to Know Before You Arrive!

There are plenty of items to take note of to ensure a smooth and efficient race for everyone – so hunker down and read this whole post please!

First, you should have already read all the protocols and updates on the COVID Racing Page here: https://globebmx.com/covid-19-race-session-booking-protocols/

RACE REGISTRATION – make sure you have registered online to be eligible to race. The deadline is midnight on the Tuesday before Thursday racing so that we have enough time to prepare for our new COVID modified race nights. The registration link will change each week, so please use the COVID RACING page each week to reference the registration link next to each date. We only post one week at at time. NOTE – You will not receive a confirmation email once the form is submitted.

RACE SCHEDULE – take note of the race schedule ESPECIALLY the check in timeframe. IF you are going to be late or can no longer make it – please let us know!

Weekly Schedule:

GROUP 1

  • 5:00PM – 5:30PM: Check In & Staging
  • 5:30PM – 6:15PM: Group 1 Race
    • 40 racers + 8 volunteers max
    • Based on current and past numbers, this is naturally going to be the largest group
    • 45 min race period to allow for mains if needed
  • 6:15PM – 6:30PM: Group 1 departure

GROUP 2

  • 6:30PM – 7:00PM: Check In & Staging
  • 7:00PM – 7:30PM: Group 2 Race
    • 40 racers + 8 volunteers max
    • Based on current and past numbers, this is naturally going to be a smaller group than group 1
    • 30 minute race period
  • 7:30PM – 7:45PM: Group 2 departure

GROUP 3

  • 7:45PM – 8:00PM: Check In & Staging
  • 8:00PM – 8:30PM: Group 3 Race
    • 40 racers + 8 volunteers max
    • Based on current and past numbers, this is naturally going to the smallest group of the evening
    • 30 minute race period
    • If you have racers in group 1, you can choose to stay or leave and come back

ELIGIBILITY & FORMAT
– riders 5 and older will be grouped with their age group. Different from regular seasons, we will not be using classes just yet, only age.
– Striders / Under 4 will race a modified format of 2 motos, everyone else will race the standard 3 moto format.
– All riders must register in advance using the online registration form linked about in the Registration section.

WHAT TO BRING
– Bike, full face helmet with visor, proper race clothing, gloves and other race gear
– License (digital versions should be emailed, if not, I will have a report to reference)
– Race Plate (should stay on your bike) and if you don’t have one yet, your volunteer bond in exchange for one. First race night you will get one at registration/check in.
Small toolkit with side cutters, multi-tool, wrenches, hex/allen keys….whatever you might need to make sure you can adjust your gear as needed. Some even bring a tire pump which comes in useful!
Come with your motos and lanes already written down. Since these will be posted in advance, no need to scramble on site and write these/tape to bike.
– Chairs if you want to sit down for spectating
– Water & snacks
– Parking as usual will be in the Lakewood Civic Center lots.

Have questions? Contact us here.

Return to Race Plan

Another milestone reached as regulations are once again relaxed and competitions are allowed to proceed!

As of June 29th, competitions are allowed, however many new guidelines are in place. We’ve looked at many options on how to race within the new guidelines and have decided on the plans below. Please keep in mind that many factors both obvious and not, go into this kind of redirection of effort. That being said, we are happy to hear feedback on how we might improve. Also remember that we will continue to evolve our plans over the summer as restrictions are lifted.

Racing:

  • Racing is now allowed, however we have had to get creative with a modified racing plan that considers the goals of keeping racers competitive, allowing specators, abiding by new regulations and keeping distant when required.
  • There are many unique factors that go into this new racing plan, please keep that in mind as you read the information below on our updated COVID racing page:

Practices:

  • First practice was held June 25th with 45 racers. It was a success in our minds and watching the excitement in each pedal was a real treat. Practices will continue, with one remaining Thursday practice this week, and the rest will proceed on Sundays. The practice page has been updated to reflect the Sunday practice schedule, updated allowable numbers and regulations.
  • We have modified the previously released plan, session times & sizes, sign up process and social distancing protocols that need to be in place in order for us to proceed.
  • You MUST be a registered 2020 member to sign up for practice sessions.
  • We will work to incorporate coaching in upcoming (but not immediate) sessions.

Updated format and details can be reviewed on this page:

Registration Fees & Membership Requirements

  • Our registration is open once again and we have decided to freeze pricing at the Earlybird rate. It will remain open all Summer as it has in previous seasons.
  • We are keeping our fundraising requirement as is, but will be continue to keep the volunteer bond requirements on hold until a more regular racing format is reached, possibly later on in the season.
  • Our club fee portion is low and as it stands, with the high probability of not being able to proceed with large race events, we will not raise as much funds for the club as originally planned.

Refunds

We understand that this year looks different, and that some will be very excited to get back on the track and some will still need time to feel comfortable being in groups again, and that is ok!

With that in mind, there were a few things to consider:

  • If you are a current paid member and do not want to participate this season, now understanding what being at the track will look like, we will be offering refunds that follow this guideline:
    • We are able to refund:
      • 100% club fees refund, minus the transaction fees
    • We are not able to refund the following:
      • $100 fundraising fee. You will remain required to either label the 50/50 tickets with your information for your own entries, or sell the 50/50 tickets. If you decide to sell them to friends and family, they can be sold at any time, and the information on the draw details is here: https://globebmx.com/2020-globe-bmx-50-50-raffle/ .
      • The SCA license fees are not collected by us nor ours to refund. When registering for a membership everyone agreed to the SCA refund policy: Saskatchewan Cycling Association membership refunds are not permitted once the membership has been issued. Prior to issuance, membership applications may (at the discretion of the SCA) be cancelled minus registration provider charges.
  • Refund requests for club fees MUST be communicated to us prior to June 30th, 2020. After June 30th, we will not issue refunds.

50/50 Fundraising:

Our 50/50 fundraising plan will continue ahead as planned. If you are a current or new member and have not picked up your 50/50 booklets, please email globebmx@gmail.com and we’ll arrange a contactless option. Tickets will also be able to be picked up on Thursdays and Sundays at the track from Jen.

Volunteer Bond:

Our volunteer bond will continue to be put on hold until full regular race format returns. For the current return to race plan, board members will fill the needed volunteer positions to keep sanitizing procedures easy to manage, and make social distancing as easy as possible. A minimal amount of additional volunteers will be needed each race night. See Race page link above.

SK Cup Races, Camps & Special Events:

These are still undecided. Our SK Cup #1 and #2 will be most definitely be cancelled, but we are not 100% sure if there is a possibility for rescheduling or not and will wait to make any final decisions about regulations being lifted are announced by the Government of SK. Our end of July On The Box Camp and our Summer Classic are TBD and we’ll of course look to reschedule or modify these events as more information is available and restrictions are lifted.

Questions or Comments?

Return to Practice Plan

The day has finally arrived! As of June 22nd, sports in SK are allowed to start making a return. We’ve spent countless hours meeting and preparing for what that might look like, and are finally ready to share our plan. Please keep in mind that many factors both obvious and not, go into this kind of redirection of effort. That being said, we are happy to hear feedback on how we might improve. Also remember that we will continue to evolve our plans over the summer as restrictions are lifted.

Practices:

  • First practice is June 25th
  • Practices are all we are allowed to proceed with at this time.
  • We have developed a new structure, session times & sizes, sign up process and social distancing protocols that need to be in place in order for us to proceed.
  • You MUST be a registered 2020 member to sign up for practice sessions.
  • It will be different. Bottom line is that our riders will get to be at the track using the gate.

New format and details can be reviewed on this page:

Racing:

  • Racing in our traditional format has not yet been approved to proceed.
  • We will be able to proceed once social distancing and group size limitations are lifted.
  • If they are lifted prior to September 1st, 2020, we will proceed with a modified race season. We will make the final call about racing and fees on September 1st, 2020.

Registration Fees & Membership Requirements

  • Our registration is now open once again and we have decided to freeze pricing at the Earlybird rate.
  • We are keeping our fundraising requirement as is, but will be putting the volunteer bond aside for now, and any fee discount decisions on hold, until a decision has been reached about racing, which we will decide officially on September 1st, 2020.
  • Our club fee portion is low and as it stands, with the high probability of not being able to proceed with race events, we will not raise as much funds for the club as originally planned.

Refunds

We understand that this year looks different, and that some will be very excited to get back on the track and some will still need time to feel comfortable being in groups again, and that is ok!

With that in mind, there were a few things to consider:

  • If you are a current paid member and do not want to participate this season, now understanding what being at the track will look like, we will be offering refunds that follow this guideline:
    • We are able to refund:
      • 100% club fees refund, minus the transaction fees
    • We are not able to refund the following:
      • $100 fundraising fee. You will remain required to either label the 50/50 tickets with your information for your own entries, or sell the 50/50 tickets. If you decide to sell them to friends and family, they can be sold at any time, and the information on the draw details is here: https://globebmx.com/2020-globe-bmx-50-50-raffle/ .
      • The SCA license fees are not collected by us nor ours to refund. When registering for a membership everyone agreed to the SCA refund policy: Saskatchewan Cycling Association membership refunds are not permitted once the membership has been issued. Prior to issuance, membership applications may (at the discretion of the SCA) be cancelled minus registration provider charges.
  • Refund requests for club fees MUST be communicated to us prior to June 30th, 2020. After June 30th, we will not issue refunds.

50/50 Fundraising:

Our 50/50 fundraising plan will continue ahead as planned. If you are a current or new member and have not picked up your 50/50 booklets, please email globebmx@gmail.com and we’ll arrange a contactless option. Tickets will also be able to be picked up on Thursdays at the track from Jen.

Volunteer Bond:

Our volunteer bond will be put on hold until we can make a decision about racing or not. For the current return to practice plan, board members will fill the needed volunteer positions to keep sanitizing procedures easy to manage, and make social distancing as easy as possible. No volunteers will be required to run practices, as outlined on our new practice and protocols page.

SK Cup Races, Camps & Special Events:

These are still undecided. Our SK Cup #1 and #2 will be most definitely be cancelled, but we are not 100% sure if there is a possibility for rescheduling or not and will wait to make any final decisions when Phase 5 dates are announced by the Government of SK. Our end of July On The Box Camp and our Summer Classic are TBD and we’ll of course look to reschedule or modify these events as more information is available and restrictions are lifted.

Maintenance Work & City of Saskatoon Track Status:

The City of Saskatoon has approved our return to practice plan. Board members will help keep the track maintained for now, however help may be needed in the future.

Questions or Comments?

Tentative: Phased Plan for 2020 Season

The board team met recently to go over thoughts and ideas for what will be a modified season, based on what we know now, the current Government of Saskatchewan reopening plan and what SCA has given us guidance on.

Here is a summary. Please know this plan is tentative and could change once more information is known about the upcoming phases.

Practices:

In Phase 4, when group sizes are expanded to 30 people, we will plan to start practices in 1 hour groups, similar to how we already run practices, but there will be additional groups/times added if our numbers dictate. Since we won’t be hosting regular races at this time, we’ll plan to have additional practices per week in this phase.

Racing:

In Phase 5, when there is no limit on gathering sizes and social distancing restrictions are lifted, we plan to once again begin racing. We’d like scale back on practices and add extra races per week to try to make up for lost time in our scheduled. We’d also hope to extend racing even further into September and early October, utilizing weekends to preserve daylight limitations.

Registration Re-Opening:

When the dates for Phase 4 are announced, we will look to announce reopening of our club membership registration.

50/50 Fundraising:

Our 50/50 fundraising plan will continue ahead as planned. If you are a current member and have not picked up your 50/50 booklets, please email globebmx@gmail.com and we’ll arrange a contactless option. To refresh, here is the 50/50 information on the website: https://globebmx.com/2020-globe-bmx-50-50-raffle/

Volunteer Bond:

Our volunteer bond will remain in effect, however we will look to modify the credit requirements once we know the extent of our season plans.

SK Cup Races, Camps & Special Events:

These are still undecided. It is more than likely that our SK Cup #1 and #2 will be cancelled, but we are not sure what that will look like and will wait to make any final decisions when Phase 4 and Phase 5 dates are announced by the Government of SK. Our end of July On The Box Camp and our Summer Classic are TBD and we’ll of course look to reschedule these events as the Phases and available dates permit.

Maintenance Work & City of Saskatoon Track Status:

We are reaching out to the City of Saskatoon to understand the track status going forward, and to try and make a maintenance plan. We’ll update again once we know more.

If you have any questions please Contact Us! We’ll continue to plan, adjust and share updates as we know and learn more about the upcoming phases.

Thank you to everyone for your patience and understanding,

Globe BMX Board of Directors; Kyle, Dan, Kendal and Jen

Update from Globe BMX Board of Directors

We hope everyone is doing as well as can be expected during this very different time for all of us. We met on Wednesday night to discuss club operations, as well as have received new directives from the SCA and Cycling Canada, and wanted to share some important updates of what we know at this time:

  • STILL ON HOLD – Cycling Canada has issued a statement directing all cycling events down to the provincial and club level be on hold until June 14th. See document here from Saskatchewan Cycling.
    • This means there will be some changes to our opening plan. We are working through what that looks like for us and for current/future members and will update at a later date.
    • We have a call that we’ll participate in on April 8th with the SCA to determine courses of action for scheduled milestones that fall within or close to that timeframe.
  • NEW REGISTRATIONS – We’ll be temporarily suspending new registrations until we know more.
  • AGM – We’ll continue with our AGM as planned, on April 30th, however the meeting will be a virtual format. Details about the meeting, as well as the AGM package, will be sent out on or before April 8th.

We are navigating this as you likely are, one day at a time. We are still hopeful that we will be able to have a BMX season, in whatever form that may look like, but we have to continue to keep up to date with current happenings and guidance from our governing bodies.

Happy to try to answer any questions at this time, however please know that we will do our best to communicate to the group as whole as we know more and plan accordingly above what we’ve communicated in this post.

We know that many of you are juggling working, business decisions, schooling, parenting and possibly are on the front line in all kinds of forms and we want you know that your BMX fam is here to support in any way we can.

Wishing you, your families, loved ones and friends all the best during this time,

Globe BMX Board of Directors; Kyle, Dan, Kendal and Jen

Sunday Club Practice: Things to Know!

If you’re a registered Globe BMX Member and are ready to start practicing, please join us each Sunday (with the exception of few)! Here is everything you need to know.

1. Check the schedule page (Sunday Practice section) first to make sure you are coming at the right time!

https://globebmx.com/racing/schedule/

2. Make sure you’ve got all the gear and read the following!

Bike! Make sure it has a single hand-brake (no pedal brakes), no pegs, bells, reflectors, chain guards and anything extra on the bike is removed. This helps keep your rider and other riders safe on the track each time.

Helmet – make sure you have a full face helmet for you or your rider. When you are at the track and on your bike, your helmet is on. We like to think of the track area as the space within the perimeter walking path.

Clothing, gloves and shoes
– Motocross Pants & Jersey are recommended however any long sleeve and full leg outfit that is tear resistant will do. No Jeans, Sweats or Windpants – they would all tear and/or melt to skin in the event of a crash.
– Make sure your rider has full fingered gloves. These are a must and riders will not be allowed on the track without them
– Closed toe shoes, preferably flat soled skate style shoe, but shoes that allow you to grip your pedals and are comfortable will work. Laces should be well tied and not hanging loose.

Other gear:
– bring water and a snack
– Small toolbox if you have one (in case there are gear adjustments you need to make)
– Chair for spectating
– Backpack or wagon to haul your stuff out to the track

Volunteer Cheque – in order to receive your 2019 race plate (which is what you’ll need to be able to practice and race) please bring your volunteer cheque for $100. If you’ve previously sent us a temporary e-transfer, please bring a cheque! This is 1 cheque per family and is NOT cashed unless you do not fulfill your volunteer credits by the end of the Season, mid-September. We’ll be taking cheques and handing out plates all season.

If you want to read the full Volunteer Bond details, please look here: https://globebmx.com/racing/volunteer/volunteer-bond/ .

Volunteer – please use the form linked next to each date on the schedule page to register for a role on Sundays! https://globebmx.com/racing/schedule/

Parking – Vehicles are to be parked in the Lakewood Civic Center lot, and then gear and bikes walked or ridden behind the tennis dome to the track. Only vehicles on our permit list are ok to be parked out by the track.

Washrooms – Every year we rent a portable washroom so that riders don’t have to run all the way to the Civic Center. It will be locked during any non-practice and race times as we’ve experienced vandalism in the past.

3. Coaching & Practice Plan – Each Sunday we’ll have coaching available to the best of our ability. Some Sundays will be more about drills and learning and others will be about running gates and race-like practice.

Coaches with Globe BMX are volunteers. For the 2019 season our volunteer coaches are Steve Rosman, Chris Gurney and Lori Smith. If you’d like to become involved as a coach please let us know!

 

Thursday District Racing Kick-off – May 23rd, 2019

Well folks, we’re ready to kick off Thursday District Racing for 2019, with the first race this coming Thursday, May 23rd.

There are plenty of items to take note of to ensure a smooth and efficient race for everyone – so hunker down and read this whole post please!

RACE REGISTRATION – make sure you have REGISTERED ONLINE to be eligible to race. The deadline is midnight on Wednesday, May 22nd so that we have enough time to prepare for race night. Note – the link above will change each week – use the Schedule page each week to register.

RACE SCHEDULE – take note of the race schedule ESPECIALLY the check in timeframe. You MUST be checked in by 6:15pm in order for us to have enough time to do final race prep. It might not seem like a big deal to be late but it really throws off the final moto prep if even one person is late. IF you are going to be late or can no longer make it – please let us know before 6:15pm!!!

Weekly Schedule:

4:45pm – 5:45pm Setup/Prep and Maintenance start
5:30pm – 6:15pm Rider Check In – Very Important to be within this timeframe!
5:45pm – 6:30pm Warm up with gates
6:30pm – 6:45pm Motos Posted
6:45pm – 7:00pm Rider Staging
7:00pm race start

VOLUNTEER – Earn some credits by volunteering! A little help goes a long way. Some jobs are before the racing and some are after, and some are for officials – they’ll be marked as a Commissaire position. If you want to earn credits and volunteer – PLEASE SIGN UP ONLINE IN ADVANCE HERE. Note – the link above will change each week, use the Schedule page each week to Volunteer.

ELIGIBILITY & FORMAT
– If you have a Provincial Racing License through the Saskatchewan Cycling Association or a UCI License, you are eligible to race in a District race at Globe BMX, even if you are not a Globe BMX Club member.
– Riders in both the 20″ and Cruiser Class are eligible.
– Striders / Under 4 will race a modified format of 2 motos, everyone else will race the standard 3 moto format.
– All riders must register in advance using the online registration form linked about in the Registration section.

WHAT TO BRING
– Bike, full face helmet with visor, proper race clothing, gloves and other race gear
– License
– Race Plate (should stay on your bike) and if you don’t have one yet, your volunteer bond in exchange for one
– Small toolkit with side cutters, multi-tool, wrenches, hex/allen keys….whatever you might need to make sure you can adjust your gear as needed. Some even bring a tire pump which comes in useful!
– TAPE & SHARPIE – this is for writing down moto assignments/lanes for you or your rider
– Chairs if you want to sit down for spectating
– Water & snacks
– Parking as usual will be in the Lakewood Civic Center lots.

Have questions? Contact us here.

On behalf of everyone at Globe BMX – welcome to the 2019 race season!!!

2019 Season Kick Off – First Club Practice Details

If you’re a registered Globe BMX Member and are ready to start practicing, please join us this Sunday, May 19th! Here is everything you need to know.

1. Check the schedule page (Sunday Practice section) first to make sure you are coming at the right time!

https://globebmx.com/racing/schedule/

2. If you are practicing tomorrow – make sure you’ve got all the gear and read the following!

Bike! Make sure it has a single hand-brake (no pedal brakes), no pegs, bells, reflectors, chain guards and anything extra on the bike is removed. This helps keep your rider and other riders safe on the track each time.

Helmet – make sure you have a full face helmet for you or your rider. When you are at the track and on your bike, your helmet is on. We like to think of the track area as the space within the perimeter walking path.

Clothing, gloves and shoes
– Motocross Pants & Jersey are recommended however any long sleeve and full leg outfit that is tear resistant will do. No Jeans, Sweats or Windpants – they would all tear and/or melt to skin in the event of a crash.
– Make sure your rider has full fingered gloves. These are a must and riders will not be allowed on the track without them
– Closed toe shoes, preferably flat soled skate style shoe, but shoes that allow you to grip your pedals and are comfortable will work. Laces should be well tied and not hanging loose.

Other gear:
– bring water and a snack
– Small toolbox if you have one (in case there are gear adjustments you need to make)
– Chair for spectating
– Backpack or wagon to haul your stuff out to the track

Volunteer Cheque – in order to receive your 2019 plate tomorrow (which is what you’ll need to be able to practice and race) please bring your volunteer cheque for $100. This is 1 cheque per family and is NOT cashed unless you do not fulfill your volunteer credits by the end of the Season, mid-September.

If you want to read the full details, please look here: https://globebmx.com/racing/volunteer/volunteer-bond/ .

We’ll be taking cheques and handing out plates all season, as tomorrow is not the first time everyone will make it to the track.

Volunteer – please use the form to register for a role this Sunday! https://volunteersignup.org/PDCC4

License – make sure you bring your 2019 Saskatchewan Cycling Association license, or proof of purchase with you tomorrow. Make sure to sign the back if you have a physical license already. Pro tip: take a picture of the license or screenshot of the confirmation email and save it to the family cell phones. This way everyone has a copy and that’s all we need to see to verify you have a license.

Parking – Vehicles are to be parked in the Lakewood Civic center lot, and then gear and bikes walked or ridden behind the tennis dome to the track. Only vehicles on our permit list are ok to be parked out by the track.

Washrooms – Every year we rent a portable washroom so that riders don’t have to run all the way to the Civic Center – happy to report it’s on-site and ready for use tomorrow. It will be locked during any non-practice and race times as we’ve experienced vandalism

Thursday District Race – Information on Thursdays race will be sent out after practice, however if you want, you can register now. There are specific race plate scenarios and instructions embedded into the form that you will need to read in order to register. https://globebmx.com/racing/schedule/