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/

 

Track Update – New Gate for Globe BMX!

We’ve been waiting a LONG time to share this news!

But before we get ahead of ourselves we have to take a moment to look back to 1997. Saskatoon hosted the World BMX Championships! Epic right? Many people who are still a part of the Saskatoon BMX community remember it with pride! The gate used at that event, built by a family member of one of our members, Mike Hart, was generously donated to Globe BMX and has dropped thousands of times over the last 10 years. It truly has its own legacy and we’ve been so lucky to call it ours for so long.

Racers in the gate – World BMX Championships, Saskatoon 1997

With the evolution of the design and safety standards of BMX gates, we now know that a new gate is needed to ensure that the safety of all of our riders is our #1 priority.

Crescent Style Gate Design Drawings

Our new gate, a crescent style design, will be built locally over the next two months and our controls will be the number one name in the game, Pro-gate. If all goes as planned our new gate will be installed before the season starts.

Pro-Gate 12V Air Ram

We truly can’t move forward without thanking those that gave Globe BMX the current gate and helped SO many riders learn to love BMX racing. We’re planning to keep the gate as a legacy item and will be working on a plan as to where it will be located and what it’s new purpose will be! It has an amazing history and means a lot to many riders and families in Saskatoon.

Who’s ready for 2019!!!!????

First Track Night – Thursday, May 24th, 2018

The track is now ready for racing, so to ease into the season, we’ll host our opening practice night this Thursday, May 24th. Schedule for the evening is as follows:

4:45pm – 5:30pm Setup
5:30pm – 6:00pm Rider Check-in and Number Plates
6:00pm – 8:00pm Open Gates- note, volunteers will be grouping kids together so that we keep it safe for all different levels of riders.
8:00pm – 8:15pm Teardown

As always, we’ll need volunteers to help us get setup and running smoothly. We use an online volunteer registration system and all the positions required, time to arrive and number of positions needed are listed here: Volunteer Sign Up – May 24th, 2018

THINGS TO NOTE:

  • Bring all of your required gear. You will not be allowed to ride without the proper bike setup and safety gear. Need a reminder, check out our BMX 101 page.
  • You MUST be a member at Globe BMX for practice nights, which are every Sunday and includes this first Thursday. We will be checking riders in and cross-referencing our membership sign up list.
  • You MUST bring proof of your SCA license, either the card they mailed you or email proof of purchase. We are not able to reference a database list. If you don’t bring proof, you won’t be able to ride.
  • Bring water, snacks, bug spray, chairs, small tools (if you have them, if not, good to start putting together a little toolkit), pliers/cutters, tape and scissors are always good to have on standby.

Full season schedule is updated and can be found here: 2018 Globe BMX Schedule

LOOKING AHEAD

Practices: Weekly practices will be formatted differently than our first night. We’ll be practicing on Sundays from 4-6 roughly, with certain age groups dedicated to different sections of time. Volunteers will always be needed so we’ll have a weekly volunteer sign up sheet, along with the same advice in the Things to Note section above. We will continue to bring plates each week to capture new riders or riders who might miss the first couple of sessions.

Races: Races will run approximately from 5pm – 8pm on Thursday nights. That timeframe includes setup, track prep, registration and check in, warm up, racing and teardown. Full schedule and times will be released shortly. We will require parents to register online both for racing and volunteering, weekly. That information will be posted on our website, emailed and put on Facebook and has a cut off time each week in order for volunteers to prepare properly.

 

 

New Season, New Board Members!

On May 8th, 2018 we held our 2018 AGM. Thank you to those that attended and shared ideas and plans for the season. Your suggestions and opinions matter to us!

We made a call for paper nominations and then floor nominations at the meeting, for both Vice-President and President.

Globe BMX would like to congratulate Kyle Schmitt, our new President! Kyle was a Director for the 2017 season and was a huge asset with his BMX racing knowledge, passion for track improvement and forward planning attitude. Thank you Kyle for stepping up to this role and for your hard work last season!

We’d also like to congratulate Deb Gibson, who will join us as the club’s Vice-President. Deb’s son Gabriel is a fierce competitor on the track and getting better with each drop of the gate. We’re excited to work with you Deb this season, thank you for stepping up to the role!

With that comes the departure of our former President, Heather Foster. Heather, our sincerest thanks for all you did for the club this past season. Your BMX knowledge and historical perspective was so helpful and we appreciate all of the hard work that was contributed. Thank you!!

Farewell to Jay Schmautz who’s term as Vice-President ended with the arrival of this AGM. Thank you Jay for all of your past efforts as a volunteer board member.

Minutes from the AGM coming soon, as well as 2018 Schedule update!

~ Globe BMX Board

2018 Welcome Night and Buy & Sell Event

Save the date! Globe BMX will be hosting our 2018 Welcome Night, along with a Buy & Sell on the evening of Monday, April 23rd, 2018.

Where: zu – 303 Pacific Avenue, main floor, look for signs
Time: 7:00pm – approx. 9:00pm

Join us and bring friends! Learn about the sport of BMX in Saskatoon, what to expect this season, and who we are as a club of racers and families.

If you’d like space at a table, email globebmx@gmail.com and let us know what you think you’ll be selling and how much space you’d need. Space will be limited.