Historically, cross-country mountain biking is an individual sport, with very few structured team competitions in place.
This stems from the fact that World Championship and Olympic participation is done on an individual basis. Individual participation has made it difficult for mountain biking to compete against the mainstream sports like rugby, cricket, hockey and netball where the focus is on “team” and “school” and not the individual.
A school builds its sporting reputation based on the annual strength of their teams, and one can find a direct correlation between team strength and the quality of the programme behind the sport.
The League focuses mainly on High Schools, but in many regions provision is made to accommodate junior schools as this boosts numbers at smaller events. In Gauteng, for example, there will not be enough room to manage all the additional categories.
In short, participation in the League is open to all school children, irrespective of whether the school has an MTB programme or not. However, participation in the National Final is based on overall performance of school teams.
How to work out rider’s age category: a rider’s age is determined based on the age that they will be on the 31st December of this year
|PRIMARY SCHOOL AGE CATEGORIES|
|BOY’S AGE CATGORY||CAT||YEAR OF BIRTH||GIRL’S AGE CATEGORY||CAT|
|Sub Nipper Boy (7-8)||SNB||2009-2010||Sub Nipper Girl (7-8)||SNG|
|Nipper Boy (9-10)||NB||2007-2008||Nipper Girl (9-10)||NG|
|Sprog Boy (11-12)||SB||2005-2006||Sprog Girl (11-12)||SG|
|Sub Junior Boy (13-14)||JBA||2004||Sub Junior Girl (13-14)||JGA|
|HIGH SCHOOL AGE CATEGORIES|
|Sub Junior Boy (13-14)||JBB||2003||Sub Junior Girl (13-14)||JGB|
|Youth Men A (15)||YMA||2002||Youth Women A (15)||YWA|
|Youth Men B (16)||YMB||2001||Youth Women B (16)||YWB|
|Junior Men (17-18)||JM||1999-2000||Junior Women (17-18)||JW|
14 year old’s registered at a primary school will participate in the Sub Junior A category and will not qualify for the Spur MTB League Inter-schools Final.
13 year old’s registered at a high school will participate in the Sub Junior B category and will qualify for the Spur MTB League Inter-schools Final.