JUNIOR RIPPERS

DESCRIPTION:

Founded in 2021, SWAY MTB Club and Coweta County Parks and Recreation have jointly developed the Junior Rippers mountain bike team specifically for younger riders in the Southwest Atlanta area. This group is designed to get kids between ages 6 and 12 outdoors having fun riding bikes with their friends in a structured manner.  There are no tryouts, no cuts, and no races with this team, and the only requirement is the rider must be able to ride a pedal bike independently (without training wheels). 

JUNIOR RIPPERS MANAGEMENT TEAM:

  • Kurt Dorshimer
  • Dawn Rhymer
  • Coweta County Parks & Recreation

PRACTICE LOCATION:

  • Brown's Mill Trails ~ Newnan, GA

SCHEDULE:

FALL 2021 SEASON

Fall practices will run from 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Link to Google Calendar

  • July 11 & 25
  • August 8, 22, & 29
  • September 19
  • October 3, 17, & 31
  • November 14

PROGRAM GOALS:

  • To have fun riding with friends.
  • To build strong minds and bodies through the sport of mountain biking.
  • To foster team camaraderie regardless of differences in ability among teammates.
  • To develop basic skills to encourage a lifelong passion for cycling.

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED:

  • Good working pedal bike (no training wheels). Hand brakes and gears encouraged but not required. Wheel size is not a factor as long as the bike fits the rider.
  • Riders must have a properly fitting, approved helmet (CPSC, ASTM or Snell) that’s in good condition with no cracks, dents, or other damage. We recommend helmets be replaced at least every 2 years.
  • Riders must wear closed-toed shoes. Either flats or clipless pedals are acceptable.
  • Riders must have a water bottle with water for every ride. Suggest water bottle cage on bike frame.
  • Riders must have appropriate clothing for season.

REGISTRATION / COSTS

  • Registration is through Coweta County Parks and Recreation website and cost is $60 / rider for our normal season with ten practices.
  • Team is limited to maintain coach/rider ratios. 
  • All riders will receive a Junior Rippers t-shirt with registration.

COMMUNICATION:

  • All communication pertinent to the Rippers is handled through our TeamSnap app. TeamSnap provides all information to include roster, contact information for riders and coaches, messaging, schedule availability, practice plans, and more. Once a coach or rider is registered for the team, our staff will send an invite through email for the application. 

SAMPLE CURRICULUM:

  • Skills games (limbo, ride the plank, slow race (track stand), drag race, cone course, water balloon pop (tracking), etc.)
  • Teach basic bicycle components and their purposes.
  • Teach basic bicycle care from how to lay your bike down to cleaning after a muddy ride.
  • Teach essential mountain bike skills  (starting, shifting, braking, cornering, climbing and descending, reinforce trail etiquette, and encourage proper balance on two wheels standing out of the saddle with level pedals).
  • Group rides on Brown's Mill singletrack. Every group will be led by an experienced coach and swept (followed) by another coach. 
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