Youth Track Development Series Important Information

With winter just around the corner, we are delighted to announce the YTDS structure, events scheduled, and other important information for the 2018/2019 Youth Track Development Series being run out of the world-class Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, ON.

The Youth Track Development Series has been designed to optimize the development of our young athletes through a format that removes the emphasis on winning and instead focuses on skill development.

 

Seeding:

  • After another successful season of ability based racing in 2017/2018, riders will continue to select their category based on their ability and comfort level. With the help of their coaches, athletes will be placed in categories A through E, with A being the most advanced category and E being the beginner/entry category.

Licensing:

  • All athletes must be duly licensed by the OCA – Citizens Permit or UCI license. Out of province athletes must have a UCI license. UCI licenses must have a UCI track code.
  • 2018 Track UCI Licenses and Citizen Permits WILL be accepted for Youth Track Development Series #1 only. If you do not have a valid UCI Track License or Citizen Permit for 2018, you will be able to purchase a 2019 license. The 2019 license will allow you to compete at the first Youth Track Development Series along with the rest of the season.
  • Only 2019 Track UCI Licenses and Citizen Permits will be accepted for Youth Track Development Series #2, #3 and the Series Finale. 2019 licenses will be available to purchase in mid-November 2018.  Please ensure you purchase your license in time. Due to a large influx of license orders at this time, we ask that you give a 2-3 week buffer between the time of purchase and the date of the event.
  • Please contact support@ontariocycling.org for more licensing information.

In-field Policy:

    • Only team identified personnel are permitted in the in-field, at the sole discretion of the OCA.
    • Access to the in-field is limited. Only licensed athletes, coaches and operational/event personnel are allowed in the in-field/safety zone.
    • Spectators and parents are NOT permitted on the in-field and must watch from the stands.
    • A maximum of five (5) personnel per club are permitted.
    • Independent riders are permitted one (1) support person.
    • Club presidents or identified representatives must pre-register their personnel before the Thursday prior to the event date by sending an email to events@ontariocycling.org. Representatives of independent riders must also confirm their attendance in order to be given access to the in-field.
    • All team personnel are required to check-in at registration for an in-field pass.
    • All coaches/representatives are required to comply with the Responsible Coaching Movement procedures in order to be permitted in the in-field. More information will be released later this week.
    • For more information on the Responsible Coaching Movement please visit: www.ontariocycling.org/oca-coaching/responsible-coaching-movement/ or contact the OCA office at 416-855-1717.

Concussion Policy:

  • Ontario Cycling Association is committed to maintaining the health of its athletes and believes that an athlete’s health is more important than their participation in competitions.
  • Ontario Cycling Association’s Concussion Policy is a zero-tolerance policy that applies to all OCA athletes, coaches, officials and members during all sanctioned cycling events, competitions, and practices.
  • Should the Commissaire or OCA feel that a rider is unfit to race for any reason, the OCA reserves the right to remove the rider from the event, for their own safety and the safety of others.
  • Please ensure you are familiar with this policy ahead of participating with any OCA event. http://www.ontariocycling.org/forms/oca-concussion-policy/

Upgrades:

  • Youth Category Upgrades: Upgrades will not be permitted on race day, except in exceptional circumstances. The OCA will consult with the Commissaire during exceptional circumstances. Coaches should assist their athletes, ensuring placement in the appropriate category based on age, physical maturity, cycling experience, etc.

Events:

YTDS #1 – December 1st, 2018:

  • A,B,C: Scratch Race, Points Race, 2km Scratch Race, Win and Out
  • D,E: Scratch Race, Point-a-Lap, 2km Scratch Race, Longest Lap
  • Para: Pursuit, Kilo

YTDS #2 – January 12th, 2019:

  • A,B,C,D,E: Mini Keirin, 2km Scratch Race, Sprint Challenge, Tempo
  • Para: Pursuit, Kilo

YTDS #3 – January 26th, 2019:

  • A,B,C: Scratch Race, Tempo, Elimination, Points
  • D,E: Scratch Race, Tempo, Elimination, Point-a-Lap
  • Para: Pursuit, Kilo

YTDS Finale & U15 Provincial Individual Pursuit Championship – February 23rd, 2019:

  • U15 M/W: Provincial Individual Pursuit Championship
  • A,B,C,D,E: Points Race, 2km Scratch Race, Tempo, Sprint Challenge, Elimination
  • Para: Pursuit, Kilo

Youth Finale & U15 M/W Individual Pursuit Provincial Championship:

  • Due to an overwhelming increase in participation at the Track Ontario Provincial Championship, the U15 championship will now be held on the same day as the Youth Finale. The U15 Championship will consist of the Individual Pursuit only. Provincial medals WILL be awarded.
  • Riders that wish to participate in the IP championship as well as the bunch races will rejoin their skill-based category for the YTDS Finale races. U15 riders that do not wish to partake in the IP Provincial Championship can participate in just the Youth Finale races.
  • U17 and Junior Provincial Championships will still take part on the Provincial weekend on March 1-3, 2019. Further details to be announced in late December.