Dear Reader

Welcome to the current issue of the MTBA Club and Private Promoter e-Newsletter.

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MEMBERSHIP 

 

FAMILY MEMBERSHIP

The family membership provides a discount of between 10% - 15%, depending
on the number of family members signing-up or renewing. This is a great way to encourage more members into the club.

Eligibility criteria for MTBA Family Membership discount can be found HERE

RACING MEMBERSHIP CHECK

Just a reminder to all clubs and private promoters to ensure participants competing in a race have the appropriate membership and therefore are insured for racing.

Participants racing in a race without a MTBA race membership or a Day Licence will not have cover for Personal Accident or Public Liability.

Clubs and Private Promoter that use an event registration system other than MTBA’s Online Entry System can use a unique API key in a third party entry system. This will ensure participant’s MTBA membership details are checked at time or entry.

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PARTICIPATION 

TRAIL WORKSHOPS

MTBA organise and deliver trail development and maintenance workshops throughout
Australia in partnership with clubs and land managers.

Workshops are presented by instructors with knowledge of IMBA MTB design and construction techniques and cover both theory and practical session over usually, 2 days. If your club is interested in hosting a workshop please contact MTBA via info@mtba.asn.au

 COME N TRY DAY

Did you know that affiliated clubs are eligible to host one Come ‘n’ Try Day per year and all participants will receive insurance cover for free?

A Come n Try event is any event in the Club calendar that is about introducing new people to the activity of mountain biking. It may be a social ride, one off skills clinic or introductory event for newbies to experience racing in a fun, friendly and supportive environment.

If you are interested and would like to find more information on how your club could host a club a Come ‘N’ Try Day please click HERE  (Terms and Conditions apply).

LEVEL 0 SKILLS COURSE

MTBA has a number of courses happening around the country over the next month:

• Saturday 24th March – Alice Springs, NT

• Saturday 24th March – Adelaide, SA

Dates to be released soon for courses in Brisbane QLD, Beechworth VIC and Melbourne VIC.

For more information click HERE

COACHING COURSE

MTBA is keen to support clubs with the growth of coaches in their local community and through services like coaching courses which can be booked from May 2018 onwards.

Minimum of 6 per course.

For more information Cearna Mckenzie education@mtba.asn.au 

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REGULATIONS

SMOKING REGULATIONS AT MTB EVENTS

Just a reminder to all clubs and private promoters to ensure they are aware of and abide by their respective State/Territory laws around smoking. Many State/ Territories have banned smoking at outdoor sporting events with participants under 18 years of age and where food is sold in an outdoor venue. 

Links to information for each State/territory smoking laws and legislation is listed below.

QUEENSLAND
NEW SOUTH WALES 
NORTHERN TERRITORY 
VICTORIA
TASMANIA
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
SOUTH AUSTRALIA

In addition to these rules and regulations, MTBA's Member Protection Policy refers to a smoke free environment at mountain bike activities.  Those bound by this policy include MTBA board, employees, volunteers, clubs and members.

To view a copy of this policy click HERE

WORKING WITH CHILDREN CLUB REQUIREMENTS 

Working with Children Check laws are in place in all Australian states and territories.
Employment screening and Working with Children Checks can involve criminal history
checks, signed declarations, referee checks and other appropriate checks that assess a
person’s suitability to work with children and young people.
Legislation and procedures regarding working with children differ between each state/territory.

Anyone in paid employment or a volunteer position who works with children and young
people is required to have the appropriate working with children check unless exempt.

For contact details of your state/territory working with children agency visit the MTBA Club Resource page HERE

Moores and Our Community as part of a shared commitment to promoting child safety, and helping not-for- profit organisations ensure compliance with the complex web of legislation in this area, have created a Child Protection Toolkit

PERMIT BOOKS

MTBA require all blue slips from the Day Permit books to be remitted back
to MTBA within 14 days of the event or social ride. When remitting the Blue Slips, please ensure that you use the MTBA Payment Fee Summary Sheet as it acts as a receipt for our Finance Department.

For the MTBA Payment Summary Sheet click HERE

PRIVATE PROMOTERS 

Key points to remember:

• All event race day licences forms and fees as well as participant details from previous events must be received by MTBA within 14 days of event. Forms and fees must be remitted to MTBA prior to approval and insurance cover is provided for any future events and be eligible for re-affiliation;

• Event plans need to be submitted approx. 4-6 weeks prior the event. If you send for approval within 2-weeks of the event, an addition $50 administration fee will apply;

• Must indicate on the event plan whether the mass participation insurance option is being requested or not; 

• Ensure the event has a suitable MTBA Commissaire which meet the requirements including being a current MTBA member, completed the online quiz, submitted code of ethics and have an up to date Working with Children Check (please note this can take 6 weeks to process);

• Additional sanction fee per event in excess of the 3 provided as part of your 12-month affiliation, is $170 per event.

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RESOURCES

HEADSMART VIDEOS & APPS

HeadSmart™ provides our members with a range of tools and resources to recognise concussion and refer to proper medical care. Tools include a First Responder Concussion Recognition App.

The FirstResponder Concussion App is free to download:
Google Play
App Store

SURVIVAL SNAKE KIT

Make sure you are prepared for any misadventures when you hit the trails with
this Survival Snake Bite Kit for sale on our Webstore. Click HERE

 AUSTRALIAN SPORTS FOUNDATION

MTBA has the following two fundraising projects below:

MTBA Junior Development Fund
Mountain Bike Australia Foundation

MTBA CALENDAR

The MTBA Calendar has been updated and functionality improved. Events can
now be sorted by discipline, location, and type.

We ask if you have an upcoming event to advertise it on our MTBA Calendar even
if you are not using our registration portal.

This way it will make it easier for all members and non-members to see what MTB events are coming up and where.

AUSTRALIAN ADAPTIVE MTB GUIDELINES

The Australian Adaptive MTB Guidelines are available for purchase from the MTBA  WEBSTORE

The Guidelines, authored by Break the Boundary and supported by MTBA and the Qld
Government are a detailed guide to help land managers, trail builders, event directors,
mountain bike clubs, charities and associations develop inclusive mountain bike trails, events and programs for people with disabilities in Australia.

Electronic versions of the guidelines are available for purchase from Break The Boundary

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CLUB VIDEOS

You can see what other clubs across the country are doing through our videos posted on our social media channels including Facebook and Youtube.

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