CJC Athlete Agreement

CJC coaches want to share their passion for cycling with our young riders and we expect that riders are ready to learn, participate and engage positively with the coaches and their peers to have fun, stay safe, build healthy relationships and share in the success of the team.

We expect that our riders and coaches will work together every day to become smarter, stronger and faster. This partnership requires teamwork, sportsmanship, respect and empathy. This agreement helps identify and explain the most effective methods we can use to work together, and outlines clear expectations to create and maintain a team environment that is nourishing, diverse, welcoming and productive.

2023 Cascadia Junior Cycling Athlete Agreement

Participants in all Cascadia Junior Cycling activities must acknowledge this agreement during enrollment.


  • Please share this with your rider as you go through the enrollment process so you can talk through these important points together.
  • Parents are the champions of each individual rider and our entire team! There are many ways for parents to be involved with CJC activities — talk to the coaches or staff to find out what opportunities are the best fit for you and your child.
  • While cycling is a lifelong-sport and can feel like a lifestyle, we believe the most supportive parents understand that their child’s identity is separate from their child’s athletic ability or performance.
  • Thank you for putting in this effort to strengthen our team while supporting your child through their cycling pursuits!

Your Coaches:

  • All coaches in leadership positions for CJC are adults who have gone through many types of trainings, certifications and experiences that have prepared them to take our groups of juniors on the rides or trips they have been assigned.
  • A coach’s primary role is to safeguard the physical and emotional health of their athletes above all else; then our goal is to make learning and riding together fun within this safe, respectful and positive environment.
  • Assistants may have less experience / fewer certifications, so they will be working directly with the more experienced leaders; but they have the same expectations to safeguard their riders and make practices enjoyable and productive.

Safesport Code:

  • CJC and Cog Wild proudly use Safesport to help train our employees, volunteers, and establish expectations for our team and work environments.
  • Read more about the Safesport Code here.

Respect & Sharing:

  • Respect begets respect. Respect yourself, your equipment, your limits, your strengths, your coaches, our environment and our shared time together.
  • Actively participate. Attend with a positive attitude & open mind so you are mindfully present, ready to engage and prepared to learn from your coaches and peers.
  • Work towards shared success. Share your thoughts, ideas and experiences when it helps push your group forward.
  • Disciplined participation. Listen to your leaders and refrain from negative behaviors that may affect your own progress or that take away from the experience of others within your group.
  • Represent proudly. All riders represent CJC, Cog Wild and our greater cycling community: each rider and every group must look and act PRO whenever we are together, training on our own, interacting online, or participating in events — owning this feels great and makes others want to join our team!


  • Focus on progress over results, and fun over pressure.
  • Rise to the challenge. Some days will be great but others will be challenging. Know that our coaches and your teammates will be on the journey with you.
  • Enjoy your accomplishments and celebrate when your teammates succeed.
  • “Never Forget the Feeling” of being in the moment, exploring, working through challenges successfully, unlocking new skills, and being part of an awesome team: #NFTF

Personal Responsibility:

  • Self-awareness: riders will ride within their limits, understand the goals of the day, and engage appropriately with their coaches & peers throughout practice.
  • Self-respect: riders must be true to themselves within the team environment in order to build confidence and knowledge while minimizing negative self-talk or comparisons.
  • Self-reliance: riders progressively learn to take smarter actions that will help themselves in cycling and in life. Examples: riders can pack their own snacks before they leave for practice; they can put an extra tube in their bag for the ride; or they can get caught up on homework before they leave on a team trip.
  • Through sports, we can learn meaningful lessons about taking ownership of one’s actions, being accountable for one’s choices, and feel empowered to be our best.

Learning Requires Energy:

  • Drive your bike. Instead of going along for the ride, we teach riders to be active drivers of their minds, bodies and bike. This is a massive energy demand so eat, drink, sleep and prepare well in advance for each practice.
  • Training makes you tired — rest makes you stronger. Use this rule of 3rds to know you’re making healthy choices to balance school, riding and other commitments: 1/3 of your activities you feel strong and amazing, 1/3 are neutral or normal, and 1/3 are challenging.
  • Mental and physical effort are equally straining — it’s impossible to separate your mind from your body while training or performing so remember to take care of your entire self.
  • Talk with your coaches or parents when you need help finding balance.


Breach of Conduct:

  • This is your team! Riders have a right to report any breaches of conduct by peers, coaches, parents or fellow competitors.
  • Coaches will hold riders accountable to the standards outlined above. While minor issues can be resolved directly by the group leader through properly clear communication, some situations may warrant further discussion, review, or action by coaches, staff or parents.
  • If a severe breach of conduct is alleged, CJC and Cog Wild staff will work together to make an informed, timely and fair decision regarding the best path forward, including evaluating the eligibility of the person to participate in the future.
  • Anyone can report a breach of conduct by calling our office at 541.385.7002, emailing info@cogwild.com, or use the form below to remain anonymous.