NAUCC 2004 early registration deadline is April 30

Folks,

The early registration deadline for the 2004 North American Unicycling Championships and Convention will be here sooner than you think! Your registration must be postmarked no later than April 30 to qualify for the early registration discount.

Visit http://home.earthlink.net/~naucc/ for details and to download copies of the registration form.

Tom Daniels
President, Unicycling Society of America, Inc.

I’m trying to decide whether to register my kids as competitors, non-comptetitors, or not at all.

They are 6 and 8 years old and are fairly competent riders (probably not yet at level 2 but solid level1).

I’ve asked them both and they’re a little tentative about whether they want to compete. If they don’t compete what are some of the typical things that kids that age would do as non-competitors?

At UNICON 11 they attended as spectators and enjoyed themselves but at that time neither of them could ride.

So, any advice from parents (or others who have something to say about it) is appreciated.

Thanks,

-mg

Competitors!

These conventions are set up to be accesible to riders of all levels. With the number of age groups the USA has for racing, it can sometimes be impossible to not win, or at least place, in a racing event.

Also, entering the events gives you more stuff to do.

There are two ways to approach it. Play for fun, with no expectations, or practice ahead of time and set goals. Both can be rewarding, though if you set goals you need to remember the whole sportsmanship thing at race time. It’s a great way for kids to learn the meaning of sport, that you try your best and sometimes you win. You don’t always win.

Sometimes we have problems when people mix up the two approaches. They have high expectations with little or no practice. In the kid age groups, most of the riders are just out for a good time (whether or not the parents have another agenda). The ones who have practiced, really practiced, will almost invariably do better. This takes time and discipline, but teaches kids about the rewards of working toward longer term goals.

Re: NAUCC 2004 early registration deadline is April 30

Competitors
for their age group not much competiton
if they can ride somewhat they can race at the track.
The longest race they can get back on if they come off. Work with them at a
track so they have some practice. Practice starts and riding fast over the
finish line and staying in their lane.

Barb K.