miller6
Is there any interest in a girls class?
Like a 11-15 year old class like the youth national hare and hound has. My 14 year old daughter raced the women's class this year with descent results. But I I think without more positive results she will lose interest. This also may give the younger girls a place where they may feel not so intimidated. I've talked with other parents and they seem to think it would be a good idea.
Any thoughts?
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hillneck racing
We feel the same way. The little girls just can't compete with the women. Our daughter is 11 and loves to race as well but the girls do need an in between. 11-15 would be an awesome little group to have. We are right there with you guys.
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toaster
Bring it up to the officers for discussion. Actually a good idea as they can have each other to race.   
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Chattin
They have 1 already. It's called the beginning womens class on Saturday. No need to add another class. That's why we created that class.
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ktmangel
A few of the younger girls (my daughter is 13) are racing in the 100 Novice class.  They have had a blast racing each other this season.

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Chattin
We can just give a trophy to all the girls so they will stay interested... why not. Lots of organizations give participation trophies
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miller6
I don't think anyone is just looking for trophies. Just a class where GIRLS can race each other. Instead of competing against grown women who tend to be much faster. No one will continue to participate if they are in last place every time.
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hillneck racing
Giving them trophies won't help them gain confidence or experience. Going from a 1 mile coarse to a 41 mile coarse is a pretty big jump. Just asking for the beginning girls to have a fighting chance starting out with the women.
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philfell
Saturday novice, is Saturday novice speed regardless of age and gender. Mandy Ross is far from a grown woman and she does fine in the Saturday woman's class. Like Beth said her daughter is fine in the 100 novice class. It seems odd to me to make a class that only 3-5 riders would participate in when there are already classes available.

The Saturday woman's novice class is usually already very slow with some of these "grown faster woman" needing assistance through the tougher parts of the course.

But I haven't been to too many races recently and maybe I'm just out of touch.
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hillneck racing
Our concern is going from 1 mile loops to 41 miles. It is definitely a big jump and honestly the younger kids don't stand a chance. Whether they are girls or boys.
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Chattin
This is an endless debate..its the same if its either a girl or a boy.. jumping from peeweees to mini is a big step. Some succeed and some dont..trust me i have done it and dealt with it.. as has the honeas serpas forsmarks thats just a few. I have had girls race from the bottom up to the top..adding a class wont make a difference.. you know what will though. Taking em riding..riding harder things more sear time. The sat mini courses are pretty easy. There is always lots of help on the harder sections.. hope that helps..
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cmaas
Ridge Runner for President!!!
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jludwick
All I can say is try helping them set reasonable goals. The first step for jumping from pee wee to mini is to finish. The older and more experienced riders are usually going to be faster. Just try to keep it in perspective. It's the same thing on Sundays, there's always someone faster.

Like Phil said, Saturday Novice is Saturday Novice and the women's class varies from some pretty fast riders at the top to other grown women who are true beginners. In my opinion, if your girl has been riding in the pee wee and 65 Novice class, then the next step would be 65 Am or 100 Nov, not V Women. If you think there are enough girls to make a separate class, go ahead and bring it up at the MRANN meeting. If it gets turned down you can always compare results within 65 Am or 100 Nov by gender. 


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