A new high school sport is on the horizon in Alabama, and this Monday local residents have an opportunity to learn more about it.

A "pep rally" for the Alabama High School Mountain Biking league is Monday, June 23, at the Anniston Museum of Natural History. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. Free pizza will be served.

Eddie Freyer of the league will be on hand to answer questions and screen a documentary on HS mountain biking, Singletrack High.

The event is free and open to the public. So, if you are a high school student looking to compete in mountain biking, a school coach/administrator interested in starting a club team, a parent curious about the league, a cyclist looking to get involved or anyone else looking to support your community, the Anniston Museum of Natural History is the place to be on Monday.

The Star's Joe Medley wrote about the new league last month. His article is here:

Freyer said NICA programs run on five principles: inclusivity, equality, strong body, strong mind and strong character.

Inclusivity means no tryouts or cuts. All participants who cross the finish line will count toward their team’s score.

Equality means boys and girls will ride the same courses and score the same.

Strong body, mind and character are about encouraging physical health and a lifetime sport, academic performance and community involvement through volunteering. Teams have a community-service requirement.

Risk management strategies include a two-day coaching education program and background checks.