Forming or joining a team is a great way to experience Bike MS! The camaraderie and support you’ll feel from the rest of your team is like no other. By forming a team during the registration process, you will become the designated team captain and will be in charge of rallying the troops for the big day. Leading isn’t your cup of tea? You can convince someone else you know to lead the group, or you can join a team.
Team Captain Checklist:
- Just Begin!
Register first in order to create the team. It's easy!
- Enlist your friends and family
Recruit three more people to the team. They can register by clicking "Join a Team" and searching for the team name. Or, you (the team captain) can email one of the Suggested Messages from your Participant Center and the new team members can register through a link provided.
Forward along to your team members any pertinent information that you get from the National MS Society regarding team/fundraising contests, Bike Weekend details, and your team ranking.
- Be a cheerleader!
Once team members have begun registering, send out emails to the team, welcoming new members, congratulating people who reach certain fundraising milestones, and even create fundraising competitions for your team members.
- Plan and share Bike Weekend details.
Are you meeting somewhere special? Are you wearing jerseys or coordinated outfits? Be sure to send the details to the team so that your team members feel included and so that everyone can have as much fun as possible on Bike Weekend!
What is an Official Team?
An Official Team is any team that has four or more registered team members. The benefits of being an Official Team include being eligible for contests throughout the year as well as being eligible for a Team Award at the end of the season. You are more than welcome to have an unofficial team of less than four registered team members, but we highly encourage you to find a few more people to join you. The more, the merrier… right?
How do you fundraise on a team?
As a team member (or team captain) you can fundraise like everyone else. Instead of your fundraising going directly to the overall team, we funnel it there through you first. So, when you turn in a check or receive a donation online, you get the individual credit for it and your team also receives credit for it. This allows you to qualify for the individual clubs and the team awards.