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Interview with Jeff Emig


Chris Cooksey

The sport of motorcycling is fun and rewarding for the entire family, but done incorrectly can lead to significant and life altering consequences.  When I first heard about the formation of the USMCA I felt a sense of relief that others shared my views on education, including appropriate training.  As it stands now new riders must rely on friends and family to teach them the ropes of basic riding.  Unfortunately due to the growth of our sport if you want to ride but do not know other riders,  your education is trial by fire. The USMCA has a plan to transform the educational/safety piece of riding and help reshape the long term health of our two wheeled passion.  I took a few minutes to speak with one of the founding members, multi time Supercross and Motocross National champion Jeff Emig, to answer a few questions.

CC:
Regarding the upcoming Summit on February 9th and 10th in Arlington, TX, can you elaborate on what an individual who is attending can expect? 

Jeff: 
This being the first annual coaching summit, and the fact that we have not reached the point where we are certifying coaches with everything up and running, this  first summit is going to be about the introduction.  It will be about what the USMCA is what the goals are and how we are going to get there.  The initial summit is about the journey that got us to this point where we need to make a change in the industry and why coaching is necessary, then laying out  the plan for the next few months and year.

CC:
Is there a base education needed for anyone to attend?
 

Jeff:
No.  Anyone can attend.

CC:
How will an established coach benefit from the USMCA?

Jeff:
Some of the biggest names in the industry will be there and every current coach we have spoken to has been extremely positive.  When it comes to their business the USMCA should provide a tremendous value to them and be a tool for them to run a better more successful business than what they already do.  Not to mention they can look at it from a totally different perspective of the responsibility and opportunity to give back to the sport that we have all been involved with.  We feel like we are on to something really good, we have had great feedback up to this point.  The summit is a big event, there is a lot riding on it for everyone that's been involved.  I feel confident that we have some really smart passionate people that have helped build the USMCA  to this point.  Beyond the summit is when we start to get all of the coaches in the industry involved and building standards and practices for their coaching association, there's more work to be done.  This is one more step toward making it to the mountain top and reaching our goal.

CC:
What is the primary focus of USMCA?  (At this point Jeff referred me to the USMCA Mission Statement).

Jeff:
The USMCA Mission Statement:
The USMCA is a nonprofit corporation founded to oversee and foster the creation of a robust, nationwide network of motorcycle-riding coaches in the sport’s major disciplines, including on-road and off-road riding.  Structured, systematic program curricula will ensure that the training if these coaches is as effective and safe as possible, and will enable them to subsequently share their own knowledge and skills with both new and exisiting motorcyclists through a highly consistent and repeatable process.  As a result, parents and individuals seeking coaching will be confident that they can choose from a wide selection of well-trained, certified coaches.

CC:
What are the long term goals of USMCA and how do you think these goals will shape the future of the industry?

Jeff:
To break down the barriers to entry helping beginner and novice level riders advance their skills so they can be lifelong enthusiasts.

CC:
Thanks Jeff for taking the time to explain USMCA.  I look forward to helping grow the Motorsports community as we are in need of a structured curriculum to educate riders on techniques that not only make them faster but keep them safe.  Is there anything else you want to add?

Jeff:
At this point we are getting close to maximum capacity and the support from the industry as a whole that we have received has been a bit overwhelming.  The USMCA is not about the founding members, advisory board, or team.  It is about the industry and it's about the coaches, and more importantly our customers in the sport of motorcycling.  It's not the only answer to producing a great future for our industry but we certainly feel that with all of the data and information that we have collected and the hundreds of hours of meetings and time that  we have all put together, establishing the USMCA is one of the things that will build a better future for the sport as a whole.

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