Leaders’ Summit

Comprehensive Leadership for Youth Coaches

The Leaders’ Summit are in integral part of the NICA model for high school mountain bike programs. The summits bring together head Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Ride Leaders, and General Volunteers — both new and experienced — to develop skills and knowledge, share strategies, and build community. The conferences promote a holistic approach to coaching that creates an environment in which young people can grow and thrive. They also provide opportunities for participants to learn all about the league structures and processes, how to start a mountain bike team, how to work with their schools, issues related to liability, and the unique intricacies of working with high school cyclists.

Attending a NICA Leaders’ Summit is a requirement for obtaining a NICA Coaches License at the level of Head Coach or Assistant Coach.

Saturday: Leadership and Coaching Seminars

The first day of the summit consists of classroom seminars which cover the nuts and bolts of working with high school student athletes in the context of a NICA mountain bike club. Saturday’s seminars cover basic knowledge all NICA Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches, and Ride Leaders should be aware of and incorporate into their duties. The topics covered will vary, but will always include Risk Management and Insurance Overview, a required topic for all NICA Coaches License levels. A list of possible topics, along with the number of Professional Development Units assigned to them, is listed below.

Topic Units Required?
How to Start and Manage a High School Mountain Bike Team 1 No
Fundraising, Securing and Sustaining Sponsors .5 No
Engaging and Motivating Adolescents .5 No
Recruiting, Coaching and Retaining Girls 1 No
Risk Management and Insurance Overview 1.5 Yes
NICA Coaches License Information .5 No
Race Day: Structure, Support, Success .5 No
Creating a Strong Team/Parent Community .5 No
Getting to “Yes” with School Administrator .5 No
Managing Riders at the Top .5 No
Coaching Core Mental Skill .5 No
Cycling Training for Teens .5 No
Mechanic Skills Refresher .5 No
MTB 101 (Approved Skills Instruction) 3 Yes

Sunday: MTB 101: Skills for Coaches

In this clinic, coaches will learn the progressive steps needed to teach anyone (even other coaches) both basic and advanced mountain biking skills. You will also learn about experiential teaching techniques, how to accommodate different learning styles, and how to create a positive learning environment for young riders. The majority of this clinic will be held outdoors, so please bring your bike and appropriate riding and safety gear for the weather.

Upcoming Leaders’ Summits

NICA Leaders’ Summits are hosted by each NICA League on an annual basis. In addition, NICA is working to bring additional Leaders’ Summits to regions that do not yet have established NICA programs.

For a full list of upcoming Leaders’ Summit go to the NICA Calendar.  Any questions regarding a NICA Leaders Summit email Coach Licensing.