NICA was founded in 2009 with the vision of allowing every American teenager to strengthen their mind, body and character through the sport of competitive high school cross-country mountain biking. NICA works with local league directors across the country to promote and support year round high school mountain bike programs. Each league hosts skills camps, coach trainings, fundraisers and a racing series for high school student-athletes.
Each year, NICA holds a competitive review process to review bids from interested parties to determine where and with whom to collaborate on new leagues for the following year. The NICA bid process has rigorous requirements where league founders are expected to participate in bid process conference call webinars, submit preliminary information, and attend at least one NICA event. In 2013, NICA expects the process to be more competitive than ever, as close to a dozen states have expressed interested in submitting a bid. While NICA has been working to increase its capacity to build new leagues, there is no guarantee as to how many new leagues may be accepted for 2014.
Due to the generosity of NICA sponsors and donors, NICA Booster Fund Grants are available for new league development. These grants supplement local fundraising efforts towards creating sustainable high school mountain bike programs across the country. New leagues typically start as “project” of NICA, operating under NICA’s guidance and oversight on finances, program quality and risk management. As the leagues become more established they gain more autonomy, eventually incorporating as NICA “Chapters”, typically in 2–3 years. However, depending on the resources available to the bid applicant, NICA’s oversight may be reduced allowing the new league more autonomy and flexibility.
Where to begin?
Starting a new high school mountain bike league is no small undertaking, but NICA is here to help. NICA has a number of resources available to individuals and organizations looking to submit a bid. We encourage you to start by registering and attending the first informational webinar (schedule below). If you are interested in getting more information or have questions about the resources available, please contact NICA’s Program Director Lauren Duensing (email@example.com).
Pre-Bid Information Webinar Schedule
NICA will be hosting several information webinars to help guide potential league founders through the process of assembling and submitting their bid. Anyone considering submitting a bid is strongly encouraged to join these calls. Below is the webinar schedule and a general topic for each date. All times listed are Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).
Bid Proposal Timeline
February 15 Bid Proposal and Bid Information Made Available
February 28 Webinar #1: General Info about NICA Leagues & Bid Process (Watch a recording – Please note the webinar begins 8 minutes into the presentation)
March 14 Webinar #2: Webinar #2: What is NICA-League Relationship & League Director Requirements (Watch a recording – Please note the audio drops at minute 4 and resumes at minute 7)
March 28 Webinar #3: Establishing a Founding League Board & Securing Race Venues (Watch a recording)
April 11 Webinar #4: Questions about Requirements for Finalizing Bid (1 pm)
June 15 Bid Proposals Due
Early July Bid Proposal Decisions Announced