Rulebook Updates

Each year, the NICA Rules Committee meets to discuss issues that came up during the course of a season and brainstorm updates to the rulebook that benefit all leagues.  After the conclusion of the meetings, the committee votes on the rules to be modified and published in the upcoming season’s rulebook.  Meetings begin after the commencement of Spring leagues from July through August.

As you peruse the 2016-2017 Rulebook, you will note several changes from last year’s publication. Below is a summary of the rules that have been modified and will now take effect in the 2016-17 seasons.

To submit a rulebook request for the 2017-2018 season, please use this form below:

If you have questions about the rule changes, please contact us at, or get in touch with your league representative.

Request Rulebook Change – 2017-2018 Rulebook

If you would like to submit a rulebook change, please fill out the above form before May 15, 2017.


Voting Members, 2017-2018

Voting members of the rule committee are part of NICA Chapter Leagues, the NICA Board and NICA staff.  During the rules committee process, votes are cast by these members and rules are modified based on the results.

Representative Name Affiliation Position Team
Jon Francis NorCal Head Coach San Rafael
Mike Bagg SoCal Head Coach Yucaipa High School
Kate Rau Colorado CO League Director N/a
Lori Harward Utah UT League Director N/a
Vance McMurry Texas League Director N/a
Tim Walsh Minnesota N/a N/a
Mike Perry Arizona League Director N/a
Jason Cairo New York League Director N/a
Trent Boysen Tennessee General Volunteer University School of Nashville
Trevor Thorpe NICA Board NICA N/a
Sara Ecclesine NICA Board NICA N/a
Jorge Montoya NICA Staff NICA N/a
Lauren Haughey NICA Staff NICA Oakland Composite MTB Team



Members of the rules committee are composed of the various NICA Project Leagues, whose input and feedback is essential to driving rule modifications.  During the voting process, members provide their statement of position on various rule change proposals.

Representative Name Affiliation Position Team
Jeff Veal Georgia Chief Referee N/a
Don Edberg Wisconsin Co-League Director N/a
Kathy Mock Wisconsin Co-League Director N/a
Eddie Freyer Alabama League Director N/a
Peter Hufnagel Virginia League Director N/a
Dylan Gradhandt Idaho League Director N/a


2016-2017 Rulebook Updates

Rulebook Updates, July 2016

  1. Edits passim for grammar and syntax.
  2. New Rule 2.2: Concussion return-to-play policy (other rules renumbered).
  3. Rule 4.1: Allow smaller wheels.
  4. Rule 4.6: Exceptions to outside assistance for medical devices.
  5. New Rule 5.5: No cutting the course (other rules renumbered).
  6. Rule 7.1.B: Add provision in appendices for consistency with composite team sizes.
  7. 9.5: Require bib/chip plate or other ID during pre-rides.