Coach License Program

The purpose of NICA Coach License Program is to provide comprehensive training to NICA coaches so that they are equipped to provide quality programming to NICA student-athletes that meet national standards and best practices and develops strong mind, body and character. NICA license certification also aids in protecting volunteers and riders with insurance, as well as protect our youth with background …

Girls Riding Together Program Launches

NICA GRiT is a national program that aims to increase female participation in the sport of mountain biking by 10% over the next five years with a focus on recruitment and retention of girls and female coaches in NICA leagues. Currently, girls represent 20% of the NICA national student-athlete participation. Focused efforts are needed to increase teenage female involvement as …

NICA Coach Rockstars

This month we want to show our appreciation for our amazing NICA Coaches. There are over 6,000 licensed coaches across the country who put in hundreds of hours each year to help get #morekidsonbikes. We think all of our coaches are awesome, so we wanted to hear from the NICA community which coaches you felt have made positive impacts for …

National Coach and License Manager Note – May

After a whirlwind tour attending five Leaders’ Summits this spring, I can say with a significant level of credibility that NICA is not only here to say, but growing in Georgia, Arizona, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Virginia, Utah, Colorado, not to mention the spring leagues! Tennessee has yet to check in, as their Leader’ Summit is scheduled for the end of June, …

A Word From Your Coach Licensing and Registration Manager

Bruce Martens, Coach Licensing and Registration Manager, and his wife Lisa enjoying winter riding in Minnesota. As February draws to a close, the 2015 NICA season is just ramping up! The first races for both Texas and SoCal leagues are in the books and NorCal, New Yorkand first year league Alabama are following suit with record numbers of riders and …

Coach Licensing Job Posting

Posting Title: Coach Licensing – Mountain Bike Organization (Berkeley) Founded in 2009, the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) develops high school mountain biking programs for student-athletes across the United States. NICA provides leadership, services and governance for regional leagues to produce quality mountain bike events, and supports every student-athlete in the development of strong body, strong mind and strong character …

NICA league programs deliver!

With end of the school year comes the close of the 2014 spring racing season. NorCal, SoCal and Texas Leagues are boasting record-breaking registration numbers and the New York League, hosting its State Championships on June 1, has also surpassed last year’s student-athlete numbers. All told, 1,698 student-athletes from 136 teams were registered for the spring season; a 35% growth …

Indie Club Program

For regions without an established NICA league. NICA’s vision is to bring high school and middle school mountain biking coast to coast by 2020.  The NICA Indie Club program allows clubs to form in new regions where NICA leagues do not yet exist. These clubs can compete at existing regional mountain bike races and help spread the word about high school …

Coaching Copy

Skilled and dedicated NICA coaches are the most important aspect of NICA high school mountain bike teams.  A NICA coach puts the safety and overall well-being of their student-athletes as the first priority.  NICA coaches are role models and teachers who are open to learning the best practices of youth mountain bike coaching and actively work to hone their leadership …