Start a League

Starting a NICA League in your community isn’t hard, if you remember to start small and think big. The first League began with five students, but the vision quickly unfolded and after 10 years NICA has 31 leagues, over 22,000 student-athlete and approximately 11,000 registered coaches. Everything learned in 10 years is now available through our New League Development Program including valuable resources, training and risk management to assist visionaries build a strong and sustainable league focused on youth development.

The path to your inaugural NICA season follows this outline. It starts with a bid submission, progresses to when you are an emergent league and once half of the benchmarks are met, you’ll progress to be a project league when we’ll announce your inaugural race season dates. The exact specifics are outlined below:

Bid Submission (18 to 24 months prior to first season)→Interview→ Bid Approval→ Discussion of Provisions→ Contract Execution/League Start-Up Fees Paid (12 to 18 months prior to season)→ Background Checks for Key Staff→ Press Release→ Emergent League → Training Benchmarks Met (6 months prior to season)→ Project League → Race Season Announced

We recommend you submit your bid 18 to 24 months prior to when you’d like to launch your inaugural League season.

Like what you see? NICA can certainly help to steer you on the right path. Contact us at info@nationalmtb.org for access to the NICA Bid Development Resource Page.  Please include a brief introduction of who you are, what state or region you are representing and why you are looking to start a NICA league.