Welcome to the Coach Zone

THINKING ABOUT COACHING?

Watch this brief video and hear from our coaches. Now that you are super stoked to get involved, consider helping your local team or starting a team in your area.

COACHING LEVELS

Level 2 Ride Leader

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  • First Aid & CPR
  • 20 hrs Field Work
  • Risk Management Class
  • MTB 101

Level 3 Assistant Coach

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  • Wilderness First Aid
  • 20 hrs Field Work (40 total)
  • 3 PDU Hours
  • Assistant Coach Exam

Level 4 Head Coach

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  • 3 PDU Hours
  • 40 hrs Field Work (80 total)
  • Head Coach Exam

ABOUT

NICA’s Coach Licensing Program ensures that all adults working with our students have the knowledge needed to be a positive influence. NICA licenses also protect volunteers and coaches with comprehensive insurance and protect our youth with background checks. To become a coach start with License Level 1 and take it one step at a time throughout the year as opportunities arise to complete additional requirements. Please contact League Director Doug Bedient (doug@nevadamtb.org) with questions.

**Minimum requirement to ride with/coach our students is License Level 1 as per NICA “Safe Kids Policy“.

COMPLIANCY

1st Year Teams

Required to have at least 1 registered General Volunteer. Team will receive compliancy discount if one coach is licensed as a Ride Leader or above.

2nd Year Teams

Required to have at least 1 registered Ride Leader. Team will receive compliancy discount if one coach is licensed as an Assistant Coach or above.

3rd Year Teams

Required to have at least 1 registered Assistant Coach. Team will receive compliancy discount if one coach is licensed as a Head Coach.

4th Year Teams

Required to have at least 1 registered Head Coach. Team will receive compliancy discount at League Director’s discretion.

REQUIREMENTS

Please submit copies of paperwork to NICA by emailing coachlicensing@nationalmtb.org.

NICA COACH FEE

This is an annual requirement and covers one season. The annual NICA fee ensures that coaches are insured and licensed to work with our students. Some team cover this cost for coaches. Please click the button below to login to the Pitzone. For an invitation to Pitzone, please communicate with your head coach or if you are starting a new team please contact Doug at doug@nevadamtb.org

PITZONE

NICA’S PARTICIPATION WAIVER

This is an annual requirement and covers one season. All coaches and adult volunteers are required to sign an Agreement to Participate waiver in order to be covered under the NICA insurance program. These waivers are electronic and must be accessed through the Pitzone registration system.

BACKGROUND CHECK

All coaches and adult volunteers are required to successfully complete a background screening through the NICA background screen provider. The background check is a one-time requirement, though a new background check is required if a coach changes teams. Background checks are offered through TClogiQ and is intended to screen criminal records to ensure student’s safety. This 5-step process should take about 30 minutes and an FAQ page can be found here.

Background Check

CDC CONCUSSION CERTIFICATION

All adults working with students must complete the CDC’s Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports. This is a free, online course available to coaches, parents, and others helping to keep athletes safe from concussion. This course counts as 1.5 PDU, see the Professional Development Unit section below for more information.

CDC Heads Up Course

FIRST AID, CPR, & WILDERNESS FIRST AID (WFA)

Mountain biking is a sport of inherent risks and injuries can happen away from rapid emergency response. Our license program has high standards for first aid training to ensure NICA student athletes (and fellow coaches) receive well trained care and response when emergencies occur. The Nevada League will partner with local experts to offer these certifications for our coaches.

Basic First Aid & CPR: This 8-hour certification covers basic emergency treatment and can only be fulfilled by a hands-on course (online courses do not count.) You will need to renew this every 2 years.

Check with your local Fire Department for availability in you area.

Wilderness First Aid: WFA is a 16-hour training designed to prepare anyone who enters the wilderness to confidently and effectively respond to injuries and illness that can occur while on the trail. This course includes practice scenarios and hands-on practice. You will need to renew this every 2 years.

Dates: TBD

Please submit copies of paperwork to NICA by emailing coachlicensing@nationalmtb.org

FIELD WORK

Field Work is any time spent in contact with NICA student athletes in a mountain bike team setting. This can be time spent leading team rides, skills clinics, leading team meetings, and spending time at races supporting NICA athletes. Field work hours ensure that coaches and volunteers are practicing their own coaching skills and having positive influence on our riders. Submit your hours using the link below
SUBMIT FIELD WORK

Submit Field Work

ASSISTANT & HEAD COACH EXAMS

NICA requires that all Assistant & Head Coaches complete exams to ensure their competency. Coaches must attend a Leaders Summit and complete necessary PDU’s before taking the exams.

Note: This exam is conducted through an application separate from Pitzone, your Pitzone login will not work and
you will need to create a new account before you can take the exam.
ASSISTANT COACH EXAM
HEAD COACH EXAM

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CLASSES (PDU)
& CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS (CEU)

Educational courses are a unique part of NICA’s licensing program and provide coaches with new information and perspectives on how to coach their student athletes. Risk Management and MTB 101 are required courses for license levels 3, 2, and 1. Once you have completed the Head Coach license, you will need to complete 9 units every 3 years, these units are called “Continuing Education Units” or CEU’s. Here’s how to complete your PDUs:

LEADERS SUMMIT

Every NICA league hosts an annual Leaders Summit Conference (and occasional mini-Summits) for coaches. These conferences promote a holistic approach to coaching that creates an environment in which young people can grow and thrive, and are the best opportunity for new coaches to become acquainted with the best practices of coaching NICA student-athletes. Risk Management and MTB 101 are always included in Leaders Summit schedules.

Nevada Leaders Summit

WEBINARS

NICA offers a series of Webinars for coaches. Note that Webinars will count for Ride Leader certification but will not count for Assistant or Head Coach certification. Webinars do count as Continuing Education Units.
Click here for a schedule of upcoming webinars.

NON-NICA COURSES

NICA may honor other non-NICA educational courses with approval. Please submit your request to NICA using this form.

NICA has partnered with IMBA (International Mountain Bike Association) to offer PDU credit for IMBA’s Trail Building Course. If you are interested in attending an IMBA Trail Building Course please visit IMBA’s Website.

ONLINE COURSES

Positive Coaching Alliance – 1.5 units: NICA has partnered with the Positive Coaching Alliance (www.positivecoach.org) which offers “The Double-Goal Coach” online webinar to NICA Coaches. To take the PCA’s “Double-Goal Coach” webinar, please go to PCA Double-Goal Coach. Discount codes are available for NICA coaches, please email Coach Licensing for a code. After completion of the webinar, please send Double-Goal Coach Certificate to Coach Licensing.

TrueSport Coaching Education – 1 unit per module: NICA has also partnered with USADA and TrueSport to provide coaching education that is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE). TrueSport’s coaching education is an online, self-guided learning platform empowering coaches – the most significant influencers in young athletes’ lives – with the knowledge and resources to cultivate, champion, and uphold the rich promise and highest potential of sport.

The full three-module course is $49.95, but is offered to NICA members for only $25.00. Click here to go directly to the NICA discounted course. After completion of the webinar, please send TrueSport Coach Certificate to Coach Licensing.

Please submit copies of paperwork to NICA by emailing coachlicensing@nationalmtb.org