About Coaching


Coaching in the Idaho League

Skilled and dedicated coaches are the most important aspect of Idaho Interscholastic Cycling League mountain bike teams.  An Idaho League coach puts the safety and overall well-being of their student-athletes as the first priority.  NICA-licensed coaches are role models and teachers who are open to learning the best practices of youth mountain bike coaching and actively working to hone their leadership skills.

Coaches quickly learn that volunteer coaching a NICA team can be a lot of work yet perhaps one of the most rewarding experiences of their lifetime. Many coaches report improved personal well-being and fitness after just one season. Many coaches echo the sentiment:

“I thought I was doing this all for the kids, but it turned out I benefited perhaps more than the kids, with regular practices and leadership opportunities.”

Is NICA Coaching right for me?

 

 

How do I become a NICA Coach?

NO PRIOR COACHING EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY!

The Idaho Interscholastic Cycling League will provide all the NICA risk management and best practice training you’ll need to jump right in and start coaching a team.  Seminars called Leaders’ Summits and Ride Leader Training are held throughout the year, including online webinars and annual retreats.

 

How do I get started?

All NICA coaches start with NICA License Level 1 and take it one step at a time throughout the year as opportunities arise to complete additional requirements. Minimum requirement to ride with/coach students is NICA License Level 1 as per NICA “Safe Kids Policy”.

 

STEP 1:

 

Check out NICA’s Coach Licensing Program for NEW and RETURNING coaches HERE

 

STEP 2:

 

Sign-up for an Idaho League Coach Education event to obtain your NICA Coach license HERE

 

STEP 3:

 

After your NICA Coach licensed you can coach in the Idaho League. Joining an existing team is the easiest way to get started as a coach HERE

 

STEP 4:

 

Start a new team HERE