The Idaho Interscholastic Cycling League facilitates annual NICA coach education and training events that fulfill NICA Coach licensing requirements.
NICA Leadership Essentials
The Leadership Essentials curriculum is for head coaches or team directors starting a team or taking over a team. It is also appropriate for coaches seeking to advance their NICA license level or obtain CEUs to maintain their current license.
- Not required for Level 1 coaches
- Not required for level 2 coaches, but optional attendance can be used as 8 CEUs toward licensing requirements
- Required for coaches first obtaining a Level 3 license; optional attendance can be used as 8 CEUs toward maintaining current license
New in 2020 The IICL Leadership Essentials curriculum will only be available in an online format via live webinars. The courses will promote a well-rounded approach to coaching that creates an environment in which high school and middle school students can grow and thrive.
These are required for a first-time Level 3 coach and will also fulfill the continuing education requirements for NICA Coach Licensing Levels 2-3. Additional requirements for NICA Coach Licensing Levels 2-3 can be found on NICA’s Coach Licensing Program page.
Required courses will be made available via webinars free of charge.
Details will be available soon.
Prior to attending the Leadership Essentials courses, please complete the mandatory Risk Management and NICA Student-Athlete Coaching Philosophy webinars and tests (see links and requirements on the NICA Coach Licensing Program page). They’re free and can be completed in the comfort of your own home. You do not need to complete the other requirements before attending the Leader Summit.
NICA On-The-Bike Skills Training (Coaching and Skills Essentials)
The NICA On-The-Bike Skills Training is designed for new and experienced coaches looking for effective skills and techniques for leading team practices and/or smaller groups as part of a team practice.
- Not required for Level 1 Coaches
- Required for coaches when first obtaining a Level 2 or 3 license and optional attendance can be used as 8 CEUs
This event provides the opportunity for participants to learn the “nuts and bolts” of running safe and fun team practices and preparations for race season. Expect interactive lectures during the morning seminar and on-the-bike practical application during the afternoon sessions.
New for 2020 there is no registration fees for the OTB101 course.
NICA On-The-Bike flip books are available at an additional cost.
Be prepared to be on your bike in a skills clinic setting for the entire course.
Details coming soon.
Prior to attending the On-The-Bike Skills Training, please complete the mandatory Risk Management and NICA Student-Athlete Coaching Philosophy webinars and tests (see links and requirements on the NICA Coach Licensing Program page). They’re free and can be completed in the comfort of your own home. You do not need to complete the other requirements before attending the training.
- Open to all Level 2-3 NICA Coaches
The 2.5-Day Coach Retreat event is designed for experienced NICA Coaches within the Idaho League and beyond. This unique event provides the opportunity for experienced coaches to network with other experienced coaches, Idaho League staff, guest educators and NICA leadership. Expect interactive coach driven round-table discussions under the guidance of industry experts. Learn what is working for other teams and other leagues across the US. Discover solutions to blocks and challenges facing scholastic mountain bike teams locally and nationally. Event format allows for morning classroom style learning followed by afternoon skills classes and group free riding opportunities in highly sought after “destination” trail systems. Retreat amenities (lodging, camping, food… etc) varies based off of event location. As a result retreat pricing will vary greatly from year to year.
The Coach Retreat is open to current NICA Level 2 & 3 Coaches, within the Idaho League or within another NICA League. This event is not specifically designed to fulfill continuing education unit requirements for NICA Coach Licensing Levels, however some CEU’s may be earned. Check with Idaho League leadership about Retreat CEU’s before signing up.
6/26/20 – 6/28/20 (FRIDAY 4 PM TO SUNDAY 5 PM)
Cascade (Horsethief Reservoir YMCA Camp )- INFO AND REGISTRATION AVAILABLE HERE
Wilderness First Aid (WFA) 16-Hour
- Level 2 and 3 NICA Coach (BOTH LEVEL 2 AND 3 COACHES ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE WFA OR EQUIVALENT FIRST AID TRAINING)
The Idaho League is excited to announce a new partnership with Cascade Raft and Kayak for our Wilderness First Aid (WFA) trainings. This 16 hour class will fulfill NICA Coach Licensing Level 3 requirements and includes CPR certification. Open to all Level 1-3 NICA Coaches.
The Wilderness First Aid Course will meet all requirements outlined by the Wilderness Medical Society for the WFA certification, which will include Patient Assessment and Movement, as well as Managing Major Trauma, Wounds, and Musculoskeletal Injuries. We will also devote time to Common Medical and Environmental Problems, particularly those relevant to Cycling Coaches and Leaders.
While we’ll cover the full spectrum of required topics, there will be an emphasis on simple strategies for handling common problems. There will be time for questions and discussion in the highly interactive learning environment. Significant time will also be devoted to hands-on practice, scenarios, and case studies to help ingrain knowledge gained during lecture.
The IICL sponsors and subsidizes five WFA training courses for NICA coaches across the state at a cost of $125/participant.
WFA #1 : 4/16/20 – 4/18/20 (Thursday 6-9 PM, Friday 6-9 PM, Saturday 8 AM – 6 PM)
Idaho Falls – INFO AND REGISTRATION AVAILABLE HERE
WFA #2 : 4/25/20 – 4/26/20 (Saturday 8 AM – 6 PM, Sunday 8 AM – 6 PM)
Boise – INFO AND REGISTRATION AVAILABLE HERE
WFA #3 : 5/2/20 – 5/3/20 (Saturday 8 AM – 6 PM, Sunday 8 AM – 6 PM)
Twin Falls – INFO AND REGISTRATION AVAILABLE HERE
WFA #4 : 5/14/20 – 5/16/20 (Thursday 6-9 PM, Friday 6-9 PM, Saturday 8 AM – 6 PM)
Boise – INFO AND REGISTRATION AVAILABLE HERE
WFA #5 : 5/30/20 – 5/31/20 (Saturday 8 AM – 6 PM, Sunday 8 AM – 6 PM)
Hailey – INFO AND REGISTRATION AVAILABLE HERE
Additional WFA course offerings are available through outside training providers here in Idaho: