The Idaho Interscholastic Cycling League facilitates annual NICA coach education and training events that fulfill NICA Coach licensing requirements.
NICA Leader Summit (Leadership Essentials)
The 1-day Leader Summit 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
The IICL annual Leader Summit brings together coaches, assistant coaches, ride leaders, parent volunteers, team directors and anyone interested in learning more about our coaching and teaching methods to develop skills and knowledge, share strategies and build community. This conference will promote a well-rounded approach to coaching that creates an environment in which high school and middle school students can grow and thrive. This is a great opportunity to spend a day in the company of peers and energize for the upcoming season.
This 1-day event is 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.
Coaches can combine this Leader Summit with the NICA On-The-Bike Skills Training (see below) on Sunday, or can link this with another Saturday NICA On-The-Bike Skills Training, providing the opportunity for coaches to obtain all required NICA training (excluding WFA) for a Level 2 or above license without the need to attend a Sunday course.
Registration fees include breakfast and lunch and all seminars/training.
There will be an optional group ride after the completion of all classroom sessions.
4/13/19 – Boise – Avimor Community Center – INFO AND REGISTRATION
Prior to attending the Leader Summit, 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.
Registration fees include breakfast and lunch and all seminars/training.
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 afternoon.
4/14/19 – Boise – INFO AND REGISTRATION
5/11/19 – Pocatello – INFO AND REGISTRATION
6/1/19 – McCall (OTB-101 Only) – INFO AND REGISTRATION
6/4/19 – Ketchum (OTB-101 Only) – INFO AND REGISTRATION
6/8/19 – Boise – INFO AND REGISTRATION
6/11/19 – Victor (OTB-101 Only) – INFO AND REGISTRATION
8/01/19 – Boise (OTB-101 Only) – INFO AND REGISTRATION
9/08/19 – Grand Targhee Resort (OTB-101 Only) – INFO AND REGISTRATION
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.
Wilderness First Aid (WFA) 16-Hour
- Level 2 and 3 NICA Coach (NEW REQUIREMENT IN 2019 – BOTH LEVEL 2 AND 3 COACHES ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE WFA OR EQUIVALENT FIRST AID TRAINING)
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-sponsored course will be taught by Bill McKnight, a Board Certified Physician Assistant and Fellow of the Wilderness Medical Society. Bill has 15 years of clinical experience in emergency and family medicine. He taught Outdoor Emergency Care for the National Ski Patrol as well as WFA and WFR courses for an international medical support and education company before focusing on his own company, Simple Backcountry Medicine, for the last several years.
The IICL sponsors and subsidizes four WFA training courses for NICA coaches across the state at a cost of $165/participant.
2019 IICL-WFA #1 : 4/6/19 – 4/7/19
SOLD OUT – Boise – Avimor Community Center – INFO AND REGISTRATION
2019 IICL-WFA #2 : 4/27/19 – 4/28/19
Driggs – Rendezvous Elementary School – INFO AND REGISTRATION
2019 IICL-WFA #3 : 5/4/19 – 5/5/19
SOLD OUT – McCall – Brundage Mountain Ski Resort – INFO AND REGISTRATION
2019 IICL-WFA #4 : 5/18/19 – 5/19/19
Pocatello – Steelhead Drafting – INFO AND REGISTRATION
Additional WFA course offerings are available through outside training providers here in Idaho:
If your team is interested in hosting a private WFA training course, please contact Paul Holle at firstname.lastname@example.org.