Coach Education and Events
The Idaho Interscholastic Cycling League facilitates annual NICA coach education and training events that fulfill NICA Coach licensing requirements.
NICA Leader Summit Core Courses
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 5 CEUs toward licensing requirements
- Required for coaches first obtaining a Level 3 license; optional attendance can be used as 5 CEUs toward maintaining current license
Full details can be found on the NICA National Online Leader Summit Webpage
Sessions will be offered online in five 1-hour sessions on weekdays. Times will vary each week to accommodate varying schedules.
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.
- OTB101 consists of a prerequisite online course followed by a 3-hour in-person bike skills 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.
The in-person courses will be scheduled on a team-by-team basis. Team Directors reach out to Eddie Freyer (firstname.lastname@example.org) to schedule a course.
Courses are being scheduled across the state. Check the IICL event calendar for details HERE
Prior to attending the in-person OTB101 training, please complete the mandatory NICA Philosophy, Safety and Risk Management, Level 1, 2, or 3 Online Course/Test and the OTB101 Online Course (all courses accessible through your Coach Profile in the Pit Zone). 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.
IICL Coach Retreat
The Coaches Retreat is open to current NICA Level 2 & 3 Coaches from any league in the country.
The 2.5 Day Coaches 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 roundtable discussions under the guidance of program experts. Learn what is working for other teams and other leagues across the US. Discover solutions to blocks and challenges facing interscholastic mountain bike teams locally and nationally. Event format allows for morning classroom style learning followed by afternoon group rides in highly sought after “destination” trail system of Galena and the Wood River Valley.
This event is not specifically designed to fulfill continuing education unit requirements for NICA Coach Licensing Levels, however CEU’s may be earned for attending various sessions (detailed agenda COMING SOON).
The retreat will be held at a beautiful summer camp facility in the Sawtooth Mountains, 17 miles north of Ketchum.
Friday July 22 – Sunday July 24
Check in is Friday afternoon staring no earlier than 4:30pm and departure is Sunday at 12:00 noon.
Completion of NICA coach license level 2 or 3.
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)
Taught by instructors from Cascade Raft and Kayak , this 16-hour class will fulfill NICA Coach Licensing Level 2 & 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 these WFA training courses for NICA coaches.
Boise – 4/9-4/10: Sat & Sun 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Host Team: Timberline
Course Location: Private residence near Timberline High School
Idaho Falls – 4/14-4/16: Thur & Fri 5:30 PM-9:30PM, Sat 9:00AM-5:00PM
Host Team: Thunder Ridge
Course Location: Thunder Ridge High School
Boise – 4/18-4/21: Tues, Wed, Thur & Fri 5:30 PM-9:30PM each evening
Host Team: Centennial
Course Location: Centennial High School
Boise – 4/23- 4/24: Sat & Sun 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Host Team: Boise
Course Location: Private residence Northend-Foothills Neighborhood
Jackson – 5/12-5/14: Thur & Fri 5:30 PM-9:30PM, Sat 9:00AM-5:00PM
Host Team: Jackson Hole Composite
Course Location: Teton County Fairgrounds
Driggs – 5/19-5/21: Thur & Fri 5:30 PM-9:30PM, Sat 9:00AM-5:00PM
Host Team: Teton Valley Composite
Course Location: Teton High School
Horseshoe Bend – 6/4-6/5: Sat & Sun 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Host Team: IICL
Course Location: Cascade Raft and Kayak in Horseshoe Bend
Eagle – 6/11-6/12: Sat & Sun 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Host Team: Eagle
Course Location: TBD
Boise – 6/18-6/19: Sat & Sun 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Host Team: IICL
Course Location: Sage International School
McCall – 6/25-6/26: Sat & Sun 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Host Team: McCall Area Composite
Course Location: Brundage Mountain Resort
Additional WFA course offerings are available through outside training providers here in Idaho:
Additional Training / CEU's
All Coeus coaching education courses are tailored to the needs of IICL and NICA members and are
appropriate for team directors, coaches, and team supporters. Courses are designed for all coach
licensing levels, with available CEUs for licensing maintenance or advancement.
Coeus courses have approximately one hour of learning content (in addition to quizzes and exams) per
CEU. Participants can complete courses at their own pace in a convenient online setting. Each
educational course is taught by knowledgeable field experts who teach at a collegiate level and offer
ample hands-on expertise. Coeus provides a range of modalities in each course to fit how you learn best,
including videos, multimedia presentations, written content, and real-world application examples.
- No pre-registration, pre-requisites or travel required, just create a Coeus account, register for your
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- Each course includes free downloadable items like summary sheets and coaching cards
- Certificates of completion are emailed to you as soon as each course is completed so you get your
- Exciting new courses are added every 1-2 months with notifications sent to members with a Coeus
Beginning January 2021 Idaho is the pilot state for the new Coeus coaching education courses,
developed between IICL, NICA and Coeus, in support of larger national coaching education
development. Coeus was co-founded by one of IICL’s own level 3 coaches, Tim Curry (Boise Brave
Cycling Team). The aim of Coeus is to help meet the NICA goal of improving access to coaching
education content tailored to the needs of a NICA coach or team and in line with the overall mission of
As a Coeus instructor, Tim oversees all courses related to training and training plan design. He is an
experienced Exercise Physiologist working at both the College of Western Idaho and Boise State
University, and is the Head of Training Sciences for the US Speedskating Olympic Team’s Sports Science Commission. In addition to Tim, Coeus’s field experts will include nutrition instructor Mary Ginnetti, RD, and motor behavior and learning instructor Dr. Aaron von Lindern.
For more information about this program, visit www.coeus-ed.com! When you make a free account, you can register for CEU courses, receive updates when new courses become available, and access free content like training plans. If you are a team director interested in sponsoring course fees for your team coaches or supporters, you can contact Bethany King at Bethany@coeus-ed.com for more information.
We are excited to have you join the Coeus community!