Coach Education and Events

The Idaho Interscholastic Cycling League facilitates annual NICA coach education and training events that fulfill NICA Coach licensing requirements.

NICA Leadership Essentials

Who

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

Details

  • Online leader summits will be held live via Zoom video conference
  • Sessions will be presented by NICA Coach Licensing staff and open to coaches in both spring and fall leagues
  • They will consist of the 5 Core Required sessions to get your Coach License Level 3 or count as CEUs to maintain your current license level 2 or 3
  • Sessions will be offered in 5 one hour sessions on weekdays every other week. Times will stagger each week to accommodate your varying needs and different time zones
  • You can also attend all 5 sessions in one 7 hour block (includes breaks) every other Saturday if you’d like to get them all done at once
  • Pre-registration is required to attend each online leader summit session: SEE BELOW
  • Registration links are available as a link in each session on the google calendar
  • Basic Zoom accounts are free, but you do NOT need one to attend an online meeting. If you have one, feel free to use it if you want.
  • Please use the same username and screen name in all of your sessions so we can properly give credit for participation.
  • Each session will be limited to 100 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • If you intend to participate with a group of coaches, please register individually so we can give you proper credit for attending
  • Once all 5 sessions are completed, you will automatically be sent an email with your certificate of completion. You can then upload your certificate to your PitZone profile
  • You don’t have to attend all 5 sessions to get CEU credits. You will still receive credit for the number of sessions you attended. Please email Mike McGarry at mike@nationalmtb.org when you’re finished with your sessions; he will email you a certificate for the CEUs based on the number of sessions you’ve attended.  For example, you are a Level 2 coach and only need 3 CEUs. You can attend 3 of the hour-long weekday sessions as your schedule allows. Let Mike know via email and he’ll send you a certificate with 3 CEUs for you to upload in PitZone.

Please direct all questions regarding this program to Jon Casson at jon@nationalmtb.org.

When

        Link to calendar and registration details : NICA Online Leader Summit Sessions Schedule

Prerequisites

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)

Who

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

What

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.

Where/When

Details coming soon.

Prerequisites

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.

Coach Retreat

Who

  • Open to all Level 2-3 NICA Coaches

What

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 any and all NICA Level 2 & 3 Coaches.

Up to 9 CEU’s may be earned by attending all sessions offered during the retreat.

Where/When

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) 16-Hour

Who

  • Level 2 and 3 NICA Coach (BOTH LEVEL 2 AND 3 COACHES ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE WFA OR EQUIVALENT FIRST AID TRAINING)

What

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.

-COVID-19 Precautionary Measures in Place-

All attendees must adhere to the following requirements:

1) If you or someone you have been in contact with is or has been sick, do not attend.

2) Maintain 6 feet of separation when possible from other attendees and instructors.

3) All attendees must use full PPE (gloves and face masks) during any close contact (less than 6 feet) with other attendees and instructors.

4) Bring hand sanitizer to use frequently throughout the duration of the course in combination with frequent hand washing.

5) Cover all coughs and sneezes.

Where/When

WFA#1 : Saturday 5/15- Sunday 5/17 – 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM 

Horseshoe Bend – Information and registration details available HERE

WFA#2 : Saturday 5/23- Sunday 5/24 – 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM 

Horseshoe Bend – Information and registration details available HERE

WFA#3 : Saturday 5/30- Sunday 5/31 – 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Horseshoe Bend – Information and registration details available HERE

WFA#4 : Saturday 6/6- Sunday 6/7 – 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM 

Horseshoe Bend – Information and registration details available HERE

WFA#5 : Saturday 6/13- Sunday 6/14 – 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Twin Falls – Information and registration details available HERE

WFA#6 : Thursday  6/18 6:00 PM-9:00PM, Friday 6/19 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Saturday 6/20 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM 

Horseshoe Bend – Information and registration details available HERE

WFA#7 : Thursday  6/25 6:00 PM-9:00PM, Friday 6/26 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Saturday 6/27 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM 

Idaho Falls – Information and registration details available HERE

Additional WFA course offerings are available through outside training providers here in Idaho:

Idaho Rescue Training

NOLS