Coaches News


October 17-18 Race Things

10/2/2020
We have a few things leading up to the race on October 17-18.
1) Volunteer hours are due next week in the pit zone to be applied at the one race.  More information on arkansasmtb.org/stewardship
2) Petitions for changing categories are due next week, October 8.  Link to the petition form is on the race flyer.  arkansasmtb.org/race-series/
3) We need each team to assign 2 PARENTS (not head or any main coaches, get someone else involved here) to be Covid Safety Coordinators for the race.  They will ensure the safety of the team’s area.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeRJuFItlFVQXpOkUqcOgbrZ_7Vybxo0BIwQpIDAcKBc9ty0w/viewform?usp=sf_link
4) We need race volunteers, 90 throughout the course of the weekend.  If you are a big team, you probably need 4-5 parents or people to sign up over the course of the weekend.  If you are a small team, 1-2 parents to sign up.  Sign up here:
https://signup.com/go/pTZtFFi
5) Don’t forget our call next week on the first Wednesday 8:00 pm – will be required for every team attending the race. Info will be sent out early next week.

Coach Call WEDNESDAY 7/1!!

June 30, 2020

The Arkansas NICA coaches calls are on the first Wednesday of the month after that. Calls are at 8 pm. Phone Number 605.313.4185, Access Code 165104.

Please review these documents before our call:
Return to Play Team Activity Assessment Tool
NICA-Wide COVID-19 Recommendations
Practice Planning for NICA Coaches as We Return to Play
Arkansas Guidelines for Team Sports

Each of your coaches will need to review this before starting practice:

1. Review the NICA-wide COVID-19 recommendations.
2. Review the practice planning for NICA coaches document
3. Review the Arkansas Guidelines for team sports

Before starting practice, a team (head coach or team director) will fill out the return to play team activity assessment and fill out a survey that will come out next week which follows the assessment tool. You will also need to create a plan for your team’s practices that will align with these guidelines.

Ben Tufford to Join the Leadership Team as Coaching Director

Ben brings a plethora of coaching experience from his time in the New Jersey League and working for NICA National as a Coach Licensing Manager where he has written much of the curriculum that we teach our coaches across the country. We are excited to have Ben take over the Coaching Director position so Terry can focus on his Associate League Director responsibilities. Ben will continue to work in his role as Adventure Coordinator as well. Welcome to the team Ben!!

Email him your ideas! btufford@arkansasmtb.org

Expert Voice for Levels 2 and 3 coaches

You work hard and volunteer your time. There are some new perks for becoming a Level 2 or 3 Coach. You get access to Expert Voice where you can get discounts on things you use all the time (like 40-60% off items from brands like Pearl Izumi, Five Ten, Club Ride, 100%, Icebreakers). And they don’t just offer cycling related merchandise. You can apply to your other interests as well. Levels 2 and 3 coaches will receive a separate email with the information on how to sign up. You can shop the store and learn more at Click Here to go to Expertvoice.com).

Outride Program Grants Available for NICA Teams

Outride is a public nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of youth through cycling. Through their Primary Research, Riding for Focus cycling program, and Outride Fund grant giving activities, they provide evidence-based cycling interventions to improve social, emotional, and cognitive health. Learn more about how you can apply for dollar for dollar matching grants that impact your community for more trails, and get more kids on bikes.

Outride is looking for more applicants – the things you are already doing will qualify you for this! Click here for more info

BikeNWA will help with putting riding for focus program 6 schools in NW Arkansas. BikeNWA Specific Information

2020 Scholarships are Available

2020 has proven to have some challenges and we do not want anyone to miss participating whether coaching or student athlete due to financial reasons. Please share with your teams and apply if needed. We can offer scholarships for WFA, CPR, etc.

Here’s the link to the scholarship form!

Local Dirt

By now we hope that you have heard about Local Dirt. New for 2020 we are piloting this program and are excited to get things going as the season is quickly approaching. We need each team to designate a “Local Dirt” point person so we can create this program and communicate effectively. You will be involved in communications involving the program and need to communicate with your coaches and other team members to share the information. This “Local Dirt” Team Coordinator does not even need to be a coach; it can be a parent or other responsible person that wants to be involved but cannot commit to other more demanding team roles. Please share with your teams. Don’t be afraid to make “the ask”. This is going to be a great addition to our season programming and we need your help to pull this off.

Please fill out this worksheet to add your Local Dirt Coordinator. Our first Local Dirt Event will be held in August and focused on Adventure

On-the-Bike Skills, First Aid Classes Coming Up!

Go to coach licensing page on our website for up-to-date information on classes available, and links to enroll.

Follow up from Coaches Call

6/5/2020

Link to the Recording from 6/3 Call

Link to the Survey for each TEAM to fill out before starting practice

Return to Play Coach Call 6/3

6/1/2020

Coach Call WEDNESDAY!!!

The Arkansas NICA coaches calls are on the first Wednesday of the month after that. Calls are at 8 pm. Phone Number 605.313.4185, Access Code 165104.

It will be mandatory that each team has someone attend. We will be covering the steps we are taking as an organization to be able to limit the risks for practicing. Here is the info for our upcoming coaches call. We will take roll call.

Please review these documents before our call:
Return to Play Team Activity Assessment Tool
NICA-Wide COVID-19 Recommendations
Practice Planning for NICA Coaches as We Return to Play
Arkansas Guidelines for Team Sports

Each of your coaches will need to review this before starting practice:

1. Review the NICA-wide COVID-19 recommendations.
2. Review the practice planning for NICA coaches document
3. Review the Arkansas Guidelines for team sports

Before starting practice, a team (head coach or team director) will fill out the return to play team activity assessment and fill out a survey that will come out next week which follows the assessment tool. You will also need to create a plan for your team’s practices that will align with these guidelines.

2020 Scholarships are Available

2020 has proven to have some challenges and we do not want anyone to miss participating whether coaching or student athlete due to financial reasons. Please share with your teams and apply if needed. We can offer scholarships for WFA, CPR, etc.

Here’s the link to the scholarship form!

Local Dirt

By now we hope that you have heard about Local Dirt. New for 2020 we are piloting this program and are excited to get things going as the season is quickly approaching. We need each team to designate a “Local Dirt” point person so we can create this program and communicate effectively. You will be involved in communications involving the program and need to communicate with your coaches and other team members to share the information. This “Local Dirt” Team Coordinator does not even need to be a coach; it can be a parent or other responsible person that wants to be involved but cannot commit to other more demanding team roles. Please share with your teams. Don’t be afraid to make “the ask”. This is going to be a great addition to our season programming and we need your help to pull this off.

Please fill out this survey by Friday June 12, 2020. Our first Local Dirt Event will be held in late July and focused on GRiT.

On-the-Bike Skills, First Aid Classes Coming Up!

Go to coach licensing page on our website for up-to-date information on classes available, and links to enroll.

New First Aid Offerings

5/19/2020
Coaches, NICA 8 Hour First Aid ONLINE ONLY offering. SHORT NOTICE. Class takes place 5/23 and 5/24 from 8am-12 each day for 8 hours total.
I was just contacted at 5 pm today and this was made available. If interested please take advantage of the course. Also, fill out the scholarship application if needed for this online offering.
5/26-5/29 from 6 pm -9 pm nightly Cost is 225.00 8 Hour NICA First Aid.
Wilderness First Aid 16 hour course ONLINE 225.00 starts 5/26/2020
Wilderness First Aid 16 hour ONLINE 225.00 starts 5/23/20
Contact info:
Kimery Duda
Expedition School
512-626-6282
kimery@expeditionschool.com  

May Coach Communication

5/6/2020

The Arkansas NICA coaches calls are on the first Wednesday of the month after that. Calls are at 8 pm. Phone Number 605.313.4185, Access Code 165104.

April 8 – Coronavirus, Connecting with Your Team, and Ability Based Racing
May 6 – Coronavirus Update, Local Dirt, Stewardship Program
May 20 – New Head Coach Call (with Missouri League)
June 3 – Topic TBA
July 1 – Topic TBA
August 5 – Topic TBA
September 2 (Race 1 Required Call)
September 23 (Race 2 Required Call)
October 7 (Race 3 Required Call)
October 21 (Race 4 Required Call)

Coronavirus Considerations

As you are well aware, we are living in an unprecedented time, and one of the things you may be considering is virtual meetings and interactions with your team. NICA has put together some helpful guidelines around this, linked below, so that we can maintain our level of risk management, community, and safety.

We are postponing our June 6-7 AR-MO Adventure Jamboree to 2021. We look forward to continued collaboration with our neighbor state.

Here’s a Coaches Guide to Virtual Team Interaction (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SwMPVkFWEvZX4LbbxXaGkAxrDGuJrcw4Es0eTDZp2Do/edit?usp=sharing)

Local Dirt

Local Dirt is a new program that Arkansas is piloting (started by the Pennsylvania League) that will bring smaller events closer to home. We are extremely excited about bringing better exposure of NICA events to more students across the state. We have accelerated our adoption of this program in order to add options for the fall if there are still restrictions on large group gatherings.

What do we need from you here? If you know people that love what we are doing but can’t quite commit to coaching your team, perhaps they could help with producing a scrimmage race locally. Email terry@arkansasmtb.org and glenn@arkansasmtb.org with your connections!

In-Person Coach Training Coming in late May!

The Arkansas League, in accordance with state and local guidelines, will resume in-person coach training in late May. The schedule is as follows:
5/12 – NICA OTB Skills 201, Conway
5/16 – NICA OTB Skills 101, Bentonville
5/17 – NICA OTB Skills 101, Bentonville
5/30 – NICA OTB Skills 101, Little Rock
5/30 – NICA OTB Skills 201, Bentonville
Go to coach licensing page on our website for up-to-date information on classes available, and links to enroll.

Check the coaches communication from April for more information on the Online Leader’s Summits that NICA national is offering.

Coach Call WEDNESDAY!!!

Sent 4/7/2020

Here’s a LINK to the recording if you missed it!

The first coach call of the year will be April 8, and will be on the first Wednesday of the month after that. Calls are at 8 pm. Phone Number 605.313.4185, Access Code 165104.

April 8 – Coronavirus, Connecting with Your Team, and Ability Based Racing
May 6 – Stewardship Program
June 3 – Topic TBA
July 1 – Topic TBA
August 5 – Topic TBA
September 2 (Race 1 Required Call)
September 23 (Race 2 Required Call)
October 7 (Race 3 Required Call)
October 21 (Race 4 Required Call)

Coronavirus Considerations

As you are well aware, we are living in an unprecedented time, and one of the things you may be considering is virtual meetings and interactions with your team. NICA has put together some helpful guidelines around this, linked below, so that we can maintain our level of risk management, community, and safety.

Here’s a Coaches Guide to Virtual Team Interaction (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SwMPVkFWEvZX4LbbxXaGkAxrDGuJrcw4Es0eTDZp2Do/edit?usp=sharing)

So You Missed Leader’s Summit, You Say?

The NICA Coach Licensing Staff is offering live, online leader summit sessions to ensure that you can still get the necessary core requirements for your level 3 coach license or the continuing education units you need to maintain your current coach license. These sessions will be offered throughout the months of April and May at varying times to accommodate your busy schedules. We’re hopeful that the country and NICA can resume activities soon, so it’s important that our coaches have the training and licensing they need to continue our mission of getting #morekidsonbikes. Please see below for details about the online leader summit program:

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.
– Click on the following google calendar to see the full schedule of sessions. Click on a day for the link to registration.
NICA Online Leader Summit Sessions Schedule

Pre-registration is required to attend each online leader summit session:
– 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.

We’re very excited to offer you this program and we hope it helps you get the required training and license you need. Of course, the number one priority of our league is the safety and health of our community. We are hopeful that we can resume activities soon, but we will continue to follow the guidance of the CDC as well as state and local governments. In the meantime, we thank you for your commitment to NICA and to the student-athletes who love riding bikes as much as you do. We hope you and your family are staying safe, staying active, and staying positive.

The Arkansas League is delaying in person coach training for now through April and May. Go to coach licensing page on our website for up-to-date information on classes available, and links to enroll.

Coach Newsletter

March 30, 2020

Coronavirus Considerations

Much has transpired in our daily lives since we last communicated with you shortly after our Leader Summit. The COVID-19 Pandemic has touched each of our lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families during these difficult times. The best we can possibly due as an organization is abide by the recommendations for our own safety and the safety of all others in our communities. We can assure you that we will be communicating with you updates as we know them and be as transparent as possible.

With that being said, many spring leagues have canceled their season, which may have you wondering about the Arkansas League and our upcoming season. As a League we are monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and as we get closer to the pre-season and planned events we will make decisions regarding those events and communicate broadly. As of this writing, all in-person events scheduled for April pre-season have been canceled. (101 and GRIT). We will continue to look at other events as more information becomes available. In the meantime, here is the from NICA for head coaches and teams. Please visit for more information regarding these important safety concerns.

Want some good news? Pitzone will open on April 1st, to begin the process of registering student athletes on your team. No practices can be held and there will be no insurance in place until we are cleared to practice.

Click here for additional guidelines from national about small groups and teams.

Coach Education

The Arkansas League is delaying in person coach training for now through April and May. Go to coach licensing page on our website for up-to-date information on classes available, and links to enroll.

Coach Calls

The first coach call of the year will be April 8, and will be on the first Wednesday of the month after that. Calls are at 8 pm. Phone Number 605.313.4185, Access Code 165104.

April 8 – Coronavirus, Connecting with Your Team, and Ability Based Racing
May 6 – Stewardship Program
June 3 – Topic TBA
July 1 – Topic TBA
August 5 – Topic TBA
September 2 (Race 1 Required Call)
September 23 (Race 2 Required Call)
October 7 (Race 3 Required Call)
October 21 (Race 4 Required Call)

Ability Based Racing

In 2020, Arkansas NICA is transitioning to Ability Based Racing categories. Ability Based Racing will enhance the competition level, provide a much better participant experience, all while helping us run a more efficient event.

Middle School Categories, 2020

Girls Level 1, grades 6-8
Girls Level 2, grades 6-8
Girls Level 3, grades 7/8
Boys Level 1, grade 6
Boys Level 1, grade 7
Boys Level 1, grade 8
Boys Level 2, grades 6/7
Boys Level 2, grade 8
Boys Level 3, grades 7/8

High School Categories, 2020

Freshman (for 9th graders, may include racers with limited or no racing experience, typically complete 2 laps, point value for individual and team scoring begins at 500 points and descends).
JV 2 (for 10th-12th grade boys beginning their racing career with little or no racing experience and/or those who have not qualified for and/or are not seeking higher levels of competition with heavier work loads, typically complete 2 laps, point value for individual and team scoring begins at 500 points and descends). There will be no JV2 for girls in 2020.
JV 3 (for 10th-12th grade boys and girls with racing experience who have qualified for and/or are seeking higher levels of competition with heavier work loads, typically completes 2 laps for girls and 3 laps for boys, point value for individual and team scoring begins at 540 points and descends, placement criteria below).
Varsity (for 10th-12th graders with racing experience who have qualified for and are seeking the highest levels of competition with heaviest work loads, typically complete 3 laps for girls and 4 laps for boys, point value for individual and team scoring begins at 570 points and descends, placement criteria below).

Riders who have previously raced in the Arkansas NICA League will be automatically put in the correct categories in the pit zone according to the Category Placement Tables.

For more details about how the placements are calculated, here is a link to the Arkansas Rules Changes for 2020.

Riders who have never raced in the Arkansas NICA League will be placed in the beginner category of their grade level.

Pre-Season Guidelines

Arkansas NICA will not have any in-person events until after April 17. As we get closer to that date, we will communicate any updates to that date.

From the NICA Rulebook:
NICA has strict training limits for NICA League Teams and NICA Indie Clubs. These limits protect student-athletes and create a supportive environment, as well as reduce exposure to physical risk and burnout. While NICA is 100% committed to supporting its students and coaches who suffer injuries, insurance coverage applies only to the allowable activities described below.

League teams and clubs are limited to the number of weeks during which they can participate in, and conduct the allowable activities described below. Insurance coverage is not provided for any activities outside of these time limits.

Each year is divided into a pre-season, a regular season, and an offseason. Arkansas is a Fall Season League.
PRESEASON
• Start Date. Teams and clubs can commence limited preseason team activities on the following dates:
Fall Leagues April 1
Spring Leagues October 15

• Allowable Activities. The team, club, and coaches must be registered with NICA to participate in, and conduct activities. Only the following pre-season activities are permitted and must be pre-approved by the league director (approval form attached below):
1. Bike checks, equipment inspections, and bike fit;
2. Mechanical workshops;
3. All-inclusive fun rides; and
4. Skills clinics
• Activities Limit. The maximum number of pre-season activities is:
Fall Leagues 6

Fill out this FORM to submit pre-season activities for your team.

Girls Riding Together (GRiT)

The Girls Riding Together (GRiT) program seeks to increase the percentage of girls in the NICA program nationwide.

In Arkansas the GRiT program will have two components:
1) An Ambassador program, where we seek to enable the student athletes to become advocates in their schools and communities to help get #moregirlsonbikes. This includes adult mentors to empower them to do this.

2) Regional GRiT events every 3rd Saturday of the month from April-August.

What can you do:
Nominate a GRiT ambassador for your team at arkansasmtb.org/grit by April 5. This ambassador is a female student on your team that would make a great leader in helping get more girls involved with NICA and helping make sure every girl on your team has a great time.

Promote girls events! (3rd Saturday of every month from April – August!). The ambassadors will help nail down the details for these events. The first event is the 3rd Saturday of April and will digital considering the current environment.

We still need more mentors! We want there to be mentors for the ambassadors, helping them learn how to be leaders and also making sure the GRiT Monthly events are safe and supervised. If you are interested, or know someone that would be interested in being a mentor and working with these ambassadors, please email kelsey@arkansasmtb.org

Follow and tag the new GRiT Instagram page – @arkansasgrit! If you have any photos of your girls, please send them to Haley at haley@arkansasmtb.org and we will feature them on the instagram. We want this to be an instagram that features girls from all over the state so would LOVE to have your photos!

Bike Loaner Program

The Bike Loaner Program is launching April 1. Check out arkansasmtb.org/bike-loaner-program/ for all the information about the bike loaner program and scholarships. Student athletes will need to be registered in the pit zone to be able to receive a loaner bike.

Post Leaders Summit Communication

Coaches,

Kyla and I and the rest of our NICA Staff cannot thank you enough for all of you who attended our 2020 Leader Summit.   Many of you that were not able to attend followed us on social media, and we hope you got to see some of the magic that was happening.   In the spirit of NICA Adventure we hope you have had a few moments to reflect and think about the Summit and what your next steps in your NICA journey are.  Our League staff, in addition to all of you wonderful volunteer coaches are poised to work together to get #morekidsonbikes. I would like to reiterate. NONE of this is possible without you!

We hope that you take a moment to help us make our Leader Summit better each year by providing some feedback using the attached survey.   Take Survey HERE

If you did not get your certificate for some reason for completing the Leader Summit or accompanying 101 session, please contact terry@arkansasmtb.org or kyla@arkansasmtb.org to get your copy.

We promised we would share the information discussed and presentations.  You can view the presentations and PDF of the breakout sessions by clicking Presentations Here

Our Coach Supporters and NICA Staff are working behind the scenes leading up to the season to make your coaching journey the best possible from a skills and training aspect.   We are posting more 101 and 201 trainings, in addition to Wilderness First Aid and NICA Approved 8 hour First Aid courses weekly in eventbrite and at Coach Resources from Arkansasmtb.org page. 

For our 2020 Season we will be bringing back Monthly “Coaches Calls”.   These calls are meant to be informative open discussions for you coaches to continue having discussions on things that matter most to you regarding your teams. They will occur on the first Wednesday of every month at 8 pm CST 605-313-4185 Access Code 165104.   We will record the calls and share them for anyone who did not attend. You will also continue to see the Coaches News releases coming to you regularly with up to date information and being shared on the Arkansas NICA Coaches Facebook page as well as being emailed to all registered Coaches.

Check out arkansasmtb.org/grit to nominate your 2020 GRiT ambassador. Please nominate your ambassador by March 31. . This ambassador is a female student on your team that would make a great leader in helping get more girls involved with NICA and helping make sure every girl on your team has a great time.

You may be asking “what’s next?” From a timeline perspective, April 1st is approaching quickly which means Pitzone will be open to invite student athletes.   .

We will be sharing a separate communication regarding Ability Based Racing and the categories next week that will have more detailed information regarding category placements and will also be a main topic of discussion on the first Coaches Call in April.  2020 Arkansas League Calendar of Events.

Lastly, as a national organization and a league we are monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and as we get closer to the pre-season and planned events we will make decisions regarding those events and communicate broadly.  In the meantime, here is the current guidance from NICA for head coaches and teams. Please visit https://www.nationalmtb.org/ for more information regarding these important safety concerns

Many thanks to you all, 

Kyla and Terry

Race 4 Call Ups

10/31/2019

Link to Call Ups

Race 4 Coaches Call Notes and Recording

10/30/2019

Link to Notes and Recording

Race 3 Call Ups

10/17/19

LINK

Coaches Call Notes and Recording

10/16/19

Link to Notes and Recording

Coaches Forum Recording

Call date: 10/9/19

Topics covered: Recapping races with teams after race experiences, coaching to different ability levels.

Recording Link

Call Ups Race 2

Posted 9/26/19

Coaches Call Notes

Posted 9/25

Link to NOTES

Link to RECORDING

Preliminary Call Ups Race 2

Posted 9/25/19

Fill out the maintain your place form by Thursday at noon for student athletes who missed race 1.

https://forms.gle/1tDtPqDdh8qvRxUn8

Race 2 Coaches Call Wednesday 9/25 at 8 pm

Posted 9/24/19

Mandatory attendance for each team – we will be going over important details about the NICA Weekend.
Conference Call Number: 6053134185
Access Code: 165104
We will record the call for playback later. Will post the link on the coaches news and the coaches Facebook group.

Agenda will follow the Weekend Schedule:

  • Volunteering
  • Course updates
  • Adventure Plan (12:00 beginner start)
  • PreRide
  • Community Activities
  • Camping – parents required
  • Parking and Load/Unload Zone
  • Waves, Callups, and Starts
  • Course and Infield Teardown – Girls Riding Together course teardown meet at 1:00 by the trailer.
  • Awards – NICA Spirit Award Addition

Remaining Calls for the Season
October 16
October 30

We have a couple new things for Race 2:

1) NICA Spirit Award

We are discontinuing the small teams award and adding a NICA Spirit Award to better reflect our goals with that award. The NICA spirit award will be awarded to 3 student athletes, teams, coaches, volunteers, or groups that exhibit the NICA mission and values. We will have nomination forms at the volunteer tent and at the race results board – turn them in to Kyla or Glenn. We are excited to be able to highlight people that are doing good work across our community – so keep your eyes open for that!

NICA Mission – We build strong bodies, minds, character, and communities through cycling.
NICA Values: Fun, Inclusive, Equity, Respect, Community

2) Staging Call Ups

Staging call ups for those who preregister will be assigned based on finish from Race 1. If one of your student athletes had to miss Race 1 because of an unavoidable reason – injury, sickness, family emergency – or if they didn’t finish the race because of an injury, you can apply to maintain their call up position from Race 1 by having filling out the maintain your place form. If they didn’t preregister for the race, their call up position will be at the back. **All student athletes should know their row in the call up to expedite the staging process.**

Trail Work 8/24 @ Passion Play

Trail work from 9-11 am
Meet at the main parking lot past the amphitheater.
Teams are welcome to ride afterward!
What to bring:
Water 
Snacks
Rakes, loppers, gloves – if you have them
Bikes

It would be awesome if a few adults are willing to run weedeaters.

Coaches Call 8/21

Here is a link to the notes.

Here is a link to the recording.

Conference Call Schedule In-Season

8 pm on Wednesday Nights

August 7
August 21
September 4
September 25
October 16
October 30

Call Number:  (605) 313-4185  Access Code 165104

8/7/19 Recording Link

Coaches Conference Call Notes 5/29/19

101/201 –
June 8 – 201 @ Hobbs or Conway
July – 101 classes
Adding 101 on June 8 and June 4 (links below)

June 4
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nica-on-the-bike-skills-101-june-4-2019-blowing-springs-park-tickets-62619663098

June 8
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nica-on-the-bike-skills-101-june-8-2019-blowing-springs-park-tickets-62619807530

WFA –
Still working on new contacts for teaching WFA. Will have results by next week.
Front country first aid is 8 hour course.
CPR – Bonnie Adams in NW Arkansas can teach class if you get 4 people. Bonnie@joysofswiming.com<mailto:Bonnie@joysofswiming.com> 919.939.1408

Incentive –
Designs coming out next week.
Becci’s idea – after so many hours, waive fees for level 2 or 3 coaches
Scholarship application – to include coaches

Loaner Bike Program –
Application out on arkansasmtb.org/bike-loaner-program
We want kids on these bikes!  30 bikes available, only 8 taken so far!

Preseason Events –
Arkansas Arts Academy – Yoga class last weekend
Haas Hall – fun, engaging, low key activities.  Building up to doing more skills.

Questions –
Adventure activities the month before race season.
Registration – how do we move kids from one team to another?
Spring Hill – extra work days before

Hobbs State Park Grand Opening June 8
June 8 @ 9 am – Skills Park Opening.
Then go ride the new Monument Trails!

Pre-Season Activity Form

Fill this out to get your preseason activities approved:

Form

NICA On The Bike Skills Classes

7 May 2019

Click below to enroll in NICA On-the-Bike Skills 201 and 101 Classes

For additional needs, or to chat about your team, contact terry@arkansasmtb.org

June 8th 201 Hobbs State Park

Bike Loaner Program Information

Information on the 2019 Bike Loaner Program and application is up on the website!

Here is the coaches guide.

Coach Newsletter – Lots of Information

4/6/19

Coaches, Just a reminder that we are trying to get a idea of where and when we can do some 101/201 coaching before the season starts. Please help us by completing/updating this 101/201 worksheet to help us identify who and where our needs for OTB skills are so we can support you. I am currently working on WFA and we are also working on some of our own NICA being certified to teach the First Aid portion to complete Level 2 requirements. More info to come on where/when these opportunities will be. Just a reminder for those not at leader summit, a Level 1 coach is not certified to “lead” a ride, so we need to make sure we are moving coaches that are capable of leading rides to a Level 2 status.

If you have any questions on the process, levels and requirements please let me know.

101/201 Preseason interest form

Terry Coddington
Arkansas NICA Coaching Director
terry@arkansasmtb.org

Pit Zone Open!

The Pit Zone is open for 2019 registration for Coaches and Student Athletes! Head Coaches can re-invite coaches and student athletes to the Pit Zone.

New this year for coaches is an interface with a learning management software (LMS) called Litmos. If you have any questions contact Terry@arkansasmtb.org

For Student Athletes moving between schools, contact Kyla@arkansasmtb.org

Team Coordinators

One of our league goals this year is to help teams organize themselves to share the load across more coaches, parents or community members. This season, Arkansas League will have special training and communication for 3 roles on each team:
* Stewardship Coordinator – to champion stewardship and trail work on the team
* Fundraising Coordinator – to coordinate team effort for league-wide raffle fundraiser (funds generated will be split between the teams and league) and team-specific fundraising
* Events Coordinator – to help organize the team’s participation in races and other events
* Girls Champion – to help champion girls initiatives on the team

These volunteers should be not be the head coach, but could be other coaches on the team that want to take a larger role or parents or community members that want to help get #morekidsonbikes in their community. We will gather the contact info in February, so be thinking of people in your team or community that would be able to fill these roles.

HEAD COACHES or TEAM DIRECTORS: Fill out this FORM

Team Adventure Day

NICA’s Spring Team Adventure is a day filled with fun, learning, team building, and memories! We will have group rides at Hobbs State Park, team games, workshops to choose from, scavenger hunts, and more.

Our goal for this event is to give every students the opportunity to be on their bike, get connected with their team, learn something new, and understand that no matter the skill level or age we are all equal and accepted, so join us on this awesome day and let’s have an adventure together!

Who: Arkansas NICA Teams
Where: Hobbs State Park, Townsend Ridge Parking Lot
When: May 4, 2019, 9 am – 5 pm
Cost: Free

9:00 am – 9:30 Arrival/Check In
9:30 am: Trail Building with OORC (3 Volunteer Hours!)
12:30 pm LUNCH
1:30 pm – 4:45 pm Team Building Activities and Adventure Rides on Trails
5:00 pm Depart from Hobbs

Teams will need to opt in for the afternoon portion of the day. Anyone can participate in the morning portion of the day. All coaches need to be registered and official in the pit zone. Student Athletes may sign the participation waiver to come.

Coach actions:
Decide if your team will participate.
Collect registration information on registration sheet and email to Glenn@arkansasmtb.org by May 1.

Arkansas NICA Day at the Ballpark

Arkansas NICA is excited to partner with the Arkansas Naturals for a day at the Ballpark on May 19.

Teams will elect to participate or not, but this could be a cool practice to ride bikes to the ballpark, ride around the ballpark, and then watch the baseball game!

Each team (or each student athlete) can fill out the form and return completed form and checks/cash for tickets to Kyla@arkansasmtb.org on by May 4. Information is on arkansasmtb.org/coaches-news/

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Joe Falcon is going to host a 30 minute phone conversation with Arkansas NICA coaches or Student Athletes that want to start FCA on their team.

Below are the discussion points for the call.
Introduction of FCA to the coaches
Describe what a huddle looks like during the season
What role/support FCA will provide for the coaches
The commitment of FCA to the fall race series
The vision of a summer 2020 FCA Mountain Bike camp
Joe’s commitment to NICA & FCA and the next steps for those that are interested

Schedule 2019

April 1 – Pit Zone Opens
May 4 – Team Adventure Day @ Hobbs State Park
May 19 – Day at the Ballpark
May 24 – Trail Work Day @ Hobbs State Park (with OORC)
June 1 – Trail Work Day @ Hobbs State Park (with OORC)

July 1 – Official Season Start
September 8 – Race 1, Spring Hill, Barling
September 29 – Race 2, Great Passion Play, Eureka Springs
October 20 – Race 3, Coler Mountain Bike Preserve, Bentonville
November 3 – Race 4, Cedar Glades Park, Hot Springs

Uniforms Info:

3/29/19

Primal is the Arkansas League sponsor.  I’ve personally enjoyed working with them over the years.  Check out their info/products/price list here.

Teams are welcome to use whatever vendor they like for uniforms.  Matching shirts are required for races – but that can be as simple as a PE shirt from the school.

If you get a custom jersey made, please put the new AR NICA logo on both sleeves and back center.  No sponsor logos are allowed on race jerseys.

Logo files to put on jerseys can be found here.

Need NICA On-The-Bike Skills 101/201?

3/27/19
Please fill out the simple form here so I can plan on how we will meet your teams needs (please add your names to the list and do not delete any.  add spaces if needed):

Post Leaders’ Summit Instructions & Information

3/7/19

We cannot thank you enough for attending our recent Leader Summit.  As promised we are going to share all the presentations and provide the information to you that we went over in the summit.   Additionally,  please help us improve our Leader Summit each year by taking the brief survey attached in this email.  The evaluation can be completed online here by clicking the link: Survey

Access Leaders’ Summit Materials NOW! All of the collateral promised to you during Leaders’ Summit can be found here. 2019 Leader Summit Presentations. Items are provided in a “view only” format meaning you need to download them to your computer, thumb drive, or google drive if you’d like to do more than read them. This folder contains all of the supplemental documents that were referred to during the conference. If you have any photos from the Leaders’ Summit please feel free to upload them to share with others.  

Find links to the 101 and 201 Manuals in your email follow up.

Prerequisite Webinars: There are a few webinars that are mandatory for anyone working with student-athletes as a component of the NICA licensing program. If you were unable to watch the presentations ahead of the conference, or for those coaches that you recruit moving forward, please use the following links to the webinars. **REMINDER: Litmos will go live when the Pit Zone open on April 1st.  With Litmos, you will be able to complete your Risk Management and NICA Student-Athlete Coaching Philosophy webinars and tests in Litmos and your test results will AUTOMATICALLY be uploaded into your Pit Zone profile.  If you do complete the training using the links listed below, you will still be able to upload those completed requirements into your Pit Zone account.**

Risk Management 1 Video (35 Minutes) and Risk Management 1 TEST  Remember to take a screenshot of your test results to upload into your Pit Zone profile.

NICA Student-Athlete Coaching Philosophy and NICA Student-Athlete Coaching Philosophy Test **REMINDER** This is a new ANNUAL requirement for ALL coaches.  Because the Spring season is active, we are unable to adjust the Pit Zone to show the requirement until June – **please complete this training PRIOR to June to avoid having your license level dropped when the Pit Zone activates the requirement for all licenses.**

CDC Concussion Course: As part of the NICA Coach License Program we require all coaches to complete the NFHS: Concussion in Sports annually. This is a free, online course available to coaches, parents and others helping to keep athletes safe from concussion. Click Here to complete the course, It is required annually. Upload your Certificate of Completion (digital certification the CDC provides once the training has been completed) directly to your coach license in the NICA Pit Zone.

Team and Coach Registration: The Pit Zone is open on April 1 for registration. https://pitzone.nationalmtb.org/users/sign_in. Team and individual profiles remain as they were at the end of the 2017 season; simply verify the information is still accurate (update as needed) and complete the applicable waivers and fees. Once team registration is complete, team directors can invite new coaches and riders. There is also a “Re-invite Coaches / Riders to the New Season” function that team directors can utilize to prompt last year’s coaches and riders to register for the new season. If you are a new team, send an email to: kyla@arkansasmtb.org for the invitation to register.

For help with the Pit Zone you can check out the Pit Zone Manual as well as the Pit Zone FAQs Pitzone FAQ

Background Check: As discussed, NICA cannot accept other background checks per its risk management policy, unless you already have a Complete (Level 3) background check with Verified Volunteer – which may be shared with NICA using their “Fast Pass” option through your Verified Volunteers online account. As of October 1, 2018, all adults working with NICA student-athletes must conduct an annual online background check as part of the registration process each season through the Pit Zone.

Insurance Reminder: Please be aware that you, your team members and volunteers are not covered by the league’s insurance until you have completed both the coaching and team registration process. Furthermore, while the regular season does not officially begin until July 1, you are allowed up to six (6) pre-season activities between April 1 and June 30. Please review the Team Training Limits in the NICA Rulebook (Appendix B) and complete the Pre-Season Activity Form located here: Pre-Season Activity Form at least five (5) days prior to your first planned activity.

But wait there is more!!!

As we discussed during the summit, we encourage you to progress in licensure levels and become familiar with the NICA Coach License Program. Leaders’ Summit attendance is a Level 3 licensing requirement. Please note that the first time a coach attends a Leaders’ Summit or NICA On-the-Bike Skills 101 training the credit is applied to the licensing requirement: Leaders’ Summit to the Level 3 requirement, NICA On-the-Bike Skills 101 to the Level 2 requirement. Any time a coach attends a subsequent Leader’s Summit or NICA On-the-Bike Skills 201, 301, or repeated 101 Clinic, that attendance will be applied to CEUs.

To receive credit for attending this Leaders’ Summit (a Level 3 requirement), or to receive credit for any NICA License requirements, including First Aid, WFA, NICA On-the-Bike Skills, or CEUs, please upload your certificates in the PitZone.

NICA Coach Training doesn’t end here. Throughout the season you should continue to discuss NICA risk management practices and other training with your coaches and coach supporters!

Last but not least, don’t forget to check out and take advantage of the NICA Coach Benefits to that are there to reward and recognize you for your service to our student athletes and communities.   Coach Benefits

Kyla Templeton, League Director, kyla@arkansasmtb.org
Terry Coddington, Coaching Director, terry@arkansasmtb.org