Pre-Season Activity Form
Fill this out to get your preseason activities approved:
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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.
Arkansas NICA Coaching Director
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
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
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.
* 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
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
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?
Post Leaders’ Summit Instructions & Information
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.**
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.
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