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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.**

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. 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: 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,
Terry Coddington, Coaching Director,