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Coaching for NICA is a fun and fulfilling experience, and one of the best parts of it is that anyone can do it! You don’t have to know how to shred those trails or catch that air to help out — we’ll teach you the skills you need to train your team’s student athletes. You can contribute as much of your time as your schedule allows, and coaching is often fun for parents, as they have a common activity and can spend more time with their kids. There are even ways to help out with a team that don’t involve biking, such as organizing race weekend food or activities and communicating with parents. However you decide to help, we want you to know that it will be appreciated. Coaching is the lifeblood of our organization, and we couldn’t do it without you.
It's Time for Leader's Summit! June 5-6 Thaden School, Bentonville
The Arkansas-NICA Leaders’ Summit is our annual event that provides coaches with the opportunity to learn about the Arkansas League structure and processes, how to start a mountain bike team and run student mountain biking practices, how to work with their schools, issues related to liability, and the unique intricacies of working with high school and middle school cyclists. The primary goal for the Leaders’ Summit is to teach and license adults as competent NICA coaches while sharing a combined passion for the sport and the NICA vision. The summit is an ideal opportunity for coaches and team organizers to collaborate and network with each other and league leadership, share thoughts and best practices, and get charged up for the upcoming season.
How to become a nica coach
Becoming a NICA coach may seem confusing, but it really is simple! Here are 4 steps to help you get started with NICA!
Connect with a Team
Does your son or daughter ride with their school team? Do you have a school in your community that you would like to coach with? Is there a school that you would to start a NICA team in? Whatever your situation, we have a path for you! If the school you want to coach in already has a NICA team, get started by talking with the team head coach/director. If there is not a team in a school or area where you are located, please take a look at our Start A Team page to get started bringing NICA to you!
The head coach of the team will send you an invitation to the pit zone, which is our registration system. Before you can work with student athletes, you must register for NICA ($25 in Arkansas), pass a background check and do some safety and risk management training online.
Start Going to Practice
You don't have to be a skilled mountain biker to be a NICA coach. You may find that the best place for you is to help lead before practice stretches, or making sure each student has a helmet, water and a spare bike tube. You can be the team sweep that rides behind the team to make sure no one is left behind, or you can be the team lead that pushes each student athlete to try their hardest. Whatever it is, we have a place and a need for you!
Build Your Skills
You don't have to be a mountain biker to start being a NICA coach, but you sure can build your skills through NICA and learn to be a skilled mountain biker! Through NICA practices and NICA National training resources, you can build your skills fast!
Current Coach Resources
Check out the NICA Spok'n Word Podcast
You can also find the Spok'n Word podcast on Apple, Spotify and Buzzsprout!