Thanks for attending the Season XIII Leader Summit! We know it is a lot of information to soak in, so we’ve compiled our resources in a single place for you to review and share.
Our Favorite Coach Resources
We’re here to help you navigate the process of coaching a team—here are a few of our favorite resources.
- Preseason planning pro-tips for coaches – processes, tricks, and resource recommendations to prep
- Build positive team culture at the start of your season – the importance of team building and games early in the season
- Crafting your coach philosophy – encourage coaches to write a personal, athlete-centered coaching philosophy
- Emergency Action Plans: The basics – a great review of this integral risk management document
- Ensure your riders are practice ready – a template email/checklist that coaches can copy/send to their teams
- Tips for coaching early-season fundamentals – planning your first practices with foundational skills in mind
- Tips for creating ride groups – several strategies for intentional grouping of student-athletes
- Engage your coaching team – from coach practices to adult team building, building a coach community matters!
- Using process goals to set athletes up for success – how coaches can teach process-based strategies for riders
- Games library – this growing library of on- and off-the-bike games is perfect for practice planning
- Team Practice Weather Guide
Leader Summit CEUs should be updated in PItZone. If you have questions about credits you may not be seeing, contact the league at firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you complete your 101 training? Keep your eyes on Pit Zone for your status to be updated.
Missed OTB? No worries! We’ll be posting additional trainings to our home page as they become available.
NICA First Aid
Did you complete your NICA First Aid training? Keep your eyes on Pit Zone for your status to be updated. Additional trainings may be offered throughout the season. Some larger teams coordinate NICA first aid training to come to them.
Inside Sessions – League Overview and Updates
The Texas Interscholastic Mountain Bike League proudly announces our bold plans for Season XIII, presented by Trek. In 2024, you can expect the same great experience, now with two dynamic conferences: North and South. In this next chapter of our journey, student-athletes will enjoy the camaraderie and competition they have grown to expect, but with activities closer to home.
This season will feature a total of seven races. Each conference will race in four regular-season races and the final championship race. The series will include a combination of single conference races and two joint conference races followed by a winner-takes-all State Championship.
Save The Dates
9.15.23 – Coach and Team Registration Opens
10.15.23 – Athlete Registration Opens
11.1.23 – Season Officially Begins
Establishing a Positive Team Culture
Presented by: Dawn Bosland and Kim ToppTexas – Positive Team Culture Presentation by Kim Topp
Presented by: JJ Cawelti and JC Crow4 – NICA Leaders’ Summit_ NICA Handbook & Promoting Positive Behaviors.pdf by JJ Cawelti
Safety and Risk Management
Presented by: Robert Wessels and Kim ToppTexas – Safety and Risk Management Presentation by Kim Topp
Coaching and Managing NICA Teams
Presented by: Annie Tutoki and Kim ToppTexas 2023 – Coaching & Managing NICA Teams.pdf by Kim Topp
Templates & resources exist for many team planning/management tools. Coaches should access NICA’s Coach Education center by logging into Pit Zone, selecting the “COURSES, RESOURCES, & BENEFITS” button, and searching via the coach resource library link.
New Staging Process for Season XIII
This year for staging, all athletes will be required to have their call-up number written on their arm.
Our staging assistants will call the athlete’s call-up number rather than their race-plate number this year. This will allow students to better organize themselves in pre-staging and be more prepared when their number is about to be called.
The best way to learn is through practice!
Presented by: Meredith Hill and Maegan Fitzgerald
GRiT Texas is an outreach program of the Texas Interscholastic Mountain Bike League, focused on recruiting and retaining female athletes, coaches, ride leaders and volunteers.
To promote GRiT, develop leaders, and #getmoregirlsonbikes, we have three GRiT leadership roles:
- GRiT Coach: NICA coaches interested in being GRiT leaders on their team, in their regions, and at the league-level
- GRiT Ambassador: high school student-athletes
- GRiT Junior Ambassador: middle-school student-athletes
Student Advisory Cabinet Applications Open
The Texas Director’s Student Advisory Cabinet is a collaborative, engaged and diverse group of current student athletes who are ready to take on a leadership role and advise league leadership on the students’ perspective. Cabinet members will help shape the future of the League, advise on timely issues and advocate for the best interests of all students.
Teen Trail Corps
Presented by: Collin Hill
The Teen Trail Corps Program teaches student-athletes to give back to their sport by helping to maintain trails and develop relationships with land owners. Athletes can earn badges for stewarding or advocating for mountain biking in different ways.
Presented by: Kevin de Miranda
NICA Adventure programming helps students discover the joy of biking and outdoor adventures. We use games and experiential education to help students challenge themselves at their own pace and develop a lifelong love of cycling.
Visit the Trailhead for Coach Content
A space for NICA coaches to gather and gain knowledge, share stories, and hear the latest NICA coach news.
2024 Primal Jersey Partnership
Our partners at Primal offer discounted rates for NICA teams and will be happy to help walk you through the process.
“Since 2010, Primal has been a sponsor of NICA at the
national and local levels, making a concerted effort to
support the initiative to expand high school mountain
biking across the US. We believe that the future of
cycling depends on the growth of youth participation
and cultivating avid riders.”
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