Volunteers are the heart and soul of NICA and are the success behind every team practice, skills clinic or major state race. There are many ways to volunteer both on and off the bike. Whatever skill-sets you bring to the table can be used to help build the league.
We encourage all parents and other supporters to volunteer with your local teams. We also have many opportunities to support the entire state league from one-time race day opportunities to season long formal volunteer positions. If you are interested, we have a place for you. Email the volunteer coordinator to get started today.
We are in immediate need of volunteers for the Adventure Program, Loaner Bike Program, GRiT Program, Teen Trail Corps Program, local recruiting and fundraising.
It takes ~120 volunteers to put on each race. You will find that getting involved with the race is a rewarding experience and a great way to be part of the action.
Race Day Volunteer Positions
Race day would not be possible without the incredible work of our volunteers! It takes a “village” to put on quality youth mountain bike races. Many parents and cycling enthusiasts find that getting involved with race production is a fun and rewarding experience. Saturday and Sunday positions are available and position descriptions are listed below.
Course Marshals have an active role in ensuring safety on the course. Course Marshals stand at key marshal points along the course to warn riders of hazards, direct riders, ensure fair play and provide rapid response to incidents. Course Marshals may also act as crossing guards and/or league representatives to other trail users. Radios are provided to report any incidents or to call in medical assistance. A note pad is provided to keep track of any outside support, rule violations and riders who abandon the race. Course Marshals can hike or ride bikes to their marshal points.
A sweeper keeps track of a rider wave by riding behind the last rider. They add additional communication and emergency support out on the course to ensure that every NICA Student Athlete gets to the finish line in the safest way possible. Course marshals, Finish Line Support, the Scoring Assistants and racers all look to the sweeper to gauge where the last rider in a wave is positioned on course.
Where the racecourse crosses the road or the natural path of foot traffic, there is a risk of collision. You will help us keep these areas safe by looking out for racers coming down the course and holding all cars and/or people back until the coast is clear to cross.
The Scoring Assistants provide a critical role to keep track of the action moment by moment using NICA’s proprietary scoring system. The Chief Scorekeeper will guide you and your team mate on number calling and hand jamming (recording race plate numbers).
Staging Officials facilitate riders getting into their correct staging location before the start of each race. After signing up at the volunteer tent, Staging volunteers arrive at the staging area 30 minutes before the start of each wave. Once at the staging area, you will confirm the league’s staging process with the Staging Manager and assist in directing Student Athletes to their position.
As Feedzone Marshal, you will be guiding all the parent, coach and other volunteer feeders to keep the feedzone the ideal place for water and food hand-offs. The Feedzone Marshal needs to have a good understanding of the NICA rules about the feedzone and carries this portion of the NICA rulebook. (copy of rules will be supplied by Volunteer Coordinator) “Everyone take one step back,” “No running,” and “Only feeders in the feedzone” are a few phrases parents and coaches come to expect from the Feed Zone Marshal.
Finish Line Support Volunteers ensure NICA Student Athletes finish strong and make a smooth transition from competing to reuniting with parents, coaches and teammates. The finish line is often the most hectic and is the most crowded part of the racecourse. Parents and teammates are crowding around to see their athletes finish and athletes come through exhausted, fatigued, and in need of someone to corral them out of the way. Finish line support volunteers allow athletes a clear, safe exit from the racecourse.
Assist the Registration Manager in collecting race paperwork, payments, and distributing race plate numbers to coaches and student athletes.
This position will serve as the right hand of the Volunteer Coordinator, to man the volunteer table at all times and assist with the signing in and out of volunteers, wrangling any needed last minute helping hands, keeping track of the radio inventory, and getting waivers signed.
Be the first to welcome NICA Student Athletes, their families, coaches and supporters as they enter the race venue. Often there is just enough space for our growing League to park, so it’s important to direct and park cars in an efficient manner.
As a course setter you will be marking the course for NICA Student Athletes pre-riding and racing. With the direction of the Chief Course Setter, you will be placing markings to alert riders of turns, dangers and confirm they are on course. This involves you riding your mountain bike with a backpack full of course-setting supplies: course tape, signs, zip ties and small wooden stakes. You’ll have fun getting out on course with some fellow League supporters.
Build the infield with a team of volunteers and race staff. A well-built infield brings excitement to the event. You will be starting with placing pins and poles for snow fencing and course tape and setting up EZ UP tents. You will also be placing flags and sponsor banners.