Skilled and dedicated coaches are the most important asset of Arizona Cycling Association mountain bike teams. An ACA coach puts the safety and overall well-being of their student-athletes as the first priority. NICA-licensed coaches are role models and teachers who are open to learning the best practices of youth mountain bike coaching and actively working to hone their leadership skills.

  • No experience is necessary to become an ACA coach.
  • We have many teams already established with which you could volunteer – a great way to get a first-hand look at what managing a team is like.
  • We have the tools to help all coaches succeed.
  • We offer comprehensive training at our annual Coaches Summit conference.
  • Check out NICA’s educational resources and free webinar series.

How do I get started?

The path to becoming an ACA coach generally begins with volunteering with a local team or attending a Leaders’ Summit. All coaches are required to obtain a coaches license at one of three levels:

  • Level 1
  • Level 2
  • Level 3

Start with Level 1 and take it one step at a time throughout the year as training opportunities arise to complete requirements. Level 1 certification is the minimum requirement to ride with and coach our student-athletes, as per NICA Abuse Prevention Program.

All Level 1 requirements are offered online. Trainings for Levels 2 and 3 are both online and offered locally through the ACA. Please screenshot the results of all your online trainings (e.g., NFHS Concussion, Risk Management, CEU credits, Level 3 exam) and upload to your profile in the Pit Zone. You will not receive email confirmation of results for many of the online courses.

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
Background Check
Participation Agreement
License Fee
NFHS Concussion Training
NICA Risk Management 1 1, 2 3
NICA Risk Management Test 1 1, 2 3
NICA Student-Athlete Coaching Philosophy
NICA Student-Athlete Coaching Philosophy Test
NICA-Approved First Aid
CPR Certification
Field Work Hours 20 80
On-the-Bike Skills Training
Level 3 Exam
Leaders’ Summit 1-Day
Continuing Education Units (every 3 years) 3 9
Serve as team communicator,  coordinator
Help team with fundraiser activities, social events, etc.
Ride with team in supporting role
Ride with team in leading role
Teach mountain bike skills and plan team rides
NICA Coach Licensing Program