Comprehensive Leadership for Youth Coaches

The Arizona Interscholastic Cycling League’s annual Leaders’ Summit brings together head coaches, assistant coaches, ride leaders, and parent volunteers—both new and experienced—to develop skills and knowledge, share strategies, and build community. This conference will promote a holistic approach to coaching that creates an environment in which young people can grow and thrive. It also provides the opportunity for participants to learn all about the league structure and processes, how to start a mountain bike team, how to work with their schools, issues related to liability, and the unique intricacies of working with high school cyclists.

The 2017 Leaders’ Summit will be held on April 1-2 in the Crossroads Center at Prescott College.

Classroom Seminars: Classes cover the nuts and bolts of working with high school student-athletes in the context of a NICA mountain bike club and provide the basic knowledge all NICA coaches should be aware of and incorporating into their program. Classes include topics like Recruiting, Training, Fundraising and Risk Management.

On-the-Bike Skills Training: In this clinic, coaches will learn the progressive steps needed to teach anyone (even yourself) both basic and advanced mountain biking skills. You will also learn about experiential teaching techniques, how to accommodate different learning styles, and how to create a positive learning environment for young riders. Much of this workshop is experiential and on the bike, so please bring your bike and appropriate riding and safety gear for the weather.

Those interested in obtaining a Level 3 license – register for the two-day Saturday and Sunday conference.  Those interested in obtaining a Level 2 license – register for the one-day Sunday program.  For more information please visit NICA Coaches License Program.

Prerequisite Onboarding Training.  Required training to be completed before Leaders’ Summit

Important Notes

  • Leaders’ Summit Registration fee includes light breakfast and and lunch each day (Saturday breakfast through Sunday lunch). Please note any specific dietary needs using the online registration process.
  • Bring your bike, helmet and appropriate riding gear.
  • You will be provided with a NICA Coaches Manual and Mountain Bike Skills Manual as part of your registration fees. All other summit materials will be provided in an electronic format. You may view them using a digital device during the summit or print the materials ahead of time to bring with if you prefer.