Starting and Managing a High School Mountain Bike Team

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Contents
About AHSCL and NICA
Program Structure
Coaching Education and Licensing
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About AHSCL and NICA
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How It All Started
 1998 – A math teacher at Berkeley (Calif.) High
School started a mountain biking club with just
four student-athletes
 2000 – Teams from four local high schools began
competing in an organized race series, and the
NorCal League was born
 2008 – The movement spread from NorCal to
SoCal with the creation of the SoCal League
 2009 – NICA was formed to take high school
mountain biking coast to coast by 2020
 2011 – Four leagues (NorCal, SoCal, Colorado and
Washington) were racing with over 1,000 studentathletes and 109 high school teams
 2012 – Minnesota, Texas and Utah join the NICA
family
 2013 – With the addition of Arizona, New York and
Tennessee, 10 NICA leagues will be racing with an
estimated 3,000+ student-athletes competing
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“This isn’t just another racing
program. This is in our schools.
It’s a cultural shift, cycling in the
mainstream.”
- Matt Fritzinger, NICA Founder
NICA Defined
National Interscholastic Cycling Association
 501(c)(3) youth development non‐profit organization
 National governing body for grades 9-12 interscholastic
mountain biking
 Finds and supports local leadership to create and
support NICA Chapter Leagues within specific
geographic regions across the U.S.
 Provides start-up grants,
comprehensive programs,
resources and staff
support for league start-up
and ongoing operations
NICA creates and supports affiliated leagues across the U.S.
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Five Core Principles
NICA’s five core principles are fully integrated into the programs, resources and staff
support for leagues, coaches and student-athletes
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Inclusive All student athletes are encouraged to participate; no one is “benched”
83% of NICA student-athletes surveyed reported that their coach did a “great job”
creating a positive, safe and inclusive team environment
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Equal All student-athletes are treated equally. Team scores are a combination of male
and female points
Nearly 1/4 of NICA student athletes in 2011 were girls
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Strong Body Improving fitness and wellness are at the center of NICA training and
education
95% of NICA student athletes reported that their health and physical fitness improved when
they joined a NICA League
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Strong Mind NICA student‐athletes are students first; more than half of NICA’s studentathletes have a 3.5 GPA or higher and 85% will go to a 4‐year college or university
One-third reported academic improvement when they joined the NICA League
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Strong Character NICA programs and leadership teaches student‐athletes to work
hard, respect others and give back to their teams, communities and the environment
73% of student athletes reported an increased awareness and respect for the environment
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Mission and Vision
Mission The Arizona High School Cycling League is bigger than bikes – AHSCL is a youth
development organization, building strong minds, bodies and character, guided by the
principals of inclusivity and equality.
Vision
 Promote athlete skills development, excellence, teamwork, professionalism and
respect for the community and the environment
 Promote the sport of mountain biking and the benefits of mountain biking as a
healthy, low impact, outdoor recreational lifestyle
 Provide leadership and governance through comprehensive policies, rules and
guidelines to establish fair rules of play and codes of conduct
 Provide comprehensive Coaches Training and Licensing program to establish and
maintain standards and best practices
 Provide comprehensive risk management guidelines to establish and maintain
standards and best practices
 Advocate for the environmental conservation of natural areas and parklands,
mountain bike trail access, and the development of sustainable trail systems
Teenagers today, tomorrow and deep into the future will lead richer lives as a result
of the league, its coaches, student-athletes, parents and sponsors.
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More Than Just a Governing Body
Racing
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4-race schedule in 2013, held in the fall
Every race features pit-zone for teams, neutral support and
sponsor expo
350+ registered student-athletes and 250+ racers at each event
expected in 2013; 625+ attendees per race anticipated
Skills Clinics
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Certified coaches and assistants provide spot-on training for
student-athletes of all skill levels
For many, mountain biking is a new sport; even experienced
riders can learn something new at NICA rider camps and clinics
Emphasis on proper skill, technique and a healthy approach to
riding and racing
Coaching Education and Licensing
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Annual Leaders’ Summit, incl. both classroom and on-bike
training
Background checks
Wilderness First Aid and CPR certification
Free online courses and webinars
Special Events
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CycleFest fundraising event, Awards Banquet and benefit rides
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2013 Key Dates
Mar 23-24 – Leaders Summit #1 – Tempe
Apr 13-14 – Leaders Summit #2 – Prescott
Apr 27 – CycleFest – Prescott – Juli Furtado guest speaker
May 1 – Preseason Begins
May 11-12 – Wilderness First Aid & CPR Training – Phoenix
Jun-Jul-Aug – Skills Clinics – Two co-ed and one girls-only
Jul 1 – Season Begins
Sept 29 – Race #1 – Old Tucson Studios / Tucson Mountain Park – Tucson
Oct 13 – Race #2 – McDowell Mountain Regional Park – Fountain Hills
Oct 27 – Race #3 – White Spar Campground – Prescott
Nov 10 – Race #4 – White Tank Regional Park – Goodyear
Nov 24 – Season Ends – 2 weeks after final race
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Program Structure
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Types of Teams
Three types of high school mountain biking teams
School
Teams
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All students are
from the same
school
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Can be “official”
or “unofficial”
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Head Coach is
required
Composite
Teams
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Riders from more
than one high
school in the
same district or
other geographic
proximity
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Head Coach is
required
Note: A student who is enrolled in an online charter school or is
home schooled and lives within the attendance zone of a
member school or composite team, may compete on
the member school or composite team. If neither option is
available to the student then he/she may compete as an
independent rider.
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Independent
Riders
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Riders with no
school team or
composite team
Practice and Skills
Practice schedule is determined by coaches
 Typically twice during the week after school
 Longer ride on the weekend
Skills development
 Riders of all levels are
welcome and
encouraged
 Focus on safe bike
handling skills
 Fitness training
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Races
High School Student-Athletes Only – grades 9–12
Saturday Pre-Ride – course marked and open for riders and coaches
noon-4:00pm
Sunday Race Day – spectator friendly multi-lap courses
Safety and proven Risk Management –
well marked course, EMS on site, 10-12
fixed course marshals, roving marshals
and sweep
Individual and Team Podiums at
Every Race
All Riders Are Cheered
Bring your family and cowbells!
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Categories and Scoring
Individual Scoring
 Freshman Boys / Girls
 Sophomore Boys / Girls
 Junior Varsity Boys / Girls
 Varsity Boys / Girls
Team Scoring
 Division I Teams (≥ 12 riders)
 Division II Teams (< 12 riders)
Teams are awarded points after every league race, which count toward the
teams’ standings at that individual race and for the overall series. The team’s
score is the highest score possible out of the following boy/girl combinations:
Division I Team Scoring
 BBBBBBGG
 BBBBBGGG
 BBBBGGGG
 BBBGGGGG
 BBGGGGGG
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Division II Team Scoring
 BBBG
 BBGG
 BGGG
Note: Teams need not have boys and girls points to score for a race
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Risk Management
The league promotes a systematic approach to proactively managing risk
associated with our sport and programs
Why?
 To do our absolute best to protect our student-athletes from harm
 To mitigate the potential for injury and loss
 To protect ourselves and our programs from litigation
 To ensure we are in alignment with the best practices in the field
 To run quality programs that attract and retain participants
Legal Issues Covered by League Risk Management Education
 Duty of Care
 Negligence (basic/simple, gross/reckless)
 Breach of Care
 Waivers/Releases
 Inherent Risk
 Assumption of Risk
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Preparedness and Prevention
The League’s Risk Management education puts strong emphasis on
effective program planning and preparation
Preparedness Education
 First aid training
 Emergency action plan
 Knowing what number to call in an emergency (often not 911)
 Knowing the route, including shortcuts home
 Educate riders, staff and parents
Prevention with Riders and Staff
 Skills instruction & skills checks
 Rules and enforcement
 Terrain and ride selection
 Equipment (bikes and helmets)
 Appropriate dress
 Hydration, food and medications
 Coaching ratios (6:1 or 8:2)
 Safe ride formation
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Insurance Overview
Provided to all registered teams, licensed coaches and registered student-athletes
Coaches and Clubs (Schools can be added as additionally insured)
 General Liability:
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$1,000,000 Each Occurrence
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$2,000,000 Aggregate/Club
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$500,000 Each Claim – Sexual Abuse and Molestation
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$500,000 Aggregate Limit
 Accident Medical:
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$25,000 Each Person – Excess Accident Medical
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Deductible: $100
 Accidental Death: $10,000
 Volunteer Coverage: Yes
Events
 $1,000,000 Each Occurrence
 $2,000,000 Aggregate per Event
 No Annual Aggregate
 Accident Medical:
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$25,000 Each Person – Excess Accident
Medical
Deductible: $100
 Accidental Death: $10,000
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How Much Does It Cost?
Team Registration
 Division I Teams (≥ 12 riders)
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With licensed Head Coach OR first year teams: $250
Without licensed Head Coach: $375
 Division II (< 12 riders)
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With licensed Head Coach OR first year teams: $125
Without licensed Head Coach: $250
Adults (Head Coach, Asst. Coach, Ride Leader, Volunteer)
 Coach Registration : $25
 Background Check: $22
Student-Athletes (scholarships are available for all in need)
 League Registration: $50
 Race Registration: $35 per race
Other Costs
 Team apparel (e.g., jerseys)
 Equipment (e.g., tents, etc.) at teams’ discretion
These costs can be offset by sponsorship and fundraising by the team
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Coaching Education & Licensing
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Coaching Overview
Skilled and dedicated coaches are the linchpin of successful
high school mountain bike teams.
 They put the safety and overall well-being of their studentathletes as the first priority.
 They’re role models and teachers who are open to learning
the best practices of youth mountain bike coaching and
actively work to hone their leadership skills.
NICA Proudly Partners
with the Positive
Coaching Alliance
The NICA Coaches License Program strives to ensure that coaches
are sufficiently knowledgeable so as to have a positive impact on studentathletes.
 The Professional Development requirements are intended to educate
coaches, both new and experienced, in the industry best-practices for a
wide range of topics.
 A number of formats are provided to allow the greatest opportunity for
coach participation.
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Leaders’ Summit
The path to becoming a coach generally begins with
attending a Leaders’ Summit. The conference promotes
a holistic approach to coaching that creates an
environment in which young people can grow and thrive.
Saturday: Leadership and Coaching Seminars
Seminars cover the nuts and bolts of working with high
school student-athletes in the context of a NICA mountain
bike club and covers basic knowledge all NICA Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches
and Ride Leaders should be aware of and incorporate into their duties.
Sunday: MTB 101 with Lee McCormack: Skills for Coaches
Learn from renowned skills guru Lee McCormack (Mastering Mountain Bike Skills). You
will learn the progressive steps needed to teach anyone both basic and advanced
mountain biking skills, as well as experiential teaching techniques, how to
accommodate different learning styles, and how to create a positive learning
environment for young riders.
Attending a Leaders’ Summit is a requirement for obtaining a NICA Coaches
License at the level of Head Coach or Assistant Coach
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Coach Manual
The manual will be provided to all Leaders’
Summit participants and is available for
sale online at
http://store.nationalmtb.org/collections/c
oaches
Chapter 1 – An Overview Of High School
Mountain Biking is available online at
http://www.nationalmtb.org/blog/wpcontent/uploads/CoachManualCH1.pdf
Provides detailed information on
everything you need to know to
start, manage and coach a high
school mountain biking team.
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Online Courses and Webinars
Starting and Managing a High School Mountain Bike Team
A great starting place for new coaches or for individuals looking to start a
new high school mountain bike team. Participants will learn about different
club formats, coaching philosophies, a timeline for club formation and other
guidelines for successful team management. This course counts toward
Continuing Education Units, as well.
Risk Management
This one hour interactive online course covers the current best-practices for
mitigating risk for high school mountain bike teams. The course uses various
scenarios to demonstrate important points, followed by group discussion.
This webinar also counts toward Continuing Education Units.
Registration and the NICA Rule Book 101
This session will walk you through the registration process, from registering a
team to the last step of getting riders “race ready.” The webinar will also
orient those who have never attended a high school mountain bike race
and give them a sense of what to expect on race day in regards to the
race day registration process and scoring for individuals and team.
Fundraising
This webinar covers the many varying aspects of fundraising for a mountain
bike team including sponsorship, working with bike shops, fundraisers and
fundraising events.
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Contact Angel Gabarino
([email protected])
or NICA's website for the
schedule of upcoming
webinars
Team Starter Kit
Starting and managing a high school mountain bike team is no small task – but
incredibly rewarding work. Don’t let the list below overwhelm you, take it one
step at a time using the following advice and documents to help ensure your
effort is a success!
Resources Under the Following Headings
 Are You Ready?
 Define Your Vision
 Getting Permission
 Getting Support
 Get The Word Out And Recruit Riders
 Have A Meeting For Riders
 Have A Meeting For Parents
 Raise Money
 Attend a NICA Leaders’ Summit
 Webinars
 The First Team Ride!
 More Information and Resources
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http://www.nationalmtb.org/team-starter-kit/
NICA Coaches Resources
NICA recognizes that the coaches are the ones that make high school mountain
bike teams possible. In light of that, NICA wants to provide any support it can to
coaches. On its website you will find resources and downloadable documents
ranging from the Safe Kids policy and Insurance Q&As to sample budgets and club
charters, posters, videos, etc.
Resources Under the Following Headings
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Coaches Manual
Coaching & Training
Managing & Raising Team Funds
Team/Club Management
Team/Club Rules & Guidelines
Team/Club Sponsors
Skills Instruction
Safety & Risk Management
NICA Sponsors
Insurance
NICA Rules & Forms
Other Links
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http://www.nationalmtb.org/nica-coaches-resources/
License Levels and Requirements
Head Coach License – Required training level for Head Coaches (or Team Director). All NICA teams are
required to have a licensed Head Coach (or Team Director).
Assistant Coach License - Recommended training level for all adults riding the NICA teams in a role beyond
just ride support role.
Rider Leader License – Recommended training level for all adults riding with NICA high school teams in the
ride support role.
General Volunteer License - Minimum requirement for all adults riding with NICA high school teams. This
license protects volunteers with comprehensive insurance, and protects our youth with background checks.
Type of
License
Background
Check
First Aid
Requirements
Professional
Development Units
Field
Work
Coaches
Exams
Head
Coach
✓
WFA, CPR
9 units, incl. MTB 101 and
Risk Management
80 Hours
Head Coach
Exam
Assistant
Coach
✓
WFA, CPR
6 units, Incl. MTB 101 and
Risk Management
40 Hours
Assistant Coach
Exam
Ride
Leader
✓
First Aid, CPR
3 units, Risk
Management
20 Hours
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General
Volunteer
✓
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Coaches on new teams need only obtain a NICA General Volunteer License, but the Team
Director does need to take the steps toward obtaining a NICA Head Coach License
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League and National Sponsors
Platinum
Gold
Silver
Bronze
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Local Bike Shop Partners
Gold
Silver
Bronze
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Bicycle Haus – Scottsdale
Bicycles of Phoenix – Scottsdale
Bike Barn – Phoenix
DNA Cycles – Mesa, Scottsdale
Exhale Bikes – Phoenix
Global Bikes – Chandler (2), Gilbert,
Phoenix
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Arizona Bicycle Experts – Tucson
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Absolute Bikes – Flagstaff
Fair Wheel Bikes– Tucson
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High Gear Bicycle Shop – Prescott
Landis Cyclery – Phoenix, Scottsdale,
Tempe (2)
Swiss American – Glendale
Trek Bicycle Store of West Phoenix –
Avondale
Two-Wheel Jones – Mesa
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Flat Tire Bike Shop– Cave Creek
Oro Valley Bicycle – Tucson (3)
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We encourage all coaches, parents and student-athletes to support these
participating local shops
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Thank You!
Mike Perry | Executive Director
Arizona High School Cycling League
480.636.0698
[email protected]
www.ArizonaMTB.org
ArizonaHighSchoolCyclingLeague
@ArizonaMTB
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