NICA Webinars


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NICA is excited to offer the following free webinars to develop coaching skills and knowledge, share strategies, and build community. All webinars are taught by seasoned coaches and provide 1.5 Continuing Education Units (more information at //www.nationalmtb.org/continuing-education/). While new coaches are encouraged to participate, these webinars are not intended to be a substitute for attending a Leaders’ Summit, which are held annually by each League. Please register before each session and help spread the word to other coaches. Participation requires a computer with internet access and a phone line. Questions may be directed to Austin McInerny, NICA Education Director (austin@nationalmtb.org).

*All webinars are scheduled for PDT.

March 21 (5-6:15 pm): How to Start & Manage a High School MTB Team –

Presenter: Matt Gunnell, SoCal League Director

New to high school mountain bike coaching? If so, this session will provide you with the basics of how to start and manage a team. The information provided will enable you to take the steps required to get a team going!

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March 22 (5-6:15 pm): How to Start & Manage a High School MTB Team –

Presenter: Ken Mozek, Head Coach, San Ramon Valley

New to high school mountain bike coaching? If so, this session will provide you with the basics of how to start and manage a team. The information provided will enable you to take the steps required to get a team going!

Register here

March 26 (5-6:15 pm): Creating Effective Training Rides –

Presenter: Paul Chourre, Head Coach, Drake HS

Keeping student athletes motivated, engaged, and challenged while managing the inherent risk of riding in a group is challenging! Fortunately, Coach Chourre is going to share with you his lessons for helping you design effective training rides for athletes of varying abilities. Under Coach Chourre’s leadership, the Drake HS Pirates have won multiple NorCal League championships.

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March 27 (5-6:15 pm): Risk Management & Insurance Overview –

Presenter: Austin McInerny, NICA Education Director

Managing the inherent risk associated with mountain biking and working with juniors is critically important and all coaches must constantly be thinking about how to maximize the safety of their student athletes and volunteers. This session will provide a thorough overview of NICA’ proven risk management strategies as well as an overview of the insurance coverage provided to all licensed coaches, volunteers and student athletes.

Register here!

April 2 (5-6:15 pm): Risk Management & Insurance Overview –

Presenter: Austin McInerny, NICA Education Director

Managing the inherent risk associated with mountain biking and working with juniors is critically important and all coaches must constantly be thinking about how to maximize the safety of their student athletes and volunteers. This session will provide a thorough overview of NICA’ proven risk management strategies as well as an overview of the insurance coverage provided to all licensed coaches, volunteers and student athletes.

Register here!

April 3 (5:30-6:45 pm): Securing Sponsors and Fundraising Ideas –

Presenter: Lee Bird, Coach, St. Francis HS

Every high school team wants customized jerseys and funds to help offset the costs of racing, maintaining equipment, traveling, etc! This session will provide you with proven methods for securing and maintaining sponsors and creative fundraising ideas to help raise funds for your team. Coach Bird has a strong track record helping the St. Francis High School and is eager to show you how to promote your team!

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April 9 (5:00-6:15 pm): Working and Motivating Parents and Volunteers –

Presenter: Mauricio, Head Coach, John Burroughs HS

Team parents and volunteers can play a huge role in sustaining a high school cycling team and Coach Mauricio is eager to share his lessons learned on this topic. Learn methods for successfully enticing, motivating, and retaining parents and volunteers in your program.

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April 17 (5-6:15 pm): Becoming an Official School Sport –

Presenter: Pete Kirkham, Head Coach, Hemet HS

All high school mountain bikers want to recognized as “student athletes” by their schools and this session will detail how one club went about becoming an “official” school sport with PE credit and achievement letters.

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May 8 (5-6:15 pm): Tips for Recruiting, Retaining, and Coaching Girls –

Presenter: Pete Kirkham, Head Coach, Hemet HS

One of the unique characteristics of high school mountain biking is that both boys and girls train and ride together. While this provides excellent opportunities for beneficial learning situations, it may also present unique challenges for all involved. One of the keys to growing a thriving high school cycling team is recruiting and retaining girls. This session will share experiences from a SoCal coach who has successfully encouraged female riders to become dedicated mountain bikers.

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May 15 (5-6:15 pm): Getting Dirty: How to Get High School Student Athletes to Contribute to Trail Work –

Presenter: Steve Messer, Concerned Off-Road Bicyclists Association

Without trails to ride, we would not have high school mountain biking! In this session, Steve will detail how high school teams have effectively worked with CORBA to undertake numerous trail repair and building projects and, in doing so, build community, support for cycling, and better riding opportunities!

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