ABOUT

NICA's Coach Licensing Program ensures that all adults working with our students have the knowledge needed to be a positive influence.  NICA licenses also protect volunteers and coaches with comprehensive insurance and protect our youth with background checks. To become a coach start with License Level 1 and take it one step at a time throughout the year as opportunities arise to complete additional requirements.

Minimum requirement to ride with/coach our students is License Level 1 as per NICA "Safe Kids Policy." 


First Year Teams 
Required to have at least one registered General Volunteer.

Team will receive compliancy discount if one coach is licensed as a Ride Leader or above. 

Second Year Teams 
Required to have at least one registered Ride Leader.

Team will receive compliancy discount if one coach is licensed as an Assistant Coach or above. 

Third Year Teams 
Required to have at least one registered Assistant Coach.

Team will receive compliancy discount if one coach is licensed as a Head Coach.

Fourth Year Teams 
Required to have at least one registered Head Coach.

Team will receive compliancy discount at League Director's discretion. 


REQUIREMENTS

Please submit copies of paperwork to NICA by emailing coachlicensing@nationalmtb.org

NICA COACH FEE

This is an annual requirement and covers one season.

The annual $25 NICA fee ensures that coaches are insured and licensed to work with our students. Some team cover this cost for coaches. Please click the button below to login to the Pitzone

For an invitation to Pitzone, please communicate with your head coach or if you are starting a new team please contact Andrea at andrea@virginiamtb.org


NICA'S PARTICIPATION WAIVER

This is an annual requirement and covers one season.

All coaches and adult volunteers are required to sign and send in an Agreement to Participate waiver in order to be covered under the NICA insurance program.  

When you register in the Pit Zone you will be directed to a waiver, as well as emailed one. There is now an electronic waiver in PIT ZONE. A waiver can also be found by clicking the button below:


BACKGROUND CHECK

All coaches and adult volunteers are required to successfully complete a background screening through the NICA background screen provider.

The background check is a one-time requirement, though a new background check is required if a coach changes teams.

Background checks are offered through TClogiQ and is intended to screen criminal records to ensure student's safety. This 5-step process should take about 30 minutes. 


CDC CONCUSSION CERTIFICATION

All adults working with students must complete the CDC’s Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports. This is a free, online course available to coaches, parents, and others helping to keep athletes safe from concussion.

This course counts as 1.5 PDU, see the Professional Development Unit section below for more information. 


FIRST AID, CPR, & WILDERNESS FIRST AID (WFA) 

Mountain biking is a sport of inherent risks and injuries can happen away from rapid emergency response. Our license program has high standards for first aid training to ensure NICA student athletes (and fellow coaches) receive well trained care and response when emergencies occur. WFA courses are offered regularly MEDIC SOLO Disaster + Wilderness Medical School

  • Basic First Aid & CPR: This certification covers basic emergency treatment and can only be fulfilled by a hands-on course. You will need to renew this every 2 years. 
  • Wilderness First Aid: WFA is a 16-hour training designed to prepare anyone who enters the wilderness to confidently and effectively respond to injuries and illness that can occur while on the trail. This course includes practice scenarios and hands-on practice. You will need to renew this every 2 years. 

Please upload your certificates to your coach license in the NICA Pit Zone


FIELD WORK

Field Work is any time spent in contact with NICA student athletes in a mountain bike team setting.  This can be time spent leading team rides, skills clinics, leading team meetings, and spending time at races supporting NICA athletes. Field work hours ensure that coaches and volunteers are practicing their own coaching skills and having positive influence on our riders. Upload your hours directly to your coach license in the NICA Pit Zone. 


ASSISTANT & HEAD COACH EXAMS

NICA requires that all Assistant & Head Coaches complete exams to ensure their competency. Coaches must attend a Leaders Summit and complete necessary PDU's before taking the exams. 

Note: This exam is conducted through an application separate from Pitzone, your Pitzone login will not work and 
you will need to create a new account before you can take the exam.