Coaching Essentials, MTB101, NICA Med, and Continuing Ed

Coaches are the essential element of team formation, growth, and longevity, in each PA community. Coaches are the people in NICA who interact the most with our student-athletes. Coaches create the environment that builds Strong Bodies, Minds, and Characters and puts #morekidsonbikes in their communities. Our League provides class leading and innovative instruction for our PA League Coaches throughout the year. All levels of coaches will benefit from this training and everyone on your team who takes part in the training helps to keep your team running smoothly. These on-going offerings are available to you as a NICA coach.

Coach Essentials – this one-day session is entirely focused on coaching philosophy, practice structure and NICA on-the-bike skills.  It’s intended to provide all coaches with the standard skill-set required to develop and run practices that align with NICA core values. The session is split between an interactive discussion on coaching philosophy, risk management, and a detailed overview of how to structure and execute an effective practice. The on-the-bike session dives deeper into practice structure and the mechanics of teaching the key skills/competencies. Participation in this course is critical to ensure that standards are being applied universally by all teams during their practices. Teams should encourage all of their assistant coaches – even ride leaders, to attend.  Everyone having the same baseline on coaching philosophy and skills makes running practices/rides much more manageable and safe. Attendees will get their NICA On-the-Bike Skills certification and become comfortable with Risk Management 1 and NICA Student-Athlete Coaching Philosophy (Online webinars and tests are still required. Find them HERE). 3 CEU’s will also be awarded if you have not previously attended this course.

MTB101 – An abbreviated course that provides only the on-the-bike instruction. MTB201 and MTB301 instructional courses are in development. More information about these courses will be released in late summer or fall 2017.

NICA Medical Training – NICA’s 1-day medical instruction offers coaches who operate all their practices within 1 hour of emergency medical services the option of replacing the Wilderness First Aid requirement for Level III coaches with this NICA approved clinic. NICA Med will launch in the mid-Atlantic in the fall of 2017. Check back for updates or tune in to our social media where we’re sure to let you know of upcoming training opportunities.

If you have any further questions about coach training please contact PICL Coach Supporters Clay Chiles ( or Jason Thomas (

Upcoming PICL Continuing Ed Dates and Locations:
Coach Essentials: August 13, 2017: Oesterling Farm, Marysville, PA – Register


Other Great Regional Ed Opportunities:
IMBA ICP Training – 8/4-8/6, near Harrisburg, PA at Yellow Breaches Educational Center