There is a new rule on wheels leaving the ground including wheelies. The new rule from NICA is ride with respect.  Ride in control at all times, be respectful of the riders around you, their safety and the setting you are in. As coaches assessing the situation, is the skill appropriate for the rider, is…

Calvin Jones Those early season team rides are often the first time coaches get an on-the-bike look at their riders after the long break. You may have noticed that with feeding and watering, there is tendency to grow. Speaking broadly, and as a parent, it can be hard to notice the difference day-to-day. But a…

Bonnie Larson, Fundamentals Lead for the MHSCL Demo Team The fall season is upon us! For many teams, practices will commence the first week of July. What have you done with the skills and coaching tips you learned in OTBS 101 and 201? Are they dialed in and ready to go? Summer can be busy…

Annual training plans Rich Van Sickle Rich VanSickle Trying to plan a season of practices can seem like an overwhelming task. In order to help coaches, we’ve asked Jason Digman to develop a sample training program.  Jason is a lifelong cyclist and enjoys helping people enjoy their cycling and ride fast. He was a professional…

Mandatory Process for Submitting Injury Reports NICA has developed a web-based, user-friendly and very informative electronic incident reporting form.  This form will be used to submit injury reports to NICA starting with the 2018 Season . In addition, this form will be providing data for a safety study being done in cooperation with the University…

Joel Woodward Contributed by Joel Woodward Here are a few check lists and reminders for keeping practice moving smoothly and safely. Early in the season, late in the day: The first practices of the season are instrumental in laying a foundation and forms the first impressions for the coaches and athletes. Take time to get…

 Registration  is Open!     Coaches Attending Must be Registered in the Pit Zone.   if you are not, ask your Head Coach for a Pit Zone invitation or send an email to Joelw@minnesotamtb.org. Time  Location Register Saturday, June 9th  8 am – 11:30 am OTBS101 Carver Lake Park 3165 Century Av S, Woodbury Link…

Dedicated Strength Training

Contributed by Joel Woodward, Coaching Director Benefits The most common benefits of good strength programs from my reading and training are: helping athletes be more resistant to overuse injuries, Improved body composition, better bone density, and improved performance Young athletes many find strength training rewarding and enjoyable. It is important to keep in mind that,…