The MN League recognizes that our coaches are the most essential component of a successful mountain bike team and we have many resources that can help you organize a team. Please contact Bruce Martens, Coaching Director, firstname.lastname@example.org or Josh Kleve, MN League Director, email@example.com with any questions.
The NICA Coaches Licensing Program was introduced to ensure that all MN League student-athletes have adult leaders familiar with the best coaching practices. Licensed coaches have been trained in topics that include risk management, team management, ride management and youth sports psychology.
The NICA Coaches Licensing Program includes Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Ride Leaders and General Volunteer Licenses. All license holders are covered by comprehensive liability insurance provided by the League for the duration of the season. Click here for more information about the NICA Coaches License Program.
NICA Coaches’ Licensing and License Renewal opens on May 1 of each year. The online registration system requires your head coach to “invite” a student-athlete onto the team. Head Coaches who are not registered in the system should contact the MN League Director. Coaches that are not associated with teams can also contact the MN League Director to get a license. All adults riding with MN League youth must hold a current license to be insured during these sanctioned activities.
Coaching License Levels:
General Volunteer License (GV) - 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.
Rider Leader License (RL) – Recommended training level for all adults riding with NICA high school teams in the ride support role.
Assistant Coach License (AC) - Recommended training level for all adults riding the NICA teams in a role beyond just ride support role.
Head Coach License (HC) – Required training level for the Head Coaches (or Team Director). All MN League teams are required to have a licensed Head Coach (or Team Director). Grace periods apply to first year teams.