Coach Training

Comprehensive Leadership for Youth Coaches

The SoCal High School Cycling League’s Coach Training sessions bring together coaches, assistant coaches, ride leaders, and parent volunteers—both new and experienced—to develop skills and knowledge, share strategies, and build community. These sessions promote a holistic approach to coaching that creates an environment in which young people can grow and thrive. This is a great opportunity to spend time in the company of peers and energize for the upcoming season and it’s a core component of the NICA Coach License Program.

We know licensed coaches are the KEY to safe and cohesive programs which give student-athletes the best experiences. We also know that coaches are VOLUNTEERS. As the SoCal League grows we want to do everything we can to lower the barriers of entry to obtaining a NICA Coach License.

Coach Training is traditionally a two day weekend class with one day dedicated to classroom style seminars and the other day dedicated to skills training. We have changed our format to try to give you as many opportunities as possible. We are holding some “traditional” two day weekend training sessions with Skills one day and Seminars the other as well as offering a three evening online format for Seminars (which can be matched with a day of Skills training on a weekend). We hope that this blend of offerings will allow the highest number of new coaches to come through the program with the most flexibility possible.

Finally, we believe we’ve finally reached the point where we can dramatically reduce the price of training. Each skills training day will be $50 and each seminar day (or the online option) will be $25.

Coaching Seminars

This training is required for a NICA Level 3 license which allows a coach to fill roles up to and including Head Coach. Following are some of the topics that might be covered during Coaching Seminar day:

  • Engaging and Motivating Adolescents & Retaining Girls
  • NICA Rulebook
  • Race Day: Support, Structure, & Success
  • Creating a Holistic Training Program for Student-Athletes
  • Getting to “Yes” with School Administrators
  • Creating a Strong Team/Parent Community
  • Care and Feeding of High School Team Sponsors
  • NICA Pit Zone
  • Teen Trail Corps

MTB Skills for Coaches

This training is required for NICA Level 2 & 3 licenses. This clinic offers coaches the opportunity to learn the progressive steps needed to teach anyone (even yourself) both basic and advanced mountain biking skills. You will also learn about experiential teaching techniques, how to accommodate different learning styles, and how to create a positive learning environment for young riders. The majority of this clinic will be held outdoors, so please bring your bike and appropriate riding and safety gear for the weather.

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*** If you are registering more than one person for a class please email and let us know the first and last names and email addresses of those who you registered***

***Each class is its own registration. If you intend to register for a weekend (Saturday/Sunday) you must register for each day (Seminars and Skills) individually. This allows you the flexibility to pick one day at one location and a second day at a different location.***

Available Coach Training Courses in SoCal:

May 30-June 1, 2017: (2.5 hours per night): Seminars, ONLINE

June 4, 2017: Skills, AGUANGA

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