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Coach Training Schedule for the Spring 2021 Season

Meeting the requirements for a Level 1 Coach License is done online in a minimal amount of time with no additional online or in person training. However, a Level 1 Coach License holder should not be running practice or building a training plan. A Level 1 Coach License holder is simply there to ensure minimal coach/rider ratios under the guidance of a Level 2 or 3 licensed Coach. The SoCal League is doing everything possible to make training inexpensive and convenient because we believe ALL Coaches should earn and maintain at least a Level 2 License and we hope ALL Coaches will earn and maintain a Level 3 License!

If you would like to review the requirement to earning and maintaining a NICA Coach License please look at the NICA Coach License Program page.

Teams (or groups of teams in an area) can now schedule On The Bike Skills 101, On The Bike Skills 201 and NICA Approved First Aid/ CPR training in their area! Team Directors should email League Director Matt Gunnell at to learn how to do this!

Be sure to scroll all the way down to the bottom to find all of the SoCal specific options!

Contact Matt Gunnell at with any questions.

NICA Leaders Summit

This class MUST be completed one time to earn a Level 3 license. This class (or portions of it) MAY be repeated for CEUs. Completion and maintenance of a NICA Level 3 license allows a coach to fill roles up to and including Head Coach and Team Director. The SoCal League led the charge to move this course online back in the fall of 2015 and NICA adopted and began teaching an online format in spring of 2020. Because of NICA’s adoption of the online format the SoCal League will not be offering this course this season and are asking all SoCal League Coaches to register for a NICA taught course. Online Leader Summit presented by NICA can be accomplished in either 5@ 1 hour online sessions OR 1@ 7 hour session (either way ends up being roughly the same amount of “class time”). Note that class size is limited to 100 and classes are open to coaches from across the country so REGISTER BELOW ASAP!

NICA Leader Summit Courses.:

  • REGISTER HERE (if registering for the 5 @1 hour option you must register for all 5 classes individually, if registering for the 1 @7 hour you register for only that session — any questions please reach out directly to Jon Casson at NICA at — there are multiple options currently scheduled for September and October)

On-The-Bike Skills  for Coaches

Skills 101 is a 4 hour class that MUST be completed one time to earn a Level 2 or 3 license. This class MAY be repeated for CEUs. Skills 201 is a 4 hour class that builds on Skills 101 and is worth CEUs. These clinics offer coaches the opportunity to learn the progressive steps needed to teach anyone basic 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.

Scheduled On The Bike Skills 101 Courses in SoCal:

Scheduled On The Bike Skills 201 Courses in SoCal:

Completing Skills 101 is a prerequisite. You MAY complete 101 in the morning and 201 in the afternoon on the same day.

NICA Approved First Aid + CPR

NICA requires completion and current certification of a first aid component for all Level 2 and 3 licenses. NICA allows coaches who practice less than 60 minutes from “definitive care” (paramedic response) to earn a Level 2 or 3 license by completing a NICA approved first aid course which can be completed (with CPR) in one day***. A NICA approved first aid course is a Basic First Aid level course certified by a widely recognized certifying agency (ie: AAOS, Red Cross, AMA) to which several NICA specific items have been added. These items include:

  • Scenarios tailored specifically to mountain bike related injuries,
  • Training scenarios and examples specific to coaches managing groups of teen aged student-athletes while engaged in first aid situations,
  • Pre-planning practices so you have to use your first aid training as little as possible (ingress and egress, maps, knowing the area, radios and cell phones, equipment, clothing, food and hydration)

*** Coaches whose teams practice more than 60 minutes from “definitive care” must still hold a valid Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification (or above) to obtain a Level 2 or 3 license.

For more information on NICA First Aid requirements and which is appropriate for your license please look HERE.

Following are Trainers for NICA Approved First Aid/ CPR. Teams may contact and schedule training with them directly OR contact Matt Gunnell at with a request to host and schedule a class:

  • Michael Booker, C.A.S.E.,, (661) 237-3006, $100 per student.
  • Zsolt Felenyi, ZF Educational Services,, (818) 620-0959, $100 per student. Also available to teach a 16 hour Wilderness First Aid course via private arrangements.

Scheduled NICA Approved First Aid/ CPR Courses in SoCal: