Leaders’ Summit

Comprehensive Leadership for Youth Coaches

Thank you so much for coming to one of our fall 2015 Leaders’ Summits (Yucaipa or Clark High Schools). Our next Leaders’ Summits will take place in fall of 2016 and will be announced toward the end of summer 2016.

While Leaders’ Summits have passed for the year it is NOT too late to get some training and up your game as a NICA licensed coach in SoCal! Please look HERE for registration for our November and December Wilderness First Aid classes and email matt@socaldirt.org if you have questions on starting or coaching an interscholastic mountain bike team!

The SoCal High School Cycling League’s annual Leaders’ Summits brings together coaches, assistant coaches, ride leaders, and parent volunteers—both new and experienced—to develop skills and knowledge, share strategies, and build community. These conferences will 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 a weekend in the company of peers and energize for the upcoming season and it’s a core component of the NICA Coach License Program.

Sample SoCal Leaders’ Summit Agenda

Leadership and Coaching Seminars

*** Saturday at Yucaipa HS

*** Sunday at Clark HS

Seminars cover the nuts and bolts of working with high school student athletes in the context of a NICA mountain bike club. Morning and early afternoon seminars cover basic knowledge all NICA Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches, and Ride Leaders should be aware of and incorporate into their duties. Late afternoon seminars cover topics of special interest good for all but more focused toward returning coaches.

2015 schedule:

8:00 – 8:30       Registration & Coffee/Tea

8:30 – 9:00       Welcome, Overview, & Introductions

9:00 – 10:00       Risk Management: REQUIRED for all coaches

10:00 – 10:40       Engaging and Motivating Adolescents and Retaining Girls

10:40 – 11:00       High School Sponsors

11:00 – 11:30       Managing a High School Practice

11:30 – 12:00       Race Day Structure, Support, and Success

12:00 – 1:30       Lunch & Q&A

1:30 – 2:30       NICA Rulebook & Q&A

2:30 – 3:30        TBD

3:30 – 4:30       TBD

4:30 – 5:00       TBD

MTB 101: Skills for Coaches

*** Saturday at Clark HS

*** Sunday at Yucaipa HS

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.

REQUIRED for Head and Assistant Coaches

Tentative schedule:

8:00 – 8:30       Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00       Welcome, Overview, & Introductions

9:00 – 12:00       In the Classroom Skills Clinic

12:00 – 1:00       Lunch & Q&A with instructor

1:00 – 4:00       On the Bike Skills Clinic with instructor

For questions about the Leaders’ Summit please contact matt@socaldirt.org

Attending a full (2 day) Leaders’ Summit earns you 9 units including Risk Management and MTB 101. This satisfies your initial professional development units for a NICA Head Coach level license.




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