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Coach Training Schedule for the Spring 2022 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 Emeritus Matt Gunnell at matt@socaldirt.org 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!


NICA Leaders’ Summit

NICA is now offering the Leaders’ Summit online. The Leaders’ Summit is now 5 hours and is usually taught from Monday-Friday in one hour blocks in the evening. You can repeat the Leaders’ Summit for 5 CEUs. You can also take each one hour block as a stand alone for 1 CEU per block. To find and register for the NICA Leaders’ Summit click the link below and scroll through the calendar:

  • Please email Mike McGarry at mike@nationalmtb.org when you’re finished with your sessions; he will email you a certificate for the CEUs based on the number of sessions you’ve attended.
      • For example, you are a Level 2 coach and only need 3 CEUs.  You can attend 3 of the hour-long weekday sessions as your schedule allows.  Let Mike know via email and he’ll send you a certificate with 3 CEUs for you to upload in PitZone.

On-The-Bike Skills  for Coaches

Skills 101 is a 3 hour class that MUST be completed one time to earn a Level 2 or 3 license. This class MAY be repeated for 3 CEUs. Skills 201 is a 3 hour class that builds on Skills 101 and is worth 5 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:

  • 8/29/21, Sunday morning in Temecula. COMPLETED
  • 10/24/21, Sunday morning in La Canada. COMPLETED
  • 10/30/21, Saturday morning in North San Diego County. COMPLETED
  • 11/06/21, Saturday morning in Carlsbad. COMPLETED
  • 11/06/21, Saturday morning in Tehachapi. COMPLETED
  • 11/14/21, Sunday morning in Yucaipa. COMPLETED
  • 11/20/21, Saturday morning in Santa Maria. COMPLETED
  • 12/12/21, Sunday morning in Orange County. COMPLETED
  • 1/08/22, Saturday morning in Monrovia. COMPLETED
  • 1/16/22, Sunday morning in North San Diego County. COMPLETED
  • 1/16/22, Sunday morning in Newbury Park. COMPLETED
  • 1/23/22, Sunday morning in Moorpark. COMPLETED
  • 1/29/22, Saturday morning in Palm Desert. COMPLETED
*** Clinics conclude at the end of January. All classes have been scheduled.

 

Scheduled On The Bike Skills 201 Courses in SoCal:

  • 10/24/21, Sunday afternoon in La Canada. COMPLETED
  • 11/06/21, Saturday afternoon in Carlsbad. COMPLETED
  • 11/06/21, Saturday afternoon in Tehachapi. COMPLETED
  • 11/14/21, Sunday afternoon in Yucaipa. COMPLETED
  • 11/20/21, Saturday afternoon in Santa Maria. COMPLETED
  • 12/12/21, Sunday afternoon in Orange County. COMPLETED
  • 1/08/22, Saturday afternoon in Monrovia. COMPLETED
  • 1/16/22, Sunday afternoon in North San Diego County. COMPLETED
  • 1/16/22, Sunday afternoon in Newbury Park. COMPLETED
  • 1/23/22, Sunday afternoon in Moorpark.  COMPLETED
  • 1/29/22, Saturday afternoon in Palm Desert. COMPLETED
*** Clinics conclude at the end of January. All classes have been scheduled.

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.

If you see a class posted below and want to be added email the instructor directly asking to be added to the specific class. He will provide you with payment information ($100 paid directly to the instructor), online class access information, and the address and your time for practical testing on the date noted OR register you for the all in person class. Once you pay for the class you will have until the practical test date to complete the online portion of the class. After completing the online class AND the practical test you will be provided with a certificate you can upload on the License Status page of your license profile.

Scheduled NICA Approved First Aid/ CPR Courses in SoCal:
  • 10/16/21, Saturday in Chula Vista. COMPLETED
  • 10/17/21, Sunday in Vista. COMPLETED
  • 10/23/21, Saturday in Arcadia. COMPLETED
  • 10/30/21, Saturday in Temecula. COMPLETED
  • 10/31/21, Sunday in Newbury Park. COMPLETED
  • 11/13/21, Saturday in Yucaipa. COMPLETED
  • 11/14/21, Sunday in Murrieta. COMPLETED
  • 11/14/21, Sunday in Santa Barbara. COMPLETED
  • 11/20/21, Saturday in Tehachapi. COMPLETED
  • 11/21/21, Sunday in Santa Maria. COMPLETED
  • 11/21/21, Sunday in Riverside. COMPLETED
  • 12/11/21, Saturday in Antelope Valley. COMPLETED
  • 12/12/21, Sunday in Coachella Valley. COMPLETED
  • 1/29/22, Saturday in Simi Valley. COMPLETED
  • 1/30/22, Sunday in Carlsbad. COMPLETED
*** Clinics conclude at the end of January. All classes have been scheduled.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

To maintain a Level 2 license you must complete 3 CEUs within a rolling 3 year period. To maintain a Level 3 license you must complete 9 CEUs within a rolling 3 year period. CEUs are earned at ROUGHLY a 1 hour of class time per 1 CEU. CEUs can be earned through SoCal, through NICA, through NICA partner organizations, and by applying for credit from relevant classes NOT listed. If you are interested in taking an outside course for CEUs you should be able to articulate how the course will help you provide a better, more robust, or more refined experience for the riders/coaches on your team. To have an unlisted class reviewed prior to taking it to ensure you will receive credit please email Mike McGarry at mike@nationalmtb.org. 

Below are ways to earn CEUs:

NICA Leader Summit: 5 CEUs or 1 CEU per hour if classes are taken individually. Classes may be repeated (once per year)

NICA partner CEUs: find out more HERE

NFHS online courses. Many free! Any course that is not specific to a different sport counts: find out more HERE

Skills 101: 3 CEUs and may be repeated (once per year)

Skills 201: 5 CEUs and may be repeated (once per year)

Teen Trail Clinic: 3 CEUs to attend as a Coach and may be repeated (once per year)

SoCal Clinics: 3 CEUs to help run a SoCal League clinic as a Coach

SoCal online seminars: may be repeated (once per year)

  • 12/1/21 Weds at 7:00 PM, “Recruiting, Coaching, & Retaining Girls and Female Coaches.” COMPLETED
  • 12/2/21 Thurs at 7:00 PM, “Start & Manage an Interscholastic MTB Team.” COMPLETED
  • 12/8/21 Weds at 7:00 PM, “Building a Positive Team Culture.” COMPLETED
  • 12/13/21 Mon at 7:00 PM, “Building a Positive Team Culture.” COMPLETED
  • 12/14/21 Tues at 7:00 PM, “Start & Manage an Interscholastic MTB Team.” COMPLETED
  • 12/21/21 Tues at 7:00 PM, “Recruiting, Coaching, & Retaining Girls and Female Coaches.” COMPLETED