Anyone can start a team - parents, teachers, cycling enthusiasts. No experience is necessary, we provide the training and education needed. Plus, we will connect you with a coach mentor who can support you every step of the way. Starting a team is incredibly rewarding and we want to make it as straightforward as possible. Visit our Coach Toolkit for additional resources. 

NICA COACH License

NICA requires that all adults riding with a High School Mountain Bike team be certified and insured. This certification ensures that our student athletes will be safe and have qualified adults present during team rides and races. 

Coaches Licensing 

Start the Licensing Process

purchase & Read NICA's Coaches Manual

Purchase the Coaches Manual

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ORGANIZE YOUR TEAM

Team organization varies from team to team and will evolve over time. However, all teams start with the basics. Here’s what you need to know:

UNDERSTANDING TEAM STRUCTURES

School Based: A team comprised of full-time students from the same school. Can be an “official” team that is recognized as an official club by the school or "unofficial" and not a club at the school.
Composite: A team comprised of full-time students from more than one school within the same district or proximity. Home-school students may also join composite teams.
Home-School: A team comprised of home-school students within the same county or proximity

WHAT TO EXPECT: TIMELINE & COSTS

Timeline
Costs

RESOURCES OFFERED BY THE LEAGUE

Scholarships: Scholarships are available for students in need to help cover the costs for races and camps.
League Loaner Bikes: The league has an inventory of loaner bikes available to first-time riders or students without bikes. 

WRITE YOUR TEAM RULES

Corner Canyon Team Example

CREATE A PRO-FORMA TEAM BUDGET

Team Budget Example: Note that this is an extensive example and you may not need every category.

 

BUILD A RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR SCHOOL

Forming a relationship with your school(s) administrators is a critical part of a team’s formation, particularly for School-based and Composite teams. Without their support you won’t be able to use the school’s name, recruit riders, or become an “official” team, therefore we encourage you to keep the administrators informed and involved. Here’s how:

MEET WITH THE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION

Present NICA, League, & Team information and include the following:

Utah League School Administration Presentation
NICA/Utah Safe Kids Policy
Utah League Insurance Overview
Show the Utah League Promo Video
Any information you have prepared from steps 1 and 2, plus a list of interested riders

UNDERSTAND "OFFICIAL CLUB STATUS" IN UTAH

The State of Utah has strict rules regarding Official School clubs. The Utah League understands this and  DOES NOT require that our teams be Official School Clubs. If you are interested in becoming an official club, please work with the school administration to do so."

STAY INVOLVED WITH THE SCHOOL

We suggest sending the administration an end-of-season card thanking them for their support. Include a photo of the team, rider accomplishments, and perhaps a few inspirational stories. 

 

RECRUIT RIDERS and Parents

Get the word out to riders

Distribute Team Flyers: Here's an Editable Team Flyer
Create a Facebook Page
Put an Ad in the School Paper or on the Community Board
Don't forget to talk to the Middle School Kids

Recruit Parents

Once you have a roster of riders, host a parent meeting before the start of the season. This will help get everyone on the same page and help you recruit parent volunteer and rider leader help. 

Distribute a Parent Info Flyer with team information

Host a Team meeting 

Introduce the Team and Coaches
Show the Team Meeting Presentation and League Promo Video 
Create a Contact List & introduce the PitZone Registration
Recruit parent volunteers. Here’s a list of positions you might need→ Parent Volunteers Doc
See Coaches Toolkit above for example team rules, schedule, team sign up form, parent volunteer tasks, etc.

START THE SEASON!

Once you have your riders, the approval of the school, and support from parents you are now ready to start the season. 

REGISTER YOUR ATHLETES & COACHES 

Registration starts April 1. Know that teams who meet compliancy with coach licensing will save in registration fees.

Head Coach or Team Director registers team and invites coaches & students into Online Registration - Pitzone Manual

START TRAINING & TEACHING 

Training Plan Example

BE RACE READY 

Make sure your riders are Registered in the Pit Zone
Assign parents duties to help at races
Pre-Race Checklist for Riders
Share Race Flyers

HOLD PRE & POST RACE CHECK-INS:

These short meetings with your racers will help you understand how you can help them during and after the races. 

We're here to help:
New Coach Mentor - Drew Jordan
North Region Coach Rep - Heather Williams
South Region Coach Rep - Ron Jensen

League Director - Lori Harward