Coaches are the backbone of our organization and make a positive difference in the lives of Utah's teens.

Coaches do not have to be experienced mountain bikers, they just need a desire to mentor youth, and we're here to help. NICA's Coach Licensing program provides the training and education coaches need to provide a safe and positive environment while having fun; and ensures that all adults working with our students have met the Safe Kids Policy criteria, and are insured.

how to register as a coach

Coach registration starts with logging into the Pit Zone. If you are a returning coach, log in with the same email and password that you used previously. If you are a new coach, ask your head coach for a Coach Pit Zone Invite. Once you receive an invite, follow the one-time link to set up your account in the pit zone.

Once your password is set up, all coaches should click on the prompt from their home page to begin season registration. This will prompt coaches to complete their information, background check, waiver and $0 “payment.”

Once your registration is complete, follow the “access coach courses” button from your home page in the Pit Zone to complete the online trainings necessary for your license level. Coaches working toward levels 2 and 3 will also need to complete additional in-person trainings.

Scroll down for a chart of the requirements for each coach license level.

The Pit Zone opens on April 1, 2019 for coach registration. All annual requirements can be completed after April 1. Requirements that do not expire annually (including First Aid , On-the-Bike, and Leaders Summit Training) can be completed before April 1, please remember to save your certificates of completion.

To become a coach, start with License Level 1. Take it one step at a time throughout the year as training opportunities arise to complete requirements. Minimum requirement to ride with/coach our students is License Level 1 as per NICA "Safe Kids Policy". For more detailed info about coach licensing requirements, visit NICA’s Coach Licensing Page.


Coach License Levels and Requirements


License Requirement

Level 1

Age 18+

Level 2

Age 21+

Level 3

Age 21+


Role Description:


Can ride with the team but can not lead a group or a practice.

Can lead a specific group within a team. Has the ability to plan practices under Head Coach Supervision

Can plan practices and lead groups. Plans ride schedules and training plans as directed by Head Coach.. This level can also be a Head Coach or Team Director


Participation Agreement

Required Annually

Required Annually

Required Annually


Coach License Membership Fee
(Free for UT League coaches, however coaches must still “check out” with the $0 fee in the Pit Zone.)

Required Annually

Required Annually

Required Annually


Background Check

Required Annually
*Coaches who completed a background check in 2018 will not have to complete another in 2019, but will complete one in 2020.

Required Annually

Required Annually


NFHS: Concussion in Sports

Required Annually

Required Annually

Required Annually


Risk Management 1

Required Annually

Required Annually

Not Required


Risk Management 2

Not Required

Required Annually

Not Required


Risk Management 3

Not Required

Not Required

Required Annually


NICA Student-Athlete Coaching Philosophy

Required

Required

Required


Not Required

Required. Expires after 2 years.

Required. Expires after 2 years.


Not Required

Not Required

Required. Expires after 2 years.


Not Required

20 hours required

80 hours required


Not Required

Required

Required


Not Required

Not Required

Required


Level 3 Exam

Not Required

Not Required

Required


Continuing Education Units (CEU)

Not Required

3 units required every 3 years

9 units required every 3 years


Basic First Aid/CPR and WFA classes recognized by nica

First Aid

-Any in-person course or hybrid online and in-person course with at minimum a 3 hour duration focused on first aid skills and scenarios.

-NICA recommends courses on the American Camp Association Recognized Certification List.

Wilderness First Aid (16 hour)

-Any in-person course or hybrid online and in-person course with a minimum 16 hour duration.

-NICA recommends courses on the American Camp Association Recognized Certification List.

 
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Risk management, cdc concussion testing, student-athlete coaching philosophy, and the level 3 test - NEW TESTING SYSTEM FOR 2019

The Utah League and NICA are using Litmos, a learning management software, for 2019 in order to streamline coach licensing. Litmos is accessed through coach accounts in the Pit Zone. Risk Management 1-3, CDC Concussion links, the Student-Athlete Coaching Philosophy, and the Level 3 exam will be accessed solely through Litmos, via the pit zone.

Click here for the Litmos Walkthrough Video


Background checks - new system for 2019

The NICA background check provider and screening process schedule has changed. Coaches will now undergo a yearly background check with Verified Volunteers. The screening process schedule and pricing rotates between Complete, Advanced, and Basic checks. This change allows NICA and the League to be compliant with risk management policies and meet youth sports standards, while also minimizing yearly costs to coaches.
Year 1 (Complete Background Check) fee to coach: $38.00
Year 2 - 6  fee to coach: $11.00
Year 2: Advanced Background Check
Year 3: Basic Background Check
Year 4: Advanced Background Check
Year 5: Basic Background Check
Year 6: Advanced Background Check
6 year average price to coach: $15.50 per year
Year 7 (Complete Background Check) fee to coach: $38.00

  • 2 year grace period and transition time:
    Coaches who underwent a background check during the 2017 season will not be required to complete one until the 2019 season.  Those coaches that completed a background check in the 2018 season will not be required to complete one again until the 2020 season.  At the conclusion of the grace period, coaches will need to complete a NICA Verified Volunteers’ Complete (Year 1) Background Check prior to coaching with NICA.

  • If a coach completed a background check before the 2017 season they must complete a NICA Verified Volunteers’ Complete (Year 1) Background Check prior to coaching with NICA.

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TEAM DISCOUNT FOR LICENSE COMPLIANCY

First Year Teams 
Team fee waived, contact tasha@utahmtb.org if you are the head coach of a first year team. Still required to have at least one registered Level 2 Coach in order to hold insured practices.

Second Year Teams 
Required to have at least one registered Level 3 Coach to receive compliancy discount.

Third Year Teams 
Head Coach maintains a Level 3 License to receive compliancy discount.


we’re here to help!

Have any questions? Please reach out to our coach Training Specialist and Regional Coach Representatives!

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Coach Training Specialist

Heather Williams

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North Region Coach Representative

Jon Lowe

Team: Farmington High School

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Central Region Coach Representative

Grant Crowell

Team: Riverton High School

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South Region Coach Representative

Kim Christensen

Team: Desert Hills High School