We know licensed coaches are the KEY to safe and cohesive programs which give student-athletes the best experiences. We also know that coaches are VOLUNTEERS. As the Utah League grows we want to do everything we can to lower the barriers of entry to obtaining a NICA Coach License. NICA and its member leagues are rolled out a revised Coach Licensing program so we are taking the opportunity to reduce the costs and expand the opportunities for training this season. Below are current schedules for all our coach training courses. To register, please click on the date. Upon completion, upload certificates in your NICA Pit Zone coach account. Free to all league alumni.  Email Jason with any questions.


Dates:        Location:                                          Instructor:

2018 dates coming soon..

Time: TBD
Cost: $25

LEARN THE SKILLS TO TEACH THE SKILLS (formerly MTB 101). Coaches learn the progressive steps needed to teach anyone both basic and advanced mountain biking skills. Coaches also learn about experiential teaching techniques, how to accommodate different learning styles, and how to create a positive learning environment for young riders. Four hours of this clinic is outside on your bike, so please bring your bike and appropriate riding gear for the weather. Taught by NICA Certified Skills Trainers.

Required for License Levels 2 & 3.

leaders summit

Date:  April 22nd                           Location: 

SEMINARS: A variety of classes are offered to educate both new and experienced coaches, from "How to Start and Manage a Team" to "Advanced Skills".  1 day of seminars required for License Level 3. 

LEADERS SUMMIT VIDEOS  The following 2017 LS seminars were filmed and are are available for coaches to watch for Leaders Summit or CEU credit: email Lori Harward to access.

  • How to Start/Manage a Team: 1- Start With Why... create your culture (Lori Harward), 2- Identify What... roles and responsibilities (Whitney Pogue)
  • How to Start/Manage a Team: 3- Determine "how" ... delegate and demand (Whitney Pogue)
  • How to Start/Manage a Team: 4- Finances.... it's not about the money, until you don't have enough (Whitney Pogue)
  • Sponsorship & Donors (Davy Kammer)
  • In-the-Zone: mental preparation for your student athletes (Eric Yelsa)
  • Working with an Injured Athlete (Eric Yelsa)


We have several great and highly qualified instructors scheduled. These online classes do count toward either CEU's or Leaders Summit seminars. Click on the date to register. These classes are free to Utah League coaches. 

Understanding Periodization and Developing Training Plans & 2017 Example Training Plan: 
April 26, 7:00-8:30PM Dave Harward, Plan 7 Coaching

Understanding Periodization and Developing Training Plans & 2017 Example Training Plan
April 27, 7:00-8:30PM Dave Harward, Plan 7 Coaching

Coaching Diverse Riders: Riders require different coaching approaches based upon their diverse needs. This presentation will give an overview of working with riders with disabilities and riders with social emotional needs
June 7, 7:00-800PM Heather Goodwin Nelson

Crucial Conversations for Coaches: all coaches deal with difficult conversations. This presentation will give effective techniques to facilitate clear communication with positive outcomes. 
June 8, 7:00-8:00PM Heather Goodwin Nelson

Leaders Summit Series presented by SoCal League May 30-June 1 - click for more details. They will be covering the basic seminars on how to start and manage a team. 

First Aid Certification

Basic First Aid, CPR/AED

This is a one-day, 4-hour course. To register, click on date

Cost: $40

Date:               Location:                             Time: 

About Basic First Aid & CPR:

Basic First Aid & CPR are required for License Levels 2 & 3.

This certification covers basic emergency treatment and can only be fulfilled by a hands-on class (online courses will not count). The CPR portion of this class is required to obtain the WFA certification, but may be taken out of sequence. The CPR portion will be taught during the first half of the class and then anyone scheduled to take the WFA will be excused.  The Basic First Aid will be taught during the second half of the class.  Certification is valid for 2 years

Wilderness First Aid

WFA is a two-day training. To register, click on date.

Cost:  $75 (includes WFA books)

Dates:                                          Location  


About WFA:

Wilderness First Aid is a requirement for License Level 3; and great information for ANYONE working with the students. 

Basic First Aid & CPR are required prerequisites for this course.  (WFA certificate can be “held” until completion of CPR/First Aid.)

WFA is a hands-on course designed to prepare anyone who enters the wilderness to confidently and effectively respond to injuries and illness that can occur while on the trail.  Certification is valid for 2 years


Instructor: Fred Jepsen

Emergency Care and Safety Institute, Association for Health and Wellness 

About Fred. Fred became interested in First Aid way back in 1975 as a pharmacy student. He first started teaching in 1978 and taught for the American Red Cross until 2012. During that time, Fred dedicated his time to being an EMT, Wilderness EMT, First Responder and an instructor – in all of those areas!   In 1988, Fred went to work full time for the Boy Scouts and taught on a volunteer basis to the general public. He taught over 400 students a year for the BSA. In 2012, Fred left the American Red Cross, and joined with ECSI to provide more affordable classes. Pleased with their program, both as a student and also as an instructor, Fred has been there since. 

Fred doesn’t just train, he mountain bikes too! Fred has spent a lot of time in the outdoors and with the sport of biking. Years and pounds ago (his words), Fred raced a little on the local road racing circuit, then spent a number of years mountain biking all over Utah. Fred also hosted many trips yearly, for young mountain bike riders, to Moab and other popular riding areas. His family still rides a lot, so he understands the needs found while out biking. In 2012, Fred retired from the Boy Scouts and has since become a dedicated instructor and full time grandpa.