Skilled and dedicated coaches are the most important aspect of Nebraska Interscholastic Cycling League mountain bike teams. A Nebraska League coach puts the safety and overall well-being of their student-athletes as the first priority. NICA-licensed coaches are role models and teachers who are open to learning the best practices of youth mountain bike coaching and actively working to hone their leadership skills.

Coaches quickly learn that volunteer coaching a NICA team can be a lot of work yet perhaps one of the most rewarding experiences of their lifetime. Many coaches report improved personal well-being and fitness after just one season. Many coaches echo the sentiment:

“I thought I was doing this all for the kids, but it turned out I benefited perhaps more than the kids, with regular practices and leadership opportunities.”

NICA Coaching

Prospective Coaches can learn about all things coaching by signing up for the Nebraska League’s Coaches News here. Subscribe today to learn how to gain access to exclusive coaching content and get updates on important league information.

How do I become a NICA Coach?


The Nebraska Interscholastic Cycling League will provide all the NICA risk management and best practice training you’ll need to jump right in and start coaching a team. Seminars called Leaders’ Summits and Ride Leader Training are held throughout the year, including online webinars and annual retreats.

The Leaders’ Summit is an integral part of the NICA model for interscholastic mountain bike programs. They bring together coaches and volunteers — both new and experienced — to develop skills and knowledge, share strategies and build community. The conferences promote a holistic approach to coaching that creates an environment in which young people can grow and thrive. They also provide opportunities for participants to learn all about the league structures and processes, how to start a mountain bike team, how to work with their schools, issues related to liability, and the unique intricacies of working with middle and high school cyclists.

How do I get started?

All NICA coaches start with NICA License Level 1 and take it one step at a time throughout the year as opportunities arise to complete additional requirements. Minimum requirement to ride with/coach students is NICA License Level 1 as per NICA “Safe Kids Policy”.

STEP 1: 

Check out NICA’s Coach Licensing Program for NEW and RETURNING coaches HERE to see what will be required for each level.


Contact Nebraska’s League Director, Ken Theis at to request an invite to log into Pit Zone, the coach training management tool.


Sign up in Pit Zone and start taking the necessary training to be a Level 1 Coach today!