Coach Training

The North Carolina League recognizes coaches as the most essential component of successful mountain bike teams and we offer many opportunities and resources that can help you grow more comfortable and confident in your role as a coach. 

The NICA Coach License Program was introduced to ensure that all North Carolina League student-athletes have adult leaders familiar with the best coaching practices. All Licensed Coaches have been background checked and have received training in topics that include: Athlete Abuse Awareness, Risk Management, Coaching Philosophy, and have received Concussion Training.

Join the NCICL Coaches Group

The NCICL Coaches Group on Facebook is a group for sharing resources, ideas, and an avenue for communication among coaches.

Post your questions, resources, ideas, successes, and everything else NCICL related – this is your coaching community!

Coach License Levels

To work with our student-athletes, all coaches must meet the NICA licensure requirements at one of three levels:

Level 1 Certification: Assists all coaches as directed by the Head Coach. 

Level 2 Certification: Assists level 3 coaches with advanced tasks such as teaching skills and leading rides.

Level 3 Certification: Takes a leadership role within the team. Equivalent competencies as Head Coach.

Click here for more information about NICA Coach License requirements


The North Carolina League offers various opportunities for coaches to gain the confidence and skills needed to guide our student-athletes out on the trails. Much of the training offered is held in late Summer/early Fall ahead of the pre-season.

Leader Summit:

NICA National hosts online trainings that provide coaches the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of what it means to be a NICA Coach while being able to interact with coaches from across the country! This training is a great introduction to coaching, and perfect for new coaches. Attending a Leader Summit is a Level 3 requirement, and best of all – this training is free!

Upcoming Sessions:

September 12-16 @ 9:00am EST
September 19-23 @ 3:00pm EST
October 3-7 @ 9:00pm EST
December 5-9 @ 9:00pm EST

For more information, and to REGISTER, click HERE

NCICL League Summit:

Due to transitions at the League level, NCICL has had to delay our larger Coach trainings events. With the Leader Summit curriculum (Level 3 Requirement) being offered by NICA National staff online for free, NCICL had moved to offering smaller trainings in the form of Coach Retreats and GRiT Retreats.

We are currently looking for an opportunity to bring coaches and team leadership from across the state together for a weekend of training and camaraderie. This will likely occur after the start of the pre-season, and information will be updated as soon as possible.

On-the-Bike Skills:

North Carolina Coach Supporters are experienced and trained coaches who teach coaches HOW to teach mountain bike skills to our student-athletes. On-the-Bike Skills 101 (a Level 2 requirement) teaches coaches how to teach fundamental mountain bike skills while On-the-Bike Skills 201 is designed for those coaches who actively teach skills for their team and provides them the opportunity to learn how to teach skill progressions, intermediate skills, as well as how to utilize game play when teaching skills to their student-athletes.

On-the-Bike Skills clinics for the 2023 season will be held in August. See schedule below (registration with exact locations and details will open in early July)

NEW TEAMS forming for the 2023 season: We will work with teams forming after the start of the preseason to set up a clinic, with any available spaces opened up to the league.

First Aid:

Mountain biking is an inherently risky activity and it is crucial for our coaches to be properly trained to handle injuries out on the trail. As the North Carolina League is not a medical provider we are not able to provide our own training and must rely on opportunities available from outside licensed providers.

NCICL is excited to offer a WFA with CPR hybrid training opportunity this season!

Trainings will be held on the Saturday of weekends we are offering OTBS 101 trainings, see schedule below.

Level 2 Coach Requirement: Basic First Aid (4+ hours) for coaches practicing/riding within one hour of definitive care and Wilderness First Aid (16 hours) for any coaches practicing/riding further than 1 hour from definitive care. 

Level 3 Coach Requirement: NICA Approved First Aid (8 hours) for coaches practicing/riding within one hour of definitive care and Wilderness First Aid (16 hours) for any coaches practicing/riding further than 1 hour from definitive care.

Time to definitive care means approximately how long it would take for Emergency Medical Services to reach, evacuate and deliver a critically injured patient to a hospital. 

Substitutions for your NICA First Aid RequirementCertain professions and associated training often exceed NICA’s first aid requirements. If you have qualifications on this list, just upload the corresponding documentation directly into Pit Zone in place of your first aid certification.
Acceptable Substitutions List
Petitioning for Additional SubstitutionsTo substitute a training not included in the above list, please use this application form. 
First Aid Substitution Application

For more information regarding the first aid requirements for Level 2 and Level 3 Coaches, please see the NICA Coach License Program – First Aid Requirements 

NCICL Training Schedule

8/6/2022WFA/CPRIC Imagine Charter School, Asheville
8/7/2022OTBS 101 (2 clinics)IC Imagine Charter School, Asheville
8/13/2022WFA/CPRSalisbury Community Park, Salisbury
8/14/2022OTBS 101 (2 clinics)Salisbury Community Park, Salisbury
8/20/2022WFA/CPRBur-Mil Park, Greensboro
8/21/2022OTBS 101 (2 clinics)Bur-Mil Park, Greensboro
8/27/2022WFA/CPRBrowns Creek, Elizabethtown
8/28/2022OTBS 101 (2 clinics)Browns Creek, Elizabethtown