What Makes High School Mountain Bike Coaches So Special?

July 28, 2014
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Join The Elite Crew Of Coaches At this Years Leaders’ Summit

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Rim of The World High School Coaches-Jon Tanklage (middle) and Scott Craft (far right) give Danika Bates a few cheerful words of wisdom before her start.

Comprehensive Leadership for Youth Coaches

We have two options this year:

* August 16-17, 2014 (San Diego KOA, San Diego County) REGISTER

10% discount for San Diego Summit through 07/31/14 by entering code LSSDC14 at checkout.

* October 4-5, 2014 (Newbury Park HS, Ventura County) REGISTER

10% discount for Newbury Park Summit through 09/19/14 by entering code LSVC14 at checkout.

Final details and directions will be emailed to registered participants by Thursday before class.

The SoCal High School Cycling League’s annual Leaders’ Summits brings together coaches, assistant coaches, ride leaders, and parent volunteers—both new and experienced—to develop skills and knowledge, share strategies, and build community. These conferences will promote a holistic approach to coaching that creates an environment in which young people can grow and thrive. This is a great opportunity to spend a weekend in the company of peers and energize for the upcoming season and it’s a core component of the NICA Coach License Program.

Sample SoCal Leaders’ Summit Agenda

Leadership and Coaching Seminars (Saturday)

Seminars cover the nuts and bolts of working with high school student athletes in the context of a NICA mountain bike club. Morning and early afternoon seminars cover basic knowledge all NICA Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches, and Ride Leaders should be aware of and incorporate into their duties. Late afternoon seminars cover topics of special interest good for all but more focused toward returning coaches.

Tentative schedule:

8:00 – 8:30       Registration & Coffee/Tea

8:30 – 9:00       Welcome, Overview, & Introductions

9:00 – 10:00       Risk Management: REQUIRED for all coaches

10:15 – 11:15       Engaging and Motivating Adolescent Boys and Girls

11:30 – 12:30       Managing a High School Practice

12:30 – 1:15       Lunch & Q&A

1:30 – 2:30       Race Day Structure, Support, and Success

2:45 – 3:30        Special topics

3:30 – 4:15       Special topics

4:15 – 5:00       Special topics

MTB 101: Skills for Coaches (Sunday)

This clinic offers coaches the opportunity to learn the progressive steps needed to teach anyone (even yourself) both basic and advanced mountain biking skills. You will also learn about experiential teaching techniques, how to accommodate different learning styles, and how to create a positive learning environment for young riders. The majority of this clinic will be held outdoors, so please bring your bike and appropriate riding and safety gear for the weather.

REQUIRED for Head and Assistant Coaches

Tentative schedule:

8:00 – 8:30       Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00       Welcome, Overview, & Introductions

9:00 – 12:00       In the Classroom Skills Clinic

12:00 – 1:00       Lunch & Q&A with instructor

1:00 – 4:00       On the Bike Skills Clinic with instructor

For questions about the Leaders’ Summit please contact matt@socaldirt.org

Attending a full (2 day) Leaders’ Summit earns you 9 units including Risk Management and MTB 101. This satisfies your initial professional development units for a NICA Head Coach level license.


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