Skilled and dedicated Alabama League coaches are the most important aspect of Alabama League high school mountain bike teams. An Alabama League coach puts the safety and overall well-being of their student-athletes as the first priority. Alabama League coaches are role models and teachers who are open to learning the best practices of youth mountain bike coaching and actively work to hone their leadership skills.
- No experience is necessary to become an Alabama League coach.
- We will be establishing teams you could volunteer for – a great way to get a first-hand look at what managing a team is like.
- We have the tools to help all coaches succeed.
- We offer comprehensive training at our Leaders’ Summit events in September.
- NICA coach's manuals provide detailed coaching instructions. (These are provided if you attend a Leaders’ Summit.)
Check out the Educational Resources provided by NICA. Free webinars are offered on topics ranging from information on the NICA Rulebook to How to Start and Manage a HS Team – NICA WEBINAR SERIES SCHEDULE
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How to get started?
All coaches are required to obtain an Alabama League Coaches License at one of 3 levels:
- Level 1: General Volunteers
- Level 2: Ride Leaders and Assistant Coaches
- Level 3: Head Coaches
The path to becoming an Alabama League coach generally begins with volunteering for a local team, or attending a Leaders’ Summit.
See below to learn which license level works best for your needs.
The NICA Coaches Licensing Program was introduced to ensure that all Alabama League student-athletes have adult leaders familiar with the best coaching practices. Licensed coaches have been trained in topics that include risk management, team management, ride management and youth sports psychology.
The NICA Coaches Licensing Program includes Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Ride Leaders and General Volunteer Licenses. All license holders are covered by comprehensive liability insurance provided by the League for the duration of the season.
NICA Coaches’ Licensing and License Renewal opens on October 1st of each year. The online registration system requires your head coach to “invite” you into the system to begin your licensing process. Head Coaches who are not registered in the system should contact the Alabama League Director, Eddie Freyer to be invited to register as a head coach and start a team. Coaches that are not associated with teams can still become registered as a coach and work towards one of the 4 coaching licenses but they must contact the Alabama League Director to do so.
It is required that all adults riding with Alabama League youth must hold a current license to be insured during these sanctioned activities. For more information on the NICA Coach Licensing Program, CLICK HERE