2016 Leaders’ Summit

The New Jersey Interscholastic Cycling League’s first annual Leaders Summit will bring together coaches, assistant coaches, ride leaders, and parent volunteers—both new and experienced—to develop skills and knowledge, share strategies, and build community. In 2016 New Jersey will make history by providing the opportunity for every Middle and High School, public or private, to form club teams and participate in a scholastic mountain bike season brought to you by the New Jersey league, an official project League of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA). This conference will promote a holistic approach to coaching that creates an environment in which young people can grow and thrive.

Being New Jersey’s inaugural season, the focus of the 2016 Leaders Summit will be about how to establish your team. The Leaders Summit will arm you with the knowledge, skills and resources available to assist you in establishing an official club sport at your local Middle or High School. With over 500 NICA teams across 19 Leagues in 18 States in the US, we don’t have to reinvent any wheels in New Jersey. Currently over 8,000 Student-Athletes participate in Leagues across the country with League growth averaging 35% every year, this is an exciting time for kids and adult mentors in New Jersey to be apart of the fastest growing youth mountain bike program in the US.

“Coaching a high school mountain bike team is an extremely rewarding experience. During my thirty-five years of cycling I’ve worn many hats. The four years I spent coaching the Nevada Union Miners High School Mountain Bike Team in the NorCal League ranks among the most rewarding of all my experiences.” -Dylan Gradhandt, Idaho League Founder and Executive Director

Team formation and official registration starts this fall. Pre-season begins October 15th. In Season practices can start December 1st. Our first racing season will run from April through May of 2017, with race venues located across the state.

Date: 9/24 (Saturday): Leadership, Risk Management and Sustainable Team Structures

Saturday’s seminars cover the nuts and bolts of working with high school student athletes in the context of a NICA mountain bike club. Saturday’s seminars cover basic knowledge all NICA Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches, and Ride Leaders should be aware of and incorporate into their duties.

Date: 9/25 (Sunday): How to start and manage a High School Mountain Bike Team and MTB 101: Skills for Coaches

Sunday’s clinic offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn from NJ-based proferssional MTB coach Ben Tufford and NICA’s National Coach and Licensing Manager, Bruce Martens. You’ll learn the NICA-endorsed training method, which includes 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.

Includes: Breakfast and lunch each day, lights snacks and refreshments, Coaches Manual, Skills Manual and Conference Materials. Registration does not include lodging or dinner. Please see information on optional lodging below.

Check out the Agenda for the weekend here.

A limited number of partial and full scholarships are available for those who need financial assistance. For more information, please contact tom@newjerseymtb.org

WHERE: Chester Public Library – 250 W. Main Street, Chester, NJ 07930


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