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2019 GRiT Ride Lowe's Creek

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2019 WI State Championship Race

On-the-Bike Skills for Coaches

Are you ready to level up your coaching but haven't been able to attend a OTB 101 or OTB 201? The Wisconsin coach supporters want to help you out. Please complete this short survey about what OTB course you want to take, where you live, and if you and your team would be willing to host an OTB skills session for coaches.

OTB Skills Course Survey


PitZone Reset for Coaches March 1st

The NICA Pit Zone will reset for the 2020 season on March 1st. This means that all of your coaches licensing levels will be reset and you will need to complete your annual coach licensing requirements. Those annual requirements to be a level 1 coach are as follows.

Required Annually (for all coach levels)

CDC concussion Course, Risk Management 1, NICA Student-Athlete Coaching Philosophy, and the Athlete Abuse Prevention training.

All course are available in Litmos which is accessible in the NICA Pit Zone.


Wisconsin MTB Coach Supporters

Did you know, here in Wisconsin, we have 5 Coach Supporters?
Angela Brooks, Dave Bender, Josh Shively, Mike McGarry, and Sydney Shimko are spread around the state and are available to all coaches that need answers to coaching questions and/or help with coaching situations.

What is a Coach Supporter?

Coach Supporters are coaches that exemplify that NICA culture, desire to build Wisconsin MTB by helping new coaches develop their coaching skills. They are familiar with and understand coach licensing, the process of leveling-up and know much about all the programs NICA offers to student-athletes, including GRiT, Teen Trails Corp, and the Adventure Program. Coach Supporters have excellent bike skills and are trained to teach OTB 101 and 201 as well as being experts on the NICA coaching philosophy. Coach Supporters are part of the leadership team and support Wisconsin MTB by providing feedback and ideas about coaches, races, and everything NICA all year round.

How do they help you?

In 2020 we will be featuring each of our Coach Supporters in a newsletter so you know who they are, why they love being a Coach Supporter, and how they can help you as a coach, and help your team grow. You will see them at the races. You will see them on FB and in your emails. You will see them at Leaders Summit and at trainings and they want you to ask for assistance.


Interested in becoming a Coach Supporter?

We NEED You!

Wisconsin MTB is growing rapidly and 2 of our Coach Supporters have moved up to the national level so their time will be spread thin.

If you are interested in becoming a Coach Supporter in Wisconsin, let us know.

Qualifications include:
* Level 3 coach
* Have great biking skills
* Willingness to coach adults how to coach their student-athletes.
* Be outgoing and organized
* Be able to commit to teaching OTB 101 on weekends as needed
* Be available to coaches needs, via phone or email, and at races, throughout the season

We are especially interested in finding one to two coach supporters in the northern half of the state.

If you have questions please contact Mike McGarry at Mike@wisconsinmtb.org

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Leaders Summit April 18 or 19 & WFA April 19

Leaders Summit

This year, both Saturday and Sunday will be exactly the same curriculum consisting of 2 somewhat different tracks for existing and new coaches with a full day of coach and team collaboration from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. We will NOT be offering MTB skills certifications at the 2020 Leaders Summit, although, if the weather cooperates, we will offer a group ride from 5:00 until 6:30.

Make sure there is at least one representative from each team.

Saturday, April 18
Sunday, April 19

Please sign up here for either Saturday, April 18 or Sunday April 19.

Leaders Summit Tickets

NICA Approved Wilderness First Aid

Saturday, April 18th is sold out but there is still room in the Sunday, April 19th class. Spend a weekend in Madison and take care of the toughest requirements to move from Level 2 to Level 3!
NICA approved Wilderness First Aid Sunday, April 19th tickets

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