Coach Training Weekends
Coach Training Weekends
Where do coaches learn how to start and manage an interscholastic mountain bike team? What are the do’s and dont’s of maintaining a healthy team or new league in Montana? What are some tips for running an efficient and fun practice while teaching important mountain bike skills? The annual Montana Leaders Summit is held in the spring and brings coaches, race staff, leaders, and other volunteers together for an important weekend of hands-on education about what it takes to run an exemplary NICA program.
Registration for Montana Coach Training Weekends is LIVE!
We have two dates and two locations for our Montana Coach Training Weekends this year to better serve all our amazing NICA coaches and limit the travel commitment. Join us in Billings on Saturday, April 29 and/or in Missoula on Saturday, May 6 to Sunday, May 7.
This years’ Coach Training weekends will focus on On-The-Bike Skills training with OTB 101 and OTB 201, as well as NICA-approved First Aid. We will also be bringing our awesome crew together to share best practices throughout the League. OTB 101 and First Aid are required for all Level 2 and 3 coaches and recommended for Level 1 coaches too.
You must register individually for all OTB and First Aid sessions you would like to attend as well as meals, by following the links below. Your early registration is appreciated.
Please note that OTB 101 is a prerequisite for OTB 201 and both trainings cannot be done on the same weekend!
The First Aid courses are led by our friends at AdventureMed and are hybrid courses that require about 4 hours of online coursework in addition to the in person training.
The Duey family has graciously offered to host us at their property just outside of Billings in Laurel. They have a covered shop space that we can use if the weather is bad but bring plenty of warm clothes and plan on spending a good portion of the day outside. We are fitting this into one day with a group lunch available (please be sure to register!) so you can spend the lunch hour sharing best practices with other coaches instead of tracking down food. There are private trails on the property, and we’ll plan to get out for a group ride after the trainings for those who are interested. Camping is available on site but is limited so please let us know if you plan to camp.
Saturday, April 29:
- 8-12:30pm NICA Approved First Aid
- 12:30-1:30pm Lunch
- 1:30- 5:30pm OTB 101
- 1:30-6pm OTB 201
- 6pm on- Optional Group Ride on private trails on site
On-the-Bike trainings are $25, First Aid is $100, and lunch is $15. Scholarship options are available!
Duey Residence, 4808 Duck Creek Road, Laurel, MT 59044
We will again be based out of Big Sky Brewing in Missoula and they have generously opened the use of their concert grounds surrounding the brewery. We’ll have covered space to use if the weather is bad but be sure to bring your warm clothes! Free camping is available on site for those who are interested and there are many nearby hotels. We’ll be having a dinner and campfire evening session on Saturday with guided discussions to get coaches from around the state mingling and sharing best practices.
Saturday, May 6:
- Noon-5pm OTB 201
- 1pm-5pm OTB 101
- Noon-5pm NICA Approved First Aid
- 6pm- Catered Dinner
- ~6:30 pm- Scavenger hunt and campfire group breakouts
Sunday, May 7:
On-the-Bike trainings are $25, First Aid is $100, and dinner is $20. Scholarship options are available!
Big Sky Brewing, 5417 Trumpeter Way, Missoula, MT 59808