MN Leaders' Summit 101 - New Coaches


Sat. April 28 & Sun. April 29, 2018

Quality Bicycle Products (QBP)
6400 W. 105th Street
Bloomington, MN 55438
Register today!


Cost:  $100 if register before March 31, 2018.  $125 after March 31, 2018.
Bonus: With registration fee, each attendee receives a FREE copy of the NICA Coaching Manual and Coaching Mountain Bike Skills book
Meals: Lunch, snacks and beverages on both days are included in the registration fee!

The primary goal for the 2018 Leaders' Summit 101 is to provide training for people who are interested in becoming coaches, assistant coaches or ride leaders for the MN League. Completion of this 2-day course is the initial step towards becoming licensed as a head coach, assistant coach or ride leader for the MN League.

This training program is designed to introduce people to the basics of coaching and managing a bike team in the MN League. The majority of people who participate in this course are people who have not coached before in the MN League. Other attendees are experienced coaches who would like a refresher training on the basics. Overall, this is an ideal opportunity to learn and collaborate as a community; and get excited for the upcoming season.

In addition to classroom sessions, On the Bike Skills (OTBS) 101 Training will be part of the curriculum.  Attendees will need to bring their mountain bikes and helmets for this on-bike required skills training.  

To become a Level 3 licensed coach for the MN League, completion of the Leaders' Summit is required! This includes the classroom sessions and the OTBS Training.   See below for alternate dates to participate in the OTBS Training if needed due to weather. 

At the summit, in addition to offering coaching instruction and OTBS 101 training, attendees will also learn more about:

  • the MN League organization as a whole
  • how to get a mountain bike team organized
  • how to work with schools or communities
  • the issues related to liabilities
  • tips and advice regarding coaching middle school and high school students

Before the Summit - Come Prepared!

Required webinar training to be completed prior to attending the Leaders’ Summit.  Videos will take about one hour to review.


Since the OTBS 101 is a required certification to coach a MN League team, additional OTBS courses will be offered during the summer for those not able to attend the Leaders' Summit weekend in April.     

  • Please note, if you have taken MTB 101 in the past you do not need attended the new OTBS 101.
  • We will be offering OTBS 101 as stand alone clinics during the summer and all coaches can take it at one of the summer sessions. Registration for these classes will open March 1, 2018.  Check back to the MN League website for updated details on the dates below.  Current Schedule to date:
    • June 9 - St Paul MN
    • June 30 - Rochester MN.
    • July 28 - Duluth MN
    • August 18 - Alexandria MN

Saturday Schedule - April 28

  • 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM - Check-in, Bagels and Coffee
  • 8:30 AM - Noon: Sessions
  • Noon - 1:00 PM: Lunch Provided
  • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM:  Sessions
  • 4:30 PM:  Group Photo

NOTE: Optional Group Ride at the end of the day.

Sunday Schedule - April 29

  • 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM - Check-in, Bagels and Coffee
  • 8:30 AM - Noon: Sessions
  • Noon - 1:00 PM:  Lunch Provided
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Sessions
  • 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM:  Open Discussion
  • 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM:  Closing/Certificates

NOTE: Optional Group Ride at the end of the day.

Sun. April 29 from 2:00pm - 4:00pm:
The MN League will be holding the annual Bye-Week Draw.  A representative from each team will need to be present.  We will send additional reminders about this important date - please be sure to mark Sun. April 29 on your calendar today! 

Which Summit should I attend?

Both of the Leaders' Summit events will be filled with valuable information to help get you prepare for the coming season.  Below are a few points to help resolve which summit coaches and volunteers should attend:

1. Any NEW coach, assistant coach or ride leader should attend Leaders' Summit 101 in April.

2. Any EXISTING coach, assistant coach or ride leader:

  • who has never been to a Leaders' Summit
  • who currently is a Level 1 licensed coach
  • who has never taken the MTB 101 or OTBS 101 skills training

We suggest attending the Leaders' Summit 101 in April.  Reminder, the OTBS 101/MTB 101 training is a prerequisite for participating in the OTBS 201 training.

3. Any EXISTING Level 1 or Level 2 licensed coach, assistant coach, or ride leader that has never gone to a Leaders' Summit but they have taken OTBS 101/MTB 101.  Discuss with your head coach first to determine which summit would best support your team's coaching needs.

Any additional questions, please contact Joel Woodward, MN League Coach Manager, directly via email: