What is a Minnesota League coach?

Skilled and dedicated Minnesota League coaches are the most important aspect of Minnesota League high school mountain bike teams. A Minnesota League coach puts the safety and overall well-being of their student-athletes as the first priority. Minnesota 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 Minnesota League coach.
  • We offer comprehensive training at our Leaders’ Summit event in April.
  • NICA coach’s manuals provide detailed coaching instructions. (These are provided if you attend a Leaders’ Summit.)
  • Tools are available to help coaches succeed.
  • A MN League Coach is licensed through NICA annually.
  • A licensed coach is covered by comprehensive liability insurance provided by the League for the duration of the season, insured by NICA.

The NICA Coaches Licensing Program was introduced to ensure that all Minnesota League student-athletes have adult leaders familiar with the best coaching practices. Licensed coaches are trained in topics that include risk management, team management, ride management and youth sports psychology.

Do you want to be a MN League Coach?

Get involved in the most rewarding time you'll spend on two wheels.

  • Begin with volunteering for a local team, or attending a Leaders’ Summit.  Both are great ways to get a first-hand look at what managing a team. 
  • From there, obtain higher levels of licensing through additional training and professional development

Contact Joel Woodward, MN League Coach Manager at joelw@minnesotamtb.org with any questions.


Coach Licensing and License Renewal

  • NICA Coaches’ Licensing and License Renewal opens on April 1 of each year in the Pit Zone.
  • Your head coach needs to “invite” you into the PItZone to begin the licensing process.
  • Head Coaches not registered in the Pit Zone should contact the MN League Director to be invited to register as a head coach
  • Coaches that are not associated with teams can still become registered as a coach and work towards one of the 3 coaching license levels but they must contact the Minnesota League Director to do so.

All adults riding with MN League youth must hold a current license to be insured during these sanctioned activities.

Click here for more information on Licensing for the MN High School Cycling League.

Click here for more information on the NICA Coaches License Program.