Leaders’ Summit

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Date(s) - 04/14/2018 - 04/15/2018
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Yakima Headquarters



The Oregon 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 2018, Oregon 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 Oregon 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 Oregon’s inaugural season, the focus of the 2018 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 700 NICA teams across 22 Leagues in 21 States in the US, we don’t have to reinvent any wheels in Oregon. Currently over 15,000 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 Oregon to be apart of the fastest growing youth mountain bike program in the US.

Team formation and official registration starts this Fall. Pre-season begins Apri 1st. In-season practices can start July 1st 2018. Our first racing season will run from September through November of 2018, with race venues located across the state.

April 14 (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.

April 15 (Sunday): Season Planning and On-The-Bike Skills for Coaches

Sunday’s schedule includes some information about how to plan out your season. After lumch, 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, Lunch, Coaches Manual, Skills Manual, and Conference Materials.


A limited number of partial and full scholarships are available for those who need financial assistance. Please fill out this form and we’ll let you know how we can help!


We are working on host housing for the Leaders’ Summit weekend. If you’re able to offer a place for attendees to stay, let us know and we’ll add your info to our host housing list. Similarly, if you’re looking for a place to stay, let us know and we’ll connect you with some hosts.

Other accommodations include hotels and Airbnb. If you’re looking for an RV site, check out this list.