Most mountain bike teams start small and grow quickly; it’s a tremendous challenge but highly rewarding! The first step for many successful coaches is attending our spring coaches conference, a.k.a. the Leaders Summit.
Administrators, teachers, parents, students and/or community members can start a cycling club at their local middle or high school. While it is not necessary that the person who initiates the club be a school “insider” (teacher or administrator), this can be very useful. A teacher, administrator or school volunteer within the school possesses certain advantages, such as knowledge of the school community, bureaucratic systems and channels, and how to access potential teen cyclists. Extensive cycling experience is not necessary. One should simply have the desire to introduce kids to the sport of mountain biking. Once you have decided to create a team, the League can help educate you and provide you with all the tools necessary to be an excellent coach.
A Maryland League mountain bike team can be any size, as long as correct coach-to-student-athlete ratios are abided by. Teams are broken into Division 1 and Division 2 categories based on their team size (and not their school size). Please see the rulebook (PDF) for more info on Division specifics.
The Maryland League includes the entire state. Neighboring states may participate if a League does not currently exist in that region.
Maryland teams organize in the Winter and early Spring. the “pre-season” starts on May 1, and the season kicks off July 1. Teams practice and ride together all season long, working towards adventure rides and a Fall race series. The season wraps up in the first week of November. 2018 is our inaugural season.
NICA Coaches License Program
For more information about the NICA licensed coach program, please click here. Coaches on new teams need only obtain a NICA General Volunteer License, but the Team Director does need to take steps toward obtaining a NICA Head Coach License. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have more questions.