Leaders Summit

Register NOW! Join us for our 2016 Leaders’ Summit. All Leaders Summit attendees will receive a discount on team registration.

Comprehensive Leadership for Youth Coaches

October 8-9, 2016
Austin, TX 

 The Texas High School Mountain Bike League’s annual Leaders Summit brings together coaches, assistant coaches, ride leaders, and parent volunteers—both new and experienced—to develop skills and knowledge, share strategies, and build community. This conference will promote a holistic approach to coaching that creates an environment in which young people can grow and thrive. This is a great opportunity to spend a weekend in the company of peers and energize for the upcoming season.

Includes: breakfast and lunch each day, Coaches Manual, Conference Materials and special discount pricing on First Aid Kits and Camelbaks. Registration does not include lodging. We are working on special discounted rates at local hotels and bed and breakfasts. Details will be posted on this page.

October 8 (Saturday): Leadership and Coaching Seminars

Saturday seminars cover the nuts and bolts of working with high school and middle 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.  Time and weather permitting, we will have the opportunity to ride the exclusive trail system along Lake Austin at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School.

October 9 (Sunday): Coaches Round Table Discussion, MTB 101: Skills for Coaches

This clinic offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn to learn 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.

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SAT.,Oct 8, 2016

8:00 – 5:00

8:00 – 8:30 Registration &  Breakfast
8:30 – 9:00 Welcome, Overview, & Introductions
9:00 – 10:15 Risk Management and Insurance – REQUIRED for Head and Assistant Coach License
10:15 – 11:15  

How to Start and Manage a High School Mountain Bike Team, Part I


11:15 – 12:15 Engaging Adolescents and Coaching & Recruiting Girls
12:15 – 12:45 Lunch: Provided on site
1:15 – 1:45 Overview of Team Financial Budget
1:45 – 2:15

2:15 – 2:45

Coaching License Info

Creating a Strong Team/Parent Community

3:15 – 3:45 Fundraising and Securing & Sustaining Sponsorships
3:45 – 4:15 Race Day: Structure, Support & Success
4:30 – 6:00 Optional Trail Ride
6:30 – 8:30 Optional Dinner

SUN., Oct 9, 2016

8:00 – 5:00

8:00 – 8:30 Check in &  Breakfast
8:30 – 9:30 Brainstorming Break Outs: Rider Recruitment Strategies and Getting to “Yes” with School Administrators
9:30 – 10:00 Introduction to the Pit Zone: On-line Registration System
10:00 – Noon In the Classroom Skills Clinic
Noon – 12:45 Lunch provided on site Q&A
1:00 – 3:30 On the Bike Skills Clinic
3:30 – 3:45 Closing Comments
4:00 – 5:00 Coaches/ License Test (if applicable)
4:00 – 5:00 Trail Ride Optional

Lodging options:

Hotel information will be provided.  Host Housing will also be offered.  If you would like to stay with a Host House, please email us.


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