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Tennessee High School Cycling League Your Team Name Here. Vital League Information.
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The Tennessee High School Cycling League is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization under NICA and is the governing body for Tennessee high school (grades 9-12) cross-country mountain biking. The League provides not only races and events but also direct rider, coach, and team support including defined programs, education, licensing, and insurance.
Vision: Enable every Tennessee teen to strengthen their body, mind and character through mountain biking
Mission: Establish an enduring, fun and relevant high school mountain bike program to improve Tennessee communities and the lives of Tennessee teens.
Focus: Life-long activity.
NICA’s Five Core Principles are fully integrated into the programs, resources and staff support for leagues, coaches and student athletes.
Inclusive: All student athletes are encouraged to participate. No one is “benched.” 83% of NICA student-athletes surveyed reported that their coach did a “great job” creating a positive, safe and inclusive team environment.
Equal: All student-athletes are treated equally. Team scores are a combination of male and female points. Nearly 1/4 of NICA student athletes in 2011 were girls.
Strong Body: Improving fitness and wellness are at the center of NICA training and education. 95% of NICA student athletes reported that their health and physical fitness improved when they joined a NICA League.
Strong Mind: NICA student-athletes are students first. More than half of NICA’s Student-Athletes have a 3.5 GPA or higher, 85% will go to a 4-year college or university, and 1/3 reported academic improvement when they joined the NICA League.
Strong Character: NICA programs and leadership teaches student-athletes to work hard, respect others and give back to their teams, communities and the environment. 73% of student athletes reported an increased awareness and respect for the environment.
Matt Fritzinger, a math teacher at Berkeley High School at the time, started a mountain biking club with just 4 student-athletes.
Matt was organizing and producing a race series with teams from 4 local high schools competing – The NorCal League was born.
The movement spread from NorCal to SoCal with the creation of the SoCal League.
NICA was formed to take High School Mountain Biking coast to coast by 2020.
Four leagues (NorCal, SoCal, Colorado and Washington) were racing with over 1,000 Student athletes and 109 High School Teams.
Texas, Minnesota and Utah were selected. To make seven NICA leagues racing with an estimated 2,000 student-athletes competing. Tennessee submits a bid to NICA and is announced to be Project League on September 13, 2012.
With the addition of Arizona, New York and Tennessee, nine NICA leagues will be racing with an estimated 4,000 student-athletes competingacross the country.
NICA Executive Director, Matt Fritzinger
“This isn’t just another racing program. This is in our schools. It’s a cultural shift, cycling in the mainstream.”
-NICA E.D., Matt Fritzinger
NICA Teams and Clubs
The NICA way is based on over a decade of proven leadership, governance and programmatic support to promote the creation, development and sustained operation of High School Mountain Biking Leagues.
National Interscholastic Cycling Association
NICA creates and supports affiliated chapter Leagues within specific geographic regions across the US.
NICA Leagues, led by League Director, produce races, camps, outreach and special events to support the development of new coaches, teams, and student-athletes.
NICA Coaches create teams integrated within high schools and provide mentoring, instruction, training schedule, and race support for it’s student-athletes.
NICA Teams recruit, train and support the development of student-athletes to participate on the team and compete in the League.
NICA Student-Athletes learn the skills and discipline of riding, training, teamwork and giving back; strengthening body, mind and character in the process.
NICA Families are supportive of their child’s participation and become passionate about riding as well with 61% of Dads and 37% of Moms reporting that they had started riding again.
What you can expect from the League:
The Leaders’ Summits are in integral part of the NICA model for high school mountain bike programs. The summits bring together head coaches, assistant coaches, ride leaders, and parent volunteers — both new and experienced — to develop skills and knowledge, share strategies, and build community. The conferences promote a holistic approach to coaching that creates an environment in which young people can grow and thrive. They also provide opportunities for participants to learn all about the league structures and processes, how to start a mountain bike team, how to work with their schools, issues related to liability, skills and drills technique and instruction, and the unique intricacies of working with high school cyclists.
Attending a NICA Leaders’ Summit is a requirement for obtaining a NICA Coaches License at the level of Head Coach or Assistant Coach.
For many student-athletes, mountain biking is a new sport. Even experienced riders can learn something new at a NICA rider camp or clinic, which emphasizes proper skill, technique and a healthy approach to riding and racing. Licensed coaches and assistants provide spot-on training for students of all skill levels, and in some cases a girl’s-only camp is held to encourage our future women to let their natural abilities flow.
Since 2004, the our Leagues have organized a weekend of fellowship to celebrate a successful year, bringing together cyclists in the community in the form of a sit-down banquet and group ride. Celebrities have included road pro Freddie Rodriguez, Girod’Italia winner Andy Hampsten, former road and MTB pro-turned author and television commentator Bob Roll, mountain bike evangelist Gary Fisher, pro roadie Levi Leipheimer and Garmin-Transitions CEO Jonathan Vaughters. Funds are raised, the year is celebrated, information and friendship is shared, and another season is planned out over drinks and hor d’oeuvres.
NICA Leagues provide comprehensive resources, education, licensing programs and insurance for coaches, assistants and ride leaders
High Schools +/- 10
St. Andrews Sewanee School
University School of Nashville
Sumner County Composite
Franklin County Composite
Marshal County High School
Madison County High School
Independent Riders – TN League
Fayetteville High School
Marion County High School
Student Athletes +/- 100
Coaches +/- 15
More expected as the season continues and next year!
Throughout The Year
Student-Athletes are at the core of all NICA programs. NICA provides student-athletes with comprehensive programs and resources to foster the development of young riders and transform them into lifetime cyclists.
NICA Student-Athlete Registration
~ 120 Expected League Registered Student-Athletes in 2013
190 Hours Of Team Activities/Student-Athlete Participation Per Season
~1900 Expected Hours Of Student-Athlete Participation in 2013
NICA student-athlete representing in the SoCal League Leader’s Jersey.
99.5% of student athletes reported that they expect to ride the rest of their lives.
97% Of non graduating student athletes will race again next year.
Nearly ¼ of student athletes are female.
Source: NICA 2011 League Participation Study
More than half of NICA’s Student-Athletes have a 3.5 GPA or higher, 85% will go to a 4-year college or university, and 1/3 reported academic improvement when they joined the NICA League.
Any of these costs can be offset by sponsorship and fundraising by the team!
CadenMaves takes the handoff at the Feed Zone
The League’s Risk Management education puts strong emphasis on effective program planning and preparation.
Prevention with Riders and Staff
Provides detailed information. Chapter 1 – Starting, Managing, and Coaching a High School Mountain Bike Team available online
Educate coaches & assistants in all aspects of running a team from skills/drills and training to recruiting. In Tennessee the April of each year.
Team information on forming and creating a team
First chapter of coaches manual, Insurance Overview, Risk Management, Rule Book, and much more information and documents to help coaches
Step by step process of starting a team including information, documents, presentations, videos, etc.
Coaching/Team Sponsor Benefits
Coaches and Teams receive support from NICA & the League in a variety of ways including access to Team Clif Bar Program, GU Energy Program, Primal Wear team apparel Program, discounted First Aid Supplies, discount on NICA CamelBak, and more.
League Directorkat@tennesseemtb.org(615) 567-6671