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Utah High School Cycling League Input Your High School Team Parents Meeting. What is NICA & The Utah High School Cycling League. How it all started. 1998 Matt Fritzinger, a math teacher at Berkeley High School at the time, started a mountain biking club with just 4 student-athletes. 2000
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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. Utah submits bid to NICA and is announced a Project League on September 13, 2011
With the addition of Texas, Minnesota and Utah, Seven NICA leagues will be racing with 2,000 student-athletes competing. Utah makes history in becoming the largest first-year league with 328 registered student athletes and 230-240 racers.
Arizona, Tennessee, and New York become Leagues. Minnesota pilots 7th & 8th grade program. Utah doubles in sizewith 42 teams and 635 student athletes.
Georgia and Alabama become NICA leagues. Utah pilots 7th & 8th grade program.
NICA Founder, Matt Fritzinger
“This isn’t just another racing program. This is in our schools. It’s a cultural shift, cycling in the mainstream.”
-NICA Founder, Matt Fritzinger
Vision: Enable every Utah 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 Utah communities and the lives
of Utah teens.
Focus: Life-long health.
JV Boys D1 Start at Soldier Hollow 2013
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.
Coaches Education & Licensing
NICA League Racing, Camps and Special Events
To establish and maintain safe, quality high school mountain bike programs. The League is responsible for establishing a climate that will:
Utah 2013 Teams
JV Girls Start at Round Valley Round Up
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.
Throughout The Year - 2014
Clubs are formed throughout the year, depending upon school regulations
January 28- Wilderness First Aid
March14 -Cyclefest Awards & Fundraiser
April 5-6 - Family Skills Camp
April 26-27 Leaders Summit
Registration of Coaches &Teams
6 Fun rides
Additional 1-day Leaders Summits TBD
Rider Multi-day Camps – Utah & NICA leagues
Rider 1-day Skills Clinics
July 1 Fall practice begins
Wilderness First Aid
Fall – Back-To-School
Races Sept 6, 20, Oct 4, 18, 25
Sophomore Boys D2 at Moab, 2013
There are 3 types of formations to bring students to race day:
High School Only 9th – 12th Grades
Ethan Durbano Freshman Boys D2 State Champs
Any of these costs can be offset by sponsorship and fundraising by the team.
“Sweep Marshal” follows freshman Amber Ellis
The League’s Risk Management education puts strong emphasis on effective program planning and preparation.
Prevention with Riders and Staff
Join the High School Mountain Biking Revolution
No Experience Necessary
Volunteer with Team:
Coaches, Assistants, Ride Leaders, Mechanics, Fundraising, Administrative, Communications
Volunteer with League:
Race Set Up, Race Day Production, Fundraising, League Development
Executive Directorlori@utahmtb.org(801) 502-8516
All photos courtesy of Christopher See and Steve C. Wilson