Florida Leaders' Summit

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Valleyview Elementary School

2900 East County Road 540A

Lakeland, FL 33813

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We’re back! Let’s get the 3rd season of the FL NICA League started off right with an in-person Coach and Leaders Summit!

About this event

The Florida Interscholastic Cycling League’s annual Leaders’ Summit is back and in-person! This leadership summit brings together Team Directors, head 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. It also provides the opportunity for participants to learn all about the league structure and process, how to start a mountain bike team, how to work with their schools, issues related to liability, and the unique intricacies of working with middle and high school cyclists.

The 2021 Coach and Leaders Summit will be held on September 18-19 in Lakeland, FL at both Valleyview Elementary School and Loyce E. Harpe Park (Carter Rd.). This will be a two-day summit filled with on-the-bike skills training, classroom seminars and workshops with NICA National Trainers. Since we have both returning coaches mixed in with brand new coaches, or new to NICA coaches, we will be running two tracks on both Saturday and Sunday. Please look at the following itinerary and be sure to register for the appropriate track.

Saturday September 18th: 8:30am – 4:30pm

In-person Leaders Summit.

Locations: Loyce E. Harpe Park (Carter Rd.) in the morning and Valleyview Elementary School in the afternoon in Lakeland, FL.

Morning Session 8:30am-2:00pm at Loyce E. Harpe Park (All new participants will be in OTB 101 and returning coaches that have completed OTB 101 may take OTB 201).

NICA On-The-Bike Skills 101 (OTBS 101)

NICA OTBS training is designed for new and experienced coaches looking for effective skills and techniques for leading team practices and/or smaller groups as part of a team practice. Attendees will learn NICA-endorsed training methods, which includes the progressive steps needed to teach basic mountain biking skills to student-athletes. You'll also learn about experiential teaching techniques, how to accommodate different learning styles, and how to create a positive learning environment for young riders. This course is required for coaches when first obtaining a Level 2 or 3 license and optional attendance can be used as CEU’s. OTBS 101 will be held outdoors Saturday morning, so don't forget your bike, helmet, flat pedals, and appropriate riding and safety gear for any potential weather!

NICA On-The-Bike Skills 201 (OTBS 201 - 5 CEU's)

This course is open for coaches that have completed OTBS 101. On-the-Bike Skills 201 is the second level of mountain bike skills instruction for NICA coaches of student-athletes. On-the-Bike Skills 101 provides insight to help coaches provide fundamental skills instruction, manage a practice, and lead team rides. On-the-Bike Skills 201 continues with progressive skill development and further resources for coaches to manage more advanced practice activities for growing teams. The key objectives for this training are: Reinforce effective teaching methodology and skills instruction techniques; Introduce progressive skills required by riders of varying age, maturation, ability level, and goals; Provide the coach with practice activities to reinforce student-athlete skill development; and facilitate the creation and use of a progressive practice plan for student-athlete skills development and team activities.

Afternoon Session 2:30pm-4:30pm (All participants will participate in this afternoon session held at Valleyview Elementary in the cafeteria).

• Working with NICA Student-Athletes

• Overview, Philosophy and Structure of an Interscholastic Mountain Bike Team

Sunday September 19th: 8:00am – 3:00pm

In-person Leaders Summit with Dual Track

Location: Valleyview Elementary School in Lakeland, FL

Track 1: For new coaches or those that have not attended a Leaders Summit in the past (virtual or in-person).

• NICA Coach Licensing and Registration

• Risk Management Review for Coaches

• Safety Reporting

• NICA Handbook

• Fundraising

• Practice and Season Planning

Track 2: This track is for returning Head Coaches, Team Directors or those that have attended a Leaders Summit in the past (virtual; or in-person). Head Coaches please bring examples of your team contracts and practice plans.

• Practice and Season Planning

• Establishing a Positive NICA Team Culture

• Creating a Strong Team/Parent

• Working with School Administrators

Workshops – Risk Management Scenarios; Designing NICA Practice Plans; Goal Setting

Weekend Event Details

When: Saturday, September 18th from 8:30am-4:30pm and Sunday, September 19th from 8am-3pm.

Where: Saturday morning meet at Loyce E. Harpe Park, 300 W. Carter Rd., Mulberry, FL 33860. We will meet near the shelter and restrooms at the entrance to the park. Look for the FICL flags. Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning meet at Valleyview Elementary School, 2900 E. County Rd. 540A, Lakeland, FL 33813.

Cost: $120 per person.

Includes: Morning coffee, breakfast snacks, lunch. Registration does not include lodging or dinner however dining options are available nearby. Please see information on optional lodging below.

A limited number of partial and full scholarships are available for those who need financial assistance. For more information, please contact maxwell@floridamtb.org

Lodging: Summit attendees are responsible for their own lodging. Lakeland is a pretty rad little community with endless lodging opportunities if you choose to stay over Saturday night. We have booked a block of rooms at the Courtyard Marriott in Lakeland, only 18 minutes from the venue! Please call 863-802-9000 to book a room if needed and let them know it is for the FL Leaders Summit to receive the reduced rate of $109/night. This is for both Friday (17th) and Saturday (18th) night.

COVID-19 Precautions

To minimize our participants, volunteer and staff potential of exposure we will ask everyone to adhere to the following guidelines. These are based on guidance from the CDC, state and local health departments, as well as directives from Polk County Public Schools:

  • All individuals attending the summit must have their temperature checked prior to entering the event venue (Valleyview Elementary School).
  • Not be exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 currently or within the last 14 days.
  • Must wear a cloth face covering at all times while in the school and while on bikes outside at Loyce E. Harpe, if your foot is down, masks are up unless 6' or more apart from others.
  • Must adhere to social distancing protocols of 6' separation.