Become a MiSCA Coach!

All our coaches are volunteers. They are generous individuals with the passion and drive to empower youth through mountain biking. Being a volunteer coach is a great way to introduce students to a healthy outdoor activity, be a positive role model, and allows you as a coach to be in the outdoors as well!

More than being a good mountain bike rider or competitive athlete, there are many other aspects to being a successful coach.

A successful coach:
  • Possesses good character and is a positive role model
  • Has a strong commitment to positive youth development
  • Is motivational and inspires athletes to improve and work hard
  • Has the capacity to work in partnership with co-coaches
  • Is good at communicating with riders and parents

Catch up by watching recordings from our recent webinar series: YouTube

How to Get Involved

Coaches are the backbone of MiSCA and we wouldn’t be able to roll out these amazing programs without your awesome dedication to the future of youth cycling in Michigan! To provide the best experience for our kids, and keep them safe, there are several requirements for becoming a certified MiSCA Coach. Some requirements may be waived in the first year of a new team. Contact Sean Warren with questions: swarren@miscabike.org

Certification Requirements

Description

Age
Registration (annual, includes background check)
Background Check
Concussion Training
MiSCA Orientation for Coaches
Field Hours
First Aid
CPR
Coaching on the Trail
Essential MTB Skills Course **
Intermediate MTB Skills Course
Advanced MTB Skills Course

Level I

18 yrs
$30
Not Required
Not Required
Not Required
Not Required
Not Required
Not Required

Level II

21 yrs
$30
30 hrs
2023
Not Required
Not Required

Level III

21 yrs
$30
60 hrs
2023
Not Required

Approved Activities

Description

Serve as team communicator/coordinator
Help wiith team events such as fundraiser activities, social events, etc.
Lead an indoor team practice
Assist with an indoor team practice
Ride outside with team in supporting roll (sweep or middle)
Ride outside with team in leading roll (ride leader)
Teach mountain bike handling skills

Level I

21 yrs +

Level II

Level III

A minimum of 2 certified coaches must be present at all times (see SafeKids Policy) during all team activities. 1 Level III coach required per team. All team rides and outdoor practices must have a least a Level II coach present. On the bike coach to rider ratio 1:6 (one coach per 6 students); off bike coach to rider ratio 1:8. 

**Certifications offered by other organizations such as BICP/IMBA, NICA, or PMBI will fulfill this requirement**

Details for Certification Requirements

Some requirements may be waived in the first year of a new team. Contact us with questions: registration@miscabike.org

Registration

Cost: $30 annually

Every adult volunteer working with teams must register with MiSCA and have a Participation Waiver on file. Registration is via our online registration system where you will be able to complete your annual registration, complete your background check, concussion management training and register for clinics. If you need help registering, please contact registration@miscabike.org.

Background Check

Cost: Included with MiSCA coach registration (online)

Every adult volunteer in our organization must complete a background check per our SafeKids Policy. Background checks are valid for two years and are completed via our online registration system at the time of coach registration. When your registration has been completed, you are then insured to start riding with your team. Your registration is complete when you pass the background check and sign the Participation Waiver. You will know when your registration is complete when you receive an email indicating that your background check is completed and is valid.

Sterling Volunteers’ simple 4 step process takes less than 5 minutes to complete. You’ll submit your basic information (name, address etc.) and then your background check will be completed in as little as 12 hours. Sterling Volunteers background checks are comprised of the highest quality searches to help provide safe environments for both volunteers and the organizations they serve. Our background check includes a Social Security Trace, Nationwide Criminal History Search, Department of Justice Sex Offender Search and more.

Concussion Training

Cost: Free (online)
Time: Approximately 20 minutes

Concussion management is important for all riders! All adults working with students must complete the CDC’s Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports. Learn about the signs and symptoms of concussion and what to do if you believe a rider is experiencing one. Please review the CDC Heads Up Concussion in Youth Sports and complete a quick quiz. Upon completing the quiz, you can enter the completion date in the Coach Requirement Submissions page in our registration system.

Welcome to MiSCA: Informational Webinar for Coaches & Parents

Cost: Free (online)
Time: Approximately 1 hour

Learn more about the Michigan Scholastic Cycling Association, how it is structured, and our mission. Race rules and categories will also be covered. It is important that we are all working towards the same goal! Watch the presentation on YouTube.

Field Hours

Level 2: 30 Hours (reduced to 20 hours for 2022)
Level 3: 60 Hours (reduced to 40 hours for 2022)

Field Hours are any time spent in contact with MiSCA student-athletes in a mountain bike team setting. This can be time spent leading team rides, skills clinics, leading team meetings, and spending time at races supporting our athletes. Fieldwork hours ensure that coaches and volunteers are practicing their own coaching skills and having a positive influence on our riders. Use the Google Form to submit your fieldwork hours after each activity.

Confirm you’ve completed the appropriate amount of hours for your coaching level in the Coach Requirement Submissions page in CCN.

First Aid

Cost: Varies (in-person)
Time: Approximately 4 Hours

Mountain biking is a sport that involves inherent risk and often takes place in locations that responders would have trouble reaching in an emergency. For this reason, our coaches certification program has high standards for first aid certifications for our coaches. Classes may be offered by MiSCA, but Adult Basic First Aid offered by other organizations such as American Red Cross will fulfill this requirement. Typically First Aid Certification lasts 2 years. Only certifications that include an in-person component are valid.

Submit your certificates in the Coach Requirement Submissions page in CCN.

CPR

Cost: Varies (in-person)
Time: Approximately 2 Hours (may be combined with First Aid above)

Mountain biking is a sport that involves inherent risk and often takes place in locations that responders would have trouble reaching in an emergency. For this reason, our coaches certification program has high standards for CPR certifications for our coaches. Classes may be offered by MiSCA, but CPR certification offered by other organizations such as American Heart Association or American Red Cross will fulfill this requirement. Typically CPR Certification lasts 2 years. Only certifications that include an in-person component are valid.

Submit your certificates in the Coach Requirement Submissions page in CCN.

Coaching on the Trail

Cost: Included with MiSCA coach registration (online)
Time: Approximately 30 Minutes

Coaches that review this material will feel capable of assisting ride leaders during group rides.

Preparing to coach on the trail

  • Pre-riding trails
  • What’s in your pack?
  • Basic first-aid & CPR training
  • Developing an Emergency Action Plan (EAP)
  • Emergency Contact list
  • Incident response
  • Incident report form

Ride Leading

  • Bike Safety Check
  • Helmet Check
  • Assessing riders
  • Safety Talk
  • Ride leading best practices
  • Trail Etiquette
  • Incident response
  • Reflection

All coaches must review the Coaching on the Trail study guide and pass the Quiz.

Upon completing the quiz, you can enter the completion date in the Coach Requirement Submissions page in CCN.

Essential MTB Skills Course

Cost: Included with MiSCA coach registration (in-person)
Time: Approximately 4 Hours
Prerequisite: Coaching on the Trail

Coaches that attend the training will feel capable of teaching their student-athletes the Essential Skills.

Objectives:

  • Coaches will be able to set up a skills instruction session
  • Coaches will be able to teach and demonstrate the Essential Skills
  • Coaches will be able to detect rider errors and provide appropriate corrections

Skills Included:

  • Neutral and Ready Position
  • Braking
  • Side to Side Bike/Body Separation
  • Forward and Back Bike/Body Separation
  • Intro to Cornering
  • Tight Turns
  • Shifting
  • Climbing
  • Seated climbing
  • Crouched climbing
  • Standing climb
  • Climbing Dismount
  • Climbing Restart
  • Descending Dismount

Find coach education through our events listing. Upon course completion, submit your certificate in the Coach Requirement Submissions page in CCN.

Intermediate MTB Skills Course

Cost: Included with MiSCA coach registration (in-person)
Time: Approximately 4 Hours
Prerequisite: Essential MTB Skills (can be completed on the same day immediately before)

Coaches that attend the training will feel capable of teaching their student-athletes the Intermediate Skills.

Objectives:

  • Coaches will be able to set up a skills instruction session
  • Coaches will be able to teach and demonstrate the Intermediate Skills
  • Coaches will be able to detect rider errors and provide appropriate corrections

Skills Included:

  • 3 Essentials
  • Progression of Essential Skills (Tall and Low Ready Position, Foot Wedge, Body Wedge, Braking, Intermediate Cornering)
  • Ratcheting
  • Riding Straight Lines
  • Rock Dodge
  • Switchbacks
  • Sprinting
  • Bumping & Proximity Skills
  • Level Lift
  • Basic Front Wheel Lift
  • Basic Rear Wheel Lift
  • Roll Down

Find coach education through our events listing. Upon course completion, submit your certificate in the Coach Requirement Submissions page in CCN.

Advanced MTB Skills Course

Cost: Included with MiSCA coach registration (in-person)
Time: Approximately 4 Hours
Prerequisite: Intermediate MTB Skills (can be completed on the same day immediately before)

Coaches that attend the training will feel capable of teaching their student-athletes the Advanced Skills.

Objectives:

  • Coaches will be able to set up a skills instruction session
  • Coaches will be able to teach and demonstrate the Advanced Skills
  • Coaches will be able to detect rider errors and provide appropriate corrections

Skills Included:

  • 3 Essentials
  • Pumping
  • Advanced Cornering
  • Berm Cornering
  • Trackstand
  • Rolling Dismount
  • Rolling Mount
  • Manual Front Wheel Lift
  • Pedaling Front Wheel Lift
  • Drops

Find coach education through our events listing. Upon course completion, submit your certificate in the Coach Requirement Submissions page in CCN.