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

MiSCA COACHING CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

Details for Certification Requirements

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

Registration

$30.00 Annually (online)

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.

REGISTER HERE


Background Check

Included with MiSCA coach registration (online)

NCSI | SSCI

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 annual 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.

NCSI | SSCI is the leader in youth-centered background screening solutions, providing the “Gold Standard” in protection for organizations across the country. They have helped to set these high standards with our National Background Screening program which goes beyond the limitations of the commonly used “database-only” search. Through in-depth courthouse research and applicant identity verification, NCSI | SSCI works tirelessly to ensure that all applicants are thoroughly screened before they work with children and communities.


Concussion Training

Included with MiSCA coach registration (online)
Time: Approximately 20 minutes

CDC Heads Up Concussion in Youth Sports

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. The concussion management quiz is available through our online registration system. You will receive a certificate upon successful completion.


Welcome to MiSCA: Informational Webinar for Coaches & Parents

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!


Field Hours

Level 2: 30 Hours
Level 3: 60 Hours

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.

SUBMIT FIELDWORK


First Aid

Price Varies (in-person)
Time: Approximately 8 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.

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Submit your certificates in your SportsSignUp Play MiSCA Annual Registration.
REGISTER HERE


CPR

Price 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.

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Submit your certificates in your SportsSignUp Play MiSCA Annual Registration.
REGISTER HERE


Ride Leading Course

Included with MiSCA coach registration (in-person)
Time: 1.5 Hours (online) + 2-3 Hours (in-person)

This course offers practical training for leading rides and managing group situations on trails, with the emphasis on leading youth rides. Course topics include risk management, group management, trail etiquette, safety, and emergency preparedness.

Certifications offered by other organizations such as BICP, NICA, or PMBI will fulfill this requirement. Register for courses and submit your certificates in your SportsSignUp Play MiSCA Annual Registration.

Watch the Ride Guide webinar before completing the in-person training.

REGISTER HERE


Basic MTB Skills Course

Included with MiSCA coach registration (in-person)
Time: Approximately 4 Hours

Learn basic mountain bike skills for safe ride leading and practices. This course covers riding positions, shifting, braking, cornering, timing and pressure control, and pre-ride bike checks so that participants can ride efficiently and safely. MiSCA strives to maintain a modern, consistent level of skill among all MiSCA coaches so they can model safe and current riding technique.

Certifications offered by other organizations such as BICP, NICA, or PMBI will fulfill this requirement. Register for courses and submit your certificates in your SportsSignUp Play MiSCA Annual Registration.

REGISTER HERE