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    Just reached out with local NICA club to be a coach/ride leader

    The local NICA club is having their first informational meeting of the season next week and is trying to get coaches/leaders as well as kids onto the team. I offered to help on the coaching/leading side, especially as I've got some certs for skills coaching (PMBIA).

    Local season starts in October for practice/rides 2x weekly, and the races are in springtime. I get the impression that they pretty much ride through the winter.

    Curious why this board doesn't show in the forum list, but is findable through search.

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    I hope you're fast, and humble. The high school kids around here are stupid fast, can ride forever, and recover almost instantly. Sure fire way to make yourself feel old, regardless of how old you are.
    I would advise not taking my advice.

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    I'm an assistant coach on a large team. We break into multiple groups at practices. Invariably, at the start of the season (in one month), I can ride with any group but the "fast" group is a challenge early in any ride, until they simmer down and I have to be careful to avoid dropping them at the end of the ride. After a month, I can't keep up with the fast kids any more and like to lead group 2. After three more months, hanging with group 2 requires an all-out effort that leaves me spent. Precious few coaches can hang with the fast kids. But frankly, the greatest reward is with the group 3-7 kids who are learning to love the bike.

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    Just a different perspective. I'm a coach. It isn't all about being able to keep up. Kids that can out ride a self proclaimed "fast" middle aged rider don't really need that much attention on most fitness building rides anyway. In addition learning to avoid positive splits can be advantageous on race day.

    Make a closed social media group and let then see rides happening outside of organized ride times. Give them access to be as good as they want to be. Kids can gain so much from this sport, and most of it isn't about being an elite athlete.

    I commend you for coaching. Thanks for getting our kids off the couch and living a better quality of life through fitness, and enjoying the outdoors. It is one item of a short list of things you can't buy in life.

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    It looks like high school section is back as a forum list. It disappeared for awhile. NICA and high school racing is a great program and a lot of fun coaching. Enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by careyj1 View Post
    It looks like high school section is back as a forum list. It disappeared for awhile. NICA and high school racing is a great program and a lot of fun coaching. Enjoy.
    I reached out to fc about that. Took awhile for him to put it back. Apparently some checkbox under the admin control panel was "unchecked" removing it from the forum list.

    So far, our team has been splitting up into 3 groups, and I've been hanging out with the middle group. Mostly intermediate level middle schoolers and early HS. NC's NICA league includes middle and high school groups, and our team is a composite team for the whole county. Got some interesting kids who are showing up. One kid who's got a background in bmx and bike park riding and has some excellent technical skills, but his fitness needs work. Glad to see him as a repeat rider. Had another one last week who was reasonably fit and kept up with the group on the gravel, but it was his first trail ride so he slowed down on the singletrack, so I did a little skills work along the trail with him.

    Our team apparently gets quite a few kids who don't ever really bother to race. They come so they can ride with other kids. And for some of them, this is on top of another separate after school bike club program in the city.

    As others have mentioned, the fast group is no joke.

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