In an unprecedented meeting of the United States' fully-established high school cycling leagues, the boards of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) and both the NorCal and SoCal High School Cycling Leagues came together on Sunday, June 27 to incorporate NICA and agree on a governance model for the association's chapters.
NICA is now an incorporated 501(c)(3) organization with bylaws, a board of directors, and a participatory process for governing state leagues.
NICA executive director, Matt Fritzinger said, "We spent 10 years creating the model with the NorCal League, and we would not be in the position we're in now without the vision and dedication of the NorCal Board. The national foundation is strong, the NICA board contains a wide range of highly relevant talent and experience, and we have tremendous support from our sponsors: it's hard to imagine a better start."
To assist with chapter governance, an advisory board will be set up comprising two members of each state league: a board member and the executive director. This board will advise the NICA Directors on NICA-League policy matters.
"As a service organization, we need a governance structure that involves direct input from our state league chapters," said Fritzinger, who founded the NorCal League and remains its executive director until August 1 when he transitions entirely to directing NICA and Vanessa Hauswald takes over at NorCal. His focus will shift to supporting existing leagues and building new programs in other states, starting with Colorado and then other states that are currently vying to be among the next NICA project leagues.
The NICA board of directors comprises
Gary Boulanger, president
Ben Capron, vice-president (Specialized Bicycle Components)
Trevor Thorpe, secretary (Thorpe Law)
Tom Zirbes, treasurer (North Star Resource Group, SCG)
Forrest Arakawa (Mtbr.com)
David Curtis (Curtis Design, San Rafael Bulldogs - high school MTB racing team)
Sara Ecclesine (Sidi USA)
Gary Fisher (Trek Bicycles)
Mary Monroe (Trails 2000)
Eric Russell (Clif Bar & Company)
Kozo Shimano (NICA Trailblazer)
Dave Wiens (Topeak-Ergon Racing Team)