May 2021 AR-NICA Coaches Newsletter


Hello, AR-NICA coaches. I hope that your team preparations for the upcoming season are going well. Coaches are meeting among themselves to organize some of the team administrative tasks that make up the NICA preseason. I’m reminded of a common statement made to our student-athletes; “If you are not actively working to get ahead, you are likely falling behind.”

One way to get ahead in this next season is to attend the Annual Leaders’ Summit. This annual event is just for coaches and is the perfect place to get what you need to make this next season your best ever. Please continue reading to learn all about it.

Thanks for all you do as AR-NICA Coaches.
Ben Tufford and the Arkansas NICA team.


Next Coaches Call, May 5th at 8pm CST

The next coaches call is scheduled for 8pm on Wednesday May 5th. All coaches are invited to join this Zoom call as we all prepare for the next season. Here is the agenda. Please let us know if there are any topics you would like to discuss.

Leaders’ Summit, June 5-6 at Thaden School 

Registration for the annual AR-NICA Leaders’ Summit is open. Leaders’ Summit is where coaches come together for training seminars and workshops, networking with each other, and working with league leadership to prepare for the next season. We will return to Thaden School and take advantage of their beautiful open air gymnasium.

Check out the tentative agenda. Then, register on Eventbrite. There are numerous ticket options allowing you to get the most out of the weekend. Saturday tracts for both first-time attendees and veteran coaches. Sunday consists of additional sessions for each tract and finishes with On The Bike skills or NICA First Aid.
Leaders’ Summit is always a full weekend s we try to offer all of the most valuable programming within only two days. Coaches often leave with a full head of ideas and a full heart of passion for the upcoming season. We hope you will join us!

The Spoke’n Word Podcast presented by Arkansas NICA

The latest episode of the Spoke’n Word podcast was released this morning. Listen to one of our own, Eric Blocker of the MadCo team. Hit the image below to see the complete lineup of episodes.




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