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RULE CHANGES FOR 2019 - - -
III. Amateur Classifications / State-Provincial Age Groups / Proficiency Advancement
1. A rider will race the age and proficiency they are the day of an actual race. The only exception being the Race of Champions where a rider will race
Proficiency and Advancement
12. Any current Cruiser rider earning a NAG (#1-10), Gold Cup #1 or ROC plate, will be classified as NO LESS than an Intermediate rider. Exceptions may be requested through the Competition Committee.
IV. Amateur Class Creation / Move-up Procedures
A. Class Creation Procedures (Novice, Expert Girl, Inter, Expert)
1. Classes will be created according to the following process:
• The move-up procedure will always begin with the youngest age and lowest proficiency (generally 5 & Under Novice). Once a legal class, defined as three (3) or more riders, is formed, the process picks up the next available group (youngest age dictating the order, then skill level) and proceeds from there.
• Expert, Intermediate, and Expert Girl riders cannot be moved into a class titled as Novice.
Step 1. Expert Girl
• In an effort to facilitate Expert Girl class formation, Expert Girl riders can check up as many as three (3) Expert Girl age groups above their own, starting at the youngest Expert Girl rider.
• If a legal class cannot be formed, Expert Girl riders will return to their original age and hold.
Step 2. Novice (male & female)
• In an effort to create a legal class, Novice groups can check up as many as three (3) Novice age groups above their own, starting with the youngest Novice rider.
• If a legal class cannot be formed, Novice riders will move to Intermediate of the current age.
Step 3. Oldest riders of the day (Novice, Girl, Intermediate, Expert).
• Working in reverse, the move-back procedure will begin with the oldest age in each proficiency. In an effort to form a class, the oldest age group will check back 3 age groups.
Step 4. Intermediate
• The Intermediate group (including any Novice riders) can check up one (1) age group above their own, in an effort to form a legal class.
• If a legal class cannot be formed, the female Novice and Intermediate riders will move to Expert Girl of the current age.
Step 5. Expert Girl (Novice, Intermediate & Expert Girl riders)
• On this second pass, the Expert Girl group (including any attached female Novice and Intermediate riders) can check up as many as one (1) Expert Girl age group above their own, in an effort to form a legal class.
• If a legal class cannot be formed, the riders will move to Intermediate of the current age.
Step 6. Intermediate
• On this second pass, the Intermediate group (including any Novice , Intermediate & Expert Girl riders) can check up one (1) age group above their own, in an effort to form a legal class.
• If a legal class cannot be formed, all riders will move to Expert of the same age.
Step 7. Expert
• The Expert group (including any Novice, Intermediate or Expert Girl riders attached) can check up one (1) age group above their own, in an effort to form a legal class.
• If a legal class cannot be formed, the Intermediate riders will reset to their respective classes of the next age group.
• If a legal class cannot be formed, all riders will reset as follows:
7 a. Novice, Intermediate & Expert Girl riders will reset to their respective skill level of the next age group.
b. Expert riders will reset to the Intermediate class one (1) age group up from the current age. The entire process repeats itself in each age group upwards through each skill level until all riders have formed legal classes or the top of the age spectrum has been reached. If there are remaining riders with no legal class, then proceed to Step 7.
Step 8. Oldest riders of the day (Novice, Expert Girl, Intermediate, Expert)
Any remaining riders after step 6 has been performed, will follow same pattern but working in reverse, the move-back procedure will begin with the oldest age/ lowest proficiency available. Once a class is formed, the process picks up the next available group (oldest age dictating the order) until all riders have been placed in a legal class.
V. Pro Class
Pro racing is an exciting part of BMX; however, it is not for everyone as it is a very large step requiring dedication to succeed. Pro membership is a privilege and a responsibility. Pro riders are an example for all future BMXers. As a Pro, you are in the spotlight, and a role model. Good sportsmanship, fair play, clean riding, and good conduct are very important. All Pro riders are expected to act accordingly
A. 2019 Pro / Elite Age Requirements Age Matrix
Men Year of Birth
Men Junior 2001 - 2002
A Pro / AA Pro / Men Elite 2000 or earlier
Women Year of Birth
Women Junior 2001 - 2002
Women Pro / Women Elite 2000 or earlier
B. Men / Women Junior
1. To be eligible in 2019, a rider must have been born in 2001 or 2002.
2. Junior Men / Women will be able to race in any UCI event without mandatory advancement into the Pro ranks.
3. Riders may participate in both Men / Women Junior class as well as their corresponding USA BMX/BMX Canada amateur class (i.e. 17 - 20 Expert).
C. A Pro
1. To be eligible in 2019, a rider must have been born in 2000 or earlier
D. AA Pro
1. To be eligible in 2019, a rider must have been born in 2000 or earlier.
2. If an Amateur rider participates in a Men Elite class that rider must be classified as no less than an A Pro.
E. Women Pro
1. To be eligible in 2019, a rider must have been born in 2000 or earlier. 2. If an Amateur rider participates in a Women Elite class that rider must be classified as no less than a Women Pro.
I. Pro Transfer System
h) Gate Selection will be facilitated as follows: Gate starting position for Rounds 1, 2 & 3 will be selected at random. From there gate selection will be determined using a riders finishes during the first three rounds of motos. The rider with the lowest points from the motos will have first lane choice in the next sequential event (Quarter, Semi or Main), then the second choice will be the next lowest point total and so on. From the Quarter to the semi, the 3 or 4 riders getting first place in the quarters will have the first choice for gates in the semi. The 1st place rider with the lowest point total from the motos will choose his/her lane first then all the second place riders form the quarters will choose based on the same criteria and so on until all riders who have qualified out of the quarters have chosen their lanes. From the semi to the main the riders getting 1st place in each of the groups will have the first two lane choices in the main. The rider with the lowest point total in the motos will choose 1st and then the two second place riders will choose based on the same criteria and so on all the way to 4th place. Tie’s will be broken as follows;
1) From the motos to the quarters, semi or main;I) Lowest point total from the motos II) Finish in 3rd moto III) Finish in 2nd moto IV) Finish in 1st moto V) The final tie breaker will be a rider’s final world ranking from the previous year.
2) From the Quarters to a semi; I) Finish in Quarter II) Lowest point total from the motos III) Finish in 3rd moto IV) Finish in 2nd moto V) Finish in 1st moto VI) The final tie breaker will be a rider’s final world ranking from the previous year.
3) From Semi to Main; I) Finish in Semi II) Finish in quarter III) Lowest point total from the motos IV) Finish in 3rd moto V) Finish in 2nd moto VI) Finish in 1st moto 12 13 VII) The final tie breaker will be a rider’s final world ranking from the previous year.
IX. Rider Identification
6. It is recommended that any custom Number Plates utilize a background containing an uninterrupted solid color matching the color codes designated below. This solid color should cover the entire number plate area, touching all sides, and should not include any design elements using other colors. Sponsor logos and names are permitted and are not considered designs. Riders who follow these recommended guidelines should have legible number plates (provided the numbers don’t overlap and are on straight). Riders whose number plates do not fit this criteria may be told that their plate cannot be used at that day’s competition. Designers are encouraged to get approval on their design prior to producing the plates by emailing rules@usabmx. com.
EXEMPTIONS OEM plates constructed of colored plastic or that are screen printed are exempt. These plates may be used, but are required to have a solid background on the flat area designed for number placement. Official USA BMX issued plates and designs (District, Gold Cup, National Age Group, National, ROC, and State) have been approved by the Competition Committee and are exempt from these requirements.
Approved Background Colors
District - C0, M0, Y0, K0
Gold Cup - C0, M20, Y100, K0
National Age Group - C43, M35, Y35, K1
National - C0, M0, Y0, K100
ROC - C0, M100, Y100, K0
Intermediate/Novice - C79, M16, Y89, K2
Expert/Expert Girl/Cruiser - C93, M77, Y2, K0
*Any rider not using his/her earned number may not be scored for that race. Additionally, utilizing a number plate design not following the above recommendations and having a number plate which is difficult for the scorer to read may result in the rider not be being scored for that race.
10. Riders are required to use side plates at National Events only. This will assist stagers, starter and scorers. The side number-plate/sticker must be located (laterally) just behind the steer tube.
• Minimum area for numbers is 2.95” (75mm) High X 4.75” (120mm) Wide.
• Default background is white, clear of all logos and must display only black bike number(s).
• Riders are permitted to color match the background and number of their side plate to their number plate.
• Placed at the front triangle touching the head tube.
• Must include both sides of the frame.
• Must have room for up to three (3) numbers.
11. Riders who choose to not run their side plates may lose their ability to review their finish when a video review system is in effect.
B. Equipment (Bicycle)
2. Beginning in 2020, the use of clipless pedals will be prohibited for Intermediate riders age 12 & Under as well as for Novice riders of any age. Beginning in 2021, the use of clipless pedals will be prohibited for all riders age 12 & Under (Intermediate, Expert and Expert Girl) as well as for Novice riders of any age. Once in place, the restriction is placed on the age/skill level of the rider – regardless of the class that rider may end up in.
• 2020 – All Novice and 12 & Under Intermediates = no clipless pedals
• 2021 – All Novice and All Riders 12 & Under = no clipless pedals
XX. Race of Champions (ROC)-Grand National Pre-race
A. Eligibility Requirements (Four (4) methods of eligibilty)
3. Race at least one (1) state/provincial race within their respective state or province and race any eight (8) single point events prior to September 15th and must rank in the top 10 state/provincial final standings their age and skill level. (8 single point race participation must be in the same class (either class or cruiser) as the earned top 10 final standings. You may not combine class and cruiser single point races to accumulate 8.)
C. Competition Structure
3. A rider shall compete in the age and skill level that they were as of August 31st.
C. National Points Tabulation National Overall
4. Riders can earn additional bonus points for single point races ran on or before October 1st. Riders will earn an additional 10 national points for each single point race with a maximum of 80 points being awarded (up to 8 single point races). (8 single point race participation must be in the same class (either class or cruiser) as the earned top 10 final standings. You may not combine class and cruiser single point races to accumulate 8.) At the top level (Expert, Expert Girls, Cruisers and Girl Cruisers), this essentially equates to one finish position at the Grands (for positions 1-6 in the main event). This change only applies to NAG and National, not CNAG and Canadian National points
XXIV. Foreign Participants
1. Foreign amateur riders (UCI Challenge Class) are NOT required to purchase an amateur membership but are required to complete a membership application. That rider will be able to compete for the award of the day, and will NOT receive any ranking points. Should a foreign rider wish to compete for any USA BMX ranking program, they must purchase a full membership. 2. Any foreign rider competing in the A Pro class, must purchase a USA BMX Pro Membership.