||At Whip City BMX, we pride ourselves on
helping people of all ages get started and advance in the sport of BMX. It can
be a bit intimidating to walk into anything new, so that's why we've put
together this helpful information guide.
**All prices on this website are subject to change
**On your first
night of racing, please arrive at registration ready to fill out
paperwork by 6:45pm. Registration closes promptly at 7:00pm, so
this will give you and your parent or legal guardian time to fill out
the needed paperwork. Please note that a parent or guardian will
need to sign your ABA application in order for you to sign up for a
license, and you need a license in order to racec!! ** Well, with that out of the way,
please read on for more helpful hints and information.
What you will need on your first night of
- A parent or legal guardian if you are
Money - it costs
$60 to get your license and $10 to register for that
night's racing (if it is a single points event), not counting things like food, soda, candy,
bike parts, etc.
here for more info on equipment)
registration by 6:45pm
First, each rider will need to purchase an
ABA (American Bicycle Association) license in order to practice and race.
Full membership: A full membership is
valid for 1 year. As of the 2013 season, the fee for a year-long membership
will be $60 (this
does not include event registration fees). This membership
is valid at any ABA sanctioned event. The moment you obtain a
full membership is the moment you will begin accumulating points
towards the year-end rankings, competing for year -end awards. In
addition to being able to rip it up at any ABA track of your choosing,
you will receive an
official membership card that is great for showing off to friends (oh,
and it is also required to compete at any ABA event), and, to make the
deal even sweeter, you also receive a yearly subscription to the BMXer
- the official magazine of the ABA.
**Discounts are available if you are
purchasing full licenses for more than one rider in the same immediate
family.** Please ask
at registration for more
information about these programs.
IMPORTANT - In order to race at any
ABA event, you will need to present either your current ABA membership
card or a renewal receipt. Without the receipt or card, we
may not be able to verify your
membership. You will not be permitted to race without valid proof of
membership. (Sorry, we cannot accept any friends or family
members "vouching" for your membership.)
Each full-year license costs $60, due
when you apply for your membership. There is also a race fee which must be paid at the time of sign-up for each
race. The race fee amount depends on the type of race event
(ie, local, state, national, etc.) For a single-point Friday
night race at Whip City BMX, the race fee is $10 for the 2013 season.
A double point event is $20, and a tripple point event is $30.
Numbers and Number
Each rider will be issued an eight-digit
serial number, which is his/her permanent ABA member number. For any new
member, "N16330XXX" (New Full Member) will replace the serial number on the moto sheets until
the permanent membership card has been issued, which will specify the serial
number. The rider will also be issued a bike number, to
appear on the bike plate. This number must be displayed on each
rider's bicycle at all times; an earned number (state, national, etc.
ranking) can replace this number. Each plate must be legible so that
the track officials and scorers can read it. The numbers on your plate
should not be blocked by stickers or decals, and numbers cannot overlap
one another. The following regulations for number plates MUST be
followed for proper scoring:
- District number:
Solid black number (minimum 4" high) on a white
- Overall national
number: Solid white number of a black plate.
- National age
group number: Solid black number on a gray plate.
- Gold Cup
championship number: Solid black #1 on a yellow plate.
- Race of
Champions number: Solid white #1 on a red background.
Ultimately the safety of your bike and
your equipment is your responsibility. We may inspect your bike
and equipment at any time for safety and proper equipment. This
takes about a minute to do and helps keep everyone safe on the track,
although it is ultimately your responsibility to keep your bike in
good working condition and to follow the equipment rules of ABA BMX.
**Please be aware that bikes are not
allowed in the registration area - they tend to get in the way of people
waiting to register.
After you register, you can go out on the track
to practice. For weekly races practice starts approximately
between 6 and 6:30pm.
Once the rider is signed up, he/she must wait for the motos (A.K.A. races,
or heats) to be posted on the long, brown billboard, which is located to
the right of the food concession (between 7:15 - 7:45pm for night
races). If the weather is inclement or there is a threat of rain
for the evening, the motos will be posted in an alternative location, to
be announced during that evening's races. It's a good idea to bring a pen with you to write down
your moto and your gates. First, find your age and class.
You will need to write down your moto number as well as your gate
numbers for the evening.
It is important that you understand the
ABA qualifying system before the races begin so that you do not become
confused at an inconvenient moment during the races. Click
here for a complete explanation of the ABA qualifying system.
Trophy tickets are handed out at the
finish line during the last moto for each class. If you have
earned a trophy, your trophy ticket can be exchanged for your trophy as
soon as you finish your moto. The number of trophies awarded
depends on the number of riders for the class.
Other Stuff You Will
Need to Know
Our page on the ABA qualifying system
is filled with information on how we race our motos and important
information for you to understand. We strongly suggest visiting
qualifying page next if you haven't already checked it out!
place for more good information is the FAQ
Prices are subject to change
This page was updated 1/28/12