Levels of ABA competition

Whether you are a long time veteran of the sport of BMX or you are just starting out, it is always important to think about the level of competition that is right for you before the season begins.  Each level of competition requires varying levels of commitment throughout the race season; in addition, specific eligibility requirements must be met in many of the levels.  You will notice that by participating in a particular series, you may automatically be earning points in a different series. 

It is important to note that this page is only a summary of each series, and the official ABA rulebook resides over all information posted here.  Each level of competition has specific requirements for participation and eligibility, and the award structure differs for each series.  For a full description of each series (other than the first two), please consult your ABA rulebook or the ABA website.  

 

Quick Reference:

Level/Series Travel Needed Award Determined By
Trophy Determined by you Single Event
Whip City BMX Points Series To Whip City BMX events; participation in multipoint events will be helpful in this series.  Culmination of many events
MA State Championship Series Within the state of Massachusetts to other ABA tracks for State Championship races, as well as participation in the required local races.  Culmination of many events
Race of Champions (Grand Nationals Pre-Race) You must have been an eligible rider in your state series, and then you will have to travel to the Race of Champions event.  Single Event
District Points Series Determined by you; travel to a number of tracks to accumulate points may be necessary to attain a high standing.  Culmination of many events
Redline Cup series Travel to one or more Redline Cup Qualifiers in which you must qualify for your main to be eligible to race in the Redline Cup Final; travel to the Redline Cup Final in your region Culmination of many events
National Series Within the US; travel to a number of national events to accumulate points may be necessary to attain a high standing.  Culmination of many events
National Age Group (NAG) Series Within the US (by participating in the National Series, you will automatically be participating in the NAG series) Culmination of many events
World Championships Travel to the World Championships weekend Culmination of weekend events

 

 

Just a Trophy Please:

This level of competition is sometimes the starting point for new riders.  Once the rider becomes involved in the sport, he or she may want to set more long term goals for the entire season.  As you race for a trophy, you will also be accumulating district points. 

Local (Whip City BMX points series): 

Whip City BMX offers an opportunity for its dedicated riders to compete with other riders at Whip City BMX through our track points series.  Only the races held at our track count towards this series so if you are unable to travel to other tracks but can attend most of the Whip City events, you will be a good candidate for this series.  At the end of the season, we hold a year-end picnic during which awards are given for various categories in the Whip City BMX points series.  Click here for dates of Whip City BMX events, including multi-points events at WCBMX

For more information on this series, please refer to our page on the Whip City BMX series. 

State Championship Series:

This series is for riders who want to compete with other riders in their own state for a state championship plate over a full season.  Races for this series are held on designated days at each track within the state.  State championship plates and awards are given during the state championship final race.  State championship events are usually day-long events.

For more information on this series, please refer to the page on the MA state series

District Competition:

This type of competition is between riders in specified districts set forth by the ABA.  Riders within a district will accumulate "district points" for all ABA races they attend.  At the end of the year, the ABA awards special incentives and plate numbers for the following year to the top riders in the class.  These plates are proudly displayed by district riders as a representation of their hard work in the previous season.  Attendance at multipoint events becomes important in this series, including Race for Life events, State Championship Races, National Events, Redline Cup events, and other multipoint events.  To view multipoint events in your area (EXCLUDING national events), click here.

For more information on the District Points series, please refer to the online rulebook on the ABA website

National:

Competition in this series is across the entire United States.  Races are held across the nation and riders compete against racers from all states.  National ranking is awarded within ABA guidelines for the following categories:

  • Amateur boys (all ages and proficiencies combined)
  • Ameteur boys cruiser (all ages combined)
  • Amateur girls (all ages combined)
  • Amateur girls cruiser (all ages combined)
  • Additional categories exist for Pro riders. 

Competition in this series is high, as achieving a high national ranking is very noteworthy.  Click here for dates and locations of national events. 

For more information on this series, please refer to the online rulebook on the ABA website

National Age Group Series (NAG)

Riders who race in the national series will also be racing in the NAG series.  Accumulated national points will be considered by age group (regardless of skill level) to determine NAG plate awards for each age grouping.

For more information on this series, please refer to the online rulebook on the ABA website

World Championship:

Participation in the World Championships is a prestigious event.  No class distinctions are made during the formation of motos for this event (classes are formed by age ONLY). 

For more information on this series, please refer to the online rulebook on the ABA website

Race of Champions: (AKA Grand Nationals Pre-Race):

To be eligible to earn this award, you must have placed in the top 10 riders in your age and class for the state championship series.  The winner in the main event for each class at the Race of Champions will be awarded the #1 ROC number plate which can be used until the following year's ROC.

For more information on this series, please refer to the online rulebook on the ABA website

Redline Cup Championship:

Participation in this series is by region: East, Central, or West.  (Riders from Massachusetts are part of the East Region).  Redline Cup Qualifiers are held throughout the United States over the entire season.  To become eligible to race in your Redline Cup Regional Final, you must qualify for your main event (in any class, cruiser, or open) at ANY Redline Cup Qualifier in ANY region during the season (qualifiers count as triple district points events).   Plate award is determined by main event finish in the Redline Cup Final for your region.  For further details on Redline Cup Qualifier locations and dates, click on this link to the ABA

For more information on this series, please refer to the online rulebook on the ABA website

This page was updated 1/28/12