Levels of USA BMX 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 USA BMX 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 the USA BMX rulebook or their 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
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
MA State Championship Series Within the state of Massachusetts to other USA BMX tracks for State Championship races. Culmination of many events
Gold Cup series Travel to one or more Gold Cup Qualifiers in which you must qualify for your main to be eligible to race in the Gold Cup Final; travel to the Gold 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
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
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. 

District Competition:

This type of competition is between riders in specified districts set forth by USA BMX.  Riders within a district will accumulate "district points" for all USA BMX races they attend.  At the end of the year, USA BMX awards district jackets to the top ten percent (maximum 10) of riders in each grouping (boys, girls, boys cruiser, and girls cruiser).  Additionally the top rider in each district and group is awarded a unique district jacket and #1 plate.  These 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, Gold Cup events, and other multipoint events.  To view multipoint events under the USA BMX sanction, click here.  This listing can be filtered by state.

For more information on the District Points series, please refer to the online rulebook on the USA BMX website.

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

Gold Cup Championship:

Participation in this series is by region: Northeast, Southeast, North central, South central, Northwest, or Southwest.  (Riders from Massachusetts are part of the Northeast region).  Gold Cup Qualifiers are held throughout the United States and Canada over the entire season.  To become eligible to race in your Gold Cup Regional Final, you must participate (in any class, cruiser, or open) at a minimum of TWO Gold Cup Qualifiers in ANY region during the season (qualifiers count as triple district points events).   Plate awards (#1-3) are determined by main event finishes in the two-day Gold Cup Finals for the first region where you participate.  For further details on Gold Cup Qualifier locations and dates, click on this link to USA BMX

For more information on this series, please refer to the online rulebook on the USA BMX website.

National Series:

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 USA BMX 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 USA BMX 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 USA BMX 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 USA BMX 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 USA BMX website.

This page was updated 5/17/2018