2013 Rule Book Changes
Below are some of the rule changes for 2013. All areas of change are highlighted in grey in the current rulebok.
NO CLIPS FOR NOVICES
• Perhaps one of the biggest rule changes for the new year is that Novice riders (of any age) will no longer be allowed to race with clipless pedals. This "no clips" rule is in place for ALL Novice riders regardless of what class they end up racing in (i.e. getting moved to Intermediate or competing in Mixed Open). Basically, if you are a Novice rider - you cannot use clips in competition. Period.
The simple fact is that too many riders are “clipping in” too early (because they see the faster riders clipped in) and are not able to acquire the bike-handling skills that they will need later in their BMX career. We’ve talked to trainers and coaches about how riders who clip in too early are not likely learning the basics, such as manualing (an essential component in BMX racing these days), due to fear of looping out while clipped in. When you also factor in the cost of clipless pedals and shoes, the perceived cost of being “competitive” could be turning off newcomers to BMX.
• Beginning in 2013, Novice riders will need 10 wins to advance to Intermediate (or Girl for females). Also, Intermediate riders will advance to Expert with 20 wins as an Intermediate. Any rider with 20-24 wins at the end of the 2012 season will be credited with 19 wins and will advance to Expert upon his next win. USA BMX will instruct their Track Operators to pay special attention to anyone “sandbagging” (trying to avoid getting that last win), so they can let us know to move those riders up to the next proficiency.
AGE CLASS RESTRUCTURING
• The kids racing cruisers just keep getting younger & younger. For 2013, we’ve responded by introducing the 7 & Under Cruiser class for those riders. Make no mistake, the numbers are there for these young kids racing cruisers and we expect this class to grow exponentially as well.
• The Girls class undergoes a slight change at single point races only by giving Girl riders (the female equivalent of an Expert) the choice to race against the Expert class of their age. This request MUST be done prior to sign-ups closing, as we don’t want these riders affecting the efficiency at which our tracks run their events.
• We also adjusted the older Girls classes to make them more competitive and break out the age groups per the request of the riders. Expect to see 15-16, 17-20, 21-25, 26-30 and 31 & Over Girls classes in 2013.
• Good news for Cruiser riders: USA BMX/BMX Canada will now allow Cruisers to compete in the Mixed Open and X-Open classes at nationals. If a rider is racing in the cruiser class and is also competing in the Novice or Intermediate class that day, he may choose to race his 24” bike in the Mixed Open class. If he is racing in the Expert class or only planning to race Cruiser & Open that day, he will be placed in the (Expert) Open class.