The “ability based” system is designed to accommodate ALL athlete skill levels while matching them to the appropriate classification level. This system is designed to be more inclusive and equal, allowing upper classmen/women (11th/12th grade) who are new to the sport to compete at a classification level equal to their skill and performance level. In short, allowing a senior for example to compete at a JV level vs requiring them to compete at Varsity against more experienced athletes.
Objective of Ability Based Racing
Ability Based Racing is a “skill based” placement system that will improve upon the fairness and safety of our athletes. It will reduce the “ability differential” within current high school categories of sophomore, JV and Varsity.
- Get student-athletes racing with athletes of similar ability
- Give upperclassmen a category fitting for student-athletes new to racing
- Focus on physical literacy for younger athletes
2019 Season Placement
This is the first season where riders move within the now established Ability Based categories. REMEMBER…you can PETITION if you feel one of your athletes would be more successful in a different category.
2019 Season Placement (Boys/Girls)
|Freshmen||9th grade student athletes
8th student athlete who
|JV2||Sophomore, Junior and Senior student athletes|
|JV3||Freshmen student athletes who:
JV2 student athlete who:
|Varsity||Freshman student athletes who:
JV2 student athlete who:
JV3 student athlete who:
Riders in a field will cover the entire spectrum of race durations. No one should be out there longer than the max and all should expect to be out on course for the minimum time. This is for Both Girls and Boys events.
|6th Grade||45 minutes or less|
|7th Grade||45 minutes or less|
|8th Grade||45 minutes or less|
|Freshmen||45 to 70 minutes|
|JV2||45 to 70 minutes|
|JV3||55 to 80 minutes|
|Varsity||75 to 100 minutes +|
Point structures for each category will be as follows:
|6th Grade||450 down|
|7th Grade||450 down|
|8th Grade||450 down|
- Fields over 50 will be broken into “waves” separated by 60 seconds (unless the start chute and course does not require a split)
- Clock time (from the start gun of the wave) will be used to score the field
- Staging Order will be 100%, new riders will be filter into the rear
- Staging Order will be released prior to race day with the field “break-point”.
We use a wave structure within a category. Staging Order will continue to be all student-athletes where a racer without any points starting the rear of the field.
Waves will be limited to 50 student-athletes and separated by 1 minute (unless the start chute and course does not require a split). The chip time based off the gun start of the wave will determine the finish placement, not the person who crosses the line first.
- Petitions are being accepted Go Here to start the process
- Race Check-in closes the Wednesday night before race day
- Posting Staging Order release/posted Friday am
- YOU MUST Pre Check-in to have start order
- Start Call-Ups will remain the same, per NICA rules
- At the first race, we will need each athlete to pick up their own race plate. We ‘Encourage’ Coaches to collect all of the athletes race plates after each event, and keep the plates so as to avoid the $10 non refundable replacement race plate fee!