BMXSA uses 4 criteria to determine a racer’s classification for competition—age, gender, proficiency, and wheel size. As BMX racing is a sport for kids of all ages, even big kids with kids of their own, you will be matched against riders your own age and proficiency or skill level whenever possible. 

Everyone — boys and girls — begins in the NOVICE class. In other words—beginners.

Finally, there are two bike categories, based on wheel size/diameter—20” wheel BMX bikes and 24” wheel BMX bikes called cruiser bikes. The 20” bikes are the required size for all Novice and expert competition, while the 24” bikes are the required size for all Cruiser competition. But while the cruiser classes, like the 20” classes, are age and gender based, they are not divided into the novice or expert proficiency levels.  We do however have an open-wheeler class at the regional level only which allows any size bike from 20-inch to 29-inch MTB to come to try out racing. 

*At any given BMXSA race, if there are not enough entrants to form a legal class, racers may be matched against racers of different ages and proficiency levels as per BMXSA race rules.