2020 Racing Categories

Following are the expected categories as well as the tentative placement criteria for the spring 2020 season. The placement criteria is subject to change and the percentage qualification criteria will likely be modified slightly at the conclusion of the spring 2019 season. Rider category placement for 2020 can be calculated using the definitions below in combination with the 2019 Race Results. Official rider placement for returning riders will be published ahead of the 2020 season.


Middle School Defined

“Middle School” applies to student-athletes in 6th, 7th and 8th grade in the Spring of 2020. 6th graders in “elementary school” may participate in middle school programming. 9th graders in a “middle school” or “junior high school” compete in the freshman category at the high school level.

Middle school philosophy in the SoCal League is that student-athletes in middle school, while they may race, should focus on fun and fitness and less on the placement related outcome of racing. Thus, while we do present awards in each category at each race, there is no team component to the scoring and there are no season long individual standings and thus no race call ups.

High School Defined

“High School” applies to student-athletes in grades 9-12 in the Spring of 2020. 9th graders in a “middle school” or “junior high school” compete in the freshman category at the high school level.


SoCal Spring 2020 Categories

Middle School Categories

  • Girls Level 1, grades 6-8
  • Girls Level 2, grades 6-8
  • Girls Level 3, grades 7/8
  • Boys Level 1, grade 6
  • Boys Level 1, grade 7
  • Boys Level 1, grade 8
  • Boys Level 2, grades 6/7
  • Boys Level 2, grade 8
  • Boys Level 3, grades 7/8

Middle School Placement

  • Girl grade 6-8 new to racing goes to Girls Level 1 Grades 6-8
  • Girl grade 7 or 8 who finished any Girls Level 2 Grades 6-8 race in the top 60% goes to Girls Level 3 Grades 7/8
  • Girl grade 7 or 8 who raced Girls Level 2 Grades 6-8 and did not finish any race in the top 60% stays in Girls Level 2 Grades 6-8
  • Girl grade 7 or 8 who finished any Girls Level 1 Grades 6-8 race in the top 30% goes to Girls Level 3 Grades 7/8
  • Girl grade 7 or 8 who raced Girls Level 1 Grades 6-8 and did not finish any race in the top 30% goes Girls Level 2 Grades 6-8
  • Girl grade 7 or 8 who raced Girls Level 3 Grades 7/8 stays in Girls Level 3 Grades 7/8
  • Boy grade 6-8 new to racing goes to Boys Level 1 Grade 6, 7, or 8 (depending on their grade).
  • Boy grade 7 who finished any Boys Level 1 Grade 6 race in the top 10% goes to Boys Level 3 Grades 7/8
  • Boy grade 7 who finished any Boys Level 1 Grade 6 race in between 11-80% goes to Boys Level 2 Grades 6/7
  • Boy grade 7 who raced Boys Level 1 Grade 6 and did not finish any race in the top 80% goes to Boys Level 1 Grade 7
  • Boy grade 8 who finished any Boys Level 1 Grade 7 race in the top 15% goes to Boys Level 3 Grades 7/8
  • Boy grade 8 who finished any Boys Level 1 Grade 7 race between 16-80% goes to Boys Level 2 Grade 8
  • Boy grade 8 who raced Boys Level 1 Grade 7 and did not finish any race in the top 80% goes to Boys Level 1 Grade 8
  • Boy grade 7 or 8 who finished any Boys Level 2 Grades 6/7 race in the top 60% goes to Boys Level 3, grades 7/8
  • Boy grade 7 who raced Boys Level 2 Grades 6/7 and did not finish any race in the top 60% stays in Boys Level 2 Grades 6/7
  • Boy grade 8 who raced Boys Level 2 Grades 6/7 and did not finish any race in the top 60% goes to Boys Level 2 Grade 8
  • Boy grade 7 or 8 who raced Boys Level 3 Grades 7/8 stays in Boys Level 3 Grades 7/8

High School Placement

The following are mandatory rider placements based on past SoCal League results. Riders may submit petitions for situations outside of these placements.

  • Girl or Boy grade 9 races Freshman
  • Girl or Boy grades 10-12 who are new to the SoCal League races JV1
  • Girl or Boy grade 10 who finished any 2 Freshman races in the top 35% OR any 1 Freshman race in the top 35% AND finished Freshman Overall in the top 35% race JV2
  • Girl or Boy grade 10 who did not qualify to race JV2 from Freshman races JV1
  • Girl or Boy grade 11 or 12 who finished any 2 JV1 races in the top 55% OR any 1 JV1 race in the top 55% AND finished JV1 Overall in the top 55% race JV2
  • Girl or Boy grade 11 or 12 who raced JV1 and did not qualify to race JV2 race JV1
  • Girl or Boy grades 10-12 who finished any 2 JV2 races in the top 40% OR any 1 JV2 race in the top 40% AND finished JV2 Overall in the top 40% race Varsity
  • Girl or Boy grades 10-12 who raced JV2 and did not qualify to race Varsity race JV2
  • Girl or Boy grades 10-12 who raced Varsity stay Varsity

High School Petition Path

  • Girl or Boy grade 9 with proven SoCal League Level 3 Middle School and/or outside racing results can petition to race JV2
  • Girl or Boy grade 10-12 placed in JV1 can petition to race JV2
  • Girl or Boy grade 10-12 placed in JV2 can petition to race Varsity
     
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