2019 & 2020 Racing Categories

For the spring 2019 season the SoCal League is moving to “Ability Based Racing” at the High School level. We are already engaged in Ability Based Racing at the Middle School level. The transition from traditional to Ability Based racing takes two full seasons. The first season is a move from existing categories to Ability Based categories. The second season is the first season where riders move within the now established Ability Based categories.

Following are the expected categories as well as the tentative placement criteria for both the 2019 and 2020 seasons. The placement criteria is subject to change. Rider category placement for 2019 can be calculated using the definitions below in combination with the 2018 Race Results. Official rider placement for returning riders will be published ahead of the 2019 season.


SoCal Spring 2019 Categories

Middle School Defined

“Middle School” applies to student-athletes in 6th, 7th and 8th grade in the Spring of 2019. 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.

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 35% 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 35% 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 10% goes to Girls Level 3 Grades 7/8
  • Girl grade 7 or 8 who finished any Girls Level 1 Grades 6-8 race between 11-65% goes to Girls Level 2 Grades 6-8
  • Girl grade 7 or 8 who raced Girls Level 1 Grades 6-8 and did not finish any race higher than 66% stays in Girls Level 1 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 11-65% 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 65% 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 16-70% 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 70% 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 50% 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 50% 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 50% 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 Defined

“High School” applies to student-athletes in grades 9-12 in the Spring of 2019. 9th graders in a “middle school” or “junior high school” compete in the freshman category at the high school level.

High School Categories

  • Freshman (for 9th graders, may include racers with limited or no racing experience, typically complete 2 laps, point value for individual and team scoring begins at 500 points and descends).
  • JV 1 (for 10th-12th graders beginning their racing career with little or no racing experience and/or those who have not qualified for and/or are not seeking higher levels of competition with heavier work loads, typically complete 2 laps, point value for individual and team scoring begins at 500 points and descends).
  • JV 2 (for 10th-12th graders with racing experience who have qualified for and/or are seeking higher levels of competition with heavier work loads, typically complete 2 laps for girls and 3 laps for boys, point value for individual and team scoring begins at 540 points and descends, placement criteria below).
  • Varsity (for 10th-12th graders with racing experience who have qualified for and are seeking the highest levels of competition with heaviest work loads, typically complete 3 laps for girls and 4 laps for boys, point value for individual and team scoring begins at 570 points and descends, placement criteria below).

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 grade 9 races Freshman
  • Girl grades 10-12 who are new to the SoCal League race JV1
  • Girl grade 10 who finished any 2 Freshman races in the top 20% OR any 1 Freshman race in the top 20% AND finished Freshman Overall in the top 20% race JV2
  • Girl grade 10 who did not qualify to race JV2 from Freshman races JV1
  • Girl grade 11 who finished any 2 Sophomore races in the top 50% OR any 1 Sophomore race in the top 50% AND finished Sophomore Overall in the top 50% race JV2
  • Girl grade 11 who raced Sophomore and did not qualify to race JV2 from Sophomore races JV1
  • Girl grades 10-12 who finished any 2 JV races in the top 50% OR any 1 JV race in the top 50% AND finished JV Overall in the top 50% race BUT did not qualify for Varsity race JV2
  • Girl grade 11 or 12 who raced JV and did not qualify to race JV2 from JV race JV1
  • Girl grades 10-12 who finished any 2 JV races in the top 30% OR any 1 JV race in the top 30% AND finished JV Overall in the top 30% race Varsity
  • Girl grades 10-12 who raced Varsity stay in Varsity

 

  • Boy grade 9 races Freshman
  • Boy grades 10-12 who are new to the SoCal League races JV1
  • Boy grade 10 who finished any 2 Freshman races in the top 20% OR any 1 Freshman race in the top 20% AND finished Freshman Overall in the top 20% race JV2
  • Boy grade 10 who did not qualify to race JV2 from Freshman races JV1
  • Boy grade 11 who finished any 2 Sophomore races in the top 50% OR any 1 Sophomore race in the top 50% AND finished Sophomore Overall in the top 50% race JV2
  • Boy grade 11 who raced Sophomore and did not qualify to race JV2 from Sophomore race JV1
  • Boy grades 10-12 who finished any 2 JV races in the top 50% OR any 1 JV race in the top 50% AND finished JV Overall in the top 50% race BUT did not qualify for Varsity race JV2
  • Boy grade 11 or 12 who raced JV and did not qualify to race JV2 from JV race JV1
  • Boy grades 10-12 who finished any 2 JV races in the top 15% OR any 1 JV race in the top 15% AND finished JV Overall in the top 15% race Varsity
  • Boy grades 10-12 who raced Varsity stay in 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

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 35% 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 35% 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 10% goes to Girls Level 3 Grades 7/8
  • Girl grade 7 or 8 who finished any Girls Level 1 Grades 6-8 race between 11-65% goes to Girls Level 2 Grades 6-8
  • Girl grade 7 or 8 who raced Girls Level 1 Grades 6-8 and did not finish any race higher than 66% stays in Girls Level 1 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 11-65% 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 65% 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 16-70% 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 70% 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 50% 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 50% 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 50% 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 20% OR any 1 Freshman race in the top 20% AND finished Freshman Overall in the top 20% 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 30% OR any 1 JV1 race in the top 30% AND finished JV1 Overall in the top 30% 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 15% OR any 1 JV2 race in the top 25% AND finished JV2 Overall in the top 25% 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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