SoCal Spring 2023 Categories

Following are the expected categories as well as the tentative placement criteria for the spring 2023 season. Rider category placement for 2023 can be calculated using the definitions below in combination with the 2022 results. Official category placement for returning riders will be published ahead of the 2023 season.

The petition process for the spring 2023 season will be back to how it was in 2020. Any rider wishing to change categories at the middle or high school level needs a petition with coach approval (if you are independent and NOT training with a team we will consult with you if further information is needed as you do not have a SoCal League Coach advising you). The petition submission link will be active after registration opens in October 2022.

Middle School Defined

“Middle School” applies to student-athletes in 6th, 7th and 8th grade in the Spring of 2023. 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, Level 2 grades 6-8, and Level 3 grades 7/8
  • Boys Level 1 grade 6, Level 1 grade 7, Level 1 grade 8, Level 2 grades 6/7, Level 2 grade 8, and Level 3 grades 7/8

Middle School Placement

  • New riders race in the Level 1 category available to their grade.
  • Returning riders race in the category shown on the Category Placement chart (to be posted prior to the season). If you want to calculate your placement simply calculate your percentages in each 2022 race by dividing your place by the total number of riders listed in the field and compare your results to the returning rider placement criteria below.
  • Any movement between categories requires an approved petition.

Returning Rider Placement Criteria

  • 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
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  • 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 11-70% 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 70% goes to Boys Level 1 Grade 7
– Petition Form PENDING
– Past Results HERE
– 2023 Middle School Returning Rider Placements Spreadsheet PENDING

Petitions must be received before registration closes for a given race (Tuesday night ahead of race weekend at 11:59 PM) in order to be guaranteed action. Petitions received after that deadline may not be acted upon before the race. There are no petitions for category changes accepted at a race.

 

High School Defined

“High School” applies to student-athletes in grades 9-12 in the Spring of 2023. 9th graders in a “middle school” or “junior high school” compete in the freshman category at the high school level.

High School Categories

  • Girls Freshman, JV1, JV2, and Varsity
  • Boys Freshman, JV1, JV2, and Varsity

High School Placement

  • New riders in 9th grade race Freshman
  • New riders in grades 10-12 race JV1
  • Returning riders race in the category shown on the Category Placement chart (to be posted prior to the season). If you want to calculate your placement simply calculate your percentages in each 2022 race by dividing your place by the total number of riders listed in the field and compare your results to the returning rider placement criteria below.
  • Any movement between categories requires an approved petition.

Returning Rider Placement Criteria

  • 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 50% OR any 1 JV1 race in the top 50% AND finished JV1 Overall in the top 50% 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
– Petition Form PENDING
– Past Results HERE
– 2022 High School Returning Rider Placement Spreadsheet PENDING

Petitions must be received before registration closes for a given race (Tuesday night ahead of race weekend at 11:59 PM) in order to be guaranteed action. Petitions received after that deadline may not be acted upon before the race. There are no petitions for catgegory changes accepted at a race.

2023 Race Categories