USARA National Ranking is for Coed teams only. Teams should register for the USARA national rankings prior to an event that will post results to the USARA. A team may register after an event posts results and the team will still receive the ranking points as long as: A. the team is not in the top 10 national rankings or B. the team is in the top 10 rankings and registers by August 1st. Teams that have registered will be assigned a National Ranking Team ID#. USARA recommends that teams include their National Ranking Team ID# in parenthesis next to their team name on race registration forms. This will insure that teams are awarded the appropriate points in the USARA National Ranking System.
The USARA's concept of a team is based on the fact that most races consist of 3 - 4 member teams and is not based on a club concept. By allowing up to 8 team members to represent a team throughout the year, the USARA has accounted for logistical issues that might prevent a team member from attending a particular race. The allowance takes into consideration issues such as injury, illness, relocation due to work, deployment, distance, cost, and any number of other issues that could be faced by a team. The intention of these rules is to create a level playing field for all teams desiring to compete in the USARA National Ranking System.
In order to receive points towards the national rankings a team must consist entirely of members from their 8 person roster. Teams may change their registered roster at any time during the year, however in order to receive points towards the national rankings a team must have the final registered members on the team in the competitions where they received points.
Teams will receive the highest possible points from their best 7 races for the year. The best seven races would include the USARA Adventure Race National Championship. Teams may race in as many events as they would like, however they will only receive ranking points from seven races.
If teams are tied in ranking points after the USARA Adventure Race National Championship, tie breakers will be determined in the following manner:
1st Tie Breaker: Teams finishing place at USARA Adventure Race National Championships, provided all tied teams are competing in the USARA Adventure Race National Championship.
2nd Tie Breaker: Using the tied team’s best 7 races, the team with the most 1st place finishes. If this does not break the tie, then the team with the most second place finishes. Continue with most 3rd place, 4th place finishes, etc. until tie is broken.
3rd Tie Breaker: Using the tied team’s best 7 races, the team which has the most head to head wins over the other tied team/teams.
Teams are not allowed to have 2 different teams (collecting points as a single team).
EXAMPLE: Joe manages a team in Texas under the name of Team USA and Sue manages a team in Alaska under the name of Team USA with the intent of collecting USARA Ranking points as 1 team. In this example it is clear that there are 2 teams competing under the same name and if this occurs Team USA would forfeit partial or full USARA ranking points. The intent is for 1 team to compete under a name and collect points under that name. If you have a large pool of racers on your team, it is suggested that you form several teams with different names and different captains (example: Team USA #1, Team USA #2)
Teams may only compete in 1 event per week - weeks start on Monday and end on the following Sunday.
EXCEPTION 1: A team may compete in two events in the same week if the team members are exactly the same at both events. (Example: Team USA competes in a 2 hour sprint event on Saturday and the exact same team members compete in an 8 hour event on Sunday).
EXCEPTION 2: Team USA competes in Race A that begins on Friday and ends on Monday. Team USA competes in a second event, Race B, on the following Saturday. Since the first event (Race A) started in an earlier week and carried into the next week, Team USA could still earn points at the event on the second weekend (Race B) provided the 2 events are not happening simultaneously. Team USA would not need to race with the same members at the two events.
EXCEPTION 3: If the 2 events overlap (Race A is still in progress when Race B starts), teams will not be able to earn points from both events unless their actual team finishes Race A before Race B starts. In this example the team would have to compete with the exact same team members in Race A and Race B in order to receive points for both events.
NOTE: If you are sending 2 teams to the same event or racing in two events which take place at the same time, make sure the two teams DO NOT race with the exact same name. It is suggested that you make a simple change to one of the team names (EXAMPLE: Team USA and Team USA #2). By following this example, you will receive USARA ranking points for the team that races with the registered team name in the USARA ranking system.
If a team races in 2 different events in the same week (using the same team name) and both teams do not contain the same members or if you send 2 teams to 2 different races in the same week and both teams have the exact same team name, the team will receive the lower ranking points from that week.
A team that races under several names may not combine the points they receive from the multiple team names. Ranking points will only be awarded to the team whose name was used for the event.
A team may change their team name during the season. The team will be able to transfer the points from their old team and they will also receive all points for their new team name from that point forward.
EXAMPLE: Team ABC changes their name to Team XYZ. Team XYZ receives all points they had acquired as Team ABC up to the point of the name change and Team XYZ will receive any points they acquire from this point forward while registered in races as Team XYZ. If Team ABC had also raced as Team XYZ before the name change they would not be able to transfer & combine the points they had acquired as both Team ABC and Team XYZ.
Only the coed division for an event will receive ranking points. Race directors may combine different sized coed teams (example 3 & 4 person teams) and rank them by finish. This is usually done when the event combines the divisions for their event results. When this is done both 3 & 4 person teams would be considered part of the premier division.
Race director may also designate the largest size team as the premier division and only include these teams in the ranking points. This is often done when there are only 2 divisions at an event and one of the divisions is 2 person teams, (example 2 & 4 person coed).
Both examples are allowed and race management should post on the website and announce the system that will be used prior to the event start.
BONUS RANKING POINTS
REGIONAL QUALIFYING EVENTS All USARA Regional Qualifying events receive ten (+10) bonus USARA national ranking points.
REGIONAL SERIES The USARA defines a Regional Series as 3 or more races in 3 or more states produced by 3 or more different companies that have a point system which determines a series champion. Bonus USARA national ranking points for the series final :Ten (+10) bonus points will be added to a Regional Series final ranking points.
If the series final is a regional qualifying event, teams will also receive the ten (+10) regional qualifier bonus ranking points. (Example: If the Regional Series final is a USARA regional qualifier teams will receive a total of twenty (+20) total bonus ranking points).
The following are USARA Regional Series:
North American Adventure Racing Series
STATE SERIES All series that do not meet the Regional Series requirements or series that consist entirely of sprint distances races would be considered State Series. States series must have a point system which determines a series champion. Bonus USARA national ranking points for the series final : Five (+5) bonus points will be added to a State Series final ranking points.
If the series final is a regional qualifying event, teams will also receive the ten (+10) regional qualifier bonus ranking points. (Example: If the Stata Series final is a USARA regional qualifier teams will receive a total of fifteen (+15) bonus ranking points).
The following are USARA State Series:
Texas State Championship Adventure Race Series
Unbridled Adventure Race Series
Delmarva Adventure Sports Adventure Racing Series
USARA ADVENTURE RACE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP The USARA Adventure Race National Championship receive +50.25 bonus USARA national ranking points.
All coed & coed masters teams will be grouped together for USARA National Ranking Points regardless of the category they are registered in at the USARA Adventure Race National Championship. (Example: Team USA wins the Coed Masters division at the USARA Adventure Race National Championship but comes in 4th overall at the race. Team USA will receive 4th place USARA National Ranking Points.