QUOTE (arl @ Apr 9 2012, 07:12 PM)
That may be true of your state, but so far in Florida that has not been the case. It may be just growing pains of having 2 series going at once. I guess my point is that when we talk about National Races a lot of us are happy with the number of nationals. If you relate that to the Florida state series, we have about 1/3 the number of races for our state as there are National races nationwide.
So far USABMX State races are only pulling around 50 motos,and SSA races are down (partly due to the way the Aba software puts full gates). Neither have the same feel as a lot of people aren't showing up to either. Maybe it has to do with people being upset that their team lost (which is sad). If Florida has 2 series again next year, I would expect the numbers to remain the same or drop a little. I personally haven't raced any races in either series. Nobody else in my class is racing either which is sad. Most of us will stick to Nationals...
trying to explain the SSA series to somebody that hasn't truly "seen" it is pretty impossible to do. The SSA series will probably never be close to what it used to be and probably die. Hopefully something else will take it's place in the form of good races/events/competition. I still believe that what the SSA did for the racers was pound for pound the best series in BMX. Things will jsut become different. It took a while to adapt to the state series When i moved to AZ. AZ has a lot of riders, but the the state finals or state series did not have even close to the same feel of the old SSA. Don't know if it is good or bad. Just a bigger focus on district points. In USABMX there is a stronger emphasis on district points, than state points. Again both have the positives.
I would like to see more of a regional program and more emphasis on an actual state series. The state series will be dependent more on how the tracks work together. But the Redline cup could be more of a series that could work really well. I think there is a lot of room to better the Redline cup series. I think it is time to look at 6 regions instead of 3. GO north and south. It could be like a mini national series. Do your best 3 redline cup qualifiers plus the final. I could see the redline qualifiers being a two day event like nationals.
In the end BMXicans crave good comeptiton at an affordable price. The SSA did a great job of providing that, but I think that there are other ways to get it.