Types of Teams
There are two types of teams.
- School-Based Teams: Comprised of full-time students from the same school, public or private. School-based teams can be “official” or “unofficial”.
- Composite Teams: Comprised of full-time students from more than one school within the same district or other geographic proximity. Composite Team Limitations: Composite teams are intended to be temporary solutions only, allowing student-athletes to compete as members of a team pending the establishment of single school-based teams. In addition, if a composite team has five or more students from the same school, those students will be scored separately from the rest of the composite team unless a petition to do otherwise is approved.
A student who is enrolled in an online charter school or homeschooled and who is domiciled within the attendance zone of a school-based team may compete on that team. If no team exists, then they may compete on a local composite team subject to the standard composite team rules.
No team in your area? A student-athlete who does not have a club or team at the school that they attend or a composite team that serves their area may petition to participate as an independent rider.
Refer to the ACA Rules & Guidelines for more information about the rules governing teams.
All teams must register with the ACA. Doing so provides insurance coverage for all coaches and volunteers, as well as supporting ACA programs. If you are a new team and want to register with the ACA, your team director/head coach should contact the executive director. If you are a returning team director/head coach, simply visit the ACA online registration system.
Division 1 Teams (12 or more riders)
Division 2 Teams (11 or less riders)
While Division 1 and Division 2 teams do race separately, they are treated equally by the ACA in all aspects. The separation is only intended to provide a fair race environment.
Teams are awarded points after every league race, which count toward the teams’ standings at that individual race and for the overall series. Both girls and boys points count toward that team’s overall score. However, teams need not have boys’ and girls’ points to score for a race. Due to the difference in team size between divisions, Division 1 teams and Division 2 teams are scored differently.
For Division 1, the team’s score is highest score possible out of the following boy/girl combinations:
For Division 2, the team’s score is the highest score possible out of the following boy/girl combinations:
Refer to the ACA Rules & Guidelines for more information about individual and team scoring.