Ohio -- The 2012 American
Motorcyclist Association Congress convened yesterday for its 45th annual
meeting. The meeting, taking place Oct. 4-6 in Columbus, OH,
brings together elected delegates from around the country to consider, debate
and vote on recommended changes to the rules and regulations governing
AMA-sanctioned motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle sporting events.
"AMA-sanctioned events are the gold standard for motorcycle and ATV
competition and recreation in the United States and that is ensured through the
guidance provided by the elected members of AMA Congress," AMA President
and CEO Rob Dingman, said. "AMA delegates are some of the most experienced
enthusiasts in the country and the work of AMA Congress reflects the collective
wisdom of generations of these leading racers, organizers and
AMA Congress is the rulemaking body for amateur and Pro-Am motorcycle and ATV
competition sanctioned by the AMA. AMA Congress also sets the rules, procedures
and policies that govern recreational motorcycle activities sanctioned by the
"The AMA Amateur Competition and Recreational Riding rulebooks, available
exclusively for the use of AMA-chartered clubs and promoters for AMA-sanctioned
events, are one of the association's most enduring benefits," Dingman
said. "Events run with an AMA sanction operate under these rules, and not
according to the unchecked whims of a potentially biased organizer. AMA
rulebooks are just one of the many distinguishing qualities of rides and races
that carry an AMA sanction."
The 2012 assembly of AMA Congress began with referee training, a government
relations report, new delegate orientation and meetings of the general rules
and technical committees. On Friday, Oct. 5, committees will meet to debate
discipline-specific rule changes. Saturday, Oct. 6, will include business
meetings and the general session.
Delegates will debate a number of topics in 2012, including rules affecting
racer skill classifications, class displacement adjustments, rider appeals,
recreational field meets, expanded off-road event categories and much more. A
full list of 2012 AMA Congress proposals is here:apps.americanmotorcyclist.com/congress/public/.
AMA members can find their AMA Congress representatives at the following link:www.americanmotorcyclist.com/about/amacongress.aspx.