I have been looking for a topic to bump start the youth area, and for sure, I have found one... The class structure of the youth classes in and around our region is nuts. Every association has a different line up and some of the ages are even mixed up. Now, if you have read my stuff in the past you know I tend to lean towards less classes and more track time. So this should be no surprise... I think we need less classes and more track time... duh Just counting from the 50's through Supermini (I refuse to even recognize the whole 2 schoolboy class crap) there is anywhere from seven to eleven classes. WHY? The youth end of the sport holds a lot of leverage at races and with promoters because they have some of the highest attended classes (on average). Plus 100% have more then just the rider coming through the gate, so that means more money. Yet few events are focused on the youth program.... But I digress. The additional classes have gotten completely out of hand and it seems each year more are added. I recall going to a race and hearing that an "80 Extra" class had been created. My first thought was "what the heck is extra?" then the second thought was, why? Now we have Extra this, and Beginner that, and open and injector and Mini Jr 9 to 11, Mini jr. 7-13... really? I will say it again, but I just don't understand the reasoning behind people wanting to run multiple classes. The argument is "I want more seat time, so I ride more then one class". That just feeds the problem. If more classes are added then less laps are given. The rider gets the same amount of seat time but Mom and Dad get to pay for 2 or more classes. So what do you think is the correct lineup? Keeping in mind that these riders are the future of the sport. I would go: 50 Jr 50 Sr 65 Jr 65 Sr Mini Jr Mini Sr. and that is IT. The only group here that are prevented from being able to run two classes are the 4 to 6 50 Jr class. No you cant ride two classes o the same bike but you can still ride two if you have a second bike. Now I know some are going to say "I paid $5000 for this darn 85, I want my boy to ride it as much as possible" Trust me, I get that. But remember, if we have less classes then the hope is more laps will be added so little Johnny get just as much seat time as he did in the past. We also have to remember that this is a business for our promoters. They make money on the extra classes. Cutting the classes cuts the profit and track close. I get that also. But I for one would pay more per entry (from $25 to $35) So what do you think?