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Effective immediately, BMXA Mini Wheeler licence holders will be able to upgrade to a Sprocket Rocket licence, irrespective of age. The change is to encourage rider development based on skill, not age.

BMX Australia Mini Wheeler and Sprocket Rocket memberships are changing to allow riders in those classes to develop based on riding ability rather than age.

The change comes as BMXA aims to make the sport as inclusive as possible. Both Mini Wheeler and Sprocket Rocket licence classes come under the umbrella of ‘participation memberships’ and therefore this change will allow riders to move between classes dependant on how developed they are as a rider.

What this means is that riders who are Mini Wheelers, and are able to pedal a bike, can move to a Sprocket Rocket licence, irrespective of age. However, if a rider who moves up to the Sprocket Rocket class needs/wants to move back onto a balance bike for Mini Wheeler activities and events, they will be able to do so.

These changes also mean that older Sprocket Rocket riders who may be new to riding, or still developing their skills on a bike, can revert to a balance bike and take part in Mini Wheeler activities. They may do this until they feel comfortable and always ready to pedal a bike.

The changes to the Mini Wheeler and Sprocket Rocket licences are outlined below:

  • Mini Wheeler riders can now upgrade to a Sprocket Rocket licence. To do so, the rider MUST be able to pedal a bike.
  • The minimum age for either a Mini Wheeler or Sprocket Rocket licence is now two-years-old.
  • The maximum age for either a Mini Wheeler or Sprocket Rocket licence is now seven-years-old.
  • Changing from a Mini Wheeler to a Sprocket Rocket can be done at any time by taking out a Sprocket Rocket licence online.
    • Sprocket Rocket licences will be valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.
    • There will be no refunds for any unexpired time period left on a Mini Wheeler licence.
  • Riders that upgrade to a Sprocket Rocket licence may at any time ride a balance bike in Mini Wheeler activities and enter Mini Wheeler events.
    • NOTE: This excludes national level events as Mini Wheeler activities are not held at a national level
  • New membership cards will NOT be issued to a Mini Wheeler who changes to a Sprocket Rocket licence. The change in membership status will be shown on a member’s virtual licence on the BMXA App.

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Changes to Sprocket Rocket licences for riders turning eight (8) in a calendar year 

In further changes to the BMXA licencing system, riders who have a Sprocket Rocket licence will automatically be upgraded to an Open licence in the calendar year that they turn eight-years-old.

The upgrade will be at no cost and will occur automatically on January 1 each year for riders who meet the age requirement. The expiry date of this licence will remain the same date as when their previous Sprocket Rocket licence had been taken out.

This change will be implemented from January 1, 2019.

Therefore, a rider who turns eight in 2019 and who holds a Sprocket Rocket licence in 2018, will be issued an Open licence on January 1, 2019. That open licence will be valid until their membership is due for renewal.

I.e. A rider renews/purchases a Sprocket Rocket licence on October 10, 2018. In 2019 they turn eight-years-old. On January 1, 2019 that licence will be upgraded to an Open licence with BMX Australia at no cost. On October 10, 2019 that rider will need to renew their Open licence to continue their participation in the sport.

This is consistent with the updated Australian rulebook.

A new licence card will not be issued for the January 1 membership licence change. The change in status will be shown on a member’s virtual licence on the BMXA App only.

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