AMA Competition Commissions are volunteer bodies that consider, disseminate, amend, interpret and assist in the enforcement of both technical and operational rules for amateur and pro-am competition events sanctioned by the AMA. Individual AMA Competition Commissions represent a competition discipline sanctioned by the AMA or a general area that affects multiple types of racing.
Discipline-based AMA Competition Commissions are:
- AMA Motocross Commission: Motocross, Arenacross, Supercross
- AMA Off-Road Commission: Enduro, Hare Scrambles, Hare and Hound, Grand Prix, Desert Scramble, Extreme Off-road
- AMA Trials Commission: Observed Trials
- AMA Flat Track Commission: Flat Track, Ice Race, Speedway
- AMA Specialized Sport Commission: Roadrace, Supermoto, Hillclimb, Drag Racing, Land Speed
Other AMA Competition Commissions are:
- AMA Sporting Commission: Creates, recommends, reviews, and approves proposals that affect multiple disciplines. This commission will engage outside experts on an as-needed basis.
- AMA Medical/Safety Commission: Creates, recommends, reviews, and approves proposals that affect multiple disciplines. This commission will engage outside experts on an as-needed basis.
- AMA Technical Commission: Creates, recommends, reviews, and approves proposals that affect multiple disciplines. This commission will engage outside experts on an as-needed basis.
Each AMA Competition Commission appointee must be a member in good standing of the AMA throughout his or her appointment. Each appointee shall serve a two-year term beginning in January. Applications must be submitted by September 1 for the term beginning the following January. Appointees may serve multiple terms.
AMA Competition Commission appointees may include the following:
- A representative from Recognized District Organization (RDO)
- A representative of an AMA-chartered promoter or club
- AMA referee or AMA steward
- A noted expert in the discipline represented by the particular commission
AMA Competition Commission appointment procedures are:
- Completed commission member applications must be submitted to the AMA by September 1 before the beginning of the next two-year term. Terms start in January and last two (2) years. The current term cycle is January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2020.
- Applications will be reviewed by AMA staff discipline managers and then nominated by the AMA Director of Racing for appointment by the AMA President.
- Appointees must be AMA members in good standing and complete the following training within three months of appointment:
- AMA Referee training,
- AMA risk management workshop. (Completed affidavit must be submitted.)
It is the responsibility of AMA Competition Commission members to:
- Attend the annual AMA Congress and participate in the scheduled commission meetings.
- Accept and organize rule proposals from AMA members. AMA Competition Commission appointees shall attend events and solicit information from AMA members, and be prepared to discuss these issues with their AMA Commission.
- Submit rule proposals and agenda items through the official process for any upcoming agendas.
- Provide assistance to AMA staff regarding research and operational issues.
- Assist or serve as an AMA official at AMA-sanctioned events, such as a referee, steward, risk management officer, etc.
- Provide on-site operational assistance to AMA staff at AMA-sanctioned events on an as needed basis.
- Represent objectively, faithfully and accurately the interests of AMA-sanctioned racing activity.
- Avoid personal involvement at the local level with protests or appeals arising out of sanctioned activity.
- Promote cooperation, consensus and harmony among other organizations and the AMA.
- Promote the interests of the AMA, including growth of membership.
- Participate throughout the year in AMA Competition Commission activities and support discipline managers on AMA staff as may be required.
Individuals who cannot conscientiously meet these responsibilities should not seek nor accept a nomination for an AMA Competition Commission appointment.
Currently seated AMA Commission members wishing to continue their participation must submit a new application by September 1, 2020 for the new two year term that will begin January 1, 2021.