With only a handful of shows to go before the end of this year’s points season, qualification for the NCHA National Championships is still up for grabs.
The NCHA Board have been working hard to get the mix of this show right in order to attract quality entries for this prestigious event. Since the last Nationals a couple of changes have been made.
Firstly the date has been moved back a month to late March. The reasons for this are twofold, firstly holding the show later gives clubs who host shows in February some breathing space to get their results into the NCHA, this also allows those who qualify a chance to regroup before going for the title. Also the cooler temperatures at that time of year will make things more comfortable for everyone involved.
Those who finish the show year in the Top Ten Nationally will automatically be eligible for a shot at the title. Also Area Top Ten finishers will also be able to compete. In the next six weeks there will be shows in Western Australia (Area 1), South Australia (Area 9), Queensland (Area 5), Victoria (Area 7) and Tasmania (Area 8). This means those who have finished in the top ten in Area’s 2, 3,4,6 and 10 have already qualified.
In a move announced this week by the NCHA, those who qualify for the Nationals will also be allowed to compete in other events , as long as they are eligible to compete under NCHA rules and regulations. So if you qualified for the Rookies for instance, you will also be able to compete in other Non Pro events that you are entitled to under the NCHA rules. However if you qualify for the Rookies and you decide to compete in the $5000 non pro and win money in the $5000 non pro, that money will only go towards the National standings if you qualified for that event.
Of the six shows left for the year the new SQCHA event to be held indoors at Dalby in Queensland (area5), will be the only added money event and could have an effect on the current National Top Ten Standings.
Of the six shows left for the year the new SQCHA event to be held indoors at Dalby in Queensland (area5), will be the only added money event on the calendar between now and the end of February and could have an effect on the current National Top Ten Standings.