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Charter Your Club With The ATVA


Chartering your organized club is a great way to bring recognition to your efforts, advance your standing in the community and get administrative support from the pros at the ATVA. Chartering is easy, and you've come to the right place to get started! Read about the club options below, fill out the appropriate form, then a friendly ATVA Organizer Services Representative will contact you to walk you through the rest of the steps.

You can find more information about staring an ATVA- or AMA-chartered club by downloading Partnering for Success (PDF), a booklet that outlines every step of the charter process.

 

Social Club: $35 annual charter

Social clubs are for enthusiasts who ride together, be it road or off-road, but aren't really structured or geared up to host formal events. Social clubs must have at least five current ATVA/AMA members. Because social clubs cannot host ATVA-sanctioned events, they are not eligible to vote for delegates to ATVA/AMA Congress, the rulemaking body for ATV and motorcycle sport in the United States.

  • ATVA-chartered social clubs are elite. Riders and others know that an ATVA-chartered club is well-organized, family friendly and an asset to the community. There is prestige in being chartered with the ATVA and in being part of a greater community of ATV riders: ATVA members nationwide.
  • Be a part of motorsports history. The ATVA is part of the American Motorcyclist Association, which has organized motorcycle activity in the United States since 1924. ATVA- and AMA-chartered clubs are part of that rich history.
  • Protect your right to ride. As a chartered club, you are part of the solution to keep trails and riding areas open nationwide. The ATVA is backed by a staff of government relations professionals in Washington, D.C., Ohio and California.
  • ATVA News. As an ATVA-chartered club with ATVA members on your ranks, those members will receive ATVA News, a bi-monthly insert in American Motorcyclist magazine, covering ATVA-chartered clubs, ATVA-sanctioned events and profiles of interesting and influential people in the world of ATVs exclusive to ATVA members. ATVA members also receive a full 12 issues of American Motorcyclist magazine.
  • Organizer News In addition to ATVA News for club members who also have joined the ATVA, your organization will receive the quarterly Organizer News. This publication includes tips from the ATVA, other organizers, event news and critical updates about running the best ATV events in the country.
  • Increase your membership. Chartered clubs are acknowledged on the ATVA website and their activities are covered both on the web and in the bi-monthly ATVA News. This exposure can lead to increased status, exposure and membership.
  • Organizational help. ATVA Organizer Services professionals can help your club create bylaws and get involved in your community. Plus, if your club decides to get involved in running recreational or competition events, we will be at the ready to provide assistance with everything from rules to insurance to event promotion.

 

Promoting Club: $75 annual charter

Promoting clubs run ATVA-sanctioned events all over the county. All club officers must be current ATVA/AMA members. In addition, the club must have 10 current ATVA/AMA members (which can include the officers). Two letters of recommendation are required, in addition to a club constitution and bylaws, and a club representative must attend an ATVA/AMA Risk Management Workshop.

  • ATVA-chartered promoting clubs are elite. By chartering with the ATVA, you send a strong message to both your local riding and non-riding community that you are well-organized, family friendly and an asset to the community.
  • ATVA-chartered promoting clubs run the best events. As an ATVA-chartered club, you have access to the rules and disciplines governed by the AMA Racing Rulebook, which includes ATV competition. These rules are written by ATVA/AMA Congress, the rulemaking body for ATV and motorcycle sport in the United States, and only ATVA- and AMA-chartered clubs and promoters are permitted to use these rules. Use of these rules by non-chartered clubs is strictly prohibited.
  • ATVA News. As an ATVA-chartered club with ATVA members on your ranks, those members will receive ATVA News, a bi-monthly insert in American Motorcyclist magazine, covering ATVA-chartered clubs, ATVA-sanctioned events and profiles of interesting and influential people in the world of ATVs exclusive to ATVA members. ATVA members also receive a full 12 issues of American Motorcyclist magazine.
  • Organizer News In addition to ATVA News for club members who also have joined the ATVA, your organization will receive the quarterly Organizer News. This publication includes tips from the ATVA, other organizers, event news and critical updates about running the best ATV events in the country.
  • We equip you with risk-management best practices. The ATVA makes available the ATVA/AMA Risk Management Workshop, which includes guidelines for making your events safe for everyone.
  • You can hold highly prestigious ATVA National Championship Series events. Only ATVA-chartered clubs and promoters are eligible to run these events, which attract the best riders in the country.
  • Representation at ATVA/AMA Congress. As an ATVA-chartered club or promoter, you can vote for the elected representatives who sit on ATVA/AMA Congress, the rulemaking body for ATV and motorcycle sport in the United States.
  • Organizational help. ATVA Organizer Services professionals can help your club create bylaws, get organized and get prepared to run ATVA-sanctioned events and get involved in your community.
  • Access to industry-leading insurance. Obtaining quality liability insurance through ATVA providers ensures competitive prices and quality customer service. If you are ATVA sanctioned, you are approved -- no credit check, no million questions, no hassle. And you know the rates up front -- they won’t change for the year.
  • Be a part of motorsports history. The ATVA is part of the American Motorcyclist Association, which has organized motorcycle activity in the United States since 1924. ATVA- and AMA-chartered clubs are part of that rich history.
  • Protect your right to ride. As a chartered club, you are part of the solution to keep trails and riding areas open nationwide. The ATVA is backed by a staff of government relations professionals in Washington, D.C., Ohio and California.
  • Increase your membership. Chartered clubs are acknowledged on the ATVA website and their activities are covered both on the web and in the by-monthly ATVA News. This exposure can lead to increased status, exposure and membership.

 

Downloadable Charter Forms

If you would rather submit hard-copy versions of your chartering materials, you can download PDF versions of the forms below. Then, just mail them to the ATVA at:

All-Terrain Vehicle Association
c/o Organizer Services
13515 Yarmouth Dr.
Pickerington, OH 43147

2012 AMA/ATVA Charter & Sanction Forms

If you have questions or would like to have these forms mailed to you, please contact ATVA Organizer Services at (614) 856-1900 or clubs@ama-cycle.org.

 

Why Charter With The ATVA?


There are a lot of great reasons to charter with the ATVA! Here are a few of them.

To get new members for your club


ATVA clubsGrowing your ATV club can be tough, often because it's hard to find and reach other ATVers. For individual riders, finding a club nearby can be equally difficult. The ATVA helps bring enthusiasts together. As new clubs join we announce them in our bi-monthly publication, ATVA News, that is sent to all ATVA members and the clubs are listed right here in the club section of www.ATVAonline.com.

To get affordable event insurance


Clubs can sanction off-road poker runs or trail rides for motorcycles and ATVs and get affordable liability insurance. ATVA-chartered clubs can get insurance for trail rides or poker runs for as low as $161. Poker run and trail ride participants don't have to be ATVA or AMA members. This is a new change, and a big change, because in past years participants needed to be members.

When your club sanctions an ATVA event, we'll list your event both in ATVA News and in the monthly American Motorcyclist magazine, giving ATVers across the country information about your events. This allows you to boost attendance and brings in new club members.

Has your club run into roadblocks when property owners ask for a certificate of insurance? We're here to help. If your club promotes anything from a poker run and trail rides or even hare scrambles to motocross event, the ATVA can meet your needs.

To give your club more clout


Our sport is challenged by anti-ATV forces who want land closures, bans on children riding ATVs, and discriminatory regulations. Our Government Relations Department educates and empowers clubs, helping them become involved in political, legislative and regulatory arenas on all levels. ATVing can flourish only with the full participation of our members in the political process, and we're here to help you.

How does your club join the ATVA?


First, consider whether your club should be chartered with the ATVA as a Social Club, Recreational Promoting Club or Promoting Competition Club.

Social Clubs are just that: social organizations that don’t plan any organize events but want to show their support for the ATVA. You need five club members who currently belong to the ATVA or the American Motorcyclist Association as members. We'll provide you with new member applications along with your social club application, allowing you to sign up as many new members as you'd like. The annual Social Club charter fee is $35.

Promoting Recreational Clubs host trail rides, off-road poker runs or field meets. Event participants aren't required to be ATVA members. Recreational clubs must have at least 10 members who are members of the ATVA or AMA, one of whom is designated as a risk management officer. Also, at least one member of your club must attend a risk-management seminar conducted by the ATVA/AMA before conducting sanctioned events. The annual charter fee for a Recreational Club is $75.

Promoting Competition Clubs, or promoting clubs, host races like motocross, hare scrambles, TTs, flat-track or ice races. Racers must be ATVA or AMA members. Competition clubs must have at least 10 ATVA or AMA members, one of whom is designated as a risk management officer. Also, at least one member of your club must attend a risk-management seminar before conducting sanctioned events. The annual charter fee for a Competition Club is $75.