Author: James Slaughter


Fly Racing has become the leader in apparel companies promoting their gear, especially in our series.  Our members have received over $30,000 in contingency since the inception of the program in 2011.  The program is pretty simply:  1. Purchase one set of participating Fly Racing Gear (see details in form) and the rider can register for one class.  2. Race wearing the Fly Racing apparel as the rep will be watching video and images to ensure their riders are using the gear as required.  3. Race the required amount of races and place in the require positions.  That is it!

Riders receive their awarded Fly Bucks at the Annual Awards Banquet in February 2018.

MSC would like to thank Fly Racing, Western Powersports, and our local representative and lifelong MSC Supporter Paul Schwab for continuing  this successful program year after year.



2016 MSC Knobby News is here!

This was one of those Knobby News issues we won’t forget.  Both James Slaughter and Leah Brew battled lingering medical issues and the main computer crashed half way through the build out!  But as Leah always reminds me, “We’re gonna do this!” and we did.  Looking through here at all the results it is clear to see MSC is as healthy as ever.  Our riders are so loyal to our series, their series, and we are proud.  You know 57 years ago, MSC was formed by a group of enthusiasts with the same passion for racing as you have, as we have.  We are only here for a part of time, but when we leave the MSC to the next generation of caring people who want to keep our sport alive and well, we hope its in the same shape, if not better then when we became in charge.

This year as the season closed, we were ready for a much needed change.  Some change in venues and some in how things are ran.  Understanding that the MSC is a grass roots amateur racing series, we cannot have what we see on TV.  The glitz and glam costs an incredible amount of capital to make happen.  We can, however, do our best to ensure we act professional and look as professional as possible….  in 2017 you will see a change in appearance.  We do this not because we are not proud of what we have, see we have done this program every year for say, the last 40+ years in motocross.  We do this because times are changing and we must embrace change, and where we can make it.  We will address everyone at the banquet as our changes are still being written.  We have one more meeting in January 2017 before the banquet to get everything set in the rule book.  But rest assured, the changes are good for all and for the MSC.

We want to thank our advertisers for the Knobby News, Moroney’s Cycle, DiMartino Paving, Real Estate Agent Pamela DiMartino, Performance Recreation, Vintage, and Valley Moto Shop.  Without your help, this issue would not have been possible.  Also we thank all our sponsors who were kind enough to donate all the prizes for the banquet, many donate each and every year.  We want to thank Amy Rutledge who is in charge of Rider Registration for the MSC and the Pointskeeping all season long.  She always does a great job, she is very organized, and she cares about ensuring everything aligns with the Rulebook for Fair and Consistent Record Keeping.  Last but certainly not least, we need to thank Leah Brew for working tirelessly in the background with our manufacturer contingency programs, our prizes, the Knobby News, being our treasurer and book keeper, and so much more.  She has managed this series for years and continues to do so much from behind the scenes.  Thank you all.

We hope you enjoy this issue of the Knobby News and congratulations to all our riders in the top 10 and especially our Champions.  Winning an award at our banquet is not easy, but winning a Championship is grueling and tough.  You all should be very proud of your accomplishments.  We thank you for being part of the  MSC Family of motocross racers. We hope to see you all at the banquet on February 12, 2017.  You will find a banquet registration form toward the back of the Knobby News along with a 2017 Member Signup form. They are on the same page to tear out so you can send them in at the same time.  We encourage you to sign up for the banquet as soon as possible.  WE ORDER THE BANQUET TROPHIES BASED ON WHO IS ATTENDING THE BANQUET.

Please have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


James Slaughter, Chairman



MSC would like to welcome Adirondack Motocross  to our series for 2017.  This is a new facility north of Albany, NY built on a golf course.  The soil is beautiful, with no rocks, and the track was professionally built, with a restaurant on site, lots of parking on flat ground.  Speaking with the owner Jeremy, he is new to our sport, but extremely experienced as a former professional race car driver.  Sound testing will be a requirement at this location so please be sure maintain the packing in your silencer prior to attending an event.  If you do have an issue at the track, Performance Recreation and Valley Moto Shop will be on hand to help fix your issue or simply sell packing and rivets.  James Slaughter, Chairman of the MSC, said, “We looked very closely at this facility and feel the quality of the track and offerings to our riders make it worth the trip to Fort Ann, NY.  We will be going twice in 2017. We will be looking for feedback from our members about this facility once we get racing underway.  Owner Jeremy Treadway seems very excited to partner with the MSC for these two races.  This is going to be a great addition to MSC and I am excited.”

ADK Website

Welcome Back Ace Motocross

Ace Motocross Club has been promoting races for a long, long time.  Starting in the 1960’s in Modena, NY, on the oiled flat track where the original Diamondback MX was, then moved back further to the Motocross track famed by the large steel announcer tower and the”Tunnel” finish line jump.  All those years, Ace MX Club remained a loyal member of the Metropolitan Sports Committee.  In recent times, Ace MX Club join another race series for about 5 years.  In 2017 Ace MX Club will be coming back home, rejoining with the Metropolitan Sports Committee once again.  They will be hosting two events at the famed national track, The Wick 338 in Southwick, MA.  James Slaughter, Chairman of the MSC said, “This is such a great thing for our riders and our sports committee.  It has been a goal of mine to get the original member tracks back where they belong at the MSC.  Ace has always been a staple club and we hope they remain on with us for years to come.  We support their effort to keep the club alive and also support their effort to eventually find some property of their own to operate a motocross race facility for their members and ours. Welcome back friends.”

Ace Club Website

The Wick 338 Website



Reserve the Date! 

February 12, 2017 will be the Metropolitan Sports Committee’s 57th Annual Awards Banquet located at the Hudson Valley Resort in Kerhonkson, New York from 12pm to 5pm.  More information to follow in the next few weeks.  We will be posting up a link for you to download the reservation form, pricing and of course the main prizes, 2 Brand New 2017 Motocross Bikes! 


Photo credit: Will Bame


MSC MEMBERS:  Those riders who signed up with MSC for 2016 will be receiving a $10 gift card from Rocky Mountain MC.  As riders sign up, we will update Rocky Mountain MC and that rider will receive the gift card in the mail.  All MSC Member riders who race MSC events this season will receive a $10 gift card from Rocky Mountain MC per event.  This program can get a rider a total of $270 in Rocky Mountain MC gift cards if all events are attended.

MSC will send the lists to Rocky Mountain MC, at that point, it is Rocky Mountain MC’s responsibility to send out the gift cards.


2016 Racing Season is upon us!!! Round 1, April 3rd, 2016 at OCFMX

MSC-Logo-2013wideThe 2016 race season here at the Metropolitan Sports Committee is almost upon here.  In 2 weeks, Orange County Fair MX will be dropping the gates and racing will be underway.  This season brings back some great rider programs that some partake in such as the Manufacturer Contingencies provided to MSC Riders from Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha.  We also enjoy the Fly Racing Rewards Program which has tremendous success here at MSC.  DP Brakes also contributes each year to participating riders.

NEW ADDITIONS are the Rocky Mountain MC RaceGas program, which gives all 2016 members who sign up with MSC at $10 gift card from Rocky Mountain MC and also for every race attended, MSC Members enjoy another $10 gift card from Rocky Mountain MC.

Also for 2016, Tucker Rocky has stepped up to the plate with a Answer and Pro Taper Rewards program exclusive to MSC Members.  More details on this program in the next few days.

Ride with the largest motocross race series in the northeast.  Ride with MSC Motocross.


Rider Contingency


MSC Social Media Policy

Section 14: Social Media Policy:

In the rapidly expanding world of electronic communication, social media can mean many things. Social media includes all means of communicating or posting information or content of any sort on the Internet, including to your own/or someone else’s web blog, journal or diary, personal web site, social networking or affinity website, web bulletin board or a chat room, whether or not associated or affiliated with METROPOLITAN SPORTS COMMITTEE, as well as any other form of electronic communication. The most common forms of social media are Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.


Even though these forums may seem informal, as a Competitor or Official of METROPOLITAN SPORTS COMMITTEE you are still expected to act professionally at all times. For that reason, the same principles and guidelines found in the 2016 Official Series Guide Book (“Rule Book”) apply to your activities online. Ultimately, you are solely responsible for what is posted online. Before creating online content yourself and/or allowing others the ability to post online content for you, consider some of the risks and rewards that are involved. Be aware that actions deemed financially harmful to Metropolitan Sports Committee, there tracks, riders, officials or others may cause person who posted harmful content to be liable either financially, criminally or both. Keep in mind that any of your conduct that adversely affects METROPOLITAN SPORTS COMMITTEE, other Members, or others may result in disciplinary action up to and including suspension.


Know if this policy applies to me:

This policy applies to METROPOLITAN SPORTS COMMITTEE Competitors and Officials. A Competitor is a Rider, Entrant, crew member, Manufacturer or any other individual or entity who is a Member and participates competitively in an Event. An Official is any and all authorized METROPOLITAN SPORTS COMMITTEE officers, employees, agents, representatives, and subcontractors. METROPOLITAN SPORTS COMMITTEE reserves the right to apply the policy to other Members as it deems appropriate. In such case, METROPOLITAN SPORTS COMMITTEE will provide such New and Existing Members access to the policy via METROPOLITAN SPORTS COMMITTEE’s website:


Know and follow the rules. Carefully read these guidelines, as well as the Rule Book, and ensure your postings are consistent with these policies. Inappropriate postings that may include discriminatory remarks, harassment, and threats of violence or similar inappropriate or unlawful conduct will not be tolerated and may subject you to disciplinary action up to and including suspension. Be respectful. Always be fair and courteous to others. Also, keep in mind that you are more likely to resolve complaints by speaking directly with others than by posting complaints to a social media outlet. Nevertheless, if you decide to post complaints or criticism, avoid using statements, photographs, video or audio that reasonably could be viewed as malicious, obscene, threatening or intimidating, that disparage others or that might constitute harassment or bullying.


Examples of such conduct might include offensive posts meant to intentionally harm someone’s reputation or posts that could contribute to a hostile environment on the basis of race, sex, disability, religion or any other status protected by law, rule or policy. Be honest and accurate Make sure you are always honest and accurate when posting information or news, and if you make a mistake, correct it quickly. Be open about any previous posts you have altered. Remember that the Internet archives almost everything; therefore, even deleted postings can be searched.


Posts are “on the record” and available to the media, public, sponsors, and other business partners and subject to discovery in litigation matters. Never post any rumors, speculation or information about METROPOLITAN SPORTS COMMITTEE or others until an official announcement, release or other post by official social media accounts has been made to the public and media. Post only appropriate and respectful content. Maintain the confidentiality of METROPOLITAN SPORTS COMMITTEE and other Members’ trade secrets and private or confidential information.


Trades secrets may include information regarding the development of systems, processes, products, know-how and technology. Do not post internal reports, policies, procedures or other internal business-related confidential communications. Do not create a link from your blog, website or other social networking site to an METROPOLITAN SPORTS COMMITTEE or fellow Member’s website without identifying yourself as an METROPOLITAN SPORTS COMMITTEE Competitor or Official.


Express only your personal opinions. Never represent yourself as a spokesperson for METROPOLITAN SPORTS COMMITTEE or a fellow Member. Never use any others logos, trademarks or copyrighted materials without consent. If METROPOLITAN SPORTS COMMITTEE is a subject of the content you are creating, be clear and open about the fact that you are a Member and make it clear that your views do not represent those of METROPOLITAN SPORTS COMMITTEE or fellow Members. If you do publish a blog or post online related to the work you do or subjects associated with METROPOLITAN SPORTS COMMITTEE, make it clear that you are not speaking on behalf of METROPOLITAN SPORTS COMMITTEE. It is best to include a disclaimer such as “The postings on this site are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of METROPOLITAN SPORTS COMMITTEE.”


When an incident occurs, information concerning the incident becomes extremely sensitive. Members may not use social media to comment on the identities, condition or other medical information of the Riders, crew members, other Members or others involved in the incident prior to an official update from METROPOLITAN SPORTS COMMITTEE Communications. In addition, during any time of emergency at the racetrack, do not post on any information to social media account(s) until the situation has been resolved and an official update has been made by METROPOLITAN SPORTS COMMITTEE Communications. The official social media channels of METROPOLITAN SPORTS COMMITTEE (listed below) will only comment on such subjects after word from METROPOLITAN SPORTS COMMITTEE Communications. Retaliation is prohibited. METROPOLITAN SPORTS COMMITTEE prohibits taking negative action against any Member or other for reporting a possible deviation from this policy or for cooperating in an investigation. Any Member who retaliates against another Member or other for reporting a possible deviation from this policy or for cooperating in an investigation will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including indefinite suspension.

Media contacts


Members should not speak to the media on the company’s behalf without contacting the METROPOLITAN SPORTS COMMITTEE Communications department. All media inquiries should be directed to it. The official social media accounts of METROPOLITAN SPORTS COMMITTEE are the @MSCMotocross Twitter, and MSC MX Series Facebook. Official news should begin on these accounts.


Policy Modifications


METROPOLITAN SPORTS COMMITTEE reserves the right to modify this policy as it deems appropriate in its discretion.


For more information


If you have questions or need further guidance, please contact James Slaughter, Chairman, at


Of course, nothing in these social media policy is meant to discourage Members from exercising their rights to use social media. Social media plays an integral role in reaching out to and growing our fan base. It is a way to give fans direct interaction with METROPOLITAN SPORTS COMMITTEE, riders, teams, tracks,and sponsors. This policy, if used correctly, will only enhance and brighten this experience for all parties involved.

2016 MSC Bonus Points Program

NEW FOR 2016 – Bonus Points Program

Riders who race consecutively, every week, in the same class shall be eligible to participate in the MSC Bonus Points Program. Only MSC Members shall be eligible. These points are awarded for reaching milestones listed below on the Bonus Points Program Chart. A rider must race the same class 5 times each MSC Points Event consecutively to start accumulating bonus points for that class raced. Riders who race less than 5 races are not eligible. Riders who do not race the same class 5 times in a row are not eligible.

Bonus point milestones are as follows:

5 Consecutive Races = 1 point per class, 10 Consecutive Races = 3 points per class, 15 Consecutive Races = 5 points per class, 20 Consecutive Races = 7 points per class, All MSC Scheduled Races = 9 points per class.

Race cancelations by track do not affect eligibility.

Once a rider breaks racing consecutively with MSC scheduled events per class, that rider will start over from the beginning in counting races for the Bonus Points Program. If a rider breaks racing consecutively and the rider earned points in the Bonus Points Program, the rider will retain those earned points.

Rider MUST BE PRESENT at the track each event to earn points in the Bonus Points Program.



  1. Rider A races Plus 25C week 1,2,3,4, & 5. Rider A gets 1 bonus point added to the end of the season points for Plus 25C.
  2. Rider B races Plus 25C and Open C consecutively week 1,2,3,4, & 5. Rider B gets 1 bonus point added to the end of the season to both Plus 25C and Open C.
  3. Rider C races Plus 25C week 1,2,3, 5, & 6. Rider C is not eligible until he continues with race 7, 8, & 9.



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