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Program Overview

Cutters of all experience and participation levels can now compete for NCHA titles.

The new National Circuit Program has created 12 circuits, based on geographic location, in which cutters earn points by competing at NCHA approved weekend competitions. Earned points are tracked by NCHA and used to determine individual standings within the circuits and circuit finals qualifiers  At the end of the circuit point year, all 12 circuits will host individual NCHA Circuit Finals where the top 30 qualifiers in each class are invited to compete. 

Every approved Championship / Weekend Show now offers TWO ways to earn recognition:

  1. Points towards circuit standings 
  2.  Money continues to count towards world standings

The National Circuit Program does not change the current World Finals structure; competitors can work towards both simultaneously.

The former Challenger Series are now circuit shows. With this change, entry level competitors are able to earn points towards qualifying for their circuit finals while still offering an affordable and simple show structure. All NCHA weekend shows are now point-earning circuit shows

The National Circuit Program will make it easier than ever for club cutters, smaller cutting organizations, and all areas of the cutting world to compete at an NCHA-sanctioned event.

Circuit Designations - Circuit List

The 12 circuits are created with local growth in mind. Members will be limited to earning points in one circuit to provide cutters with the best opportunity for success. Your circuit designation is based on your address on file with NCHA, but members can select another circuit if they do not compete where they live.

More Questions - view the FAQs

Circuit Finals - Are you Qualified?

Looking Forward

The NCHA Circuit Program will be rolled out in two phases through the 2022-point year. 

  • Phase 1 - In 2021, each circuit will host a year-end finals where the top 30 in the standings will compete for Circuit Champion titles.
  • Phase 2 - In 2022, the top 10 competitors from each circuit finals will be invited to compete at the National Circuit Finals.

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