The American Youth Cup (AYC) is an annual series of three not-for-profit regattas that act as a lead-up to the USRowing Youth National Championships (YNC) and the Saratoga Jr B/C National Champioinships (SNC). AYC I and AYC II are currently held as one day events. AYC III is held over two days. All three events have a racing progression system from heats through to finals. Racing at the American Youth Cup includes the eighteen YNC boat classes, ten SNC boat classes and a selection of supporting development boat classes. Each YNC and SNC boat class earns points based on the finishing order. The highest placing boat from a team is awarded the following points:
1st = 8 points, 2nd = 6 points, 3rd = 5 points, 4th = 4 points, 5th = 3 points, 6th = 2 points, 7th = 1 point
If a team has more than one crew in a boat class points will be awarded only to the first crew. The crew with the most points in each boat class is declared the American Youth Cup leader. After the third American Youth Cup regatta, the crew with the most points in each boat class is declared the American Youth Cup winner and receives the American Youth Cup for that boat class.
At the end of each American Youth Cup the country with the most points will be declared winner of that American Youth Cup regatta and will receive the leading team cup. After the third American Youth Cup regatta the country with the most points overall from all boat classes is declared overall winner of the American Youth Cup.