There are two ways a child can qualify for the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship Race. The first is to enter a local race and win. The child will qualify for the World Championship Race and compete against other Local Champions. 

Local qualifying races are traditionally held in the spring with the final qualifiers being held the first weekend in July.

Local race programs are sponsored by a variety of civic clubs, service organizations and business firms. These groups establish their local Derby administrative and promotional organizations to conduct the program. Local race organizations are responsible for a license fee to the ISBD.

The second way to advance to the World Championship Race is to earn enough points through the Rally Program and represent his/her region against other Rally Champions. 

Children have been accumulating points since June of 2015 and will continue earning points through the end of May, 2016.  

There will be three racing Divisions in most races and at the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship Race. The Stock Division is for kids ages 7 through 13. The Super Stock Division is for kids ages 10 through 18. The Masters Division is for kids ages 10 through 20.