Posted 27 June 2011 - 10:07 PM
Trophies - we used to do a trophy presentation on Saturday night, awarding the trophies from the previous weekend. Back then, we couldn't hand out trophies for that weekend's racing because it used to take days/weeks for the results to be finalized. Trophies (wood plaques) were made ahead of time. Problems were not all the racers who earned trophies were at the following race weekend; trophies were made back to 3rd place, but there weren't always that many bikes in the class; some racers had so many trophies they didn't want a trophy for every podium finish. Ask Jenelle how many trophies she's hauled around trying to deliver.
The 'instant' results we have now could maybe allow us to award trophies the same weekend. Rather than order the wood plaques, continue to order the brass tags. Not as much $ lost if the racer doesn't want or claim the tag. Maybe we could convince BIR to build a podium for the competition course.
Calls to Grid - The stewards are the one who decide when the calls to grid are made. We have a clock (with seconds) in front of us, and try our hardest to keep those calls 2 minutes apart. Sometimes there is a mechanical/crash on the last lap or cool down, someone dawdels they're way around, or the workers discover a track issue that needs to be addressed before bikes are sent out again which would extend the time between calls to grid. We record every call to grid, and we're pretty darn close to 2 minute intervals.
Announcer - this is always a plus! Maybe a program could be coordinated with one of the local broadcast schools to allow their students to announce. While not a paid position, it would look good on their resume and give them some practical experience. CRA could designate a coordinator to work with the school to make sure the races are covered for announcers (similar to the OEC program - the old timers remember this).
Rider's Meetings - the point of the rider's meeting is to make riders aware of any track issues, procedural changes/reminders, opportunity to ask questions, review the day's schedule. Having the Rider Meeting after we've opened the track defeats the purpose. In fact, we've been talking about moving the Friday Rider Meeting from lunch time to morning, like Saturday and Sunday. Posting the day's announcements won't guarantee everyone reads it. The Rider's Meeting is a safety component to the weekend.
Workers/Staffing - I like the idea of an online sign up, as well as incentives. An online sign up is something we've never tried, so it certainly can't hurt! We can never have too many corner workers. We do need to be careful with this, as people will sign up and then not be able to come to the track. Maybe there's an extra worker point awarded to workers who sign up online and actually work what they signed up for? We're already having problems where people come through the gate as workers (the club pays BIR for their admission) and then don't work, or only a few hours. We'd have to make sure this doesn't get out of control. The online signup could help the F&C Chiefs with corner assignments prior to the weekend as well.
Family Atmosphere - I love the idea of a club taco feed, or something on Saturday nights. I think anything that brings the club together as a group is good - pitbike races! A bunch of us have worked hard to change the 'worker fire' into a 'CRA fire', and I think we all need to keep inviting everyone to the fire. It's a great way to get to know each other. JP (Chief of Pyro) has worked with Jed to make sure there's wood (or buildings) to burn this year. Thank you JP and Jed!
Thank you BOD for looking for ways to improve our club. Thank you to all the volunteers. It's exhausting work but fulfilling. Thank you racers - you help feed all our addiction.