I think it is safe to say that every single one of us is thrilled to see the league membership, and the number of registered drivers for a racing season grow the way things have for us recently.
I think it is safe to say that every single one of us is thrilled to see the league membership, and the number of registered drivers for a racing season grow the way things have for us recently. After all, more drivers, means bigger grids, and more competition. All of this is very welcome, and is a trend we whole heartedly hope continues.
It cannot go without saying though that growth brings challenges in organizational structure and management needs. As the number of members grows, and the number of drivers wanting to race begins to exceed the number of drivers supported on the grid within our chosen racing platform, there comes a point where our laid back, unstructured approach no longer works. It becomes a challenge for organizers, and the shortcomings of the lack of structure begin to impact the enjoyment the drivers have as frustration over uncertainties grows.
While we have always had a Qualification Race process in place for this type of situation, how we have managed the decision making of whether that race was needed or not has always been problematic at best. A better, more effective, and more efficient solution was needed.
Today we launch that new solution, which we will implement for every race this upcoming season.
Each driver will be REQUIRED to register for each race that they intend to participate in. The registration will be done during the 2 week period leading up to the race. We have tried to make this process as simple and efficient as possible, using a Google Form embeded directly into this website. For each driver that knows that they will be racing in the upcoming event, it will be a simple matter fo going to the form, enter your online name, and click SUBMIT. We will also be providing a registration Status link so that each driver can monitor who is signed up. This will allow you to know ahead of time how many drivers in your class you can expect to see. A picture of the very simple registration form is attached to this article. As you can see, it will be a very quick process for each of you.
This process will allow the panel to much more accurately track how many dirvers we should expect to have for each race, so that we can make a more informed decision on whether a Qualifying Race is needed or not.
So now you are probably wondering, what impact is there if I register and then can't make the race after all? Or maybe I don't know if I can make the race until that day, does that mean I don't get to race?
While I am sure there will be some adjustments needed as we begin using this process, the basic answers are as follows:
A link to the registration form, as well as a link to view the registration status will be included in a "Race Preview" thread in the forums, as well as in the detaisl for each race on our Calendar.
Speaking of the Calendar, for those of you not yet familiar with it, our Event Calendar is also an embeded Google Calendar, which can be found under the RESOURCES menu at the top of this site (or the triple decker menu on mobile devices). Because this is a Google Calendar, anyone that also has a Google account can synchronize the events to your own calendar. This will allow you to receive reminders about the upcoming events, both via email and through the Calendar itself.
We realize that change is never easy, and many drivers just want to "show up and race", but while that was easy to manage when the league was only 10 - 15 drivers, we are now at a point where greater organization and greater communication is required. In order for us to bring you the best racing possible, it does require a bit more effort from each of you.
Our goal is to find the most effective, and efficient ways possible to achive this with the least amount of effort on your part.
As always, if there are any questions about any of this feel free to reach out to one of the panel members (F1_Racer68, Nurrec, or Phos4us)
[Submitted by F1_Racer68]