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OCCRA Board of Directors Nomination Form

Please use this form to nominate an individual for the Oklahoma Cross Country Racing Association.  Prior to submitting your nomination, please review the process and instructions as outlined below.

Process

  1. Individuals are nominated by current season members that have raced at least 1 race
  2. The pool is narrowed to three (3) candidates by the current Board of Directors
  3. One candidate is chosen by committee*

*The selection committee is comprised of all Race Officers from the current and prior two seasons who are currently members in good standing

Instructions

  1. Use this form to nominate someone to fill an available seat on the Board of Directors
  2. To make a nomination, you must be a current member of OCCRA and have completed 1 or more races this season
  3. Submit this form no later than December 31st of the current race season.

OCCRA BOD Nomination Form
Nomination Form for the OCCRA Board of Directors The nomination form is due no later than December 31st of the current race season.

Nomination

This section will establish the person being nominated for a position on the Board of Directors.

Validity

This section will establish the validity of the person submitting the nomination.
Name of the person submitting the nomination.
Ex. 444B, 205X, etc.

Nominee Qualfications

In this section, answer the questions to describe why you believe this individual would be an excellent nominee for the Board of Directors.

Food Vendor Survey

Hello everyone. Our awesome 2018 VP Cole Williams​ is already planning ahead for next year and he would like to hear your thoughts about the foods that hit the spot at the race track. Please take a moment to complete our super-short 4-question survey. Thank you!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3RP2GWS

Submit a Rule Proposal for the 2018 Season

The rule proposal form is now open for the 2018 season.  Rules submitted and voted in by the members will be included in the 2018 rule book.  Remember that not everything is a rule and some things are just good ideas.  In some cases, if you have an idea or proposal for the 2018 season that is more operational in nature, we would love to simply hear your feedback.  If you are unsure, just go ahead and submit it as a rule or you can contact an officer through our contact form.

The rule proposal form will be open from December 1st through the end of the day on December 20th.

Please submit the form once for each rule proposal to ensure that they are considered separately.   Thank you.

Rules that have been submitted can be viewed here: http://www.occra.com/2018-rule-proposals/

Banquet Date Adjustment

Hello everyone. It appears that there was a miscommunication with our events center and our banquet reservation was made for January 13th. So please adjust your calendars and accept our most sincere apologies for the mix-up. Just to reiterate, the 2017 Season Awards Banquet and Member Meeting is on January 13th, 2018.

Season Awards Confirmation E-mail

Good morning guys and gals! If you were a season finalist for 2017, you should have received an e-mail yesterday confirming your name spelling, jacket size and placement. Please review this e-mail and use the link inside to respond or make corrections. If you don’t see it, please check your spam box to make sure it didn’t get scooped up! If you still don’t see it, but think you should have received one, send an e-mail to awards@occra.com.

Join the 2017 Member Focus Group

The Oklahoma Cross Country Racing Association Board of Directors are seeking members to join a focus group to help discover areas of success and areas for improvement.  We would like to seek input from members well in advance of the 2018 season so that we can factor in your feedback and desires as we build a 2018 championship series.

Once you have signed up for the list, you will receive a series of surveys, covering a range of topics.  Questions will range from feedback on recent events, to opinions on organizational issues, to ideas for 2018.  Participants will have ample opportunity to offer feedback and propose solutions.

Fall Schedule Updates

The fall half of the season is approaching and we are looking forward to heading out to a new location on the circuit – Big Fox Run in Cameron, OK. I’ll have a lot more info about this location in the next couple of days, but in the meantime I have some more schedule information to share.
 
So some of you may have already heard, but Lafferty Motorsports has shut the gate and will no longer be a riding area. So yet again, we are faced with another change. The positive side of the situation is that we now get to go to a new location on the circuit – Discoveryland OK. Discoveryland is actually a public riding area, so not only will we be able to try a new place, we will also be able to contribute new trails to their trail system for everyone to enjoy.
 
Due to time constraints of adding new trail, we have worked with the landowners to swap the locations for round 9 and 11. So we will now be going to Baldwin Ranch for Round 9 (this track was built over the summer, so is ready to go) and will head to Discoveryland for Round 11. We are very excited about both of these new locations as they hold a lot of potential for being perennial visits on the circuit and are very appreciative of these property owners for inviting us to their land to hold our races!
 
Now I want to close this by saying that while it has been a bummer of a season in terms of reschedules, the real loss is in the public riding areas that we are no longer able to visit on non-race weekends. I think this really highlights the importance of patronizing these public riding areas on off weekends and spreading the word to other riders. That’s how we keep these places open and profitable.
 
I summed up the revised fall schedule into the attached graphic. Please share this info with your friends so that they are up-to-date. Thanks to all of our riders and officers for being so flexible this season and we’ll see you in just a few short weeks for OCCRA 2017 Rd 8 Big Fox Run XC!

Attention Quads: We Need Rear Facing Numbers!

Good morning guys and gals. Round 7 is coming up and we need to tackle an issue – displaying your numbers. We’re going to start with quads and it’s really pretty simple. We need you all to have your numbers displayed from the front AND rear of your quad. So basically, you need to obtain […]

Wilson’s Dirt Park XC Recap

It turned out to be a beautiful weekend to try out a new location in Weatherford. As most of you know, this was a very last minute change in venue and we most sincerely thank Wilson’s DirtPark for welcoming us to their property on such short notice. This was definitely another track for the throttle […]

Rush Springs Prep in Yucky Weather

Teamwork makes the dream work! With just one weekend to prep a new track, our options were pretty much to drop the round or get to work and make it happen. This awesome team of officers and members said we want to race!! So it to Pettijohn’s Off-Road Park they went to scout, layout, trim […]

Change of Venue for Round 6

We regret to have to say that we are having to switch the location for Round 6.  The Arbuckle Offroad Park has been sold and will no longer be a riding area.  This news came suddenly, but fortunately we were able to find a location to move the race to that officers will be able to add a track to very quickly.  The new location for Round 6 will be Wilson’s Dirt Park in Weatherford, OK.  Thank you to the owners of this new location for being flexible and accommodating us at a short notice.  Stay tuned for more information about the track features and thank you for your patience.

Round 3 Recap, Video and Photos

Video provided by the talented team at Ajax Motorsports in Oklahoma City! Well we just closed out round 3 with a fantastic weekend at Terbush Ranch! The Wild West Shootout saw a lot of great battles as riders enjoyed Woodward soil with good moisture. Ron Rader, Randy Rader, Vic Terbush, Russell Doughty, Mary Doughty, the […]

2017 Round 1 Photos & Videos

You’ve seen some of these links already, but I compiled them into one post for your convenience.  For being such a muddy weekend, y’all hauled in a lot of photos!  Thank you very very much to Dylan Pilgrim, Kristi Salek, Stacie Ann Wyatt and Emily Cohlmia for some great memories!  And, thank you to Cody […]

GNCC Big Buck

OCCRA Racers Heading to GNCC Big Buck

The opening round of GNCC Racing is this weekend at Big Buck in Union, SC. OCCRA Oklahoma Cross Country Racing Association is going to be well represented by four young racers. Tucker Grooms (#412) will be racing the 85 Senior race at 8:00 a.m., Nolan Birks (#438) will be racing the School Boy class at 10:00 a.m., Dillon Trail (#415) in the 65 7-9 class, and Kristian Brooks (#404) will be finishing it up in the 1:00 PM race in the Open B class. You can get live text alerts on these racers by texting ‘sub’ and the rider’s number to m@gncclive.com and you can also check out the action live on http://www.racertv.com. Best of luck to these young racers as they take on #xcracing on the big stage! #occra

Honda Red Rider Contingency for 2017

We’re very excited to announce that OCCRA has been included in the Honda Red Rider contingency program for 6 events in the 2017 season. The program pages are still being updated, so check back to see which rounds (6 out of 12) are the ones that will qualify. The link below has all of the details, including which classes are eligible and the requirements. If you ride red, or are thinking of a new ride, be sure to take a look at the Hondas. Those new RX models look pretty sweet! Let’s give a big thanks to Kristopher Erik Hoopes for reaching out to Honda and submitting our series for consideration. Don’t forget that we have several great Honda dealers in the area that are big supporters of OCCRA! #honda #ridered #occra #xcracing

http://www.xtrm.com/contingency/honda/index.asp

Thank you 2017 Round Title Sponsors!

We would like to give a quick shout out to all of our awesome 2017 race title sponsors. These wonderful businesses have made contributions to help us present race awards to you. Please check them out at their websites below to see the products and services they offer. We’ll be highlighting each one more as the season progresses, but we would like to say thank you for your support!

Round 1 – Sprinkler Works Llc (http://sprinklerworks.publishpath.com/)
Round 2 – Brown Oil Tool
Round 3 – Mike’s Dirt Bike Suspension (http://www.mikes-dirt-bike.com/)
Round 4 – Ram Jack of Oklahoma & Arkansas (https://www.ramjack.com/ada/)
Round 5 – Oklahoma Honda- Suzuki (http://www.okhonda-suzuki.com/)
Round 6 – ROKK Construction (http://www.rokkcon.com/)
Round 7 – BluewaterOKC (http://bluewaterokc.com/)
Round 8 – Brown Oil Tool
Round 9 – 3S TEAM, LLC (http://3s-team.com/)
Round 10 – Ajax Motorsports (http://www.ajaxmotorsports.com/)
Round 11 – Ram Jack of Oklahoma & Arkansas (https://www.ramjack.com/ada/)
Round 12 – Innovative Comfort Solutions (http://icsheatair.webs.com/)

We also can’t forget our series sponsors and contingency partners Fly Racing, Western Power Sports, Rocky Mountain ATVMC and Husqvarna Motorcycles USA. There’s still time to get signed up for the contingency programs – get the details at http://www.occra.com/2017-contingency/.

Update on Mini Riders and Number Reservations

First, scoring would like us to relay that if you did not receive a response to your number reservation, it may be because your number selection(s) were already reserved or you did not choose the correct number for your class.  Please review this article for the links to see what numbers match your desired class and which numbers are already taken.  If you are unsure of what to pick, please contact scoringdirector@occra.com.  And, please send THREE choices for your number.  Putting the same number three times doesn’t help if that number is already taken by somebody else.

Now on to minis…the scoring team and mini directors analyzed last year’s mini riders compiled a list of class assignments for minis and noted riders who have “aged out” of a division.  Some of you have already registered, but the majority have not.  The riders were analyzed similar to how the adults were analyzed, so a few were placed “backwards” in a division.  A rider does not have to move back, though, and can elect to stay in the class up.  Please review the list below:

FCA MX/Offroad Discount Coupons Available

***UPDATE – BOTH COUPONS HAVE BEEN CLAIMED***

Gene Thomas, director of the FCA Oklahoma program, has informed me that two $100 gift certificates are available to use for the 2017 FCA camp.  He would like to offer them to someone that plans to attend the camp this year.  If you haven’t heard about the FCA MX/Offroad camp, it’s held at Fry Lake over the summer and brings together awesome training from skilled riders with fellowship.

Read more about FCA MX/Offroad on their homepage or Facebook page.

Husqvarna Contingency & Ajax Signup

We are very excited to announce that OCCRA has been chosen to be included in the 2017 Husqvarna contingency program!  If you ride one of those awesome Husky machines or are considering a new ride for 2017, you will definitely want to check out Husqvarna as they have put together some amazing 2 and 4 strokes designed exactly for our style of racing.

Pit Bike Racing in 2017

Calling all big kids with little bikes!  Did you know that OCCRA will be adding four pit bike classes to the Saturday Short Course bike race this spring?  That’s right, you can now take that mini dirt bike back away from your kid and ride it yourself!  Just kidding, of course, we don’t want you snatching your young racer’s race machine, but we do have a place for you to bring your own mini moto for some offroad racing action!  Minimum age is 16 to race these classes – these classes are for the big kids!

The pit bike classes will consist of:

  • Outlaw – The craziest of the crazy!  This class is for the highly modded bikes with a maximum 14″ front/12″ rear wheel.
  • Mad Dog – We’re talking air cooled, slightly larger wheels allowed (max 19″ front/16″ rear) and a few normal bike mods.
  • 12 inch – This is the larger-wheel option for the stock bikes.  Think KLX/DRZ/CRF/TTR 110/90 with no mods.
  • 10 inch – If you really like being close to the ground, here’s the class for you.  This class is designed around CRF/Z50, DRZ50, TTR50, and alike bikes with no modification.

So what are you waiting for?  Drag those mini bikes out and sign up on Saturday for 30 minutes of good clean fun.  We’re running this as a 3-round trial series so we’re looking for riders to make sure it “takes” for the whole season.  Get all of the finer details on the classes page.

Twilight Team and UTV Mini Series

Did you know that we will be hosting a two-race mini series for evening bike teams, quad teams and UTVs?  Races will be held after practice on Saturday at HOTT and Lone Tree Ranch.  UTVs will run first with the team races held afterward.  The team races may run into the night, so headlights are recommended!  Check out the page below for the details.  If you’re interested in participating (particularly UTV racers), please fill out the form on the details page so we can judge what classes we will need.

More Information

Twilight Team & UTV Mini-Series

OCCRA Race Team Challenge

Ok guys and gals, we’ve decided to add a little extra fun and challenge to the 2017 race season.  For the 2017 season, we’re holding a race team challenge where you assemble a team of ace riders and then try to finish the best you can throughout the season.  At the end of the season, the race teams that end up with the highest points totals will be awarded with special awards and prizes!  There is a cost to enter the challenge and it’s totally for fun (well and the rewards and spoils of winning as a team)!  Your team can have be all kids, all adults, a mix of kids and adults, quads, bikes, a mix of quads and bikes…well you get the idea!  Visit the page linked below for all little details and to sign your team up.

So who has the right strategy to put together a winning race team?

OCCRA Race Team Challenge

Early Membership Sign-Ups

Hello race fans!  We have two early sign-up events scheduled in Oklahoma City and Tulsa!  Ajax Motorsports and Honda of Tulsa have generously allowed us to invade their retail space to get an early start on the 2017 season.  At early sign-up, you can turn in your membership, pick a number, and ask all the questions you would like.  If you have some friends or family that are interested in racing, send them our way and we’ll answer all their questions!

Number Reservations Now Open!

Number reservation for the 2017 season is now open!  Get your number locked in now.  Don’t forget that numbers are held until you either 1) join as a member at an early sign-up or through the mail, or 2) by racing the first race.  After the first race, numbers are release back to the wild!! Visit the membership page, to download the form and review the ways to join up.  We have an exciting season in store and look forward to seeing you all at round 1 at Williams Ranch in Skiatook!

A few articles to help you out…

A and B: http://www.occra.com/2016/12/23/class-reorganization/
X: http://www.occra.com/2017/01/09/quad-division-class-placement/

See OCCRA classes and requirements at http://www.occra.com/classes. There are several new classes including pit bike classes and youth short course quad and, of course, there were changes to A, B and X as outlined in the articles above.  In case you didn’t hear…A, B and X races are now 1 hour and 45 minutes in length.

Finally, check the membership lists from 2016 and 2017 by clicking here and submit THREE unique number choices. We will make every effort to approve your first choice!

Summary of Changes for the 2017 Season

This post will outline some of the notable changes for the 2017 season.

Race Length Increased to 1 Hour and 45 Minutes

The A, B and X races have been increased in length from 90 minutes to 105 minutes (1 hour and 45 minutes).  This was a compromised solution to the request that the A race be extended to 2 hours.  By extending each of these races by 15 minutes, we are effectively allowing our last lines to be able to race closer to 1.5 hours.  Currently, it is often the case that later rows in A, B and X only race 1 hour and 20 minutes or so.  For informational purposes, the timing of the white flag is determined by taking the time of the leader’s first lap and subtracting it from the race length.  The checkered flag is thrown at exactly 1 hour and 45 minutes.

OCCRA Fly Contingency

Sign UP for Fly/WPS Contingency

The 2017 Fly/WPS contingency form is now online in the “Series Info” menu.  This is a great program, that for many riders, will almost pay for your gear for the next race season.  Go to the link below and download the form…it has all the information you need about the program and we highly encourage you to read it all the way through so you know what gear to buy and how to submit the form.  Also, don’t forget that if you make any changes throughout the year (like class, etc.), then you need to update Fly so that your Fly Bucks aren’t affected!

2017 Contingency

Quad Division Class Placement

Hello quad racers.  As you all know, we did a speed evaluation of the bike long course classes and placed riders according to their speed.  Quinton, Drew, and Cole went through the same process for our long course ATV racers.  In this reorganization, the age-based classes were removed to distribute riders between open classes.  The reasoning behind this change is that the number of riders that compete in the quad division simply does not support the number of classes in that division.  However, the officers reserved the 400-499X range of numbers to leave the potential to re-introduce additional classes should the need arise the future for additional open classes or even reintroduction of age based classes.  So the long and short of it is, please bring your friends and let’s build the ATV racer numbers!  In the short term, the classes are designed to meet the same goals as the bike reorganization to increase competition.  If you haven’t read that article yet, please at least read the first part of it so that you know how we approached the realignment and what our reasoning and goals were.

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