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Quick Turnaround to Round 10

Your race club is very excited to invite you to race an all new track at Lake Murray this weekend. Officers and generous volunteers have been cutting this new track in for some time now and is ready for action.
Its a really fast track that weaves in and out of the tree lines along the shoreline. That is a recipe for a great weekend.
**Saturday evening is Fall Potluck dinner.** Hamburgers are provided by OCCRA and the Hot dogs by Russell with Lampton Welding. Looks like we will have great weather for it as well.

Altus Motorsports

is sponsoring RD. 10. Altus Motorsports is a strong supporter of racing and has a wide selection of inventory with generous OCCRA discounts (see store for details).
Directions: THIS IS NOT THE “NORMAL” LAKE MURRAY RIDING AREA. Its at the RC Flying Field.

Here are your 1 click directions: https://goo.gl/maps/js2ogbut79rfnjzV6

2021 Officer Nominees

Here are the awesome folks who have nominated themselves for 2021 OCCRA Officer positions.  We appreciate all of you that have nominated yourselves to contribute your time to this organization to help make a great series for all.  There’s still a bit of time remaining to throw your hat in the ring, so please fill out the form if you are interested.  There are many positions available for a wide variety of interests and skillsets.  We hope that you will consider nominating yourself for a position!

Voting eligibility: Every 2020 full Member of OCCRA who is considered a Racing Member, which is defined as a Member who has completed at least (1) race organized by OCCRA in 2020 and is in good standing at the time of the election.  Temporary memberships do not count for voting rights.  The election for 2021 officers will be held at Round 11: Battle of the Cattle in Cache, OK.  So make your plans to attend Round 11 – not only is it a fantastic venue with a unique track, you’ll also have a chance to vote for your 2021 leadership.  You must vote in person.

See the Nominees (click here)

Nominees

(presented in alphabetical order by last name per position)

President

  • Nick Cohlmia – I am currently the 2020 President. I have had the pleasure to be this great organization’s President for 2020, but I am just not ready to step back from it just yet. I would like to continue the role into 2021 and continue to work and make our great club bigger and better.

Race Director

  • Benny Darnell – Cause I’m Benny and you guys love me

Scoring Director

  • Emily Cohlmia – I would like to continue next year as our scoring director.  I have enjoyed creating and maintaining our clubs competitive classes.  I have helped modernize our membership system to include online membership sign up and hope to continue to modernize as we go on.

Work Director

  • Dylan Stanley – I race XC1 im getting too wore out these younger guys are too fast i wana step away from racing and focus on my sons’ racing by being a bigger part of OCCRA

Marketing Director

  • Allen Aboujeib – I have enjoyed being a part of this amazing team that works very well together. Working through the “2020” challenges in addition to normal challenges along side the other officers has impressed me considering what we pulled off. I believe my role has helped grow the club, keep members more informed & entertained. I still have goals to accomplish for 2020 but with what I learned my first year I feel like I can come into 2021 with more resources to keep members even more informed and engaged in their race club.

Sponsorship and Contingency Director

  • Jessica Cochran – Continue making our sponsorship and contingencies bigger and better!   Continue sponsored awards for Minis, grow awards and  giveaways to eventually every class!!   Highlight riders and assist with individual sponsorship when needed.
    I love hearing from the members and their ideas for making OCCRA better each year

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Nominate Yourself for a 2021 Officer Position

We’re looking for some awesome individuals to take on officer roles for the 2021 race season.  As you all know, OCCRA is a member-led club where a handful of folks step forward each year to donate their time so that we can all enjoy riding, racing and camping.  Unlike many jobs, what we are looking for in officers is simply motivation and desire.  Officers bring their own touch to each position and that’s why we get a unique experience this year.  Is this your year??  Check out the descriptions of the positions below.  Other than the position of President, experience is not necessary.  We’re looking for desire and willingness to learn, help and strive to make OCCRA a great place for all members.

  • President – The President shall provide general leadership and be the primary spokesperson for the club. He shall have fiduciary powers to act on behalf of the association. He shall conduct regular officer’s meetings as well as race-day rider’s meetings.
  • Vice-President – The Vice-President shall serve as the acting President and assume the duties of the President in his absence at any club function or officer meeting. The Vice-President shall serve as the Club Recorder for any race season business. He shall take and keep the minutes of any Officer’s meetings, and submit them to the Board Secretary. He shall serve as the Editor-in-Chief of the club newsletter and prepare said publication in a timely fashion. In the absence of the Board Treasurer, he shall collect all monies and fees and keep an accurate account thereof.
  • Race Director – The Race Director shall be responsible for conducting the race. He shall serve as the chief Referee, resolving all protests, and assigning penalties for various rules violations. He shall be responsible for designating work assignments for supervising track workers the day of the race. Upon completion of the course by the Track Director, he shall conduct a final inspection and review of the track to ensure proper markings and layout, and to identify worker positions and assignments.
  • Scoring & Membership Director – The Scoring & Membership Director shall direct the scoring of the races. He shall post scores and lap times for view by racers. He shall record an official account of the points and placings of each race prior to the next race. He shall hold an accounting of total points for year-end awards. He shall enroll all members and maintain the official record of club membership. He shall coordinate collection of race entry fees and race sign-ups. He shall assign race numbers to riders and assign riders to the various classes. He shall direct the Scorekeeper as his assistant to effect the scoring of the race.
  • Track Director – The Track Director shall be responsible for track layout and design. He shall cause a crew of club members to cut trail, lay out course, and mark track under his direction and to his specifications. The track shall be designed with safety in mind, and to be negotiable by all levels of rider. He shall work closely with the Race Director to effect these ends.
  • Equipment Manager – The Equipment Manager shall be responsible for transporting club equipment to the race site, and for transporting it back to storage after the race. He shall be responsible for the set-up and take-down of the score chute area, sign-in area, and line-up area. He shall serve as the caretaker of all club equipment and shall conduct proper maintenance and upkeep on equipment between races and during the off-season.
  • Mini Director – The Mini Director shall establish and effect a program of racing for children and youngsters. He shall design and lay out the Mini course, and oversee the running and scoring of the event.
  • Mini Track Director – The Mini Track Director coordinates with the Mini Director and lays out and coordinates the building of the track for the mini program.  This position should be interested in designing a creative and challenging track for our young riders.
  • Work Director – Manages and determines work assignments for members that have signed up to work a race.  Checks workers in and out.  Reports work completion to Scoring Director for points credit.  Ensures that trouble spots are manned.
  • Marketing Director – Manages communication through website blogs (news), social media, race flyers and newsletters (coordinating with VP).  Coordinates purchase and distribution of race plaques.  Uses media (photography, video, etc.) to publicize events and create post-race write-ups.  Ensures that sponsors, partners and venues are recognized in communications when appropriate.  Submits content for the website to ensure that the website is information rich and up-to-date.  This position is perfect for a person that loves to use social media and communicate with the world.  Your job is to let the world know how much fun racing is!
  • Sponsorship & Contingency Director – Sponsorships help OCCRA thrive and keep costs down by bringing in assistance from the community.  Contingencies help attract racers to the series and also helps racers with the cost of participation.  This individual is responsible for reaching out to the community to find series and event level sponsorship.  The position also seeks out contingency program opportunities and submits race results to the programs in which we participate.  This is another position that is great for an individual that likes to talk to others and tell them about how awesome the race program is.
  • Special Events & Banquet Coordinator – If you think the OCCRA experience is more than just racing, then this position is definitely for you!  The Special Events and Banquet Coordinator plans extra curricular events on race weekends such as after hours activities, cookouts, etc.  Coordinates all aspects of the awards banquet including sponsors, staffing, schedule, ticket taking, printed materials, presentations, giveaways and awards.

Nomination Form

Please only nominate yourself.  If you know someone that is good for a position, though, do not hesitate to reach out to them and encourage them to apply!!

Let us know what you're interested in! You don't have to be an expert yet - we'll show you the ropes and then you can add your own flair to your position.
Please let the members know why you wish to run for the position you selected.

Round 8 Recap

We had a great turn out for RD 8 at Stroud lake and would like to thank everyone for coming out. The more you race, the more you realize some races are tougher than others. Your race club knows how demanding the conditions made that track and applaud your positive attitudes that proved to be wildly contagious. Glad to see so many people enjoying themselves. Now we leave RD 8 in the dust as we head to Big Fox Run September 5/6.

Thanks again to

Shawnee Honda Polaris Kawasaki

and the Central Oklahoma Federal Credit Union for sponsoring RD 8.

RD 9 is at Big Fox Run in Cameron, OK (near Poteau) in Eastern Oklahoma. We will have the flyer up by the end of the week but for those of you that like to plan ahead, here is the location of the track in case you need to secure lodging, want to check out videos of previous races held there etc. https://goo.gl/maps/pd5MhaUACDdqveot7
Check out results at http://www.moto-tally.com/occra/Results.aspx/2020/8/O1/CT

Bill Walker Benefit Ride

https://m.facebook.com/OCCRA/photos/a.390926917637422/3454936657903084/?type=3

Who would like to ride their dirt bike for a great cause?
Our long time member Bill Walker was recently in a terrible motorcycle accident requiring extensive medical treatment. Your monetary support in any amount will go a long ways to help him and his family.
Please help us share this information with your friends to get the word out especially those that do not use social media.

Welcome Back for Round 8

Here we go…RD 8 at Stroud Lake will kick off the 2nd 1/2 of the 2020 season in less than 2 weeks!
We hope that everyone has been enjoying the Summer break. Some of you may not have touched your machine since the last race and others have been riding a lot. Either way its time to start preparing.
If you are needing parts, maintenance or maybe a whole new machine one of our RD 8 sponsors is Shawnee Honda Polaris Kawasaki and will take very good care of you. They have experienced off-road enthusiasts on staff that would love to help you get what you need.
Central Oklahoma Federal Credit Union is also sponsoring RD 8 so we would encourage everyone to check out their website which offers a large variety of banking solutions. https://cofcu.net/
For those of you that are camping, RV hook ups are on a first come basis. Gates open at 3pm Friday. Please do not show up before 3pm.
Your race club will be very excited to see everyone. Please help us continue to grow our amazing sport by sharing this flyer and reaching out to those that do not follow social media.
Here are your 1 click directions: https://goo.gl/maps/pjgaFcHGqeJ6BuLXA

Short Week to Fry Lake

Your race club is excited to invite you to race Round 7 at the always popular Fry Lake track June 20-21 in Seminole, OK.
We have so many new members for 2020 that may not know just how amazing this property is. Racers will be treated to lots of rocks through creeks, fast sandy sections, tight woods and brand new for this year is the all new optional hard enduro section that would impress pro GNCC racers.
We would like to thank Cannon Racecraft for sponsoring this race. If you look around the local trails and tracks you will see Cannon Racecraft suspension logos on a lot of bikes. We will be bringing you more information about how they can get your machine set up to perform the way you want early next week so stay tuned for that as well as more details about the race.

Important Location Change for this Weekend

Very important race update. Please help us share this information.
Fry Lake can handle a lot of rain but once it is saturated it creates too many problems to race. It was looking like it would be good for the weekend but the sky just opened up this afternoon and dumped too much rain to have the race.
Now for the GOOD NEWS…we are still racing but are swapping with the Williams Ranch in Skiatook, OK which would officially make this round 4. The B Bikes should be happy because you finally get to race first.
We understand that this is last minute but your race club knows the vast majority want to race opposed to canceling.
The Williams Ranch has not got much rain in the last week and should provide great race conditions.
We will be updating the flyer as well as other information this afternoon so please stay tuned for that.

Baldwin Ranch Updates

Please share this important race update:
All races for Sunday are delayed 2 hours.
All practices are cancelled for Sunday.
We will have a parade site lap prior to all races.
85’s will race for 30 minutes instead of 45.
We have a great track that should be pretty good tacky dirt for most of the track and of course there will be a few sloppy sections you would expect in any “mud race”.
We had several people say how much fun it was racing in it today.
We will be doing lots of work on the creeks by race time tomorrow to present a great race. Thank you for your patients and understanding today. We were posting info as quick as we were getting it.

Next Up: Round 3 Make-Up Race at Baldwin Ranch

Hey racers, your race club is excited to invite you to what we are officially calling Round 3 Make Up Race at Baldwin Ranch in Indiahoma May 16-17 next weekend.

We have a few special events we know you will love. There will be a Team Night Race as well as Littles XC and of course Bible Study Saturday evening. There are recent Facebook posts with more details as well as on the flyer.

Round 3 is sponsored by Ajax Motorsports in OKC. Lets show our support to the shops that support our club by supporting them. We will be doing a video with Ajax next week to spotlight some of the great things going over there. They are well stocked with all the parts and accessories you will need and if you let them know you are an OCCRA member they have special benefits for you.

Get directions: https://goo.gl/maps/4KwyrG1hhbey4KfB7

34.536700, -98.738286

Turn by Turn Directions: From OKC/Tulsa: Take I-44 south towards Lawton.  Take Exit 40B to US 62 West.  Travel about 21.5 miles to Indiahoma Road.  Turn left (south) and go 5.6 miles.  Turn left onto Woodlawn Road.  Go 1 mile and turn Right on Bandy Road.  Entrance will be on the right (west) side of the road.

OCCRA Littles Super XC 4-Part Series

I am super excited to announce the
### #OCCRA Littles Super XC 4 Part Series ####
SPONSORED BY AJAX MOTORSPORTS
**Classes for our littles (under 7 years old):**
–Strider Bike (5 min race)
–12 in. Stacyc Bike (10 min race)
–16 in Stacyc Bike (10 min race)
–PW50 Training wheels (10 min race)
PLEASE READ DOWN FOR ALL INFORMATION!!!!
All riders will get a “jersey” with their name on it for the series IF you preregister prior to 10 AM Wednesday, May 13th.
Parents may follow their racer on foot (in fact, we encourage this), but may not hinder the race of any other racer. Helmets are required (a bike helmet is fine). Liability waiver must be signed by a parent or guardian.
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes will be given in each class and year end awards will be given to the series winners at the OCCRA Banquet in January.
Series Locations:
  • Race 1 Baldwin Ranch May 16th at 6 PM
  • Race 2 Fry Lake May 30th at 6 PM
  • Race 3 Williams Ranch date TBD at 6 PM
  • Race 4 Part Land and Cattle October 3rd at 6 PM

Venue Change for Round 6

IMPORTANT Round 6 UPDATE.

RD 6 will now be held at the Baldwin Ranch. We believe in being transparent yet also maintain professionalism. To keep it simple and ease gossip there was a contract dispute at Pettijohns that could not be worked out. We wanted to let you know as soon as we did. We will put an official flyer with announcements out very soon. Everything is the same for the Round 6 race except for the location. Please share information with your friends that may not be on social media, get emails or texts from us.

OCCRA Events & COVID-19

You don’t have to search too hard to find reports about the threats of The Corona virus. We are in the business of adventure and plan to continue. Currently, we believe that being outdoors with minimal contact to others we will continue racing as scheduled. Please use all precautions being discussed from sources you feel are credible. If you believe you are sick or do not feel comfortable for any reason, please stay home. Otherwise, we believe the majority of the club understands and accepts the risks of exposure and desire to continue racing.
Your race club understands this is a sensitive subject with many conflicting opinions. Do not think for a second we are not discussing this rationally using the most credible information available.
Occra expects each individual to be responsible and self sufficient with any resources you believe are important such as hand sanitizers.
Please don’t be offended if your buddies or OCCRA Officers are hesitant to hug, shake hands etc. for the time being.
In short, we ask that regardless of what your stance on this subject is, you respect others stances. If you want to race…race. If you are uncomfortable with any aspect of racing please stay home.
As this subject continues to evolve we will keep you in the loop.
The image is just a cool picture of dirt bikes we thought you would enjoy.

Pitch in with Work and Get 35 Points

Who wants an easy 35 points and a shot at a championship?

Working a race can be FUN, easy and often times very rewarding.

When you work a race you not only get 35 points but you also become eligible for overall season awards such as a championship, an embroidered jacket and personalized plaque. To be clear, you can win every race of the year but not be crowned champ or take home overall awards if you choose not to work a race. All OCCRA Officers and Board of Directors are volunteers, the help that you give on your work day greatly improves the overall experience of the weekend.

It is not necessary to put yourself on the schedule, just make sure you are ready for action at the time our race flyers indicate. Your work day needs to be the same day as you normally race. LC Quads for example would work a Saturday and LC Bikes would work a Sunday.

Working a race can be anything from being a flagger to getting on your bike or quad and following racers to make sure everyone is ok which we call a sweeper. If there is a tough section of track you may be asked to assist riders in need for example. Aaron Waldon is our work director you will report to by the scoring trailer and will explain the different positions available the day you work. The scope of work changes race to race.

OCCRA allows you to choose which race to work. Maybe you are still nursing an injury coming into Round 1. Take advantage of work points if you are able to be mobile. Maybe you are not great with certain types of tracks like rocks or sand, take home 35 points instead of riding a track you know you wouldn’t do well on.

If you are not chasing overall season points and awards you don’t have to work even though it can be a lot of fun and rewarding.

You will need to work 1 day for each class you race in.

Last Early Sign-Up Opportunity at Altus Motorsports!

Join us this Saturday, February 15th from 10-2 at Altus Motorsports for our last 2020 early membership sign up opportunity. We have been signing up so many new bike and quad riders in addition to existing members which is extremely exciting. We hope everyone has been getting the opportunity to go practice because it looks like there there will be plenty of competition this year.

So, why sign up early?

  1. Get your numbers locked in.
  2. Take advantage of the all new Gate Pass ONLY available at early sign ups. LAST CHANCE IS THIS SATURDAY!
  3. Sign up for Fly Contingency, your chance at FREE gear.
  4. Avoid potentially long lines at Rd.1 in Seminole.
  5. Generous discounts off of parts & accessories (see store for details).
  6. Drop your bike off for pre-season maintenance.

Looking forward to seeing our Shawnee area racers this Saturday.

Altus Motorsports
2116 E Broadway St
Altus, OK 73521
580.477.1500

1 click directions: https://goo.gl/maps/n6QHJ1v8jupcKS2a6

Opt In to Text Message Updates

Your race club is always listening to ideas and looking for new ways to keep racers informed. We are rolling out a new way to stay connected for convenience and safety if you choose to OPT in.

If you OPT in to our new texting services we will not “spam you” but you can expect reminders prior to each race with important information including 1 click directions to the track making it easier to find us. We will also be using it in the event of a race cancellation, special events etc. You can OPT out at anytime by texting “STOP”. Here is how you OPT in:

Text raceoccra to 84483 for anyone other than mini’s.

Text occramini to 84483 for mini’s.

FYI, when you OPT in, you will receive a text from Rainedout which is our text service provider including legal info. After the initial sign up message, it will just be OCCRA info.

Stay tuned for more exciting news about the 2020 race season which is just over 1 month away.

Early Sign Up Information

There seems to be a lot of energy within the club heading into the 2020 season! Quite a few racers have been reaching out and asking how they can secure their race numbers for their proper class. We are excited to announce 4 early sign up opportunities in addition to the January 18th Awards Banquet.
Top reasons to take advantage of early membership sign up:
1. The all new Gate Pass will save you money and is only available at early sign ups.
2. Generous discounts are being offered to OCCRA members at each of the 4 locations (ask each location for details).
3. Avoid potential lines at Round 1 when everyone else is registering.
4. Once you complete your 2020 membership enrollment at the early sign ups, your race number is secure.
5. You can drop your machine off for service or pick up any parts and gear you need.

Here are a few notes on how your race numbers are secured. If you raced with OCCRA in the last season and are staying in the same class, your number is secure through Round 1 at Seminole unless your class is revised or you are promoted to a different class. On occasion classes are revised which may change the overall numbering of your class. These revisions typically are decided on the day of the banquet, that’s why early membership registration is unavailable until 3pm the day of the banquet.
In the event you cannot make it to an early sign up, we will gladly get you registered at your first race.
Here are your 2020 pre-season membership enrollment opportunities:
Ajax Motorsports Saturday, January 25th from 10-2
Tulsa Motorsports Saturday, February 1st from 11-3
Shawnee Honda Saturday, February 8th from 10-2
Altus Motorsports Saturday, February 15th from 10-2

OCCRA membership will be cash or check only. Sorry but we will not be set up to accept credit cards.

Submitted Rule Proposals for 2020 Season

This post will be updated from time to time to show new rule proposals that have been submitted.  New proposals will be added to the top of the list.

Feel free to discuss these rules in the OCCRA Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/occraok/

*Updated 1/1/2019


Name: D.J. Blair

Proposal

I propose to change the mini 85 race from 30 minutes to 45 minutes. Right now the kids race a 50, 65, and 85 at 30 minutes. When they move up to long course they race 90 minutes. I think they should get more race time as they get older and move up classes.


Name: Matthew McCollum

Proposal

I propose a new rule for minis that involves parents not shadow your child if he or she races in the (a line or b line) of the minis all classes 50,65,85. The reason for this new rule is to allow the children to have a fair race with one another and be more independent and allow room for other races and so he or she runs there’re own race. I think that if a child has promoted them self’s or has been done by scoring then it’s time for them to be on there own and lean more on the sweepers for help or bystandards and in my raising of 2 races once they have began and were in the c classes as a 50 and 65 I do see a possible need for a parent to shadow and do not see a need to take that away due to a beginner rider that may not be comfortable with there machine just yet I do not see a problem if a parent wishes to shadow there child in (c classes) only, also this rule doesn’t stop if a parent is working the entire day but a do feel that if your sweeping you should pay attention to all races not just your child. I have the upmost conference in my child’s ability and I think everyone should but if your following the racer and are at they’re side then when is that fair to the others parents aren’t racing in those classes and by shadowing you might as well race for your child that’s my opinion hope to see this new rule for this Upcoming season!


Name: Loncie Tucker

Proposal

I would like to propose that we develop a 40+ intermediate class.
This would ease the mind of those members that had to be bumped from the amateur into the intermediate that they would still be racing in the same age group.


Name: Emily Cohlmia

Proposal

I would like to propose that Officers , regardless of whether or not they race at least one race, are full members in good standing, as long as their monetary dues are paid and membership, liability forms are signed. Currently, we have more than one officer that were not able to be a voting member because of this rule. I think that officers, due to their position, are competent and aware of what is going on in the club, and are able to make informed voting decisions…..actually, more so than racing members, even, in most cases.


Name: Allen Aboujeib

**Withdrawn at request of author**

Proposal

The following rule proposal is intended to solve several challenges that quads and bikes sharing tracks have on each other as well as create opportunities to unite bike and quad riders. We all just want to have fun but quads leave a significantly larger footprint on most tracks than bikes. In no way is this rule proposal meant to be taken as a strike against quads, quite opposite actually. In a time where quad races are fading and being eliminated across the nation, this proposal is in an effort to prevent that from happening with OCCRA.
OCCRA has about 25 total Long Course (LC) quads that race on any given weekend but still make the bike track very difficult to enjoy since bikes always go after quads. Quads and bikes have very different impacts on trails. Bikes at just about any experience level cannot get a flow or rhythm going since they are crossing back and forth over dual ruts as an example.
Whether racers, parents of racers or spectators are willing to admit it or not, there is a rivalry feud between quads and bikes largely because of the impact quads have on tracks from my research efforts over the last few years. There is very little opportunity for quad and bike riders to meet, ride together or hang out since most quads are driving home Saturday afternoon before bikes even show up for practice. I believe the following proposed shared practice and 3 main events on Sunday will change this. By accepting this rule proposal the only foreseeable resistance to this would be a very small portion of the club rearranging their schedule.
The Rule:  
All Short Course (SC) and Mini courses would be on Saturday. Sunday would be 3 Long Course (LC) main events with Quads always being the last race of the weekend (A/B/X, or B/A/X).
All LC machines (A/B/X) would have shared practice Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning during normal big bike practice times. I would imagine quad racers would be excited about additional practice time. With the last several years of consistently low LC quad racers the shared practice should not have enough of an impact to negatively affect bikes, nor bikes affecting quads.
The key part of this rule that should not be compromised is that LC quads will be the last race of the weekend to be effective.


Name: Donn Coffman

Proposal

1. Move Amateur (700s) up to the 400 or 500 line. The 700s are much faster as a whole than the 500s or 600s.2. Combine 50+intermediate and the 60+expert classes. Last season the 50+ averaged only 4 riders and the 60+ averaged only 5 riders. Could be called 45+ or 50+ vet class.3. Move the long course quads to the last race on Sundays. The quads destroy the track.


Name: Emily Cohlmia

Proposal

I propose to change this rule: ” Children under the age of 14 shall not be allowed to operate motorcycles, 4 wheelers, golf carts, or side-by-side utility vehicles, other than the vehicle they are racing, and only during their race or practice event and while traveling directly to and from those activities.”to “Children under the age of 16”.  There are several reasons for this:
1.  We have mini riders in the same class….some that are over 14 and some that are under 14.  This year, pit riding became a huge problem as kids were turning 14 and able to ride their race vehicle more than just to and from their event, per the rulebook.  These younger kids see their friends riding and then break rules to go ride with their friends.  Changing the age to 16 eliminates this problem and adds consistency because all of the mini riders will fall under the same rule regardless of when their birthday falls during the year.
2.  At 16, kids are able to be licensed drivers.  This is an appropriate age to be able to take more responsibility for safety, rather than at 14, which is not a licensed driving age.
3.  Just some statistics for you to add to the argument:  According to www.healthresearchfunding.org, more than 25% of fatalities involving atv’s happened to children under the age of 16.  Of the 2865 ATV fatalities last year of children under 16 years of age, 43% were under 12.  Nearly 75% of ATV crashes result in debilitating brain and spinal injury.  
Now…I know that we all know this is a dangerous sport and we take that risk to have fun, but let’s keep our kids safe by not creating additional unsafe situations by allowing the mini riders to pit ride.


Name: Emily Cohlmia

Proposal

Currently the rule book states:  “Class changes are approved by the Score Chairman. Do NOT change your line-up position or OCCRA numbers without prior clearance.”   I would like to amend this to state “Class changes are approved by the Scoring Director only.  If a rider addresses a class change at the scoring trailer, the scoring staff will contact the Scoring Director to make the decision.  Do NOT change your line-up position or OCCRA numbers without prior clearance.  If a class is changed without clearance from the Scoring Director, the rider will lose the ability to carry their first three race times to their new class. “I had several issues this year with riders who did not clear changes with me, as the scoring director, which, in turn, caused a lot of problems within Mototally.  It caused a lot of frustration and confusion to some other riders, and I had people mad at me for an incident that I was not even privy to.


Name: Emily Cohlmia

Proposal

I propose to add the rule:If a rider moves from B Long Course to A Long Course (bikes), Your overall points and/or times do not move with you.  I am only proposing this due to Mototally’s capabilities.  Mototally will not carry overall points from B to A.  I had several riders upset with me this year because of this situation.  We also had a situation where one rider may have qualified for A overall, even though he started in B classes at the beginning of the year.  Luckily, that rider did not complete the requirements for year end awards, or it would have been an issue.


Name: Emily Cohlmia

Proposal

This proposal is to eliminate this from the rule book. Last year we ended the Team Quad A/B, so this rule is no longer needed. “Team Quad A/B is skill based. You must enroll into the class based off of the most experienced rider. This would also include your alternate. However, officer discretion can be used when a bike expert is used as an alternate for the quad amateur class. Example the bike expert has never been recognized as a quad racer other than serving as a team alternate. For 2019, Team Quad A & B will be combined due to poor attendance.”


Name: Emily Cohlmia

Proposal

I propose to add this to the Quad Team Rules.  They are rather vague and this is just an attempt to make them a little more clear.
If a team member leaves the team, cannot race, etc. for the season, then their team alternate automatically becomes their new “regular” team member.  The team, then can appoint a new alternate for the remainder of the season, but the newly appointed alternate may not become the “regular” team member, unless in the event that a “regular” team member cannot race, leaves the team, etc.


Name: Emily Cohlmia

Proposal

I propose to add this to the Quad Team Rules.  They are rather vague and this is just an attempt to make them a little more clear.
If a team member leaves the team, cannot race, etc. for the season, then their team alternate automatically becomes their new “regular” team member.  The team, then can appoint a new alternate for the remainder of the season, but the newly appointed alternate may not become the “regular” team member, unless in the event that a “regular” team member cannot race, leaves the team, etc.


Name: Emily Cohlmia

Proposal

I propose that we change age calculations from “as of Jan. 1st” to “As of the first race of the season” for adult classes (long courses, Sat. bike race, and Women’s Short Course Quad–to exclude youth classes).  We changed this last year to match the mini’s, which states, “age as of Jan. 1st”.  We had several members, especially older members who had Feb. birthdays, had already turned a veteran class age requirement, but were not able to ride in that class the entire year.  This rule is beneficial to the young kids, to allow them to stay in the lower classes, but it has the reverse effect for adults.


Name: Emily Cohlmia

Proposal

If a rider changes classes that requires a different machine, i.e.  Mini 50 moves to Mini 65, they may not take points or race times with them.  
1.  The biggest reason is that Mototally does not have this capability without really messing up others’ scores.  I dealt with this more than once this year and it was a nightmare to work around.
2.  It is not fair, in my opinion.  If a 50 goes to a 65, they would be taking times from a centrifugal clutch without having to shift to a bike that has a clutch and has to shift, so the 50 that is moving up has this advantage, while also has a disadvantage of engine size.  It just isn’t a fair comparison and should not punish those who started out the year in the 65 class, for example.  
3.  50’s have shorter tracks a lot of times, so it is impossible to match times and laps when they aren’t running the same course.This should also apply to adult classes, i.e. if you start in a sport quad class, and you want to move to the utility quad class, it is not a fair comparison in machines, which in turn doesn’t make it a fair comparison in times.

2020 Complete Race Schedule!

The 2020 OCCRA Officers are proud to present the race schedule for the 2020 season!  We think that we have an excite slate of events for you that mixes in locations from all around Oklahoma and dabbles in a large variety of terrain.  There is truly something for everyone here, and if you think you’ve seen it all, then we have a couple of new spots for you as well.  Check out the schedule below and we will, of course, post more photos and details as tracks and event schedules begin to take shape.  Until then, let’s get those machines ready for 2020 and hope for a great season!


Round 1 (2/29-3/1)– Strothers XC in Seminole, OK

Strothers XC is a brand new location for 2020 and is going to feature good flowing, tight woods, some creek and log crossing and a drag race to the finish!  This track is centrally located in Seminole, OK, and will be a great warm-up for the season with it’s fun and diverse track.

Round 2 (3/21-3/22)– Gruber XC in Braggs, OK

Gruber ORV Park is no stranger to the OCCRA schedule and those that have raced it in recent years know that it’s not all about the rocks.  The Gruber team has expanded the parking area in recent years and worked hard to introduce flowing trails along with some scenic track.  Rock hounds can rejoice, but there’s plenty of good dirt in between!

Round 3 (4/4-4/5)– Baldwin Ranch in Indiahoma, OK

We dive to the southwest for Round 3 and change to a very open and fast track.  You’ll satisfy your need for speed, while also getting to cross some creeks, weave through woods and launch off some ski jumps.

Round 4 (4/18-4/19)– Williams Ranch in Skiatook, OK

Round 4 heads back to Green Country for the track that brings you a little of everything – Williams Ranch!  This track gives everyone a chance to shine, with creek crossings, open sections, hill climbs, rocks and an occasional surprise.

Round 5 (5/2-5/3)– Make Promises Happen in Guthrie, OK

MPH is back for 2020 and will once again be a charity race!  All proceeds from Round 5 will benefit the Make Promises Happen program at Central Christian Camp.  This centrally-located track offers some diverse terrain, but is well-known for it’s tight flowing trails and abundance of sand.  This track is very spectator friendly and a real treat to camp at, so bring the whole family for this charitable event.

Round 6 (5/16-5/17)– Pettijohn’s Offroad in Rush Springs, OK

We’re keeping you on your toes by heading back southwest for a return visit to Pettijohn’s.  This is the track for our MX lovers as Pettijohn’s features a full, but friendly, motocross track integrated into the race course.  Outside of that, you will find ravines, hill climbs and some fun straightaways.

Round 7 (5/30-5/31)– Fry Lake in Seminole, OK

We round out the first half of the season by visiting Fry Lake in Seminole, OK.  Dave Campbell and his team always have a great track laid out for us that really includes just about everything – light MX, creek crossings, rocks, hill climbs and drops, sand, logs…you get the idea!  This is also a great camping spot with lots of room to spread out.

Summer break!

Round 8 (8/22-8/23)– Stroud Lake in Stroud, OK

Stroud joined the OCCRA circuit in 2019 and did not fail to impress!  Stroud Lake offered an absolutely wonderful camping area with lots of activities for families while the races went on!  The track is challenging with rich soil, elevation change and some high speed asphalt fun.  Throw your fishing gear and swim trunks in with your race machines for a full weekend of fun!

Round 9 (9/5-9/6)– Big Fox Run in Cameron, OK

Big Fox Run has become our Labor Day fun weekend.  Make it a three day trip and enjoy a great camping area with a very unique track.  Spectators can see a lot as racers tackle a track with high speed sections, woods, loose uphills and the dizzyingly fun roller coaster section.

Round 10 (9/19-9/20)– Lake Murray State Park in Ardmore, OK

After a long hiatus, OCCRA returns to Ardmore for a race at Lake Murray!  More details are to come later as we finalize the plans for the track, but you can definitely expect some sandy fun from OCCRA’s long-awaited return to southern Oklahoma.

Round 11 (10/3-10/4)– Part Land and Cattle in Cache, OK

We’ve hit the home stretch with a new location in southwest Oklahoma.  Part Land and Cattle has tight woods and sandy areas and some really good dirt and little to no rocks.  We’ll also be having some fun in a large creek area.

Round 12 (10/17-10/18) – Red Rock XC in Hinton, OK

Our last round brings us back to a centrally located track.  Red Rock treats us to sand, red dirt and plenty of tight, flowing woods to round out the season.


We hope that you are as excited about this schedule as we are.  In addition to this schedule, we also have 3 rain dates set aside (3/7-3/8, 6/13-6/14, and 10/24-10/25) and three locations on standby in case of interference from Mother Nature!  Make your plans now and we’ll see you in 2020 to battle it out for some championships!

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