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***2020 Race Dates Announcement***

Hello Racers, your existing and new officers have been working on the 2020 schedule and are happy to announce that race dates have been set. As always, the next step is working out race locations and expect to see those in the future.

Here is you 2020 schedule!!!

These dates do not conflict with other racing clubs at this point or Easter or Mother’s day.

2/29-3/1
Rain date 1 3/7-3/8
3/21-3/22
4/4-4/5
4/18-4/19
5/2-5/3
5/16-5/17
5/30-5/31
Rain date 2 6/13-6/14
8/22-8/23
9/5-9/6
9/19-9/20
10/3-10/4
10/17-10/18
Rain date 3 10/24-10/25

Welcome 2020 Officers!

From the OCCRA Board of Directors

Officer elections are in the books! Nick Cohlmia will be the 2020 President and Emily Cohlmia will continue as Scoring Director. We had good voter turnout and a tight race, it was clear that each candidate has the support of many members. We have great respect for all of the candidates and hope they will find a position to uplift OCCRA. Now that the voting is over, please stand with us as one club and support these great 2020 volunteers that allow us to go racing. Friends, Family, Riding, and Racing.

2020 Officer Lineup

  • President – Nick Cohlmia
  • Vice President – Wesley Darnell
  • Race Director – Benny Darnell
  • Mini Director – Russell Doughty
  • Scoring Director – Emily Cohlmia
  • Work Director – Aaron Waldon
  • Equipment Manager – Andrew Tekaat
  • Special Events & Banquet Coordinator – Kaylon Labat

Congratulations and a hearty THANK YOU to each of these folks that have committed their time and talents to help us have a great time in 2020.  There are still opportunities to help out!  If you are interested in an officer position or are looking for a way to pitch in, please get a hold of one of the officers at a race or send a message through our website contact form.

Vote for 2020 Officers at Discoveryland

VOTE VOTE VOTE!!
It’s been a while since we’ve had contested positions (exciting), so here’s what you need to know!

*WHO CAN VOTE?*

  • A FULL (not $5 temp) member for the 2019 race season.
  • Must have participated in an OCCRA race (race or work for points).

*HOW MANY VOTES DO I GET?*

  • One PER MEMBER (no matter how many classes you participate in).

*HOW DO I VOTE?*

  • You must cast your vote in person. You will sign a book acknowledging pickup of the ballot and then you will make your selection and drop it in a locked box.

*CAN KIDS VOTE?*

  • Of course! BUT, they – like everyone else – must vote in person (parents, you can of course, help them with the process).

*IS IT TOO LATE?*

  • Nope! The voting booth will be open Saturday and Sunday, so if you are a member but are lacking the race/work requirement, you can get that race completed then go get your ballot.

*WHICH POSITIONS ARE BEING VOTED ON?*

  • 2020 President and 2020 Scoring Director

*WHO ARE THE NOMINEES?*

  • President: Nick Cohlmia and Mary Doughty
  • Scoring Director: Jessica Cochran and Emily Cohlmia

*DO WE VOTE ON THE OTHER NOMINEES?*

  • No. Uncontested positions are not voted on.

*WHEN IS VOTING?*

  • This weekend at the Discoveryland race (9/21/19 – 9/22/19)

*WHERE DO I GO TO VOTE?*

  • Look for a pop-up tent near the scoring trailer.
  • Voting will be open on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the pot luck.
  • On Sunday, voting is open from 9 a.m. until approximately 1 p.m. (start of long course bike race #2).

*HOW DO I FIND OUT THE RESULTS?*

  • Check on //www.occra.com/site. Results should be posted by Monday.

*CAN I STILL GET INVOLVED?*

  • Yes! There are still some open positions. Talk to an outgoing officer or a BOD member and they’ll make sure you get in contact with the newly elected President. Open positions are filled by the incoming (2020) race officers.

Track Clearing Help Needed for Lindesmith Farms (near Comanche)

We are going to be working on the track at Lindesmith Farms in Comanche Saturday Sunday and Monday your invited to come join us for lots of fun and track clearing…. bring chain saws weedeaters and loppers…it going to be a great loop for the OCCRA race in October.

New tracks always require more work and trimming, so member help is very much appreciated here!

The coordinates for Lindesmith Farms are:

2020 Officer Nominees

Here are the awesome folks who have nominated themselves for 2020 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 2019 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 2019 and is in good standing at the time of the election.  Temporary ($5) memberships do not count for voting rights.  The election for 2020 officers will be held at Round 11: Discoveryland.  So make your plans to attend Round 10 – not only is it a fantastic venue with a unique track, you’ll also have a chance to vote for your 2020 leadership.  You must vote in person.

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Nominees

(presented in alphabetical order by last name per position)

President

  • Nick Cohlmia
    I want to continue the Family Fun Racing that the club is based around because the OCCRA is a special group and I want to take on the roll of leading the group.
  • Mary Doughty

Vice President

  • Wesley Darnell
    We have an amazing organization and I just want to keep our organization moving forward. I have been a volunteer firefighter for over 10 years things learned over those 10 years will help me settle in this role of pushing forward.

Mini Director

  • Russell Doughty

Race Director

  • Benny Darnell

Scoring Director

  • Jessica Cochran
    I have always appreciated that from a member’s perspective, OCCRA is run using efficient processes with a frontline of passionate officials.
    My goal is for my professional experience to contribute to continuing what already exists to the best of my ability.  I Also want to lend any knowledge or ideas to improve this role or any organizational matter should I be invited to do so.
    2020 will be my 4th year as an XC moto mom!!  My first experience at OOCRA was feeling shocked, and I yelled at my boys to “slow down” but now you’ll hear me scream at them “GO FASTER!!!” every race, every time.  
    Kent and I have attended nearly every race weekend quad and bike days for 3 years.  We started with NO experience in this type of sport but due to the help of officials and great people, we now help others or fill in as part of the team where we are needed.  I hope to start racing (super beginner style), and my goal now is to contribute to OCCRA, becoming part of the “official” race family team.  
    Although I am running for the membership and scoring position, I can do about anything and I’m up for most challenges!   Let’s race!
  • Emily Cohlmia
    I am the current scoring director and feel like I had done a pretty good job this year and would like to continue in that position.
  • Michael Johnson
    To create a fun and competitive racing atmosphere that is fair to all.

Special Events & Banquet Coordinator

  • Kaylon Labat
    Love this association!! Have made great friends and want to keep working to make every race and banquet better than the last!

Work Director

  • Aaron Waldon

Equipment Manager

  • Andrew Tekaat

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Online Membership Now Available for Individual Memberships

Hey guys! Super cool announcement! Read all the way to the bottom!! We have been working hard and have tested and tested, and now we have an online signup option for SINGLE memberships. This is only for SINGLE memberships at the moment. We are still working to make it available for family memberships but we aren’t there yet. So here’s what you do.

  1. Click the link below or go to the getting started page on the OCCRA website.
  2. There are 3 pages to fill out: membership, payment, waiver. You must do all 3.
  3. When you have completed all 3 you’ll be sent to a page that says congrats!
  4. You will get 3 Confirmation emails. Yep, you guessed it! 1 for membership, 1 for payment, and 1 for waiver. If you don’t get one of the emails we will probably be contacting you.
  5. Be patient, do NOT click the payment button more than once. If you do then I get a bonus! It will charge you twice, or how ever big of a bonus you want to give me. (Coleman)
  6. You will have a copy of all of your documents in digital format and so will we!
  7. Double-check all of your information because this will be whats on your year end awards and the email we submit to Rocky Mountain for race gas cards.

Here is the link! Have a blessed day and get ready for rd 1 at Fry Lake!

https://www.occra.com/site/how-to-get-started/

Early Registration Opportunity at Honda of Tulsa

Come and save 15% on parts and accessories at Honda of Tulsa (4926 E 21st St, Tulsa, OK 74114) when you sign up for your 2019 OCCRA membership! Early membership registration at Honda of Tulsa will be on February 16th from 11-3. Bring your Fly bucks for special discounts!

Early Registration Opportunity at Ajax Motorsports

We know you have been waiting!!! Early membership registration at Ajax Motorsports will be Saturday, Feb. 9th from 11am-3pm. Come out, do some shopping, and get your OCCRA 2019 Membership!!! There address is 8417 S. Interstate 35 Oklahoma City, OK 73149. Thanks, and see you Saturday!!

 

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2018 Rules Meeting Recap

Below are the rule submissions that were considered at this year’s annual meeting along with outcomes and explanations.

  1. Via GoPro Footage or occra official eyewitness If caught cutting Track automatic DQ for that race if caught again automatic DQ from the series Cut and dry no gray areas no excuses

    Culled and member not present.  DQ is OCCRA’s harshest penalty and is generally reserved for extreme circumstances.  A DQ not only counts as a zero, but also cannot serve as a drop.  Officers will continue to try to improve track layout to reduce opportunities for intentional cutting and address with penalties.

  2. Pro payout 200% OR make the pro entry the same as all other classes. Paying extra is not fair when the payout is capped at $210 and you only leave with $150 and having to race at such a higher level. Also if the payout is better more pros will come which is good for spectators and kids to watch and learn and it raises the skills of the whole club by learning new speeds

    Member Not Present.

  3. 2019 Rule Proposal Change for Pro Payout

    For the 2019 season I propose that OCCRA increases the Pro Payout. Right now, the series has the pay capped at $210. I don’t think there should be a cap at all, more racers should mean better Payout. Racing against more people should be rewarded. If OCCRA wants to attract more Pros, which would ultimately bring more racers across the board, they need to raise their Payout. The lack of pay is hurting the Pro turnout. I think an increase in the pay chart would attract riders from outside of our current series circle. Attracting riders from outside of the OCCRA series should be a priority to the series. Getting more riders will lead to
    better and faster competition which will raise the level of riding of all individuals racing. Just from my personal experience racing the OCCRA Series, I have often missed Occra races and traveled out of state because other series in the surrounding states where having a bigger payout. When they host these Bigger Payout races they attract racers from several states. As a racer, I would love to be able to race the Occra series and know that I am racing the best riders in the Midwest Region. OCCRA is simply missing out on riders and not providing us racers with better competition. If OCCRA chooses not to make a significant change to Pro Payout, I for see the quad numbers will continue to drop. Make some changes, reward your Pro riders, and Lets get the Occra Series numbers of riders up.

    Solution Ideas

    * Remove the $210 Cap on Pro Payout, with the increase in riders
    * Change payback policy to 40% of class gets payback up to 5th place
    * Increase minimum payback for 1st place to $310-400
    * Have a One to Two Big Race Events a year with $500-1000 payouts

    Submitter agreed after discussion to accept the proposal by Cole (listed next), as it met most of the suggestions.

  4. I propose the following change to the pro payout. I’ve been wanting to change this for years. I see now there is interest in changing it from pro riders. I would like to offer my 2 cents. The following would include:
    1. Make pros able to earn higher payouts based on attendance with basically no cap to payout amount.
    2. OCCRA would be able to invest less money.
    3. Payout structure is more fair and rewarding.
    4. My layout has 9 payout levels, the current chart has 8, so not much room will be added to the rulebook.

    This will need to be made into a chart style if passed.

    1 rider 1st $210
    2 riders 1st $285
    3-4 riders 1st $285 2nd $60
    5-6 riders 1st $285 2nd $100
    7-9 riders 1st $350 2nd $150 3rd $60
    10-14 riders 1st $400 2nd $200 3rd $100
    15-19 riders 1st $500 2nd $300 3rd $100
    20-24 riders 1st $600 2nd $350 3rd $150 4th $100
    25+ 1st $900 2nd $350 3rd $150 4th $100

    PASSED.  Officers will also seek opportunities for periodic larger purses via sponsorship.

  5. Colored backgrounds or numbers for the different classes so it’s easier for younger ones to identify those not in their class.

    Member not present.

  6. Why does the 85 class go before the 65 classes the 85 tears up the course alot more the the 65’s

    Member not present.  However this operational change may be considered by the officers.  The current order is designed to allow the 85 racers more break before the long course races.**

  7. Add 30+A, 40+ Intermediate Proposals

    Culled.  Adding additional classes without known riders to fill them would thin existing classes and jeopardize competition and contingencies.  However, officers will consider adding new classes if need is demonstrated during the season.

  8. Add 65cc Girls Class

    Not present.

  9. In the spirit of competition, I propose to change the age classes of womens short course quad to an A and B class. The purpose of the reorganization a few years ago was so that when you line up, you dont automatically know who is going to win. There are different levels of riders in both 30+ and womens SC and both have quick riders and slower riders. I would like to see these be speed based classes rather than age to foster competition and put rider levels in the same speed category. We all ride the same time and the same track anyway, so age shouldn’t matter so much as how fast you are.

    Passed

  10. I propose that OCCRA add a temp $10 membership for the entire year. (this could be discounted after the break or for any co-sanctions or special events). This membership will act as our current temp memberships do:
    1. It would be active on a per weekend basis.
    2. It would allow for any weekend awards and results, but no series points.
    3. It would allow riders to try OCCRA for a slightly cheaper cost. (maybe getting a couple more riders.)
    4. It could help keep 1 or 2 time racers out of year end points calculations.

      Withdrawn

  11. If a rider enters a class after the summer break, they will be eligible for the individual race award (1st, 2nd etc), but will not be awarded series points and/or overall points, unless approved by a 100% vote of the current race officers.

    Withdrawn

  12. To be added to team quad race rules: both members of the team must work the same weekend for year end points. This was an issue and there were teams where both members did not work. One member was allowed to work for the team, and I do not think this is fair to the other teams who both members worked.

    Withdrawn

  13. I propose combining Quad Team A and B.

    Passed.  If numbers return and justify, class can be re-split.

  14. Quad Team Class Requirements
    In the spirit of creating the team class it was intended that it be a team event. I want to add the rule that both racers must attempt a lap but this will further regulate a “fun” class. In the instance Team A only has 1 quad and rider 1 breaks down before rider 2 gets to attempt a lap TEAM A would be DQ’ed which is not my intention. I only ask that wording be added to something of this effect. “The team race is to be considered a team event in all aspect of rules on the class.” I would want it implied TEAM A would work as a team and race as a team and not as individuals. This class has enough rules and I don’t want to add one but the spirit of the class should remain as a team.

    Passed

  15. I propose all age based classes be off of the racers age as of Jan 1st of that year. This matches the minis and short course rules. This also will prevent the temptation of someone moving classes mid season which causes more work for scoring, and a problem if it is missed.

    Passed

  16. 2 hour (A)race or 50 miles. (+ 2 other similar ones)

    Culled.  Race time has been changed back and forth in each of the last two years.  Changes to A/B race times could be considered, but has hurdles due to current setup of promotions, class transfers and software limitations.

  17. I propose to change the rules for the O-YAA awards. The way they are calculated is outdated and most schools do not use these standards any more. I propose to change them to: A=4 pts., B= 3 pts., C = 2pts., D = 1 pt., For schools that grade on S/U….S+= 4 pt., S=3 pt., S-= 2 pt., U= 0 pt. For classes that are Pass-Fail, Pass = pt., Fail = 0 pts. For schools that grade on Standards based grading, 2 state-licensed educators that are Club members, appointed by the race officers of that respective year, will make any point-decisions for those grade cards. All grade cards and-or transcripts should be submitted to the Vice President by November 1st for year end award eligibility.

    Passed with removal of “that are club members”

  18. I propose the membership price change from $30 single/$50 family to $25 for every member. This change would cause quite a few changes.
    1. Single members would get a discount.
    2. While 2 member family’s price would not change, this would increase the membership cost for any family with 3 or more members.
    3. This would allow for online membership signup.
    4. This would allow for accurate cost tracking of membership money.
    5. This would begin the process to get to the ability to have online race registration.

      Failed

Number Reservations Now Open

Hello OCCRA Racers!!! The 2019 season is fast approaching, and we are pleased to announce that number reservations are now open. With that said, there are 2 things that are very important…

1. If you raced last season and are staying in the same class, please do not reserve a number. You already have your current number reserved.
2. Please wait to order your graphics until you receive an email confirming your number reservation.

Visit the following link to reserve your number. Thanks.

https://www.moto-tally.com/occra/SeriesRegistration.aspx

Banquet Information for Tomorrow

Racers and fans!!! Get ready for an awesome evening of awards and prizes celebrating the 2018 OCCRA season! The banquet is on as scheduled. Please dress warm and drive safe.
Also note. Early signups are postponed due to an online signup feature coming in the near future. We will be having number reservations ONLY, from 4-5. No helmet needed and no money since your ONLY requesting a number. Don’t forget the rules meeting starts at 1pm tomorrow and the submission form closes at 5pm tonight! The doors open at about 530 with the banquet dinner starting around 545.
 — feeling excited at Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center.

More info: https://www.occra.com/site/events/2018banquet/

2019 Race Schedule

Racers and fans, here is the 2019 schedule with venues. We are excited to have some new tracks this year, as well as some regular venues.

2018 Awards Banquet
1/19 — Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center; Shawnee, OK

3/2-3/3 — Fry Lake; Seminole, OK
3/16-3/17 — Hinton; Hinton, OK
3/30-3/31 — Gruber; Braggs, OK
4/13-4/14 — Pettijohn’s; Rush Springs, OK
4/27-4/28 — Baldwin Ranch; Indiahoma, OK
5/18-5/19 — William’s Ranch; Skiatook, OK
6/1-6/2 — Pleasant Valley Farms; Sand Springs, OK
6/22-6/23 — TBD
6/29-6/30 — Rain Date
— Summer Break —
8/24-8/25 — Stroud Lake; Stroud, OK
9/7-9/8 — Big Fox Run; Cameron, OK
**Co-sanctioned race with AXC
9/21-9/22 — Discoveryland; Sand Springs, OK
10/5-10/6 — Sundog Trails; Lexington, OK
10/19-10/20 — Rain Date

We expect to have Round 8 finalized prior to the Awards Banquet, and I will update this post once it is finalized.

Thank you to all the racers, fans, and families for a great 2018 season, and we are looking forward to even greater things in 2019.

Class Structure and Promotions Survey

This survey has been created to obtain a general idea of the sentiments of current and prospective riders in terms of class structure and rider movement between classes.  This form is about the big operational picture –  if you have ideas that you feel would improve the series, please use the long answer fields to offer those ideas.  This form is NOT a rule proposal and specific entries will not be presented at the member meeting, but data trends from the form may be used to craft proposals for presentation at the member meeting.  We also have the rule proposal form that you can use to submit a specific idea for consideration at the member meeting – visit this page to submit a rule proposal.

Submitted Rule Proposals for the 2019 Season

This page will be updated as rules are submitted. Note that this is not an automated process, so your proposal may not appear instantly. Thank you!


Submitter: Clint R.

Why does the 85 class go before the 65 classes the 85 tears up the course alot more the the 65’s


Submitter: Aaron W.

Via GoPro Footage or occra official eyewitness If caught cutting Track automatic DQ for that race if caught again automatic DQ from the series Cut and dry no gray areas no excuses


Submitter: Tanner M.

Pro payout 200% OR make the pro entry the same as all other classes. Paying extra is not fair when the payout is capped at $210 and you only leave with $150 and having to race at such a higher level. Also if the payout is better more pros will come which is good for spectators and kids to watch and learn and it raises the skills of the whole club by learning new speeds


Submitter: Rebecca B.

Colored backgrounds or numbers for the different classes so it’s easier for younger ones to identify those not in their class.


Submitter: Matt M.

Add a +30 A class, you can start on the Masters line like every other series


Submitter: Brad W.

2 hour (A)race or 50 miles.


Submitter: John M.

Go back to the 1hr 45 min race format. This seemed to be a good amount of time for the big bike races.


Submitter: Donn C.

Need a 40+ intermediate class like other organizations have.


Submitter: Donn C.

I agree with John M. Big bike races should 1:45 in length.


Submitter: Doug B.

Consider a longer race time for big bikes 1:45 or 2:00


Submitter: Emily C.

In the spirit of competition, I propose to change the age classes of womens short course quad to an A and B class. The purpose of the reorganization a few years ago was so that when you line up, you dont automatically know who is going to win. There are different levels of riders in both 30+ and womens SC and both have quick riders and slower riders. I would like to see these be speed based classes rather than age to foster competition and put rider levels in the same speed category. We all ride the same time and the same track anyway, so age shouldn’t matter so much as how fast you are.


Submitter: Emily C.

I propose to change the rules for the O-YAA awards. The way they are calculated is outdated and most schools do not use these standards any more. I propose to change them to: A=4 pts., B= 3 pts., C = 2pts., D = 1 pt., For schools that grade on S/U….S+= 4 pt., S=3 pt., S-= 2 pt., U= 0 pt. For classes that are Pass-Fail, Pass = pt., Fail = 0 pts. For schools that grade on Standards based grading, 2 state-licensed educators that are Club members, appointed by the race officers of that respective year, will make any point-decisions for those grade cards. All grade cards and-or transcripts should be submitted to the Vice President by November 1st for year end award eligibility.


Submitter: Emily C.

To be added to team quad race rules: both members of the team must work the same weekend for year end points. This was an issue and there were teams where both members did not work. One member was allowed to work for the team, and I do not think this is fair to the other teams who both members worked.


Submitter: Daniel W.

Create a 65 girls class. Had a good turn out these last few years and the girls expressed interest in this. Also would allow them to compete similar to the ladies class.


Submitter: Cole W.

I propose the membership price change from $30 single/$50 family to $25 for every member. This change would cause quite a few changes.

  1. Single members would get a discount.
  2. While 2 member family’s price would not change, this would increase the membership cost for any family with 3 or more members.
  3. This would allow for online membership signup.
  4. This would allow for accurate cost tracking of membership money.
  5. This would begin the process to get to the ability to have online race registration.

Submitter: Cole W.

I propose that OCCRA add a temp $10 membership for the entire year. (this could be discounted after the break or for any co-sanctions or special events). This membership will act as our current temp memberships do:

  1. It would be active on a per weekend basis.
  2. It would allow for any weekend awards and results, but no series points.
  3. It would allow riders to try OCCRA for a slightly cheaper cost. (maybe getting a couple more riders.)
  4. It could help keep 1 or 2 time racers out of year end points calculations.

Submitter: David B.

If a rider enters a class after the summer break, they will be eligible for the individual race award (1st, 2nd etc), but will not be awarded series points and/or overall points, unless approved by a 100% vote of the current race officers.


Submitter: Cole W.

I propose all age based classes be off of the racers age as of Jan 1st of that year. This matches the minis and short course rules. This also will prevent the temptation of someone moving classes mid season which causes more work for scoring, and a problem if it is missed.


Submitter: Dillon Y.

2019 Rule Proposal Change for Pro Payout

For the 2019 season I propose that OCCRA increases the Pro Payout. Right now, the series has the pay capped at $210. I don’t think there should be a cap at all, more racers should mean better Payout. Racing against more people should be rewarded. If OCCRA wants to attract more Pros, which would ultimately bring more racers across the board, they need to raise their Payout. The lack of pay is hurting the Pro turnout. I think an increase in the pay chart would attract riders from outside of our current series circle. Attracting riders from outside of the OCCRA series should be a priority to the series. Getting more riders will lead to
better and faster competition which will raise the level of riding of all individuals racing. Just from my personal experience racing the OCCRA Series, I have often missed Occra races and traveled out of state because other series in the surrounding states where having a bigger payout. When they host these Bigger Payout races they attract racers from several states. As a racer, I would love to be able to race the Occra series and know that I am racing the best riders in the Midwest Region. OCCRA is simply missing out on riders and not providing us racers with better competition. If OCCRA chooses not to make a significant change to Pro Payout, I for see the quad numbers will continue to drop. Make some changes, reward your Pro riders, and Lets get the Occra Series numbers of riders up.

Solution Ideas

* Remove the $210 Cap on Pro Payout, with the increase in riders
* Change payback policy to 40% of class gets payback up to 5th place
* Increase minimum payback for 1st place to $310-400
* Have a One to Two Big Race Events a year with $500-1000 payouts


Submitter: Cole W.

I propose the following change to the pro payout. I’ve been wanting to change this for years. I see now there is interest in changing it from pro riders. I would like to offer my 2 cents. The following would include:
1. Make pros able to earn higher payouts based on attendance with basically no cap to payout amount.
2. OCCRA would be able to invest less money.
3. Payout structure is more fair and rewarding.
4. My layout has 9 payout levels, the current chart has 8, so not much room will be added to the rulebook.

This will need to be made into a chart style if passed.

1 rider 1st $210
2 riders 1st $285
3-4 riders 1st $285 2nd $60
5-6 riders 1st $285 2nd $100
7-9 riders 1st $350 2nd $150 3rd $60
10-14 riders 1st $400 2nd $200 3rd $100
15-19 riders 1st $500 2nd $300 3rd $100
20-24 riders 1st $600 2nd $350 3rd $150 4th $100
25+ 1st $900 2nd $350 3rd $150 4th $100


Submitter: Cole W.

I propose combining Quad Team A and B.


Submitter: Cole W.

Quad Team Class Requirements
In the spirit of creating the team class it was intended that it be a team event. I want to add the rule that both racers must attempt a lap but this will further regulate a “fun” class. In the instance Team A only has 1 quad and rider 1 breaks down before rider 2 gets to attempt a lap TEAM A would be DQ’ed which is not my intention. I only ask that wording be added to something of this effect. “The team race is to be considered a team event in all aspect of rules on the class.” I would want it implied TEAM A would work as a team and race as a team and not as individuals. This class has enough rules and I don’t want to add one but the spirit of the class should remain as a team.

Please Welcome the 2019 OCCRA Officer Corps

Please welcome the wonderful crew of individuals that will be presenting the 2019 race season!  These guys and gals are the ones that put in the work to help us all have 12 events of competition, camping and good ‘ol OCCRA family.  One official position remains – Track Director – so if you are interested in seeking this position, please talk to Cole Williams (or send an e-mail to this site).  Also, OCCRA is definitely a series that welcomes help outside of official positions from the membership, so if you would like to help out, please feel free to reach out to one of our awesome 2019 officers.  Thank you, also, to the outgoing 2018 officers – your time and commitment to the series is definitely appreciated!

President: Cole Williams
Vice President: Mary Doughty
Race Director: Benny Darnell
Mini Director: Russell Doughty
Scoring Director: Emily Cohlmia
Work Director: Wesley Darnell
Marketing Director: J.R. Selke
Equipment Manager: Nick Cohlmia
Sponsorship/Contingency Coordinator: Sarah Casillas
Emily Cohlmia: Special Events/Banquet Coordinator

2019 Race Dates – Mark Your Calendars!

OCCRA would like to announce the schedule dates for the 2019 race season.  The officers are currently working to attach venues to those dates and you can expect a full schedule with locations later in the year.  This year isn’t quite over, but we’re already excited for the 2019 season.  We hope you can make plans to #raceoccra in 2019!

2018 Season Banquet 1/19/19
Rd 1 – 3/2/19 – 3/3/19
Rd 2 – 3/16/19 – 3/17/19
Rd 3 – 3/30/19 – 3/31/19
Rd 4 – 4/13/19 – 4/14/19
Rd 5 – 4/27/19 – 4/28/19
Rd 6 – 5/18/19 – 5/19/19
Rd 7 – 6/1/19 – 6/2/19
Rd 8 – 6/15/19 – 6/16/19
Raindate – 6/23/19
Raindate – 6/30/19
Summer break
Rd 9 – 8/24/19 – 8/25/19
Rd 10 – 9/7/19 – 9/8/19
Rd 11 – 9/21/19 – 9/22/19
Rd – 12 – 10/5/19 – 10/6/19
Raindate – 10/20/19

Check and/or Update Your Rider Info

Racers, As many of you know, the officers have been busy working with Rocky Mountain on the Race Gas program, and getting everyone credited for completed races. In addition to getting this lined out, we have made a video to walk everyone through the process of checking your email address in Mototally. Please watch the video carefully, and then go check your Mototally info and be sure it matches your Rocky Mountain info.

As of now, we will leave this available until next Wednesday, at which point we will lock it down to prep for next weekends race. It will then be evaluated whether to open this back up or not.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Update Info: http://www.moto-tally.com/occra/SeriesRegistration.aspx

Info About 2018 RMATV Race Gas Program

The Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Race Gas program has changed quite a bit since last year.  We have received a lot of questions.  The information contained in this email was also passed out at the scoring trailer and will continue to be available there in the future.  Please read below and pass this information on to anyone you think might not be getting the message.

Rocky Mountain ATV MC is an amazing sponsor that gives OCCRA riders a $10.00 credit online to each racer that competes in an OCCRA event. Be sure and thank them every chance you get. There will be no more Rocky Mountain ATV/MC cards mailed out. Everything is now online so you can get your credit faster and you won’t have to type in the entire card number to use them!

OCCRA results are submitted to Rocky Mountain ATV/MC after each race and then Rocky Mountain ATV/MC applies the credit to your Rocky Mountain account. You can check your balance at any time by going online to www.Rockymountainatvmc.com or by calling 801-465-3140.

All you have to do to get the credit for each race is to make sure the email address that you put on your OCCRA membership form matches the email address on the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC account you want the credit to go to. For instance if you have children, and you have the only Rocky Mountain ATV/MC account in the family, you would want all of your kid’s membership forms to have the email address that matches your Rocky Mountain ATV/MC account.

Steps to check your balance:

  1. Go online, login, and click the “RM cash” at the top of the RM website and it will give you your balance.
  2. IF you see a $0 balance or you think you are missing some credits you will have to call Rocky Mountain.
  3. When you call RM be sure to give them your name and email address that you gave OCCRA. They can then look to see if you have credits anywhere else.
  4. IF you have credits that are not showing online, you will have to place an order over the phone to get those credits.Notes:

Notes:

  • OCCRA results are sent after each race (we have about 2 weeks). Once results are submitted there are no later submissions or corrections allowed.
  • There is no longer a Race Gas credit for membership
  • 1 credit per rider per event, not per entry (same as before)
  • Credits expire after 45 days from the time they are applied to the account (not from the race date)
  • All credits go to your Rocky Mountain ATV/MC account.  There are no more cards.  You HAVE to have an e-mail address.
  • These same rules will apply to any race series that participates in the program.

Be sure you check often and call often. The credit will only last for 45 days and then it will expire. RM says that they will email you before your credits expire, but I wouldn’t chance missing an email.

Remember that this is an AWESOME benefit provided BY Rocky Mountain ATV/MC to riding series around the nation with no strings attached.  When you call them regarding credits, please be courteous, patient and give them your thanks.

Thank you,
OCCRA Officers

Second Round of 2018 Promotions

Racers, We are pleased to announce the new round of promotions. I would like to congratulate everyone on their accomplishments racing and the pursuit to get faster. The officers have spent hours upon hours evaluating times, as we always do when evaluating times and classes. So, without further adieu, here is the list by group. You will be able to get numbers printed this weekend for the race. Congratulations to each racer!!

A BIKES
Damon O’neil- XC3 to XC2
Ron King- XC3 to XC2

B BIKES
Evan McMahan- Sportsman to Novice
Charlie Johnson- AMA30+ to Novice
Ryan Smith- AMA30+ to Novice
Kerrie Swartz- AMA30+ to Novice
Breckin Lewis- OpenC to Sportsman
Lathan Gabreal- OpenC to Sportsman
Calen Rowe- OpenC to Sportsman

50’s
Addison Lewis- C to A
Grant McGee- B to A
Nash Wright- B to A
Gunner Hall- C to B
Max Holub- C to B
Tristan Mitchell- C to A
Cason Wolf- B to A

65’s
Brody Helm- B to A
Kade Wood- B to A
Xander Cochran- C to B

85’s
Ross Standingwater- B to A
Bo McIntire- B to A
Lathan Gabreal- B to A
Austin Walker- B to A
Grady Downing- C to B
Cadence Lewis- C to B
Lewton Reed- C to B

Open Womens SC Bike-Saturday Race
Maggie Waldon- B to A
Connie Hamilton- B to A
Trista Thurmond- B to A
Lindsay Gardner- B to A

OCCRA Remembers Former President Mack Spurlock

OCCRA is saddened to hear that former OCCRA President Mack “Mack Daddy” Spurlock has passed. Mack was OCCRA President for several years in the late ’90s and early ’00s and was a strong advocate for the riding community. We would like to extend prayers and best wishes to the Spurlock family from the OCCRA family.

Schedule Change for Rounds 1 & 2

***Announcement***

Schedule changes – OCCRA Members and Racers, After a long day of discussions with land owners and officers, we are making a location change. Round 1 and Round 2 locations are going to switch. Fry Lake has taken on too much water from the winter precipitation and the recent rains. So, here is the schedule for the first 2 rounds.

March 10th-11th – Round 1 – Terbush Ranch in Woodward, OK
March 24th-25th – Round 2 – Fry Lake in Seminole, OK

I will be posting updated flyers this evening, as well as some additional information for Round 1 at Terbush Ranch. Be on the lookout!!

Rule Proposal Outcomes

Check out the link below to view the list of rules that were proposed and considered at the meeting.  Each rule indicates whether it was passed and if it contained any modifications.

Here’s a summary:

  • A & B Races are returned to 1.5 hours
  • Pit bike classes have been reduced to two – an air cooled class and a liquid cooled class
  • Team quad was split into an A/B
  • Open Womens Short Course (Saturday race) was split into an A/B
  • 50+ Expert class added to A Division with further class changes being considered (complete class list to be published soon)
  • AA classes will now receive jackets if standard OCCRA award requirements are met
  • Action cam footage submitted as proof of violation must be submitted uncut
  • When possible, the Saturday Short Course Quad race (WSC + Youth) will be run on a shortened version of the long course track.

See a more detailed account of the rule proposals by clicking the link below:

https://www.occra.com/site/2018-rule-proposals/

Early Membership & Class Sign-Up

Join the OCCRA officers at one of the upcoming early membership sign-up events to join as a member, pick your class and number and ask any questions that you might have.  You can also take advantage of the great selection of parts and accessories to get ready for the upcoming season.  Don’t forget that both of these awesome dealers are Fly Racing dealers, so they can get you setup with gear so you can participate in the Fly Contingency program (click for details).

Opportunity #1: AJAX MOTORSPORTS

  • Date: February 3rd, 2018
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Opportunity #2: HONDA OF TULSA

  • Date: February 10th, 2018
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Save some time and download the membership form from our member info page.  You can even fill it out on screen and print.

2018 Race Schedule (with Locations) Released

OCCRA members, the time has come to announce the 2018 season schedule. The officers have been working hard to lock in race locations, and have put together a solid schedule. As of now, we have 1 charity race back at MPH in Guthrie, and we will race BFR as a co-sanctioned race with Arkansas XC racing (AXC).

As you can see, we have 1 race that is TBD. As soon as that location is finalized, we will send out an update and proceed with making race posters. Without further adieu, here is your 2018 schedule.

Round 1 – 3/10-13/1 – Fry Lake – Seminole
Round 2 – 3/24-3/25 – Terbush Ranch – Woodward
Round 3 – 4/7-4/8 – Pleasant Valley Farms – Sand Springs
Round 4 – 4/21-4/22 – Pettijohns Off-Road Park – Rush Springs
Round 5 – 5/5-5/6 – Baldwin Ranch – Indiahoma
Round 6 – 5/19-5/20 – Discoveryland – Sand Springs
Round 7 – 6/2-6/3 – Williams Ranch – Skiatook
Summer Break
Round 8 – 8/25-8/26 – To be determined
Round 9 – 9/8-9/9 – Big Fox Run – Poteau – Co-Sanctioned with AXC
Round 10 – 9/22-9/23 – Gruber
Round 11 – 10/6-10/7 – Henryetta
Round 12 – 10/20-10/21 – Sundog – Lexington

Save the Stillwater 500!

The Stillwater 500 needs the help of the riding community.  Let’s all band together to help save this riding area!


The Stillwater 500 Riding Area is presently scheduled for closure as of January 31, 2018 at which time prorated refunds for annual permits will be made. The City of Stillwater notified the Stillwater Trail Riders this week that they do not plan to renew the Lease Agreement. We are all sick and much effort is being made to find a way to keep the Park.
If the Stillwater 500 has impacted your life in a positive way and you want to provide comments and personal examples/testimonies in hopes of helping to influence a re-assessment of the decision, please email them to: supportourpark@stillwater500.com. We are approaching this situation with integrity and legal assistance, so please keep comments appropriately positive.

Thank you so much! These comments will become a part of the supporting documents to be shared with the City of Stillwater as efforts are made to regain the use of the Stillwater 500 Riding Area.

PLEASE EMAIL YOUR SUPPORT MESSAGES TO supportourpark@stillwater500.com

Click here to read more on the Stillwater 500 Facebook page

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.

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. Continue reading Join the 2017 Member Focus Group