2019 NEDiv Mini-Con

Registration

Historically, the NEDiv Mini-Con has been held in November. This year, we made a change at the request of the NEDiv council. Instead, the 2019 mini-con was held February 15-16, 2019.

Details

The Mini-Con pulled together SCCA competitors, crew, administrators and other members from throughout the Northeast. We saw 100 attendees from across 16 of the 20 NEDiv Regions of the SCCA. We gathered to train new stewards, discuss programs, provide relevant content and presentations across different programs, present divisional awards and, of course, socialized and had some fun outside of a competition weekend.

Susquehanna Region was excited to be the host of the 2019 Mini-Con. It was the first the Region had hosted since 2001.

 

 


 

FAQs

Important Location Information (3)

NOTE: GUEST ROOMS AT THE CONVENTION VENUE ARE COMPLETELY BOOKED. Below is an additional option where we’ve reserved a block of rooms. 


Quality Inn

525 Front St. Harrisburg, PA 17104
P: (717) 233-1611
Distance to venue: 3 miles
Cost: $85/night (+tax)

Book by calling the phone number above and referencing SCCA. Booking cutoff date is 2/13/19 to receive the group rate.

For the Quality Inn, cutoff date is 2/13/19.

NOTE: GUEST ROOMS AT THE CONVENTION VENUE ARE COMPLETELY BOOKED. Below are two additional options where we’ve reserved blocks of rooms. 

Located in Camp Hill, PA, Radisson Hotel Harrisburg helps guests get around the city with a free shuttle to Harrisburg International Airport (MDT), the Harrisburg Amtrak station and other destinations within a five-mile radius. After a busy day, dine on site or work out in the fitness center, and then relax in one of the hotel’s 250 rooms.Corporate travelers can stay productive with convenient amenities like a 24-hour business center, free Wi-Fi and meeting facilities. We also offer complimentary on-site parking to help you stay on budget.

Start your morning, break up your day or finish your evening with a delicious entree at Heirloom, An American Bistro. No matter what you’re craving, entrees like juicy burgers and fresh seafood are sure to satisfy. If you want to unwind, stop by Bridges Lounge for a drink or head to your room for a quiet meal from the room service menu.

Registration (1)

Registration is online on motorsportreg.com. The cost for the mini convention is $150 with the luncheon/awards banquet included. The cost without the luncheon is $120, and lunch only to bring a guest is $40. If you have any questions on the registration process, please email the coordinating committee members, Kristen Poole or Melissa Mauro.

Schedule (1)

Great question! The awards portion of the event will take place over the luncheon on Saturday, February 16. The normal NEDiv meeting that, in the past would have taken place Sunday morning, will take place at the end of the day Saturday this year. So Friday we’ll have a cocktail party and Saturday will be jam-packed with sessions, awards and the NEDiv meeting.

Travel (1)

If you’re flying in, here are your airport options in order of proximity:

  • Harrisburg International Airport (HIA) — 14 miles / 20 minutes
  • Baltimore Washington International (BWI) — 92 miles / 1.5 hours
  • Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) — 116 miles / 2 hours

BWI and Philly both fly Southwest while HIA (Harrisburg International) is much closer to the venue, but doesn’t fly Southwest and is often more expensive to fly. It’s your pick!

 

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Location

Radisson Hotel Harrisburg

1150 Camp Hill Bypass
Camp Hill, PA 17011

 


 

Schedule

You can view the 2019 Mini-Con Schedule here.
Friday evening, 7:00–9:00pm, we held a welcome cocktail party. This schedule only includes the sessions, all held on Saturday, February 16th.

Below is the final list of the sessions held at the NEDiv Mini-Con. Click each session title for a brief description of the session.

Program/Area Presenter/Facilitator Session Title
Admin Directors Directors' Meeting (open forum)
Admin NEDiv Council NEDiv Council Meeting
Leadership Jeff Luckritz Leadership Training: REs, Program Chairs and Stewards
Leadership Jeff Luckritz RE Round Table: Best Practices
Membership Kristen Poole Bridging the Gap: Women & Men
Membership Chris Robbins Member Experience Programs
Membership Rachel Leach & Heidi Ellison Women's Round Table/Town Hall
Region Admin Rick Myers Sanction, Insurance & Audit Process Update
Region Admin Kristen Poole, Melissa Mauro & Jon Krolewicz Marketing & MotorsportReg Q&A
Road Racing Paula Hawthorne How to Function as an Out of Town Steward
Road Racing Fred Brinkel Stewarding
Road Racing Mark Hillyer F&C
Road Racing Tom Campbell / Chris Mosley / Fred Brinkel Championship Racing in NEDiv
Road Racing Tom Campbell Majors Racing Committee Meeting
Road Rally Peter Schneider Road Rally as a Social Activity
RallyCross Jim Perrin RallyCross Safety Steward Renewal Training
RallyCross Jim Perrin RallyCross Town Hall
Solo Roger Johnson Solo Course Design
Solo Jim Garry Solo Safety Steward Training
Solo Velma Boreen Solo Waivers
Solo Greg Vincent Solo: How to Help Regions Improve Their Programs
Solo Greg Vincent & Raleigh Boreen Solo Town Hall & Divisional Discussion
Solo/RX Raleigh Boreen Solo and RallyCross Venue Acquisition
TRSS Scott Dobler Moving Forward with Street Survival
TRSS Melissa Mauro Surviving and Succeeding at Your First Street Survival
TT/Hillclimb Rich Rock Hillclimb Round Table
TT/National Jon Krolewicz SCCA Time Trials
TT/National Jon Krolewicz SCCA Track Events

 


 

Fun!

Central Pennsylvania is rich in history, fun and shopping… it’s got something for everyone to enjoy! Below are some ideas provided to attendees in case they wanted to extend their stay and make the Mini-Con part of a mini-getaway!

Breweries & Wineries (11)

The impressive three-story brick and heavy timber structure was built circa 1915. The lagering room portion of the brewery dates back to 1890. Throughout the brewery, antique brick walls, massive wooden beams, hardwood floors and ceilings provide a warmth and inner glow rivaled only by the beer itself.

  • Travel time: ~10 minutes

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Tröegs Independent Brewing is comprised of a production brewery as well as a Tasting Room/Snack Bar and General Store. The brewery features a self-guided tour path through fermentation, filtration, quality, and packaging that is open during normal operating hours, as well as behind-the-scenes guided tours that typically require reservations.

  • Travel time: ~30 minutes

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Zeroday Brewing Co. is a brewery and tasting room located in the Midtown district of Harrisburg right next to the Midtown Cinema. Just a few blocks from the capitol, our tasting room provides a social gathering space for our community members and thirsty travelers alike.

We specialize in clean, balanced ales and lagers and offer Pennsylvania wine and cider. We showcase our amazing brews alongside some incredible local art, and on occasion you can enjoy your brew to the soundtrack of some of the area’s best musicians.

  • Travel time: ~5 minutes

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A warm welcome awaits you at our tasting room, patios, and grounds. The property dates back to the Revolutionary War and is complete with artifacts from the Indians who roamed it and used its natural springs before then. The property incorporates beautiful fields, streams, orchards, vineyards, and wildlife. The farm has been owned by only three families since the 1740’s and has been a haven for many – we like to think of it as our little patch of Eden.

  • Travel time: ~20 minutes

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Harrisburg’s first distillery since Prohibition. We are local to the core. We use local ingredients to create our spirits and partner with Pennsylvania businesses whenever possible (including the draft beers & wines we pour and lots of the snacks we serve). Our goal is crafting superb, distinct products that reflect our roots and make Pennsylvania proud. Stop in for a free tasting and stick around for a handcrafted cocktail or martini.

  • Travel time: ~10 minutes

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The mission of the Millworks restaurant carries through into the Millworks on-site Brewery. Craft beers made with local ingredients are served and available in both the restaurant and the rooftop biergarten. Enjoy a craft beer with a local sustainable meal or while strolling through our art galleries.

  • Travel time: ~10 minutes

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In addition to the beer, guests can order light snacks such as hot peppers, pickles, Miller’s hot bologna, chips and cookies. They also sell fudge made by Fudge-O-lutely at the Broad Street Market in Harrisburg. On weekends, Boneshire has teamed up with vendor Nomad BBQ to sell its barbecue specialties such as pulled pork, chicken on a stick, Mexican corn on the cob and buttermilk cornbread.

  • Travel time: ~20 minutes

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Ever Grain Brewing Co. prides themselves in using only the freshest, highest-quality ingredients, with a local twist. Their goal is to provide your taste buds with a new experience every time you visit the brewery.

  • Travel time: ~10 minutes

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Taproom features 10 rotating taps, seating for 40 people, and light fare including BBQ Sandwiches, Local Artisan Cheese Plates, Paninis, a selection of nachos, and other snacks. They serve wine by the glass from Knob Hall and Allegro, a selection of house-designed cocktails with spirits from local craft distilleries, and hard cider from Big Hill Ciderworks.

You can expect all sorts of special, limited releases with the Taste of the Taproom series as they love to experiment on their small scale brewing system. And being beer geeks themselves, they’re looking forward to serving you their finest brews in ways you can’t get them anywhere else.

  • Travel time: ~25 minutes

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Blessed with fresh country air, pure water and arguably the richest, non-irrigated farmland in the world, Lancaster is still a place where a hand-shake means something, and where genuine craftsmanship artisan quality and stubborn self-reliance remain part of everyday life.

At Lancaster Brewing, we unite our obsessive commitment to quality ingredients with equal measures of creativity, skill and experience, to brew consistently great beer. Inspired by long and rich brewing traditions, we are proud to brew in the heart of Lancaster County, alongside scores of old-world craftsmen, independent farmers, working the more than 5,300 local farms, and our fiercely independent Amish neighbors.

  • Travel time: ~50 minutes

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Cullari Vineyards and Winery is a small boutique bottler and producer that specializes in both traditional dry and sweet red, white and pink wines, and also some unusual and uniquely crafted grape and fruit wine varieties that are only available at our tasting rooms.

  • Travel time: ~30 minutes

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Museums (12)

The AACA Museum hosts a variety of events dedicated to the preservation and presentation of motor vehicle history in a manner that provides for the education and entertainment of guests.

  • Open daily, 9:00am—5:00pm
  • Travel time: ~30 minutes

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The Rolls-Royce Foundation is an independent, non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the heritage of Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motorcars. The museum includes cars from across the line of Rolls-Royce and Bentley models, and a selection of related materials in changing displays.

  • Open Monday-Friday, 10:00am–4:00pm or other hours by appointment. Tours are provided.
  • Travel time: ~20 minutes

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While this museum strongly reflects the popularity of the open wheel, dirt track racing so popular throughout the northeast, you can also see a wide variety of racing machines from many other forms of racing including sprint cars, midgets, stock cars, motorcycles, Indy cars, NASCAR, drag racing and more.

  • Open every Friday (weather permitting).
  • Travel time: ~30 minutes

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The museum has a mission of serving as a national center to inspire lifelong learning of the American Civil War through the preservation and balanced presentation of the American peoples’ struggles for survival and healing.

  • Open 9:00am—5:00pm daily, except opens at 10:00am on Sundays
  • Travel time: ~10 minutes

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The park commands a magnificent view of the Susquehanna River and Blue Mountains beyond.

  • The park is open 8:00am-Dusk daily. The Mansion is closed December 23rd—April 30th.
  • Travel time: ~15 minutes

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The official museum of everything Pennsylvania was created in 1905 for the collection, preservation, research and interpretation of cultural and natural history of the state.

  • Open Wednesday—Saturday, 9:00am-5:00pm and Sunday, Noon—5:00pm.
  • Travel time: ~10 minutes

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The Whitaker center has an iMax cinema, a science museum and shows on its list of offerings. As “one place to discover it all,” there’s truly something for people of all ages.

  • Open Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30am–5:00pm and Sunday, 11:30am–5:00pm.
  • Travel time: ~10 minutes

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This museum experience examines the journey of Milton Hershey from failed entrepreneur to chocolate king and philanthropic benefactor. Explore the history of Hershey in an educational and immersive environment, well-suited for both adults and kids.

  • Open 9:00am–5:00pm in February.
  • Travel time: ~30 minutes
  • Website: https://hersheystory.org/

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Nestled within the Capital City’s emerging midtown neighborhood in a newly reclaimed building, the Susquehanna Art Museum serves as a catalyst in the Commonwealth to offer educationally superior programming and diversely extraordinary exhibitions.

  • Travel time: ~10 minutes
  • Tuesday–Saturday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Wednesday, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM; Sunday, 12:00 – 5:00 PM

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The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) makes available contemporary and historical materials related to strategic leadership, the global application of Landpower, and U.S. Army Heritage to inform research, educate an international audience, and honor Soldiers, past and present.

  • Monday – Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday, 12 noon to 5 pm
  • Travel time: ~30 minutes

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Enter the 1899 Victorian Firehouse, Home of the Reily Hose Co. No. 10  and experience the sights and sounds of Firefighting History. The Pennsylvania National Fire Museum features fire apparatus from Handtubs and Steam Pumpers, hand drawn to horse drawn, to motorized Engines and a 1935 MACK tillered Ladder Truck. An outstanding and varied collection of artifacts are on display.

  • Open Tuesday – Friday  10AM – 4PM; Saturday, 10AM – 4PM; Sunday 1PM – 4PM
  • Travel time: ~10 minutes

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The Demuth Museum is dedicated to developing awareness, understanding and appreciation of the artwork and legacy of Charles Demuth, renowned American modernist painter, and his family’s contributions to the Lancaster community.

The Demuth Museum strives to engage and inspire a diverse range of audiences by pursuing an innovative program of exhibitions, education, scholarship and collections activities. National in scope, while reflecting the distinctive character of the Lancaster region, the Demuth Museum explores the compelling work and legacy of Charles Demuth.

  • Travel time: ~50 minutes

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Recreation (11)

The park offers year-round outdoor activities including exercise stations, bike lanes, and trails for joggers and hikers, and features the Walnut Street Bridge—a popular pedestrian walkway that connects Harrisburg’s downtown and Riverfront Park with City Island.

Travel time: ~5 minutes

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Whether you are on the lookout for our friendly otters, trying to spot one of our gray wolves, or hoping to catch a glimpse of our majestic bald eagles — a visit to ZooAmerica® is full of adventure!

  • Travel time: ~20 minutes

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Autobahn Indoor Speedway provides a premier indoor go-kart racing experience to hundreds of thousands of racers every year. From professional racers to novices out to try something new, we pride ourselves on offering a fast-paced thrill that is approachable for all.

Our philosophy is simple: NO SPEED LIMIT! Whether it’s your first time or you’re a regular racing pro, we make sure everyone to be able to experience the freedom and the exhilaration of driving a high performance vehicle in a safe, comfortable and fun environment.

  • Travel time: ~5 minutes

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Unwrap your chocolate adventure! Chocolate lovers of all ages come to Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction in Hershey, PA for sweet treats and one-of-a-kind experiences.

  • Travel time: ~25 minutes

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Roundtop Mountain Resort offers skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing in a family friendly atmosphere. We offer award winning learn to ski and ride programs for those just getting started and some of the steepest terrain in the state for more advanced guests.

  • Travel time: ~25 minutes

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Gettysburg, “Long Remember” is a comprehensive, self-guided tour of the battlefield at Gettysburg taken in the comfort of your own vehicle. The tour includes all three days of the battle as well as many human interest stories about the participants and the citizens of Gettysburg.

  • Travel time: ~40 minutes

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The Nation’S Largest All Indoor Motorsports Event Featuring 1 Million Sq Feet Of Action.

  • Travel time: ~10 minutes

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Explore over 25 covered bridges in PA Dutch Country. Just the sight of covered bridges brings to mind thoughts of old charm and romance. And in Lancaster County, the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, we have plenty of both! Sometimes referred to as “kissing bridges” because of the many couples who have strolled across them over the years, our area offers more than two dozen of these architectural beauties – each with its own story.

  • Travel time: ~50 minutes

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Rain or shine, it’s always 52 degrees inside the cave – all year round! Making magical memories. Create your own fantastic journey of geological wonders that will take your breath away! Echo Dell, Indian Echo Caverns, is one of the most visited attractions in the eastern United States!

  • Travel time: ~20 minutes

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Steam through Amish Country. Enjoy a 45-minute ride aboard America’s oldest short-line railroad on an authentic steam train while traveling through scenic Lancaster County farmland. Back at the historic station, enjoy unique shops, dining opportunities both onboard the train and at the station, and other fun extras. All Aboard!

  • Travel time: ~60 minutes

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The Mission of the group is to encourage a large community involvement to help in barn preservation, to celebrate our rural culture, pride in farm property and conservation, to educate youth and visitors on the value of the agricultural economy, to celebrate the quilting tradition, and to create a year round attraction that fosters other community events and projects. A Barn Quilt is a large painted quilt square mounted on or directly painted typically on the gable end or side of a barn, business, garden shed or house. A Barn Quilt Trail is a self-guided driving tour of the decorated structures with a map to locate and reference the known history of the facility or significance of the quilt block and the Barn Quilt sponsor.

  • Travel time: ~60 minutes

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Shopping (3)

At Tanger, we’re committed to bringing you the ultimate shopping experience. That means guiding you towards the best deals at your favorite designer and brand-name stores.

  • Travel time: ~25 minutes

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The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg is located in historical Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, “the most famous small town in America.” Its rich Civil War history, breathtaking countryside, numerous wineries, and historical legacy make it a desirable destination for travelers worldwide.

  • Travel time: ~45 minutes

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FEEL THE DEAL AT TANGER OUTLETS. Shop Tanger Outlets for unmatched savings,
personalized service, deals that you can feel and more.

  • Travel time: ~50 minutes

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RE Round Table: Best Practices

A chance for RE’s discuss and share best practices, successes and areas needing improvement. Open to all Regional Executives.

Bridging the Gap: Women & Men

We cannot fully empower women in motorsports unless we engage boys and men. This session will provide a data-driven view on the need for allies across genders, and provide real-world examples and a chance to discuss what we can do today to start bridging the gap between the genders.

Women’s Round Table

Round table discussion regarding the inclusion and advancement of women in all forms of motorsports. All women and allies are welcome to attend.

Marketing & MotorsportReg Q&A

Have marketing or a MotorsportReg question? Confused about how to do something or what tool is best to use? Need advice on your region’s website, social media, email marketing or registration initiatives? This session is for you.

Road Rally as a Social Activity

Come see how to organize your first RoadRally and the benefits of that for your Region.

RallyCross Town Hall

A one hour, round table discussion on any issue related to the SCCA RallyCross program.

Keystone Cup Review & Solo Divisional Series Town Hall

A review of the 2018 Keystone Cup—organized by Steel Cities Region—followed by an open discussion about a potential Solo divisional series.

Solo Town Hall

A one hour, round table discussion on any issue related to the SCCA Solo program, including a review of the 2018 Keystone Cup—organized by Steel Cities Region and an open discussion about a potential Solo divisional series.

Moving Forward with Street Survival

Celebrate a hugely successful year for SCCA and TRSS Program. Get help from an experienced TRSS Organizer. Have questions about volunteers? Needing help with the classroom presentation? This session is for you.

Surviving and Succeeding at Your First Street Survival

Looking to start a Tire Rack Street Survival program? Join me as I share how Susquehanna Region found success with our first Street Survival. You’ll get tips and tricks for navigating your first event, learn how to stay on top of the many moving parts of the program, and find out how to organize your Region to not only survive, but succeed at your first TRSS.

Solo Safety Training

Solo Safety Steward training for stewards in training or renewal for licensed stewards.

Hillclimb Round Table

Round Table discussion of all aspects of the Pennsylvania Hillclimb Association.

Director’s Meeting (open forum)

Report from the Northeast Division Directors where members get to hear from and ask general questions of the Board of Directors.

NEDiv Council Meeting

Open door meeting of the NE Division Council to serve as a wrap-up for the mini-convention.

Sanction, Insurance & Audit Process Update

This session will cover recent updates to the sanction, insurance and audit process and the plans in place to significantly improve the process with a common means of applying for event sanctions/insurance across all programs.

F&C

Race incident communication for new captains and controllers.

Leadership Training: Regional Executives, Program Chairs and Stewards

Learn how to lead yourself first so you can serve others. You will be given a step-by-step process to be the best leader possible.

Solo Course Design

When it comes to any autocross event, the course defines the experience more than any other part of the event and when it comes to course design, Roger Johnson is the Guru. This session will cover the basics, while also addressing challenging lot lay outs, managing speed and keeping your visuals easy and fun. This session is for: anyone who will ever design or set up cones with the intention of having people drive through them rapidly while grinning.

Improving the Member Experience

One of our goals in 2018 was to improve the Member Experience. That started with understanding what Members wanted, needed, expected, and deserved. Out of this understanding came the Welcoming Environment Statement and a completely new Member Portal, with website improvements still to come. Come find out more and learn how you can support the SCCA Mission, Vision, and Values.

MotorsportReg Workshop/Q&A

Come get some tips and tricks to make your lives easier when using MotorsportReg as both your pre-registration platform and your check-in service at events.

RallyCross Safety Steward Renewal training

A down and dirty review of the material needed to renewal your RX Safety Steward.

Solo Waivers

What you need to know about latest changes in solo waivers

Solo: How to Help Regions Improve their Programs

Discussion on the resources available to regions to support improving their programs.

Solo and RallyCross Venue Acquisition

Discussion on resources available to support site acquisition.

Chamionship Racing in NEDiv

Panel Discussion regarding the Majors and NEDiv Championship Series and their value to the Division Racing Program.

Stewarding

Discussion of Stewarding and Direction in the Northeast Division.

SCCA Time Trials

Discussion surrounding National Tour and new procedures for Time Trials.

SCCA Track Events

Updates and new procedures around Track Events.

Majors Racing Committee Meeting

Committee meeting for the Majors Racing Committee.

How to Function as an Out of Town Steward

How stewards can fit in with a region’s different approaches.

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