With many students using the break to visit home and see their family, there were no rolls this weekend. The students that stayed on campus got the chance to sleep in, relax, and work more on buggy than they otherwise would.
Since there were no rolls this weekend, it seems like the perfect chance to talk about the other side of Sweepstakes. And while rumors are flying of new buggies being built, that can maybe be better served for when we actually start seeing them on the course. Instead, lets talk about the rules and what’s going on with them.
Next Rules Committee Meeting:
This Wednesday 10/24
From 9pm to 10pm
Starting a few years ago, the rules were brought under some scrutiny as teams complained that strict rules were preventing new teams from joining or putting down teams that did well. Many alumni cringe at the thought of revisiting the rules, but it seems fair to say that the rules are in need of some updates.
Josh Hixon has continued the rules committee meetings that began two years ago under Chris Shellhamer. While little progress was made when the committee began, good conversations were had and the students weren’t light on the potential consequences of minor tweaks. Many changes that were proposed dealt with how weekends and raceday were organized as the old rules were designed around the old systems. Aside from those small changes many of the safety rules were discussed, but no action was taken before the end of the year.
This year, there has already been one meeting with the second coming up this week. All local alumni are invited to join this Wednesday at CMU from 9pm to 10pm. The location is currently TBD but will be sent out as soon as it is known. So far there have been many topics discussed, but I don’t know what they are (since I wasn’t able to attend the first one). From hearsay I understand that a few safety issues were discussed, particularly the helmet rules v. teams compliance to them, and a few other safety tests that were discussed from the original meetings.
I ask that those that were at the meeting to help out and fill us in on the current status of these Rules Meetings.