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To help everyone better understand the process of making/changing the rules, here's an excerpt from http://www.scca.com/...-making-process
STEP 1 - Member Input

A member, be they a competitor or an official, has a concern (e.g. "My car is not fast enough" or "his/her car is too fast" or "I can't possibly wave five flags at once" or "all I do is look at other people's underwear," etc.). Thus a letter is written, preferably to Club Racing at the National Office in Topeka (via https://www.crbscca.com/), where the staff records its receipt and distributes it to each member of the appropriate advisory committee and each member of the Club Racing Board.


STEP 2 - Advisory Committees (e.g. if you select the SM Class your letter goes to the SMAC - Spec Miata Advisory Committee)

The advisory committee members individually review each member's input and recommend a course of action to the chairman of that committee. The chairman then consolidates the responses and in turn makes a recommendation to the Club Racing Board liaison(s). The SMAC meets via conference call on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.


STEP 3 - Conference Calls

The Club Racing Board convenes each month mostly via a conference call and considers the recommendations forwarded by the various advisory committees. Since the members of the advisory committees are hand picked from those that often closest to the action, their views carry a lot of weight.

Each month the Club Racing Board publishes in FasTrack the results of their deliberations. Typically these fall into five categories:

Rule Changes—A rule change typically affects an entire class, a method of car construction, or the manner in which a competitive event is conducted. The Club Racing Board is not authorized to unilaterally implement rule changes; they can only recommend that the Board of Directors approves them. They are published in FasTrack as recommended items and 30 days should elapse to allow all affected parties to submit their comments, either directly to the National Office or to their Area director (or both).

Competition Adjustments— Unlike a rule change, competition adjustments typically affect only one make or model of car and often are a reward for overachieving. When one-make dominance occurs the Club Racing Board acts to slow down the front runners and/or speed up the back markers. This is usually accomplished through changes in weight and/or the diameter of the carburetor venturi or a restrictor in the throttle body on fuel injected models.

The Runoffs® is only one of the many criteria used to determine the need for a competition adjustment. Race results from around the country are analyzed and of course the advisory committees are a major source of input in these deliberations.

Competition adjustments are published in FasTrack Technical Bulletins and unless stated otherwise, become effective the first of the cover month.

Tabled Items—These are subjects which require further research by the advisory committee or have been returned to committee for further consideration. In some cases the letter writer may not have provided enough details for a decision to be reached. In this case, a representative from the committee may contact the originator or another source for additional information.

Errors and Omissions—An E&O is just that, a correction of a typo, misplaced decimal points (95" brake rotors on a Bugeye!), or recently received information from a manufacturer providing missing or incorrect information in current publications.

Clarifications— While the Club Racing Board, when they write a rule, understand it totally and there is no doubt in the Board of Directors minds when they approved it, sometimes a few competitors will interpret it in a completely different manner. Thus a clarification is born. A clarification cannot result in a substantive alteration of a rule, merely an expression of its original intent. If it appears that a clarification will result in a totally new meaning, then it becomes in effect a rule change.
STEP 4 - Board of Directors

The Board of Directors (BoD) meets monthly. Items recommended by the CRB are considered twice a year, typically during the August and December meetings. When considering the items, the BoD takes into account the comments of their constituents. The BoD may also establish when a particular recommendation is to become effective. Normally, this would be October 1 of the current year, or January 1 of the following year, but special circumstances may demand more immediate implementation.

The actions arising from the BoD meetings are posted to the SCCA.com website and also published in the FasTrack section of SportsCar

A typical advisory committee comprises six to ten members, one of whom is selected chairman. They are invariably avid competitors with a strong technical knowledge and, in addition, a sense of where the class should be headed in the future. Selection is targeted to be geographical in nature to the greatest extent practical in order to ensure the widest possible points of view are presented.

Full disclosure: SMAC chairman, my opinions do not reflect anything to do with the SMAC unless specifically stated.

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To fill a couple gaps for those whom have never written a letter.


After step 1, the letter writer receives a received memo with a assigned letter number.


After step 2, the letter writer receives a memo after the letter is forwarded to the CRB.

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