The following is a post I originally wrote for the 'GT Sport - Future Seasons ideas thread',** however once I started writing the post it turned into a very different type of post so I decided to make a fresh thread. Admins can feel free to move it if they would prefer. **Hyperlinks marked by double asterisks. There is a TLDR section at the end. ------- I'm just popping on because I've been looking at various iRacing leagues and couldn't help but think about the state of ROOZ generally. I signed up for Season 1 on Gran Turismo 6 and the season format here has been identical since I joined in early 2014 - that's six years ago. I don't think the premier Australian Gran Turismo league has grown with the times well at all, while Gran Turismo itself has shaken up their online racing offering dramatically with GT Sport in that same time - for better or worse. On the other hand, it's hard to argue with the fact that ROOZ has stuck around for 10+ years and it's probably due in no short part to the strength of the existing systems and format, no matter how much myself and lots of other people think the systems here in particular are weak compared to rival leagues. There is something to be said of the fact that the same season structure, race formats, and systems cause a bit of fatigue if you're a regular driver. Once you've contested 5+ ROOZ seasons, there isn't much left for the league to offer you. Sure, you can switch game as many drivers have, but what if I am not interested in playing Project CARS or Assetto? I predict that many people would respond to the fatigue and say, 'ROOZ does have an iRacing team' or 'we have a [insert your DIRT Rally 2.0 / F1 game here] league running, you should try it out!' While valid, I think that misses the point of what a league is about. Assetto players don't hang around the GT threads (much), and that applies for every other game. Each game on ROOZ is completely segmented, and it would be accurate as far as I can tell that most of the non-GT series originated from people who were getting tired of Gran Turismo and/or the stagnant ROOZ Gran Turismo season, so put up an idea for a separate league on a different game resulting in great success. Ask yourself genuinely: is the ROOZ season / format / systems / rules in-line with its reputation and status in the Australian Gran Turismo community? I would answer that question negatively. I remember writing identical posts to this one during late 2016 - 2017 in anticipation for GT Sport when there was a massive push to reform the driving rules 'Sporting Code' and the stewarding system, which I have felt has been under serving us for years and years (I discuss how the Sporting Code under serves us below). That resulted in the Penalty table, ** which as far as I can tell was a minor success, but did not fulfill everything that we thought it should. I have zero idea whether it is even adhered to at this point because I've haven't been racing for months now. I also found it interesting how that thread had multiple posts from Sam Blacklock and Beau Albert who are both Altus Esports ** drivers who have moved way beyond ROOZ into brighter and better pastures on iRacing. ROOZ's ability for 10+ years to foster talent belies the quality of service that ROOZ offers. The fact that the 'Sporting Code' is just a forum thread is also astounding. I tried to help rectify this in 2017 with the Collated Rules and Regulations document ** which is linked a few posts down in the Racing Rules ** forum thread. That document came out of a desire to collate the growing list of rules and policies that seem to be added in an adhoc fashion by way of forum thread. The recent 'Conduct Notice' ** indelibly forms a part of the entire league policy akin to a 'collateral contract' **, only adding to the growing list of policy documents. Many will say that this is not a problem, however it is actually a massive problem that results in rules and policies not being read by everyone due to there being way too many different documents that all say similar things. Having a central document (otherwise known as a constitution) provides important accessibility when reading about the policy and rules of a league. Most if not all leagues outside of ROOZ have one. I am NOT endorsing or encouraging ANYONE to sign up to a different league (because I doubt the racing would be better quality outside of ROOZ, otherwise I wouldn't be here posting 6 years after I joined), but here's an example from a rival league: link. ** [I have suspicions this by far my most controversial link, so if there are problems with this link, please remove it and that one sentence without removing the entirety of the thread/post unless there are other reasons for doing so.] For another example, the iRacing Sporting Code ** is a revered primary sporting document.. It establishes the legitimacy and professionalism of iRacing as a regulator and sanctioning body of competition, akin to any other motorsport regulator and sanctioning body like the FIA, CAMS, etc. RaceOnOz is a regulator and sanctioning body like any other, however it operates on an open invitation platform, with many more years of service than other rival leagues. The idea of ROOZ as a 'Pub' ** (derived from the Latin publica or 'public') has been touted for years around here, and pubs should have readily available and accessible rules for reading from the public who attend. While some connotations of a pub written in the post are factually incorrect under law, it is the invocations of camaraderie and common interest in attending the pub that the metaphor seeks to invoke; we come to the pub because we want to, not because we have to. Let's make the pub the best pub it can be. ------ I hope that ROOZ can innovate a bit more on the Gran Turismo side. The format has stayed the same for a very long time. Here's some ideas that I would like to see debated and dumped at the least, and implemented at the most: 1. An entry fee that goes into a prize pool for the victors at the end of the season. This would encourage attendance which ROOZ has a problem with. There have been field of psychology journal studies done (unfortunately no link to any studies from me =P ) that suggest paid services are valued higher than an identical service of lower cost or even completely free. A nominal entry fee of $5 per season, for example, divvied up at the end of the season would firmly establish ROOZ as the premium Australian regulator. 2. A proper PDF containing the Sporting Code and website policies and Codes of Conduct. The fact that the rules written 9 years ago still makes mention to the Whirlpool forum speaks volumes for how desperately this is needed. Here are some examples I wrote 3 years ago: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1MU6DaFNxrctVa1lg8gUYXbLWj4zBcXjV?usp=sharing [These documents are my copyright and cannot be used without permission]. 3. A formal relegation based system - ie. the top two or three drivers of a division are formally promoted to the next division and that is the only way you can enter Div 1. Divs 2 - 5 or however many divisions there are are open for placement based on their qualification time. I've been advocating this idea for years. It is a system akin to the English premier league. It creates a proper goal and privilege for driving in the top division, and also means that the lowest two competitors in div 1 get relegated and cannot enter again unless they are promoted again from Div 2. While this sounds punishing, it would encourage attendance and involvement in the community due to having to maintain your place in Div 1. It also creates interest, as with teams in the English Premier league who lose their spot in the premier league and fight hard to get it back. It creates an achievement. Some would argue that the open slather nature of div 1 is a strength whereby top drivers can drop in and out, but I firmly believe that those drivers are not the ones that foster community and camaraderie. Further, there is no reason that we cannot devise dispensation rules for when top drivers have obligations and they want or need to pull out for a few seasons or months at a time. That would be overly restrictive, and relegation would only occur if you genuinely come in the bottom two. Drivers who earn their spot should be rewarded. 4. Formal and proper teams instead of the current bidding system. Teams that have existing hierarchies are able to come in and manage their selection as required. This would create a proper history or friendly rivalries between teams that are not superficial. The current team rosters change every season, but with a proper team system, the teams championship could actually mean something akin to a Constructors Championship in its prestige. The existing team names can easily transition over to a new system. 5. Non-fixed setup series. Many will say that the community events have catered to this, and while this is absolutely true, community events suffer heavily worse attendance than official series, which is not fun for anyone. 6. Reformed stewarding system. Enough has been said about this already. 7. Heightened promotional activities. More live streaming, more youtube, more socials. These things drive investment from the community as well as new members, and other leagues do a much better job of this. ROOZ used to have regular podcasts and stuff (or maybe still does!). The league needs better integration in its promotion with the community because that is another driver of incentive and participation. And finally: 8. A shake-up of the format. We've run a single car, for ~7 week seasons with one enduro, one sprint round with a reverse grid, and one wet weather round (lol) for years, and it has become too stale for people like myself who have done and seen it all before. Small tweaks to the formula go a mile in maintaining interest. Surely someone has floated a dual car series before? ANYTHING to make it just a little bit different. ----- If you read all of that, then, you are a valuable attendee of the pub. I did not write this to ruffle any feathers, or cause chaos; I merely started writing a post and I got incredibly carried away. I am fully retired from GT Sport, but I will be no doubt return some day. TLDR; please change the familiar ROOZ formula to keep things fresh, professional, and representative of a long 10 year history.