Dave – at the local/state level I don’t have as big a problem with Rookie awards. Its at the National level where the problem is. Yes yes, we have beaten this dead horse alot too.
Still, when I think about it, we want the rookie to not stay a rookie. We want them to have a reason to move up. A beginner is just that, a beginner. So I guess taking away rookie awards is not a bad thing, but until they move to novice everyone has to make them feel like a million dollars so they keep coming back.
I guess it all goes back to “adopting” a new family when you see them at the track. Make them feel good about being there, help their kid learn the ropes, and be available for questions.
I’ll echo what Rich said – are we focused on the riders, especially the new ones?