On January 20th this year at the National Convention Carla Russo and I attended the session on Risk Management the group was informed, by the insurance underwriters and the National personnel making the presentation, that minor waivers had to be on file with the National Office prior to the event for any minor that was going to be in a hot area (I.E. in grid, riding along, or participating on course.) Based on that information the SAC decided to implement the current policy to be in alignment with the National office.
Following Janice's email yesterday I contacted National to confirm that nothing had changed.
This morning a 9:00 AM I received a call from Denna Rowland at the National office she confirmed that the Minor Waiver does
need to be on file with National office prior to event. Denna also informed me that Doug Gill , the Rally/Solo Competition Manager, is currently working on a "clarifying document" with the SCCA insurance underwriters that will be published within the next two weeks.
Janice is correct that the new Minor Annual Waiver form has a place for the minor to sign and that both parents have to sign or one parent can sign by showing a copy of the court order designating sole custody.
Cortni Townsend our Solo Chairwoman also contacted National to see if we got conflicting information and she did not. So after conferring, we will be following the policy that Cortni put out in the email over the weekend and the Minor Annual Waiver will be required to file with the National office prior to the event unless the SAC receives communication from the National office to the contrary.
There are any number of ways that this can be accomplished including: signing it in front of an SCCA official or a notary and faxing it in several days prior to the event so that the Event Safety Steward can contact the National office and confirm that it is on file.
Denna mentioned that these changes are being driven by the SCCA insurance underwriters in response to a fatal accident involving a minor and the lawsuits that followed.