Organising sim racers worldwide

International Sim Racing Federation (ISRF) is a federation created by sim racers worldwide. The purpose of the federation is to organise all sim racers across all simulators, to develop the sport efficiently, as well as build global legitimacy of sim racing.

The ISRF is a non-profit organisation with the intention of upholding the interests of its members in all international matters concerning sim racing. For more info, read our About page.
  • 1. All for simracing
  • 2. Open to all
  • 3. Fully democratic
  • 4. Full transparency
  • 5. Non-profit

General Assembly recap

The first General Assembly took place on Sunday 29th of April, 14:00 GMT, with the registered Associations, Communities and Leagues attending, as well as the interim board, and the Team and Driver committee representatives. Among others, the new board was elected, replacing the interim board, while other topics such as the election of the manager, is postponed and put into the new board’s hands.

The agenda of the General Assembly was the following:

  1. Role Call
  2. Opening the General Assembly
  3. Selecting the Assembly’s Chairman
  4. Approving the agenda
  5. 2016-2018 Report
  6. Chairman election
  7. Board election
  8. Advisory board / managers election
  9. 2018 Strategy
  10. 2018 Budget
  11. Closing the General Assembly

2016-2018 report

The assembly’s chairman Olli Pahkala briefed the attendants regarding the progress of the past two years: the initiative for ISRF started at 2016 SimRacing Expo. Within’ the two years of work for the federation, ISRF created an identity, Discord and the website. The registration and statutes was the most work, as well as the structure and how to govern the federation.

Chairman and the board

Olli Pahkala was elected unanimously as the chairman of the ISRF for the upcoming term. Together with the federation’s board, they will be responsible for all federation’s actions.

ISRF’s board will consist from the following fellow sim racers:

  • Kris Cobb
  • Michi Hoyer
  • Chris Weaver
  • Eric Stranne
  • Matt Burgess
  • Brenton O’Brien

Advisory board / manager election

It was decided that the chairman and board will fill the manager positions to support federation’s actions for sim racing. The board will start reviewing all existing applications and recruiting the best possible candidates to work together for the greater good.

2018 Strategy

The strategy’s purpose is to give guidelines to Federation’s board to follow in their decisions and actions. Three main topics were considered as the most important projects for the federation in the upcoming term:

  • ISRF structure
  • Communication
  • Sanctioning sim racing series

ISRF structure

Establishing structure for ISRF helps the federation to be more efficient with the tasks federation does. Objective with establishing efficient structure is to build good foundation for the future and achieve more in shorter period of time.

To establish the federation’s structure, the federation will:

  • Plan and establish working workflows between members, managers and board
  • Establish efficient accounting
  • Communicate to members and public on regular basis

Communication

Sim racing is niche market at the moment, which should be communicated to the world appropriately.

To communicate sim racing and ISRF to wider audiences, the federation will:

  • Create content from sim racing and ISRF
  • Share and promote sim racing content
  • Do a study about the numbers of sim racing
  • Promote members
  • Collaborate with game developers
  • Define sim racing

Sanctioning sim racing series

To improve sim racing competition for organisers and competitors, ISRF will sanction different sim racing series. Objective of sanctioning sim racing series is to support organisers in their actions for sim racing as well as guarantee competitors a fair platform of sim racing regardless of the simulator used.

To achieve this objective, the federation will:

  • Create general driving rules for different sim racing genres
  • Create guides to organise a series efficiently
  • Brand sanctioned series with ISRF branding
    • Create grades for different level of sim racing competition, grades having different requirements, e.g. grade hardcore has driving rules and live stewarding whereas grade gentleman not.

2018 Budget

Budget for the federation was also determined by the General Assembly. Budget were considered by the GA as difficult to define, but has main principals to support executing the federation’s strategy.

Budget determined ISRF’s income for the term to come from:

  • Donations
  • Series sponsorships
  • Member plus -project

Federation will invest it’s monetary resources in:

  • Accounting
  • Website
  • Mailchimp
  • Clothing
  • Travel
  • Events

An exciting year to come in all segments of sim racing, especially with the rise of the International Sim Racing Federation.

 

Members present in the assembly:

ISRF Interim Board present:

  • Olli Pahkala
  • Kris Cobb
  • Michi Hoyer
  • Philip Stamm
  • Jaap Grolleman

Members present:

  • Chris Weaver – SeeTheAir.com Racing League
  • Chris Williamson – GPVWC
  • Al Marimon – NAGP
  • Florian Engel – PRC
  • Julian Oejen – GermanSimRacing.de
  • Mark Dunn – AEF
  • Hadrien Le Bouar – Paddock TV
  • Kris Cobb – International SimRacing Club
  • Jesse Osmont – SimRacing-GP.net

Driver committee representative:

  • Daniel Benefield

Team committee representative:

  • Julian Oejen

 

Recap Driver Committee Formation meeting 22.04.2018

The first Driver Committee meeting took place on Sunday 22nd of April, 12:00 GMT with the registered drivers and part of the interim board attending. The Driver Committee will play an important role in the ISRF, representing all drivers through the Driver Committee representative. He or she will use the voting power of the committee in the General Assembly, and like the Team Committee representative, the DC representative is invited to board meetings to voice the viewpoints of all the drivers. While there is no voting power on board meetings, there is still influence as the representative can voice the interests and thoughts on topics from the Driver Committee directly to the board.

Drivers present

  • Bernard Vella
  • Brandon Tabone
  • Connery Maddick
  • Constantin Grimminger
  • Daniel Benefield
  • Florian Engel
  • Omar Barbara
  • Robin Vandre

ISRF Board present

  • Kris Cobb
  • Olli Pahkala
  • Michi Hoyer

Decisions made during the formation meeting

  • The DC representative will be elected for one-year term.
  • Daniel Benefield is elected as the interim Driver Committee representative, until the actual representative will be selected.
  • Daniel Benefield has the mandant to use the committee’s voice and vote in the General Assembly on April 29th.
  • Drivers will review the General Assembly materials and inputs their thoughts to Daniel before the General Assembly.
  • Applications will be opened for the representative position, and from applications, the Driver Committee will select the acting Driver Committee representative.

Additional topics discussed

  • Sim racing as eSports & F1 eSports in general.
  • The agenda for the upcoming year(s).
  • A Q&A session regarding ISRF, driver committee, driver committee representative and the committee’s rights, vote and voice.

 

 

Recap Team Committee Formation meeting 15.04.2018

The first Team Committee meeting took place on Sunday 15th of April, 12:00 GMT with the registered teams and the interim board attending. The Team Committee will play an important role in the ISRF, representing all the teams through the Team Committee representative. He or she will use the voting power of the committee in the General Assembly, and like the Drivers Committee representative, the TC representative is invited to board meetings to voice the viewpoints of the teams. While there is no voting power on board meetings, there is still influence as the representative can voice the interests and thoughts on topics from the Team Committee directly to the board.

Teams present

  • Darwin Daume – VP-Gaming
  • Georgi Nedev – GOTeam Racing
  • Jason Holden-Jones – RSA Protea SimSports
  • Julian Oejen – GermanSimRacing.de
  • David Soranzo – SimatoK eSports
  • Roy Schroten – Racing Team Schroten
  • Danny Engels – FA Racing G2
  • Brenton Brien- Evolution Racing Team
  • Justin Mifsud – GT OMEGA RPM eSports
  • Manuel Sudau – RennSport Online e.V.
  • Nicola De Cristofaro – DRS

ISRF Board present

  • Olli Pahkala
  • Jaap Grolleman
  • Philip Stamm

Decisions made during the formation meeting

  • The TC representative will be elected for one-year term.
  • Julian Oejen is elected for one-month term as the interim Team Committee representative (or until the actual representative will be selected).
  • Applications will be opened for the representative position, and from applications, the Team Committee will select the acting Team Committee representative.

The next steps for the committee

  • Applications for the Team Committee representative will be open from 20.04.2018 until 04.05.2018.
  • After applications closes, ISRF Interim board shares applications to the Team Committee.
  • The committee’s selection meeting is held at 20.05.2018 at 12:00 GMT.
  • Team Committee also reviews and discusses General Assembly materials in the upcoming week
  • Team committee meets regarding the GA materials at 22.04.2018 12:00 GMT to determine suggestions and whom committee votes for different positions.
  • As a guideline, all Team Committee meetings are planned to be on Sundays.

 

First General Assembly held at the 29th of April, 2018

On the 29th of April, 2018, at 14:00 GMT in our Discord channel, the first General Assembly of the International Sim Racing Federation will take place. Present will be the approved Associations (3), Leagues&Communities (33) and the Team Committee representative (1) and the Driver Committee representative (1). The Associations, and Leagues&Communities have received an invitation for this, while the TC and DC representatives will be elected beforehand.

Team and Driver Committee Representatives

These two representatives will be chosen from 156 drivers and 40 teams and play an important role within the ISRF. They both have voting power on the General Assembly, and both representatives are invited to board meetings to reflect the viewpoints of the drivers and teams. While there is no voting power on board meetings, there is still influence as the they can voice their interests and thoughts on topics directly to the board. These representatives will be chosen on the 15th of April for teams, and the 22nd for drivers. If you are eligible for this, you should have received an invitation for this.

General Assembly

The General Assembly of the 29th will cover topics such as the election of the new board (who will replace the interim board), the election of the managers, as well as going over the agenda for the 2018 year.

Preliminary General Assembly Agenda

  1. Role call
  2. Opening the assembly
  3. Selecting assembly’s chairman
  4. Approving the agenda
  5. 2016-2018 report
  6. Chairman election
  7. Board election
  8. Advisory board election
  9. Manager election
  10. 2018 Strategy
  11. 2018 Budget
  12. Closing the assembly

Strategy outline

ISRF Strategy
The strategy’s purpose is to give guidelines to Federation’s board to follow in their decisions and actions. Strategy is decided by all members in the Annual General Assembly.

Best practices of defining strategy
Strategy is a higher-level document, which determines the big picture for the upcoming year. According to the strategy, a budget will be determined where do we focus our resources. Board is responsible of executing the strategy, and should start planning the annual actions from the strategy.

The 2018-2019 strategy
For 2018, ISRF will focus on:

  • ISRF structure
  • Communication
  • Sanctioning sim racing series
    • Sanctioning through:
      • Rules
      • Branding/identity

Structure
Establishing structure for ISRF helps the federation to be more efficient with the tasks we do. Objective with establishing efficient structure is to build good foundation for the future and achieve more in shorter period of time.

To establish the federation’s structure, we:

  • Plan and establish working workflows between members, managers and board
  • Establish efficient accounting
  • Communicate to members and public on regular basis

Communication
Sim racing is niche market at the moment, which should be communicated to the world appropriately.

To communicate sim racing and ISRF to wider audiences, we:

  • Create content from sim racing and ISRF
  • Share and promote sim racing content
  • Do a study about the numbers of sim racing
  • Promote members

Sanctioning sim racing series
To improve sim racing competition for organisers and competitors, we sanction different sim racing series. Objective of sanctioning sim racing series is to support organisers in their actions for sim racing as well as guarantee competitors a fair platform of sim racing regardless of the simulator used.

To achieve this objective, we:

  • Create general driving rules for different sim racing genres
  • Create guides to organise a series efficiently
  • Brand sanctioned series with ISRF branding

Team & Driver Committee formation meetings set

The Team Committee formation meeting will take place at the 15th of April, 2018, at 12:00 GMT, in the Discord channel. The Driver Committee formation meeting will take place a week later, at the 22nd at the same time, also in Discord.

If you did not receive an invitation while you think you should have, send me a DM on Discord.

Awaiting date for GA

The registrations and applications are received for the first GA, as the interim board will select the final selection for the GA, and invite the drivers and teams to elect their representative. Registrations are still open, but will possibly not make it to the invited to the GA.

Final reminder for registrations and applications

Registration for membership

Associations, leagues & communities will have voting power in the General Assembly, held Q1 2018, as well as the Teams Committee and the Drivers Committee. Teams will elect their own representative of the Teams Committee, likewise, Drivers will do the same for theirs.

  • Associations
    If you are match this criteria (among others), please apply here.

    • Association must promote sim racing by its own actions: Organize sim racing events (both offline and online) or represent sim racing communities or leagues or associations.
    • Must be registered to a nation association registry.
  • Leagues & communities
    If you are match this criteria (among others), please apply here.

    • Leagues/Communities must be legally registered, or have ownership of a domain with an active sim racing website with access on the domain.
    • Must promote sim racing by its own actions: Organize sim racing events (both offline and online) or represent sim racing communities or leagues or associations.
  • Teams
    If you are match this criteria (among others), please apply here.

    • Must be legally registered, or own and operate a website domain that primarily features the Team
    • Must have at least 3 active team members
    • Must have a Team Manager that is responsible for the daily operations of the Team, and is the representative of the Team to that Teams’ Committee
  • Drivers
    Please apply here.

Applications for staff roles

To run federation’s core functions and to fulfil its purposes, ISRF will recruit six managers for specific tasks, as well as the board, including a chairman. The positions will be chosen by the general assembly.

Open positions (read the full job descriptions here):

  • Chairman (elected from the board members)
  • Board members
  • Competition manager
  • Marketing manager
  • Web manager
  • Exposure manager
  • Graphics manager
  • Master moderator

If you’ve applied before, you should have gotten an email to update your application.

All roles can be found here.
You can apply for any of these roles, here.