SCCA is directly responsible or partially involved in organizing a number of F1, IndyCar, IMSA, and SCCA Pro events in 2015.
The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) was at one point the premier marshaling services provider for professional level events. At this point both tracks (with their hired workers) and event organizers (with their hired workers) compete for the business of providing marshals at events. That said SCCA is still the only organization in the US that may issue a marshal with a marshaling license that is recognized internationally. And SCCA members make good candidates when employment is offered by various circuits and event organizers. SCCA Pro event doesn’t give you the right as an SCCA marshal to volunteer for it. Many are hosted by tracks that provide their own hired workers and you may need to be hired by their organization to work a particular SCCA Pro event.
What must you do to join this club?
Depending on where you live in the country you would select your local SCCA region and you would train using that region’s activities. However, you don’t have to live in a particular region to join that region, for example many NY residents are members of the Central Florida Region.
What must you do to qualify to work a Pro event?
You must get some basic training or experience on a lower track rental or club level event. Sometimes a Crash & Burn school is offered, but that kind of training is not consistent around the country. You may travel to another region to receive training. Similarly you may travel around the country to participate in club events to build experience using on-the-job training.
SCCA publishes a marshal’s manual. It is up to you to go find it on the SCCA web site as the local regions don’t always give it to you. The link to the training manual is located in the File Cabinet section when you log into the SCCA.com web site. The training manual is about 70 pages long (2012 version) and covers club basics. Keep in mind that club rules may be quite different from the Series rules of a particular event, for example the FIA rules are different from IMSA rules which are different from SCCA Pro rules, which are themselves different from the SCCA Club rules. Be sure to brush up on the rules of a particular series before going to the event.
The following regions of the SCCA recruit marshals to volunteer Pro events that they staff:
Central Florida Region
San Francisco Region
Lone Star Region
Again you do not have to be a member of that region to volunteer for their event. Similarly, you don’t have to be a member of the SCCA to volunteer the event with their members, this is especially relevant for visiting International marshals. Often, the circuit hosting the event will provide their workers and first time marshals that register for the event directly with the track, to work with the “theoretically” more experienced SCCA marshals. So be sure to follow the rules of those people when working on the same station, despite what you are used to doing when working similar events elsewhere.
What does it cost to join this club?
There is a hefty fee for being a part of the SCCA. At the very minimum you will pay $65 towards the national office. Regions collect different fees, from a trivial amount to $25 like the New England Region. To reduce the $90 annual membership fee, you can get worker credit of up to $45 by participating at a certain number of days at Club events. You also get a referral fee for bringing people into the Club.