At IFDA, we know that safety is a top priority for our member companies. Foodservice distribution drivers are the front line in this effort ensuring that food and supplies are delivered safely to over one million professional kitchens daily. This competition tests drivers on many levels, including skill behind the wheel, the ability to spot safety hazards, and their knowledge of safety rules and regulations. The individual winners are celebrated at an awards banquet and a team award recognizes the company with the best combined performance in the competition. The event gives drivers the platform to showcase their safety skills and compete among friends and family.
IFDA Truck Driving Championship Suggested Driver Qualifications
Professional truck drivers across the country stepped up in 2020 and 2021 to ensure foodservice operators and other food customers had the products they needed to run their businesses, even in the face of federal and state shutdowns and other hardships. This is our year to recognize, and reward, the food distribution industry’s very best professional drivers by participating in the IFDA Truck Driving Championship, being held October 14-16 in Orlando, Florida.
In the past, eligibility criteria required that a contestant at the IFDA Truck Driving Championship had to be a winner of a company-sponsored competition, or had to be the highest placing company representative at a state, local, regional, or provincial truck driving competition. We know that many foodservice distributors may not be in a position to conduct their own company-wide competition this year and ATA has cancelled their state and national events. So, we are modifying the IFDA criteria to take these developments into account.
We want to make it easier for you to send your best drivers to Orlando for the 2021 IFDA Truck Driving Championship. To that end, qualification criteria for the 2021 event have been modified as follows:
- At least one year of continuous full-time employment as a driver with a food distribution company (i.e., foodservice, foodservice manufacturer with private fleet, retail/wholesale grocery), and is currently a full-time driver (not a supervisor).
- A driver record that meets the following: A competing driver must have an “accident free” driving record for one year prior to October 13, 2021. An accident free driving record means the driver is not involved in any accidents where they are at fault and has not incurred any alcohol or drug-related chargeable violations.
- The driver holds a valid license for the type of truck to be driven during the IFDA competition.
- The driver has continuously distinguished himself/herself by embracing a culture of safety and seeking to improve as a professional.
- The driver has the skills and abilities to be competitive at the national IFDA Truck Driving Championship.
A Good Time for All!
This is an exciting time for drivers and their families, as well as for company management. This is also a “kid friendly” event! Children of all ages are welcome to attend the competition and the gala awards dinner.
You Can Also Support Safety As A Judge: The IFDA Truck Driving Championship uses two field courses to speed up the competition. If you are in management, we could use your help as a judge. As a judge, you help score truck drivers during the competition. This is a great way to be involved in the event, meet other transportation professionals, and support your drivers. Judge attendance is complimentary. Please note, you do not need to have a driver in the competition in order to be a judge.
Agenda At A GlanceThursday, October 14, 2021
Driver Welcome and Written Exam
Thursday includes driver and guest check-in, driver orientation, and the driver written exam.
Friday, October 15, 2021
Pre-Trip Inspection & Field Course Competition
Friday events include drivers performing a pre-trip vehicle inspection to find ten planted defects and driving a field course that includes six problems that mimic everyday challenges.
Saturday, October 16, 2021
Sightseeing & Gala Championship Awards
Drivers, their families, and other attendees get the day to enjoy the sights. On Saturday evening, a reception, banquet, and awards ceremony concludes the Championship.
What prizes are awarded to drivers?
All competing drivers will receive a competition shirt and hat, a duffel bag, and a certificate of participation. Prizes for the winners in each category of the competition are as follows:
$2500, Championship Medal, Champion’s Jacket (letterman style with logo on back and driver’s name on front), and a large Champion’s Magnet to display on their company vehicle.
$1500 & Championship Medal.
$1000 & Championship Medal.
Rookie of the Year Award:
$500 and a Customized Louisville Slugger.
Championship Team Trophy.
There are a variety of registration options for the IFDA Truck Driving Championship including drivers, management, family members, guests, and judges (also note that pricing differs between member and non-member companies). Please use our online registration portal and follow the instructions for each type of registrant.
Hotel & Destination
Participants and attendees will be staying at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, FL. Ranked #1 on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2019 Reader’s Choice Awards for Orlando Resorts, the resort sits on 1,500 lush acres with a private lake, tennis courts, and a unique lagoon-style pool.
The Field Course will be located at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, FL.
Orlando attractions await you!
There is plenty of fun adventures to be had in Orlando, Florida. Here are a few links to help you plan your free-time.
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