Sort of a spin-off of the “Stupid trials question thread,” surely there are people on here who could benefit from a discussion around the nuances of scoring. Background: In my last couple of years, I have scored maybe 50-60 days and feel competent enough to score by myself, but there are still questions and disagreements that arise in sections that are hard to make “on the spot” decisions, especially in a pressure situation like a National Round, or a ride off, or just when upper class riders (who you look up to as a rider) try to sneak one over on you. Further, (if you are like me) I’m not a super-decisive personality and a deep processor – I like to think about what I just saw and consider the rules in my head, which sometimes gets in the way of holding up the right number of fingers or punching the card in a timely manner. Consequently, I’m working on a basic mental set of criteria (for my own consistency) that will help make those decisions easier and earn a better reputation as a fair and consistent scorer – which should be everyone’s goal, right? I want to keep this discussion open to interpretations based upon current NATC rules (http://www.mototrials.com/library/2016-AMA-NATC_SupplRules-111215-FINAL.pdf) and perhaps local interpretations as appropriate (example: questions about interpreting splits as opposed to gates). I don’t want this to include No-Stop discussions because there are lots of other threads on the topic. Also – if you have links to quality videos which show examples of rules, please post those up and I’ll put those in post #2 which will be a sort of “highlights” of the thread. I know the New Mexico folks had a nice one on YouTube, but my search phrases aren’t bringing it up.