North Eastern Oklahoma Trials Team

  Club Manual and Rulebook



 In Observed Trials (aka MotoTrials) motorcycle events, competitors ride through a number of marked sections of difficult terrain while being “observed”.  The riders are penalized points by the “Observer” for particular infractions such as loss of balance requiring additional support, infractions of boundaries, possibly time allotments and other various requirements.  Riders ride one at a time over terrain that is matched to their skill level, and the rider with the fewest points wins.  The Trials motorcycle is especially designed for this sport and features very light weight, precise balance, controls, and engines with an abundance of torque at lower rpm’s.

The Riding Club:


   The North Eastern Oklahoma Trials Team (NEOTT - is a non-profit organization originally formed in the late 1960’s NEOTT promotes 8 to 12 events a year.

Steering Committee:

NEOTT elects 5 (five) officers at the January awards banquet and meeting for a 1 (one)-year term and optionally the officers can elect up to 5 (five) club members to serve as non-voting advisors or representatives.  Officers can fill one or more roles for the club.  For 2017 the officers and their primary roles are as follows:

  1. Kevin Kight, President
  2. Josh Evans, Vice President
  3. Pat Gwin, Secretary
  4. Eldon Malone, Treasurer
  5. Chris Shellenberger, Officer-at-large

Non-voting roles include:

  1. Kevin Kight, Awards Coordinator
  2. Todd D. Todd P, Chris S, Equipment
  3. Todd Phillips Membership Coordinator
  4. Mike Cramsey, Web Master

The following describes the responsibilities of each role.  All of these duties are general in nature and may be shared, reassigned or delegated to other members as personnel availability, volunteer abilities and time requires so as to ensure the smooth running of club events and business matters.

President – Responsible for maintaining \ growing the club as a viable entity.  Responsible for setting the long-term goals and objectives of the Club.  Responsible for establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with external parties such as other clubs, government entities, sponsors, pro riders etc. By default is the Central Regional Trials Championship representative and Trialsmaster for Octobertest. Oversees all club meetings. The President can delegate club responsibilities as needed.

Vice President - Responsible for the internal workings of the club and coordination of activities with the other officers and Trialsmasters.  Fills the role of President or Secretary If\when necessary.

Secretary – Responsible for recording NEOTT event results, scoring of Club Championship Points, organizing the Club meeting agenda and recording minutes of Club meetings, sending event results to the Club Webmaster and outside publications for posting, safe keeping of Club records and important papers, permits, event scoring sheets, rider releases, etc.  Works with the Webmaster to ensure information is sent out to club members.  Fills the role of Vice-President or Treasurer if\when necessary.

Treasurer – Responsible for the management of the NEOTT account and all financial transactions of the Club including payment of all land use fees, permit fees, advertising accounts, insurance premiums, rental or lease payments, trophy or awards accounts, and all miscellaneous debts.  Collection of member dues, signup fees, land use fees and any other club income.  Responsible for the preparation of an easily understood financial statement at least quarterly for presentation to the club and for the club records.  Responsible for the preparation of an annual budget forecast. Also responsible for bringing the signup cash box with proper change to the events and collection of it after signup.  Fills the role of Secretary if\when necessary.


Officer-at-Large - Responsible to represent the club rider’s perspective at meetings and events.  Provides a mechanism for club riders to raise issues to club officials as a group or anonymously by individuals if desired.  Is expected to vote the rider’s perspective even if that perspective conflicts with their personal view and\or other officer’s perspective.

Equipment - Responsible for all Club owned equipment such as staple guns, tree trimmers, event signs, first aid supplies, etc and to ensure equipment is available for use as needed.  Also to see that the Trialsmasters boxes are restocked and supplied to event Trialsmasters as needed.  

Membership Coordinator - Responsible for enrollment and orientation of new members, distribution of new member number plates, mentoring of first time riders as needed.  Training of new Trialsmasters about signup to ensure signup activities go smoothly with the required paperwork completed.  Responsible for the Recording of Riders volunteer activity for Club Championship points eligibility.

Safety Coordinator – Responsible for overseeing the safety conditions of an event as needed or requested by any Trialsmaster or rider that feel that conditions might be unsafe for riders or spectators.  Enforcement of club safety rules such as pit speeds, helmet rules, etc as needed.

Webmaster – Responsible for the Club websites at,, Facebook group, photo gallery account, and other forms for electronic media distribution that may evolve. The websites contains current news about past and future events, schedules, driving directions, Club Points Standings.  Works with Trialsmasters to produce event flyers, Emailing of club news to members and vendors.

Sponsorship Coordinator – Responsible for negotiating with and serving as liaison to outside sponsors for the Club and for individual events or circumstances.  Also responsible for maintaining Club awareness and compliance with sponsors requirements and needs.  Also working with the Webmaster and Trialsmasters to ensure that all requirements such as advertisements, etc are in place and consideration given to satisfying contractual needs with advertisers, sponsors, sport publications, etc.

Awards Coordinator – Responsible for obtaining the individual event awards, Octobertest T-shirts and event awards as well as the year-end trophies and awards.  Works with the Treasurer for accurate accounting of award fees.  Works with the Secretary on tracking class points throughout the year. Works with President and Vice-President on Octobertest and Year-End awards.

Club Officer Meetings:

NEOTT will have quarterly officer meetings that are open to all members and will be announced on the website as to time and place at least one week in advance.


The President will call for interim meetings as needed at the riders meeting of an event to be held at the conclusion of the event.  

All votes are decided on a majority basis.  

Any member concerns should be addressed to any officer in advance of the quarterly meetings so as to allow the addition to the meeting agenda.

Any member wishing to relay concerns anonymously should work the concerns with the Officer-At-Large who will in turn represent the issue at the club meeting.

Membership and Dues:

NEOTT annual dues are $40.00 per family per year to be paid prior to the event you wish to receive Club Points in or at the first event of the year.  

You must be a NEOTT club member to receive Club Championship Points.  

Members who are renewing their membership must sign-up to be a Trialsmaster or Co-Trialsmaster sometime during the season.  New club members and Lifetime Members are not required to be TM or Co-TM but can certainly volunteer to fill those roles.

This membership includes a class number plate to the First time member, rulebook, membership card, eligibility for Club Championship Awards, and access to any riding areas controlled by NEOTT.  

Note: Upgrade\Replacement number plates are $25 and can be ordered from the Membership Coordinator.

Club officers can elect members who have a proven multi-decade history of service to the club as lifetime members.  Lifetime members are:

Benefits include a waiver of club membership dues and no requirement to be Trialsmaster or Co-Trialsmaster to be eligible for year-end awards.

Membership dues are waived for the current year club officers.


The rulebook will be available in paper form at the Annual Banquet and at the first event of the season.  Additional copies will be available for new riders when they join NEOTT.  As this document is dynamic, distributing the latest paper copy for every change is not feasible.  The latest version will be available on the Internet site  The Secretary, with Club Officers, approval will update the rulebook every year in December.

Copies of the rulebook will reside in the Trialsmaster boxes and in possession of each Club Officer.

Annual Banquet:

The annual awards banquet shall be held to award series finalists, elect the next year’s Committee, and solicit Trialsmasters for the upcoming year.  

Awards cost and any NEOTT subsidy for the banquet will be determined by the Committee.  Funding sources will include advertising revenues, club dues, gate fees, rider entry fees, and any other sources.  The end of the year account balance, after the banquet, has to be adequate to host the first event of the following year.

Although the election takes place at the banquet, before the February event, the first event is the responsibility of the old Committee.  This allows the new Committee to transition in as smoothly as possible.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Trials Events:

The season starts in January and ends in December.

Events will be held the third Sunday of each month unless otherwise approved by the Steering Committee.  Exceptions may be the annual two-day events, holidays (usually Easter and Thanksgiving.).  

Entry Fees:

Entry fees for all club members and out-of-state riders (both comp and non-comp) will be $20.00.  Entry fees for non-members are $25.  Additionally , under 18, family members riding the Novice through Master lines receive a $5.00 discount.  Rookies and Cadet Classes are $5.00, more than one Rookie or Cadet in the same family are $3 each.  Additional land use fees may be  imposed by landowners or governing bodies on all normal club events.

For the two-day events, entry fees will be determined by the Trialsmasters and Steering Committee and announced prior to the event based on conditions and requirements at the time.  

Riders participating in their first ever trials (Excluding Octobertest events) should make this known to the Trialsmaster or signup crew to be allowed a free ride to help introduce them to the sport.

Entry fees are not refundable once the riders’ riders meeting is over and the event begins.

Number of Sections:

A NEOTT trials event will generally consist of three loops of 6 to 10 sections, with 8 sections being generally preferred.  

On two-day events the first day should be 9 or 10 sections with the second day to have a shorter loop and\or fewer sections so as to allow riders to leave at a decent hour.  

The Trialsmasters should take into consideration time constraints, weather, daylight hours, number of scorer’s available, length and difficulty of the loop, etc before setting the final number to be announced at the riders meeting.  


Riders are generally split into two groups based on ability:

“Morning classes” shall consist of Cadet, Rookie, Novice, Amateur, Senior Amateur and possible Women’s, and Vintage classes should there be a demand.  

”Afternoon” classes will be made up of Intermediate, Senior Expert, Expert, Master and Pro if needed.  

Riders assign themselves to a class based on their own estimation of their skill levels with advice freely available from the membership coordinator if needed.  

We rely on an honor system with the riders choosing their class based on their own skills and results so as to prevent “cherrypicking“ of classes.  

The exception being Senior classes that are setup for riders 40 yrs old and older to ride as long as they choose based on their skills and desires.

Club Points for Class Championship:


In order to qualify for Club Championship points you must be a current member of NEOTT and club dues must have been paid prior to any event you wish to receive Championship points for.

All club members regardless of state of residency can qualify for points.

All points are accumulated during the course of one calendar year (Jan-Dec) and the Club Secretary is in charge of point’s record keeping.

All riders eligible for points will accumulate points in only one class at a time.  If you change classes, you will only be allowed to use one class for Club Series Championship awards.

Eligibility for the Iron Man award is determined regardless of the classes ridden.

The Championship will use the best 6 of 9 event points to total.

A rider must attend a minimum of 6 events to qualify for year-end awards.

All NEOTT members must have either been a Trialsmaster, Co-Trialsmaster, or assisted in the running (signup, Section layout, workdays for future events, etc) of an event to qualify for a Class Championship.  The Membership Coordinator being in charge of recordkeeping of volunteers work.

2012 introduced the “Just-In-Time Trials” format where participating riders help setup the event by building the sections on the day of the event.  “Standard” format events are built fully in advance of the event by the TM and Co-TM.

The assigned Trialsmaster and Co-Trialsmaster will determine the event format:

For a standard format event, the designated Trialsmaster and Co-Trialsmaster will receive first place points for their trial in lieu of being able to ride for one trial event per year only.  Other Assistant Trialsmasters can receive 5 pts per event worked if event is not also ridden by the Assistant.

For Just-In-Time trials format the Trialsmaster and Co-Trialsmaster get to ride the event and are scored based on their finishing position however their event entry fees are waived, excluding land use fees.

Octobertest is always a standard format event, however all club members are expected to participate in the setting up, scoring, cleaning up and any other duties to ensure a smooth running event.  

Club Points are awarded as follows:


If more then 20 place then fractional points will be awarded.

If a rider does-not-finish (DNF) an event then finishing points can be earned in one of two ways:

  1. Based on NATC rules, if a rider has completed 90% of the event sections they are awarded last place points.

  1. Introduced in 2010, NEOTT will award points to riders who complete less than 90% of the sections based on a sliding scale taking into consideration the number of sections completed.  (See attachment 2).

The purpose of the sliding scale is to reward members for attending events and to provide incentive to accumulate points for each section ridden.  

The sliding scale formula can be adjusted as needed by the Steering Committee each year.

Points based on the sliding scale are limited to two DNF’s per year.  A 3rd DNF results in zero points but the ride does count towards the rider’s annual total number of rides.

For championship points scoring the event finishes are compressed to only Club members for point’s places, i.e.  (Club member John Doe finishes 2nd and Steve Doe finishes 4th at the event, all other placings are non-members, John will receive 1st place points and Steve will receive 2nd place points, etc).

In the event of a tie the total points for the year will be counted, if still in a tie situation, a head-to-head competition will be arranged to determine Club Champion.

Riders that compete in every event during the year are eligible to receive a special Iron Man award.  The award is determined by the steering committee each year and will have an approximate value of three to four times the standard event entry fees.

Central Regional Trials Championship (CRTC) Series:

NEOTT supports club members who ride the entire Central Regional Trials Championship series by paying half the cost of their entry fees as follows:

Example: Costs for Missouri = $40 for 2-days, Kansas = $40 for 2-days and Texas = $40 for 2-days.  Total $120 / 2 = $60 payback.

The payback mechanism is reviewed for modifications each year by the steering team.

The Trials Motorcycle:

Riders may enter any size or age trials motorcycle in any class except vintage which is limited to pre 1984 dual-shocked, air-cooled, drum-braked machine.

All machines must be in safe working order and equipped with a good muffler and trials type block pattern tire.

Starting in 2017: A working tether kill switch is required on the motorcycle and will be attached to the rider in the sections.

It is recommended that the front number plate has the rider’s name and class displayed and be readable by the observer.  

NEOTT has a number plate design for club members that incorporates the riders name, NEOTT insignia and class designation by print and color stripe.  

The Club approved color stripe designation is as follows;

The rider’s name will be in black and the class designations will be in black or white to contrast the color stripe used.  

The first three class places may have a large number denoting last years placing if there are more than one number in a class (as in a rider moving up a class then a 1” letter denoting the previous class will be added)              

Signup & Riders Meeting:

Signup for the event will begin no less than one hour prior to the published start time.  

A riders meeting shall be held to begin the event, at which the Trialsmaster will announce the number of sections, number of loops, course layout, danger areas, time limits and other pertinent information.  

Ride Format:

The Trialsmaster will announce at the rider’s meeting if the event will use observers or be a group ride.


Observers should be selected from riders who have a good understanding of trials rules and scoring and who will be able to score sections without unnecessary hardship or risk.  

Observers should be instructed on the location and number of their section, procedure for notifying the Trialsmaster of problems (i.e. injury, protests, or a change in the section), “teardown” time for sections, and any other needed information.  

A signup list is currently used for the process of selecting observers.  Make sure to sign up to score a section when you sign up for the event.  If you ride, you may be called to score!

Riders who regularly attend NEOTT club events are expected to judge if called upon to do so and not rely on visitors or riders from other clubs to judge.  

Riders who wish to ride in both morning and afternoon classes can only do so with the permission of the Trialsmaster, Co-Trialsmaster and all of the on-site Steering Committee officers otherwise they are expected to judge sections or provide other assistance in the running of the event.

Newer riders should be paired with an experienced rider to show them the normal procedures.  

Substitute volunteer judges may also serve for a rider at the discretion of the Trialsmaster, but observers should not be changed after the start of the event.

Observers are considered the “last word” in determining the score of a rider (excepting protest), and are to make all technical decisions concerning their sections after the event start.  

Observers do not have to tolerate abuse from riders, and may penalize a rider up to 10 points at their section if necessary.  

Observers should clean up their section after the event unless directed otherwise by the Trialsmaster.

Group Rides:

The Trialsmaster will announce the starting sections for each group at the riders meeting taking into consideration the loop, the skills of the riders in attendance, the group sizes etc.

The Trialsmaster will announce the loop format (i.e. ride the sections in order for the first loop then ride each section twice; ride three separate loops; ride each section 3 times)

There is no set time limit for a group ride however the group should try to complete the course in a timely manner.

Classes with a small number of riders can be grouped together (i.e. Intermediate and Expert ride together as one group)

At least one but preferably two riders in the group should get a punch prior to leaving the pit area.

Riders shall not punch their own scorecards.  This can be handled in several ways which the group can decide on:

Riders will exchange scorecards prior to riding the first section such that each rider is scoring\punching another rider’s card.  

One rider can judge and punch the other riders’ cards and then the judge rides the section.  At the next section a different rider judges and punches etc rotating through the group.

The group can find a non-competitor to ride with them and do all the scoring.

All riders in the same class will ride together for at least one complete loop.

As the riders review each section they can discuss what, if any, changes should be made to make the section more ride able \ safe for the majority of the riders in the group.  The riders can also elect to make the section more challenging but only if all the riders in the class agree to the change.

At the completion of the first loop, larger groups can optionally decide to split into 2 or more smaller groups in order to move faster through the course.

If other rider(s) in the group drop out for some reason and a rider is left riding alone that rider must join another group in order to have someone score them.

If there is only one rider left on the course the Trialsmaster should score them.

Riders that elect to ride a group ride event as an individual and score themselves must ride as Non-Comp to avoid any potential scoring conflicts.

Riders should turn their cards in as soon as possible after completing the course.

Riders are expected to help tear down the sections when the Trialsmaster declares the event over.


Spectators are generally admitted free of charge and welcomed at all NEOTT events.  

Spectators are expected to stand outside section boundaries and not interfere in any way with the riders, the section, or the loop during an event.  They may lend assistance if requested by an observer.  

If spectators have pets they are expected to control their animals for both rider and animal safety.  

Spectators are always encouraged to ask questions and show appreciation for a rider’s effort.

The Rider:

Riders are expected to be in adequate physical condition and prepared for strenuous activity.  

Riders must not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the event.  

Riders are expected to behave in a responsible and sportsmanlike manner at all times  

General Guidelines:

Morning and Afternoon classes should have reasonable time limits of two and one half-hours to four hours each.  Generally three hours is sufficient, although time may be added for a long loop or extra sections.  

Riders should start on the first section unless directed otherwise by the Trialsmaster at the riders meeting.


All sections must be ridden in numerical order regardless of starting section.  

A rider off the marked loop may be disqualified at the discretion of the Trialsmaster.  

The Trialsmaster should sweep the loop near the end of the event to give instructions to the observers.  Unless instructed differently by the Trialsmaster, observers are to take down their sections at a given time and not allow further riders through after that time.  

Rider’s scorecards must be turned in immediately after completion of their ride and may not be accepted 30 minutes after section closing time.

In the event the rider is unable to turn in their card due to injury or breakdown someone else can turn the card in for them.


Trialsmasters will be solicited beginning at the final event of the season, at the annual banquet and continuing during the year for each event.  

Note: A Trialsmaster’s checklist is included in this manual and is available on the web page.  

One Trialsmaster and one Co-Trialsmaster will be allowed for each event.

Trialsmaster and Co-Trialsmaster must be on-site at their event for the duration of the event in order to qualify for TM \ Co-TM points.  Exceptions will be reviewed and voted on by the steering committee.  Depending on circumstances the steering committee will decide on if the rider should receive all 30 points, zero points or partial points.

If there is no volunteer Trialsmaster and Co-Trialsmaster for an event then the steering committee will decide to score NEOTT points at another club’s event (i.e. TXTC or AVTA) for that month or cancel the event.

A Club member can be Trialsmaster or Co-Trialsmaster for one event per year but can be Assistant Trialsmaster as needed in as many events as needed.

The Trialsmaster along with the available Club officers will comprise a protest jury if needed during an event.

Trialsmaster for JITT format events:

Will be responsible for preparations for the trials, setting the loop, marking the general location of the sections, general clearing any large brush or constructing obstacles as needed to create a clean area in which sections can be quickly setup, managing the event the day of the trials, signup and awards.  Details on the JITT format event are available on the website.

Trialsmaster and Co-Trialsmaster will compete in their own event and earn class points based on their finishing position.  Trialsmaster and Co-Trialsmaster will have their event entry fees waived, excluding land use fees.

Trialsmaster for standard format events:

The Trialsmaster(s) will be responsible for preparations for the trials, setting the sections, managing the event the day of the trials, signup, and cleanup after the trials.  

Trialsmasters may not compete in their own event, but are expected to pre-ride all sections up to their class five times “ride in” the sections and determine if a section is marked and set satisfactorily.  

Rider’s Equipment:

A Helmet meeting DOT-95, Snell M-2000, or any FIM approved helmet is required to be worn whenever operating a motorcycle at a trials site.  

Clothing is recommended to be of sturdy make to provide maximum protection.  Most available competition clothing for motorcycle riding is allowed and recommended as well as a sturdy pair of boots, (no sneaker type shoes allowed).  

Gloves also are recommended but not required.  

The Pits:

Safety is rule #1 in the pit area and “pit racing” is not permitted at any time.

Pit areas are considered slow speed areas.  

Make sure to control children, pets, and new riders and keep them slow.

Maps or signs should be available in the pit area showing the loop and section location.

The Loop:

The loop should not be the major obstacle of the trials.  

The loop must be set so the least skilled rider expected to ride that course will be able to travel without excess risk or delay due to bottlenecks or length of the loop.  

The loop is part of the course; riders may not “cut” the course under penalty of disqualification at the discretion of the Trialsmaster.

Pink or other high visibility ribbon should be placed at adequate spacing and location to allow riders to ride at a rapid pace without losing the trail.  Closer spacing of the ribbon for difficult trails is required.  When possible, ribbon should always be on the right side of the trail.  This allows a rider to know if they are going backwards.  For a two-day event each day should be different color.  

Danger areas on the loop must be marked clearly, and all major turns should be well marked with ribbon or red arrow signs.  Danger is signified with an X marked on a pie plate or sign.  

Wrong way signs may be placed as needed at confusing intersections.  A “W” on a pie plate or sign signifies wrong way.  

Arrows on the loop must show the direction to the next section by number so riders are confident they are going to the right section..

Staying on the loop is important to the people who let us use the land.  Stay on the trail!


Cleanup of the loop is the responsibility of the Trialsmaster(s), supported by the observers.  

The Sections:


At least two sections should be close to camp to facilitate spectators.

Continuous sections are usually a bottleneck and should be avoided, but if used they must be clearly marked as to both exit and start at the transition points.  

Sections placed close together must have adequate space for riders to park and inspect the next section without interfering with riders from the previous section.  

“Keyhole” sections (where a rider reverses direction or returns over his path to a common entry/exit) must be very clearly marked and are strongly discouraged.  

The minimum adequate number of observers to see all areas of the section without having to move too much should be provided.

Sections will be set based on the traditional average skills in that class at NEOTT events.

The event should attempt to have a mix of difficulty in the sections, with a few easier sections, several of moderate difficulty, and a few difficult ones.

Sections should be made of challenging but non-dangerous durable terrain, with natural boundaries where possible.  They should also take into account the possibility of bad weather.  

Sections must not contain impossible or too difficult turns, ascents, descents, or obstacles.

All riders should be familiar with the NEOTT section setting guidelines available on the web site.  The overall objective of club trials is to have fun.

Adequate space for riders to “stage” prior to entering sections and for parking in front of and after sections must be provided

A rider may inspect sections on foot at any time, but neither rider nor minder may intentionally modify a section at any time.

Sections must be marked with an easily visible sign indicating the start, section number, and classes at the beginning of a section.

White or Yellow ribbon is the preferred marking material.  Flags, cups, or other marking materials should not be used unless absolutely necessary.  

Sections should be set with multiple lines and minimum danger in mind, and should not be less than 3 feet in width if possible.

Entry and Exit gates should be at least 4 (Four) feet wide and perpendicular to the rider’s path

Ribbon should be run on the ground in a continuous line.  Preferably set no lower than 4” and no higher than 12” from the surface.

If possible, impassable natural terrain should be used as a border.  Movable objects such as ribboned rocks or freestanding flags should be avoided if possible.  

There is no “line of intent” between two ribboned points

Riders may “ride out” anywhere between two non-connected side boundary flags or ribbons as long as they do not violate other boundary markers, remain in sight of the observer and do not cross their tracks.  For this reason, completely and clearly marked continuous ribbon and natural boundaries in a section are encouraged

Make sure splits are not so close to the start or exit so as to avoid confusion.  The exception here is that different starts and exits are allowed for different classes, but should be used sparingly and must be marked very clearly.

To get consistency between the various Trialsmasters splits should be simplified to one letter to indicate the class as follows:

Senior Amateur will ride the Amateur line unless otherwise noted with an “S” split.

Senior Expert will ride the Intermediate line unless otherwise noted with an “X” split.

Multiple classes on a split should be separated by commas and should be ordered from lowest class to highest class.  Example: a Rookie, Amateur and Master split is R, A, M

The section should be clear of other riders and ready to ride prior to a rider’s entry.  

Riders will not enter a section until instructed to do so by the observer, who will hold up a closed fist and announce “Rider”.

A rider has entered when the front wheel axle has crossed the plane or line between the start of the Left and Right ribbon

“Splits or Gates” for the separate classes in a section shall be marked with a sign clearly indicating the directions for the individual classes in waterproof ink.  

A rider may touch a split marker but may not move it or destroy it as they ride through.


Sections may not be changed after a rider has ridden in any line in the sections.  

Changes that occur to a section as a result of use should only be modified at the discretion of the observer if the sections become impassable, or dangerous, or if a spectator caused a change.  

Only those minimum modifications to the terrain necessary for safe use should be made.

A clearly marked vertical Exit sign and an adequate stopping/scoring area must be provided at the end of a section

The exit is also defined by the front wheel axle crossing the line of the end of the Left and Right ribbon.  

The observer is responsible for repair and cleanup of the section after the event unless instructed differently by the Trialsmaster.


Scoring is the main item that separates trials from other motorcycle competitions and can be very complex:  

Every effort must be made to be consistent and fair to all riders.  

In the event of a very unclear decision about the score, the rider gets the benefit of the doubt.  

NEOTT has chosen to generally follow AMA/NATC rules so as to be consistent with the national and regional organizations.

NEOTT does not adhere to time limits in the sections but still recognizes an overall time limit set by the Trialsmaster for the event with penalties given for being late to finish as determined by the Trialsmasters and conditions.

Scoring will be based on the NATC system as follows:

Errors                                                   Penalty

1 fault                                                   1 point

2 faults                                                  2 points

More then 2 faults                                 3 points

Failure                                                  5 points

Missing a section (no punch)              10 points

A Trialsmaster may exclude an entire section (and any points lost from it) from a trials if necessary after the event has started.  This should be done under extreme circumstances such as the section becoming unridable, a severe accident that precludes further rides, or a loop problem that causes a significant number of riders to miss the section.  A section can be thrown out for just one or two loops; it must be thrown out entirely for all riders.

  1. Fault definitions:

  1. Footing – any contact providing support between any part of the rider’s body or machine (exception; tires, foot pegs, or skid plate) with the ground or an obstacle (tree, rock, etc).  Footing can occur either inside or outside the boundaries.  For tires outside the boundary refer to B15.  “Toe Dabs” will be counted as footing.

  1. Foot rotation counts as one point ( rotation cannot be used for travel such as rotating heel to toe with rotating in between).  Pivoting on the part of the foot that is touching the ground is permitted without penalty.

  1. Sliding a foot counts as three points.

  1. Both feet placed on the ground simultaneously count as two points.

  1. Failure definitions:

  1. The machine moving backwards with or without the rider footing.  ( Tip: Watch the front wheel spokes)

  1. Any displacement of markers with the machine or rider, requiring that they be reset, i.e.  breaking or knocking down.  The rider or machine must make direct contact with the marker.  Touching a boundary is not a failure.

  1. The rider dismounts from the machine and has both feet on the ground on the same side of or behind the rear wheel of the machine.

  1. The rider does not have both hands on the handlebar when footing while stationary.

  1. (Time in section) Not applicable

  1. The rider receives outside assistance.

  1. The rider or minder changes the condition of a section (See C 11)

  1. The rider begins a section attempt without the observer’s acknowledgement.

  1. The engine stops while footing or while any other part of the machine, except the tires, is used for support, without forward motion.  The motorcycle must be moving forward while footing with a dead engine to avoid a five (5).

  1. If the handlebar is used for support and the motorcycle is beyond 45 degrees from vertical.

  1. The motorcycle does a complete loop, crossing both its own tracks, with both wheels.  (Exceptions may be a keyhole section or other part of a section that the Trialsmaster designates at the riders meeting)

  1. Not riding the line designated by split gates for the rider’s class.  Competitors may ride where they choose where boundaries for their class, are not marked by either split gates or tape.

  1. The front wheel must precede the back wheel when passing thru the gates.

  1. The rider passes, in either direction through a gate of another class.  That is breaking the plane of the gate.  

  1. When a marker is passed by either tire on the out-of-bounds side of the marker with the tire on the ground.  In the case of running over a taped boundary, there must be ground visible between the tape and the wheel and the wheel must be on the ground on the out-of-bounds side of the tape.  Both axles must go through a marker in a section, i.e.  Floating one axle over a marker results in a failure; jumping a bike over a boundary is a failure.  

  1. The front axle must pass between the start and end gates.  The front axle is only allowed to pass between the start gates once.

  1. Only the greatest penalty, as defined above, shall be counted for that section.  However  the following points maybe added:

C.        Other Penalties:

  1. A rider may report to the observer and receive a five for that section, even though he does not attempt it.

  1. Sections are to be ridden in designated order only.  Any sections not filled in (punched) on the scorecard are considered missed sections and receive 10 points for each section not punched.

  1. If blank or unmarked spaces exceed 10% of designated rides, the rider will be considered a non-finisher.

  1. A rider waiting in line to enter a section must not leave their machine.  If they do, they must go to the end of the line.  Refusal to comply may be considered unsportsmanlike conduct ( See C 8 )

  1. Any section ridden more then once per loop will receive 10 points, in addition to their first attempt score.  (Exception is if the Trialsmaster designates a different order of riding at the riders meeting).

  1. Practice in any of the sections before or during the event will result in the disqualification of the rider from the trial.

  1. When a split start is employed, the rider must start and end each loop on their designated section or be considered a non-finisher.

  1. Unsportsmanlike conduct, offensive behavior or language, by a rider or minder, will result in a penalty of 5 to 25 points (or 100).  The 5 to 25 point penalties can be given at the sole discretion of any observer or course official.  A written report must be filed with the Referee for any 100-point infraction.

  1. Exceeding the posted speed limit is a 5-point penalty (for each offense) before , during , and after an event

  1. Riders arriving late at the start will be penalized a time penalty of ½ point per minute until they pick up their loop card.  

  1. Yellow Card Rule: any rider or their minder who refuses to obey the instructions of an observer, or who behaves in an unsportsmanlike manner shall be shown the Yellow Card.  Penalty is 5 points for the first offense, 5 points for the second offense, and exclusion for third offense during an event.  Points are in addition to the section score on the attempt.

  1. Pro time penalty (Not Applicable)

  1. Violation of these supplemental riding rules by the rider or minder will result in a penalty ranging from 5 points to exclusion from the trial.

D.        Protests:

  1. If a rider is severely distracted or spectators or riders in the section block his/her line, he/she may claim a balk.  Obstruction is deemed to have occurred when a rider, attempting a section is prevented from completing a bona-fide attempt due to some unauthorized obstruction. If a rider claims obstruction the section observers decision as to whether a re-ride is permitted is final. Should a re-ride be granted the section shall be observed from the point of obstruction onwards and any points lost prior to the point of the obstruction of the original attempt will stand.

  1. It is the rider’s responsibility to acknowledge their score and verify their scorecard is punched correctly at each section immediately upon completion of the attempt.  

  1. Disagreement with the observer must be noted and settled, if possible, without inconveniencing or delaying other riders, while the situation is fresh in everyone's mind.  

  1. Scoring protests will not be heard if the observer was not made aware of the conflict immediately after the section attempt.

  1. No person may protest another rider’s score.

  1. A Protest Jury consisting of the Trialsmasters and all available Steering Committee members shall act on all written protests and rules infractions.

  1. These Protests must be in writing.

  1. Only the rider can protest a penalty

  1. Protests must be filed with the Trialsmaster as soon as practical but not later than 30 minutes after the results have been posted.  

  1. The Trialsmaster shall render all decisions on protests as soon as possible but no decision shall be made before all pertinent observers have been interviewed.  

  1. If it is not possible for the Trialsmaster to decide the protest immediately, the Trialsmaster may permit the rider and motorcycle to compete under protest, but any awards or trophy the rider may win will be withheld pending the decision on the protest.  

  1. Once made, a protest cannot be withdrawn without the permission of the Trialsmaster.  

  1. All legitimate expenses, to which the Trialsmaster may be put, as a result of a protest must be paid by the protesting party.  The Trialsmaster may demand in advance from the protesting party a deposit sufficient to cover any such expense.  All expenses involved are non-refundable by the Trialsmaster.

  1. Appeal to AMA of protest (non-applicable )

E.        Scoring Ties:

  1. In case of ties, including any time penalties, the rider with the lowest number of points on observation will win.  

  1. If still tied, the competitor with the most cleans, and then ones, twos, or threes will win.  

  1. If still tied the system of farthest cleans, ones, twos, or threes will be used.  

  1. If still tied the rider with the fastest overall time will win.

  1. Time Limits:

  1. A time limit for each rider to complete the course must be set.  

  1. The sign in table will be the time check unless designated otherwise by the Trialsmaster at the riders meeting.  

  1. After the time limit, the rider may arrive late, but penalty points will be added for arrival at the finish or time check table after the scheduled time at the rate of one-half points per minute.  

  1. Any rider turning in his/her scorecard later than 30 minutes after the scheduled section closing time may be disqualified.  

The Trialsmaster and all present Steering Committee officers will meet to discuss the circumstances to decide if the riders’ scorecard should be accepted or if the rider should be disqualified.  

If disqualified, the rider will not earn any points at the event.

  1. Time Limit Calculation (Not Applicable )

  1. Official time must be kept by a digital clock, so that a rider’s finish time includes all of the finishing minute, e.g., if a finishing time is 4:31 p.m.  that minute holds until the digital clock records 4:32.  The riders finishing time will be marked on their scorecards as required by the events format and any penalty points will be added to their total score.


Riders will be issued scorecards at signup, or when event format dictates, which will be marked with the rider’s name and class in a legible manner.  

A paper-hole punch, issued to each observer, will be used to mark the score of the rider immediately after completion of the section.  If the scorer enters an incorrect score, all other incorrect scores will be punched out leaving only the correct score showing.  

The scorecard is the rider’s responsibility.  

Scorecards should be returned as soon as possible after the rider completes the course or elects to DNF the event.  All scorecards must be returned immediately after sections are closed at the end of the events time limit.

Riders are to determine their own score separately from the final scoring personnel to ensure accuracy.  Riders should write and initial their calculated score on the back of the card for scoring personnel to reference.

After the rider and the scoring personnel agree on the final score and it is placed on the scoreboard or record sheet, the score is considered final for that trials and                                                                  

will not be changed.  

There will be no post-trial review of scorecards to change results.  

Riders may trade-in damaged scorecards if scores are legible.  

Riders who lose cards after having ridden a first section will be considered a DNF or can be penalized 5 points per “lost” section at the discretion of the Trialsmaster.

Special Events:

The Club may hold special events such as National Events, benefits, exhibitions, poker runs, fun rides, workdays, or special competitions during the year at the discretion of the Steering Committee and NEOTT members.  Special rules may be used at these events at the discretion of the Trialsmasters and the Steering Committee.  National Events will follow National Rules.  Any other promotion or event which is held by NEOTT must be approved by the Steering Committee, but NEOTT members may act on their own in any endeavor if not representing the NEOTT Club.  Public relations for NEOTT should be addressed to the Steering Committee members.

Revision Updates:

12/28/2006    EG

1/30/2007    EG

1/8/2008     EG

2/27/2010    MPC

1/1/2011    MPC

1/28/2012    MPC

2/12/2012    MPC (converted to Google Docs, added touching a marker as a failure and highlighted changes)

12/18/2012  MPC (2013 updates)

1/30/2015    MPC (2015 officer and riding fees updates)

12/26/2015 MPC (2016 officers, number of rounds, no Octobertest)

11/25/2016  MPC (2017 officer, number of rounds, tether switch required)

Attachment #1 – Quick Quiz






1.  Riders can punch their own cards during a group ride



2.  Both wheels must pass between gates



3.  Riders can ignore loop markers and ride the course however they want.



4.  Riders can turn in their cards up to an hour after closing time.



5.  Sliding a foot counts as 3 points



6.  The minimum section width is 3 feet.



7.  Each member must be a Trialsmasters or CO-Trialsmaster at least once during the year to earn year-end points and awards.



8.  Foot rotation counts as one point



9.  Club riders can earn points for DNF.



10.  Being a NEOTT club officer is a cush job and pays well.


10 = Master

9 = Expert

8 = Amateur

7 = Rookie

6 or less read the manual

Attachment #2 – Sliding Scale for DNF Points – Example for a typical 8 section 3 loop (24 sections) event:

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