I have been using Trialsport’s scoring system this year and am amazed at the features it has and the reduction in tent staff needed to score an event. With this system you can run a club event of sixty (60) riders with just one (1) person in the tent. Two staff would be better as one can exchange the score cards with the riders, second person enters riders scores on the computer. To score you enter the riders allocated riding number, lap to be scored followed by the section scores as a continuous number I.e. 10 section event would be entered as 0000000000 if the rider cleaned all sections, data entry takes 15-20 seconds including reviewing it on the virtual score card feature.
You are probably wondering what you need in the bush to use a computer.
Some of the small 10-11 inch laptops will run all day on a single charge, as a backup I use a sine wave inverter connected to my car to supply 240v to the computer. I prefer a tablet computer so the presenter can hold it in their hand and view the results during presentation. Printers can be used but that is just taking more gear to the bush.
The Trialsport’s scoring system can be used for:
Enter on the day events
Special events with non-standard classes
Major events such as the 2016 Australian Trials Championships with LCD displayed scores on two large TV screens updated every time computer saved.
My process is to use an online entry system such as Nominate.com.au but Trialsport has developed its own online entry website. For people not familiar with using Excel Spreadsheets Trialsport’s website may be better as the data download would be better formatted to paste directly into the Trialsport’s System.
Why should a club use a computer?
Time saving: When you have entries close before the event all the rider data can be entered in minutes, postal entries can also be manually entered.
Scorecards: Each entrant’s card can be printed with rider name, computer number and class. I have found using 300-340 card (Business card) A4 paper to be the easiest way to produce a strong water resistant easy to punch scorecard.
Reports: Before the event print out sign in sheet, scrutineering list with rider, bike and licence details.
Late Entries: Can be entered and a hand written score card and sign in sheet amended.
Time saving: Results are ready within a minute of last scorecard entry. At this year’s Australian Titles we had printed results on 16, A4 pages in 15-20 minutes of the last score card being entered, most of this time was taken by the printers output of the system generated PDF file.
Posting of results: As soon as you are near an internet connected computer the PDF results can be uploaded to Trials Australia, a club website or Facebook.
Easy to make rider class, name and bike changes, Ride offs, Team Events and Penatlies are catered for also.
The system is so well built that I used it only for the third time this year with the confidence that it would perform well at the 133 entry Australian Titles.
To find out about using the Trialsport scoring system contact Peter Arnold on 0438 100 310.