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The District 4 Trials Committee (Committee) is the governing body for Observed Trials competition within the American Motorcyclist Association District 4 (D-4). All D-4 points events must be held within the D-4 boundaries, unless a vote of the membership approving an out of district event is held prior to the start of the last event of the previous year. The purpose of the Committee is to further the sport of trials in D-4 by providing an annual series of competition events and the guidance necessary for uniformity. All AMA sanctioned D-4 trials events will be governed by the current AMA and N.A.T.C. observed trials and competition rules, and the rules deemed necessary by the Committee. Rule changes may be recommended during the competition season by organizers or competitors. Written proposals may be made to the Chairman by a sponsor and two cosigners. The Chairman will make the proposal at the next riders meeting, but it will not be voted upon until the following event. A majority of Committee
members at the voting event will enable the rule. Minor amendments to the rules (clarifications, etc) may be made by unanimous vote of committee members in attendance at a D-4 meeting with at least 15 members present. All D-4 trials Committee officers, chairman, assper, secretary/ treasurer, rules secretary, publicity person, clerk of the course and any other person elected to carry out designated responsibilities must be 18 years of age, an AMA member and a D-4 trials Committee member. The fiscal year of the Committee and the annual term of the officers shall commence at the conclusion of the annual Committee Awards Banquet, or the 1st day of March of the new season, whichever occurs first.


A. Requirements to compete in a Committee Championship Points Event:

1.  Be a current member of the AMA.

2. Either be a member of the Committee ($10.00 annual fee) or pay a $5.00waiver fee at each event. Individual trials Committee membership shall expire on the day prior to the first event of the following trials season.

3.  Abide by all Committee rules.

4. Present all membership cards at each event.

5. Competitors under 18 years of age must provide a signed, notarized release, on the

   prescribed form, from their parent or legal guardian.

6. All competitors are required to attend the riders' meeting.    

B. Requirements for points and award eligibility for D-4 Championship:

1. Be a current member of the Committee.

2. Work and not compete in the required number of events.  (per §. III.E.)

C. Requirements for records:

1. The Chairman or his/her designee will maintain the record of each competitor for the purpose of tabulating advancement and/or championship points, including a record of required work.

2. A standard results sheet will be provided for each event.

D. Points Schedule:

1. All competitors will receive points based on their finishing position:   

          1st   20points                  9th   7points            
       2nd 17 points               10th   6points         
       3rd  15 points               11th  5 points         
       4th  13 points               12th   4 points                   
           5th  11 points                13th   3 points         
       6th  10 points                14th  2 points
       7th   9 points                15th  1 point                       
           8th   8 points

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E. Championship Classes – Event and Series points are earned in these classes.


                             1. Expert

                             2. Advanced

                             3.  Intermediate

                             4.  Novice

                             5. Senior 35     (35 or older on the day of event)

                                         a.    Advanced                                

                                         b.    Intermediate

                                         c.   Novice      

                 6.Senior 45   (45 or older on the day of event)       

                                                 a.    Advanced   

                                                b.   Intermediate   

                                                c.    Novice             

   7.Vintage I   any twin shock or rigid frame, drum brake, air cooled, Senior Intermediate line.

   8. Vintage N any twin shock or rigid frame, drum brake, air cooled,   Senior Novice line.

   9. Vintage  R  any twin shock or rigidframe, drum brake, air cooled, Rookie line  

                             (See § IV.C.1.a.4 onPg4).                                                                                    

 10.  Rookie (Any new rider).                                         

F. The minimum number of riders constituting a class will be one (1). If there is only one rider he/she will receive the first place trophy and first place points.

G. Non Championship Classes – No Event or Series points are earned in these classes.  Scores are posted on scoreboard for reference only. No trophies are awarded.

1. Exhibition  -Rider may choose what line they want to ride. During signup or at any time during an event if a rider feels they can no longer be competitive  in their normal Championship Series class, or want to challenge themselves, they may opt to transfer to the Exhibition class. At the time of this decision they must proceed directly to the scoring table and change their number plate to read EXB before riding any sections in this class. If this change is made during an event they will receive a DNF in the class they originally signed up in. They still must ride one of the marked lines in each section and follow all other rules.


A.  Riders may start the season in any class.      

1 .   Riders may contest the Expert Class but must earn an Expert Classification.

2.   To earn an Expert Classification riders must finish in the top 75% of the Expert Class

     Championship Competitors Series plus required works,based on current Expert riders

     competing in a full season.

                                  a. Full season is based on the total events minus * required works, minus throw away

                                      events. (per § III E)

                                  b. 75% will he rounded to the nearest whole number.

Qualified Riders _________________ Position to Qualify     

                                    2                                                    1st                    

                                   3                                                      2nd or better

                                  4                                                      3rd or better

                                 5                                                       4th or better          

                                 6                                                       5th  or  better   

                                7                                                        5th or better    

                                      8                                                        6th or better

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B.   Riders may change classes (up or down) anytime.


   1.   Championship points will be counted for the class a rider has the most finishes in or the

                       higher class if equal in number.

    C.   Must be a D-4Committee member to contest Championship Series.

             1.   A rider must inform the points secretary that they are riding for championship points

                  or not riding for championship points at the first event that they ride that year and

                  cannot change their decision for the rest of the season.




Awards will be provided to all riders meeting championship requirements.

B.  The top fifteen finishers from Expert to Advanced class combined will have their position reserved for them
at each sanctioned event the following season. A standardized number plate will be provided.
The number plate will bear finishing position for the year, class, name, and District 4 New York
and AMA logos.

  C.  Championship Awards will be based on the riders’ best finishes in 2/3 of the total sanctioned events held during the season rounded to the nearest whole number    


14 events  9 count  2 works  3 throw aways          13 events  9 count  2 works  2 throw aways

 12             8            2             2                                    11              7           2             2                                             

10             7            2             1                                     9              6           2             1

 8               5            2             1                                      7              5           1             1

 6              4            1             1                                       5              3           1             1

 4              3            1             0                                       3              2           1             0

D. In case of a tie on Championship Points at it the end of the series, the greatest number of wins, the seconds, thirds etc. will break the tie.

             If a tie still persists, then the lowest combined score of all events ridden by both riders will break the tie.

E.  Riders, competing in the Championship Series of 8 or more events are required to work and not compete in two events each season to receive a year end trophy, regardless of the number of events ridden.

      A series of 7 or less events requires the rider to work 1 event.

1.  Work credit will only be given for being an Organizer, Assistant Clerk, Scorer or Observer at an

event. If a circumstance occurs that will prevent a rider from being able to work the event day, it

is the worker's responsibility to inform both the Organizer and the Chairman so that suitable

                          alternate work requirements can be satisfied. The Organizer will furnish the Points Secretary a notification of alternate work signed by the Organizer and the Chairman.

2. The duties of the Publicity person, will be considered work for the purpose of receiving

     Championship points, sit  out events still apply.

                     3.  Rider will be awarded first place points for each required work. Work points will only count in the class the rider qualifies for championship points in. (per § II B 1)     

       F.   A rider who starts an event may not be given credit for working that event. Starting defined as still signe up to ride at start of riders meeting.

The Secretary will maintain a list of riders who chose specific work events at least two weeks before the event.


    A. Equipment:

1.   A machine inspection may be held at the discretion of the event organizer.

       a.   All bikes must meet the following to be allowed to compete in any event.

              1.  Adequate muffler as compared to similar motorcycles make, engine, year and are

                     not to exceed 88Db (A) at 50 feet or 99 Db (A) at 20 inches

    2.   An identification (number) plate must be displayed on the front of the motorcycle. Class

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designation letter/s a minimum 3& high and ½&stroke width on a contrasting background is

          required. The class letters are: E-expert, A-advanced, I- intermediate, N-novice,

         SA- senior advanced, SI- senior intermediate, SN- senior novice, R- rookie, VI- vintage

         intermediate, VN- vintage novice and VR-vintage rookie. Sponsors name,artwork, decals,

         etc. must not compromise the class designation visibility by the sectionobserver.

     3. No broken levers (must have ball or rounded ends).        

     4. Properly working throttle and brakes.

     5. The same motorcycle must be used for the entire event and be presented at the finish

         under its own power or that of the rider.

     6. Properly functioning engine kill switch.

2. Helmets.

                            a.  All competitors and workers must wear AMA or FIM approved helmets, with

properly fastened chinstrap while riding at an event.

Failure to do so will result in disqualification or loss of work credit.

Observers should refuse entry into the section of any competitor or machine not in compliance

 withequipment requirements.

B. Awards

1.   Awards at each sanctioned event.

       a.  All Championship classes first place.

                    b.  Additional awards and/or certificates may be given by the organizer.

C. Course

             1. The actual number and arrangement of sections, loop, etc., is left to the organizer of the event.

                 The following minimums must be met.

   a. Sections.

1. Minimum of 7 sections, maximum 10.

                 2. Minimum of 40 total attempts.(sections x loops) expert, advanced, intermediate, novice,

             a.  Rookies should have a minimum of 20 attempts on beginner level sections.

b. Vintage  should have a minimum of 30 attempts on beginner or a combination of

beginner and novice sections. (see § IV C.1.a.4.)

3.   Must have an adequately marked line for each class within each section.

4.   At the discretion of the Clerk of the Course, if necessary to provide appropriate challenge for the more experienced riders in the Senior and Vintage classes, a combination of sections from the nominal class and the next higher class may be used. The higher class sections may not exceed ½ the total. i.e.: Senior novice could use 5 novice and 3 intermediate sections.

                b. Loop.

1. Loop must be arranged to provide best possible flow for all competitors, (keep bottle necks to


                2.  Loop should stay under five miles in total length. Riders must start at their assigned

                      Sections, thereafter to be ridden consecutively. Skipping sections is not allowed.

             2. Technical Considerations:

a. No two way traffic on any single track—permissible for short distances on wide trails when

    visibility is adequate.

b. Provide clear and adequate route markings.

c. Provide notice of difficulties.(steep hill, creek crossing, etc.). The sign should say:


d.   Provide sufficient space between section and loop to allow parking, entrance, and exit.

e.   Avoid trails that cross each other.

f.    Keep spectators in mind.         

g.   Sections should allow room to safely recover from error.

    3. Sections must be ridden a sufficient number of times by the clerk or designee to establish their suitability

         and to &settle& at least one line so early competitors are not at a disadvantage.

    4. Keep in mind the effects of weather on both the sections and the loop. Provide in the layout for

    5. Section Marking.

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a. Organizers should use D-4 provided markers for consistency.

b.Markers and ribbon should be placed 4 to 12 inches high when possible.

c. Minimum section width should be 48 inches, at handlebar height.

d. Start markers must say START, finish markers must say FINISH.

   e. Organizers must use NATC style gate system;

     A gate is defined as a right and left marker placed at an approximate right angle to the

     Intended travel and is class specific, it must have the appropriate class designations on  

     both markers.

                      1. Right and left shall be identical or form a set and be

                                        unique to each class;

Red arrow on White background to say EXPERT, E or X

Black arrow on White background to say ADVANCED or A

Blue arrow on White background to say INTERMEDIATE or I

                                   Green arrow on White background to say NOVICE or N

                                   No arrow on White background to say ROOKIE or R


                              2. Complete section boundaries should be established by either ribbon or natural


3. Use of gates should be kept to a minimum. Use the gates of other classes to

   restrict where they can ride as well as their own gates to tell them where they

   must go.

                  f.    If the Senior and/or Vintage course is designated under §. IV.C.1.a.4. a sign must be placed at

                        the start of theappropriate section(s) so indicating, (i.e. SN=I or SI=A or VR=N, etc.)

g.   The observer must maintain the boundaries and markers in the condition presented to the first rider. Repair or replace any misplaced markers or tape. Materials should be available at the section.

       6. Organizers should design the sections to take the following number of points from the third place

            finisherin each class:    Novice (15-25), Intermediate (20-30), Advanced (50-60), Expert (50-60).

       7.   Special circumstances must be approved by the Chairman or if warranted by a Committee vote.

D. Start and Finish Times:

1. Sign up till 11:30AM.

 2. Observers Meeting 11:15 AM. Observers must be on site and check in with the clerk by 11:00 AM.

3. Riders Meeting 11:45 AM. Riders not in attendance will not be allowed to start the event.

4.   Events start at12:00 noon.

5.   All points events will last a minimum of four and one-half hours, unless extended by the organizer

             and announced at the riders meeting.

                  a.  Events will be extended by a grace period of 15 minutes with a one point penalty assessed per

                       minute up to 15 full minutes. Penalty time not to start until after last whole minute.

                  b. Any rider who finishes after the grace period will be considered a non-finisher.

                  c. The finishing time cannot be changed after the start of the event unless conditions present

                      a serious danger to competitors.

                            1. Organizer and Chairman must make the change.

                           2. Chief Scorer must not hand out any more scorecards until designated restart time.

       3. Observers must he notified to close their section until established restart time.

                          d. A digital clock with the correct time will be provided by Chief Scorer to establish the official time.

                           1. A synchronized second clock in the last section will determine the rider's finishing

                               time to prevent speeding into the scoring area. The timing of the last lap will start 15 minutes

                               before the end of theevent, notincluding the grace period. Section officials must stay on duty

                              until the end of the grace period unless relieved by the course clerk. (See IV.D.5.a.)

           2.   A rider finishing the trial with no penalties should have his time recorded at the last

            section or the start/finish.

E. Observers:

1. The organizer is responsible for providing the appropriate number of observers for the event.
              Since each D-4 rider is responsible for working a given number of events for a Championship Season

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 they provide a good source for workers.

2. Observers must attend 11:15 observer's meeting. Observer's missing the meeting may be replaced and

               lose work credit.

F. Entry fees:

1. $20.00 US for Committee sanctioned events. All Committee events must be AMA sanctioned and

         insured. All necessary eligibility requirements must be met.

2. Non points events at organizer's discretion.

G. The Clerk Of The Course is responsible for all facets of the event and is to enforce all D-4 and AMA rules. The

     Clerk accepts all protests and is responsible for scoring. The Clerk must forward all required paperwork to the   

     Committee Points Secretary.

1. If by majority vote of Committee Member Competitors present, the event was not up torecommended or

             acceptable Committee standards, the event may be considered a non-points event. The Clerk will be fined

             the sanction fee. This is handled as a protest against the organizer and must be submitted in writing

             within 15 minutes after the grace period ends.

2. Expenses for supplies and observer refreshments are limited to $25.00 per event. All expense claims must

              be accompanied by a corresponding receipt or bill. No expenses paid without verification.

3. Any other expenses, port-a-pot , food etc must  have prior chairman approval.

4. An event will not be considered a points event until all requirements are met

H.  Organizers should consult the AMA Rule Book pertaining to Observed Trials and the N.A.T.C. guidelines for
     Observed Trials Organizers and Competitions. Available free @ AMA, 13515 Yarmouth Dr. Pickerington, Ohio,
     43147 (614)856-1900 www.AMADireclink.com.

I.   Drug and Alcohol use is prohibited before and during the event. The penalty is disqualification from the event

       or loss of work credit.

J.   A rider may not practice in any part of a section prior to the start of the event or be on a loop if closed.
     After finishing- i.e. Completing the required course, a rider may not ride in any section or part of the
      loop that is still under competition. Penalty is disqualification. Spectators must walk.

K. Officials of the event shall be the only non-competitors riding on the loop.
L.   When differences or conflicts are not defined by D-4 Rules, the order of precedent shall be:                                 

1.    NATC/AMA Rules.

2.    FIM Rules

3.     The next higher level addressing the issue shall be the authority. Precedence thus established will be considered in affect until formally changed by the Committee members.