WYOMING MOTORCYCLE TRIALS ASSOCIATION, INCORPORATED
A WYOMING NON-PROFIT CORPORATION
BY-LAWS REVISED March 2014

This Document Contains the Following Topics:
PURPOSE GENERAL
BOARD AND TRIALSMASTERS DUTIES ASSOCIATION EVENTS
CLASS STRUCTURE AND ADVANCEMENT FORMAT FOR TRIALS MEETS
SCORING OBSERVER RESPONSIBILITIES AND REQUIREMENTS
SEASON POINTS REQUIREMENTS OF THE SECTIONS
SECTION SKILL LEVELS MEMBERSHIP TYPES

PURPOSE OF THE WYOMING MOTORCYCLE TRIALS ASSOCIATION (WMTA) IS; ORGANIZE AND PROMOTE THE SPORT OF OBSERVED TRIALS IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGION. THE WMTA'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS CAN ACCOMPLISH THIS PURPOSE IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS:

  1. Organize a calendar of events,
  2. Unify and oversee the running of event,
  3. Maintain rules for competition,
  4. Promote the sport for its recreational benefits,
  5. Produce and maintain a group of riders who compete regionally and nationally


GENERAL
  1. The Board of Directors will be made up of five members, three members a Secretary and a Treasurer. Each will serve for two years, with two or three elected each calendar year. (2009)
  2. Positions of office and committees must be held by a current member.
  3. Annual membership and riding fees will be set by the Board of Director according to the non-profit needs of the association.
  4. In support of the WMTA purpose, members are encouraged to compete nationally by offering to credit members for the membership fees they relinquished for the current year for one national organization and one half the entry fees relinquished by the rider for each competetion entered if they complete the required number of events to be eligible for year end series awards when supporting documents/receipts are provided. For credit, submit your request to the WMTA Secretary. (2011)
  5. An annual membership meeting will be held after the season's end or before the start of a new season.
  6. The association will have spectator liability insurance for the current season.
  7. The safety committee shall consist of one board member, one club member and the trialsmaster.
  8. The protest committee shall consist of two board members and the trialsmaster.
  9. The sign-up committee shall consist of all board members present at a meet and this committee shall be responsible for running each trial. Any volunteers can assist the sign-up committee. Responsibilities include but are not limited to sign-up, score cards, riders meeting, score keeping, compiling and posting results, assigning section checkers, and preparing/presenting the awards for each meet. (2012)
  10. The WMTA's representative to the North American Trials Council shall be a current WMTA member, approved by the board of directors.
  11. WMTA FRED Award - In rememberance of Fred Martinson, this annual award recognizes one or more WMTA members for outstanding service to the WMTA and the sport of Motorcycle Trials throughout the most recent trials season. The recipient is selected from WMTA members who like Fred are known for these qualities and more...
    Family - is a valued member of the WMTA family
    Ready - to pitch-in wherever there is a need
    Easy - easy-going nature and personality
    Dedicated - to the sport of motorcycle trials
    This award is in the form of trials-related merchandise.


BOARD MEMBERS **SUGGESTED DUTIES + TRIALSMASTERS DUTIES


MEMBERSHIP TYPES
  1. Family: This type includes annual association membership for all persons who are a spouse, dependents of or in the same household as the applicant.
  2. Single: This type includes annual association membership for the applicant.
  3. All memberships expire at the end of each calendar year.


ASSOCIATION EVENTS
  1. The association's season schedule shall be determined by the Board of Directors.
  2. The Championship series
    1. The class championships shall be determined on half plus one of the championship events (best 5 of 9, 5 of 8, 7 of 13). The class championship points that will be used, will be the best place finishes, starting with the season's first event
      1. In the case of a tie on championship points at the end of the series, the championship points used to determine season class placement, for each rider, where they competed against each other, the obseved points scored in these events, will be added together and the lower point total will win. If still tied, all events where the riders competed against each other will be counted, lowest total wins.
    2. One championship award will be given to a qualifying WMTA member per season. The championship award for a member that competes in multiple classes during a season will be determined by the class in which they had the most rides or will be awarded for the most advanced class ridden if that placing is better. If the number of rides per class are equal the championship class award for the member will be determined by the most advanced of the classes ridden. (12/2011)
    3. The board can decide to supply a championship award for all members who competed regardless of qualifying status if the funds are available to do so. (12/2011)
  3. All members will be required to score if asked, scoring assignments will be determined by the sign-up committee. The trialsmaster and the board of directors will not score if there are enough scorers.
  4. Helmets are required to be worn by all riders at all times when on a motorcycle.
  5. Once the sections are established by the trialsmaster, they cannot be changed except by the safety committee and before the riders start to compete.
  6. Riders may inspect the sections by walking the section prior to riding, but may not practice in the sections and may not alter the section by moving rocks or other obstacles. (2011)
  7. All protests will be written on the back of the scorecard and turned in to the protest committee who will have the final say.
  8. Anyone who argues with a scorer, will be disqualified from the event at the discretion of the protest committee only.
  9. The switching of a bike is allowed if the start bike will not run or cannot be ridden safely.(2011)
  10. The trialsmaster(s) are required to set-up sections for all classes, give a riders meeting, and make sure the area is cleaned up after the meet.
    1. Trialsmaster(s) are encouraged to ride-in their sections to verify ridability. When possible two trialsmasters of differing class levels per meet is encouraged. (2006)
    2. Trialsmasters are ineligible to compete in their own trial but may ride their trial in the support class so as not to affect the outcome of the trial and will be awarded 23 points for their class for that trial no more than once anually. (2013)
    3. Trialsmasters make the decision of the location for their event, the association will assist with permits for land use through the BLM, Natrona County Parks, etc.
    4. Trialsmasters are to arrange for portable toilets if bathrooms are not available at the site. (2014)
  11. All meets will have one offical clock and will be in the sign-up area
  12. No pit racing or wheelies in the parking area.
  13. Silencers are required on all machines in the meet area.
  14. For a rider to receive an award at a meet, he has to beat another rider, 4 riders only 3 awards. A maximum of 3 awards per class to be given out. The awards are to be determined by the board of directors.
  15. All classes will have a minimum of a class champion year end award.
  16. In a non-championship event, jackpot trials, vintage shoot-out, etc., the awards and riding fees will be determined by the sign-up committee.
  17. A family with four or more riders, novice and above, this includes the riding adult(s) and their dependent children, the riding fee will be reduced. The board of directors can/will modify the entry fees for a family meeting the above requirements, as needed.
  18. An event sign is encouraged at the venue entrance however is left to the discretion of the trialsmaster. (2006)
  19. To encourage more riders to volunteer to help at National events, first-place points will be awarded at any one event per year to someone who works as a checker or trialmaster. No more than 20 points may be earned per day. A competitor still must ride in at least the specified minimum number of events to qualify for series awards; working at an event is not considered one of those rides.

CLASS STRUCTURE AND SKILL LEVELS
  1. Classes
    1. Junior A - experienced riders 12 years of age or less (2011)
    2. Junior B - inexperienced riders 12 years of age or less (2011)
    3. Novice - for first time riders being introduced to formal trials competition. Sections are essentially a difficult trail, with wide turns, no steps, and lots of recovery room. An experienced rider should be able to clean a section sitting down in second gear with no clutch work.
    4. Amateur - riders that understand the sport and are developing their basic skills. An experienced rider should be able to clean a section standing on the pegs, in second gear with no clutch work.
    5. Intermediate / Senior Intermediate - riders who have a good start on their skill development. Sections include tighter turns, small steps and recovery time between obstacles.
    6. Advanced / Senior Advanced - riders who have a good development of their skills and are a competent competitor. Sections should be technically difficult, with bigger steps. Multiple obstacles close together are allowed, although footing support needs to be on both sides of the bike. Hopping should not be required, but would be helpful.
    7. Expert - riders who don't want to compete at the pro level and have advanced out of the advance class. Sections are the same difficult as NATC support class sections. Sections should not be dangerous to man or machine. A spotter should not be needed.
    8. Pro - experienced, consistent and extremely competent rider. Sections should be equivalent level to NATC Pro/Championship/Expert levels. Large obstacles, very tight turns, and hopping are a must. Sections should not be dangerous to man or machine.
    9. Vintage - for older air cooled bikes (2014)
    10. Support - this class is for the rider who does not wish to have their score count in the standings for the meet or the season
  2. Class advancement will be at a riders choice, with approval of the Board of Directors
  3. Junior, Expert, Senior Advance & Intermediate and Vintage classes will not have advancement out of the class, if advancement system is used.
  4. A rider may ride support in any class they choose and will not figure in the class standing for that meet.
  5. Age requirement of senior classes will be 40 years or older.
  6. Senior Advance riders will ride the advance section lines, Senior Intermediate will ride intermediate lines, Last Class and Vintage A will ride amateur lines, Vintage B will ride novice lines
  7. The Vintage Saturday Night Shoot-out can be held at the two-day events,
    1. The winners takes 50% of the shoot-out entry fee.
    2. Vintage rules apply;
      1. Air cooled bike
      2. No loss of forward motion
      3. Sections will be novice/amateur level
      4. A ride off will be held to determine the winner, a section will be modified until there is a winner
      5. A series award will be given, all events will count
  8. Non-members riding series events will not receive series championship points, only members would get championship points in order of finish (non-member 1st and member 2nd, the member would get 1st place championship points). Non-members who join the club will only receive championship points for events ridden after they join the club.

FORMAT FOR TRIALS MEETS
  1. Junior sections will be determined by the sign-up committee or event Trialsmasters.
  2. General time format for club events;
    7:00 to 9:00am-safety committee inspection of sections
    8:00 to 9:00am-sign-up
    9:00 to 9:30am-riders meeting and scorer placement
    9:30am to 1:00pm-AM riders compete
    1:00 to 1:30pm-lunch and scorer placement
    1:30 to 5:00pm-PM riders compete
    5:00 to 5:30pm-meet clean-up and awards
    (These are suggested times only)
  3. It is suggested that an event have approximately 30 total sections with 2, 3, or 4 laps.
  4. In case of not enough riders to have scorers, riders will ride in groups of at least 3 riders, starting and finishing with that group. In a question of section safety, changes to the section have to be agreed to by all of the riders in the class.
  5. A time limit will be imposed on the competitors when assigned scorers are used in sections. This time limit will be established by the trialsmasters and is usually around three hours. When time is up, a sweeper will go out to release the scorers thereby closing the sections but will not pass any riders still ahead. Scorers remaining at a section after the sweeper has released them should not punch a competitors score card. Unfinished riders may still go out after the sweeper has left, they may catch up to and pass the sweeper to ride the remaining sections but will be assessed 10 pts for each section the sweeper has already been through and closed. (2014)
  6. A time limit may be imposed on competitors when riding in groups by the trialsmasters or scorekeepers when it is advisable to expedite the event. (2014)
  7. It is the riders responsibility to see that his scorecard is properly marked and turned in on time. Lost cards will result in disqualification or taking 5's on a new scorecard to the point of losing the scorecard.
  8. A rider may start at any section and has to ride the sections in order after starting, the trialsmaster can designate the starting section. The second and third loops should start at section one.
  9. Awards for meets are to be determined by the board of directors.


    SCORING (based on current NATC rules)
    1. The scoring shall start with the front axle passing thru the in-gate and stops when the front axle passes thru the out-gate (front axle in, front axle out).
    2. A rider may only be penalized for that error that carries the greatest number of penalized points, that is, points in any given section shall not be cumulative, except for the first three dabs.
    3. Scoring will be based on the following system / scenarios:
      ERROR PENALTY
      POINTS
      None(clean) 0
      Footing once 1
      Footing twice 2
      Footing three times or more 3
      Sliding a foot on the ground while moving 3
      Footing while stopped 1
      Failure to complete a section 5
      Missing a section 10
      Moving backwards 5
      Balancing on skid plate without footing 0
      Both hands NOT on handlebars while stopped when footing 5
      Handlebars touching the ground 5
      Not riding the designated line for their class 5
      Jumping the bike over a boundary 5
      Floating one wheel over a marker 0
      Riding with a dead engine out of the "end" gate without footing 0
      Footing 1, 2 or 3 times to propel a dead engine bike out of the section 1,2 or 3
      Footing while stopped with dead engine 5
      Bike "Out of bounds" 5
      Displaced marker 5
      Dismounting 5
      Crossing own tracks when not allowed 5

    4. Definitions;
      1. Clean - no error to incur penalty points
      2. Footing - any intentional contact between the rider's body and a supporting surface or object to maintain balance or propel the motorcycle.
      3. Out of bounds - when a gate is passed by either tire on the wrong side or where the tire has crossed over the section boundary marking to outside of the section enough that the ground is visible between the two.
      4. Displacement of markers - any disturbance requiring that a marker be reset (markers should be set so that brushing them will not displace them) touching a boundary without disturbing it is not a penalty
      5. Dismounting - Both feet on the ground on the same side of or behind the motorcycle ie. chasing a wheelie. The rider has to straddle the bike at all times.
      6. Crossing own tracks - the motorcycle does a complete loop, crossing both its own tracks, with both wheels, except where required or permitted by the trialsmaster
      7. Other penalties - a rider may report to an observer and receive a five for the section even through he does not attempt it. If the rider does not report to the observer, he receives a ten. All blank spaces, where a section score should be, will be considered a non-attempt. If more than one-half the last lap section scorers are not completed, the rider will be considered a non-finisher.
    5. The rider with the lowest number of points wins.
      In the case of ties, the rider with the most cleans wins, if still tied the rider with the most one's wins, then two's, then three's.
      If still tied, then the rider who scored the first point loses.
      If still tied and at the discretion of the sign-up committee, if time permits a ride-off can be held if the tied riders all agree to such, otherwise the tied riders will be awarded the same finish


    OBSERVER RESPONSIBILITIES AND REQUIREMENTS

    The observer shall verbally acknowledge or use clear hand signals to authorize a rider to start riding the section. The checking official at each section must station themselves so that the entire section is plainly visible. If the character of the section is such that more than on observer is required, penalties will be called by the observer at the finish of the section. Observers may not be changed during the event. It is the riders responsibility to acknowledge his score on each attempt completed thru a section.
    If a rider is distracted or his line is blocked by specters or other riders, he may claim a balk. At the discretion of the observer, a re-ride of the section may be permitted. Disagreements between the rider and observer should be settled if possible without inconveniencing or delaying the other riders, while the situation is fresh in their minds. If the disagreement cannot be settled, it will be noted on the back of score card by the rider and turned into the sign-up committee, who will TURN it over to the protest committee. The decision of the protest committee will be final.


    SEASON POINTS (TM = Trialsmaster, elligible to receive 23 points, once per season)
    POSITION POINTS POSITION POINTS
    TM 23    
    1 20 11 5
    2 17 12 4
    3 15 13 3
    4 13 14 2
    5 11 15 1
    6 10 16 .9
    7 9 17 .8
    8 8 18 .7
    9 7 19 .6
    10 6 20 .5


    REQUIREMENTS OF THE SECTIONS
    1. Sections should consist of natural obstacles such a mud, rocks, water, logs, etc. Whenever possible, natural boundaries such as creek banks should be used.
      1. Tape
        If a section deviates from a natural boundary. tape must be used, secured so that it will not be snagged by the motorcycle or rider, the ribbon should be below footpeg height to avoid snagging the ribbon.
        1. Red ribbon on the right and blue ribbon on the left, a color other than red or blue, will be used to mark the splits in the section for the different classes.
      2. In and out gates cards
        A section begins with the start cards forming a gate, a minimum of one meter wide.
        Similar cards are to mark the end of the section.
      3. Continuous sections
        A long section can be broken down into two shorter sections with a four meter long neutral zone, where a rider can stop but not dismount his motorcycle.
      4. Section splits
        Sections may be split in a manner that requires riders in different classes to take routes of varying difficulty. This is accomplished by placing signs in line-of-sight locations. TAPE OTHER than red or blue will be placed to extend split lines to and over obstacles.
      5. The trialsmaster should try to limit "looping" between ribbons, they should mark an area if they want it to be used. The trialsmaster should also avoid potential area's for a rider to cross his tracks by using ribbon.
      6. The trialsmaster will decide what classes will ride what sections.


    MEMORIAL TRIALS
    • WMTA memorial trials are determined by the membership at the annual meeting. Members can vote to instate new, reinstate previous or end memorial trials.
    • Memorial trials awards can be pretty much anything. In the past the WMTA has had two commemorative plaques made up and these are awarded to the riders with the most cleans of the two days in the upper classes (ADV-PRO) and the rider with the most cleans of the two days in the support (lower) classes (NOV-INT). If there is a tie for most cleans, then each rider receives an award.

    CUP TRIALS
    • The WMTA has a tradition of three "cup" trials annually. Two are usually been held at what might be considered the WMTA's premiere trials locations, the Pexton Ranch (Medicine Bow Cup) and the Mosteller Ranch (Mosteller Cup). The Iiams Cup location is selected at random from the remaining meets scheduled in the year. These cup trials, characterized by their location, generally draw a larger number of riders and feature commemorative awards and t-shirts.
      • Medicine Bow Cup - The "cup" is awarded to a class overall winner for the two days. Class overall winners for the two days names are put into the cup and the winner of the cup is drawn, a person can not win this award more than once. The "cup" is a single award that is reused year to year. A plaque is added to the official cup in recognition of the winner. All finishers are awarded a commemorative ribbon/medal and t-shirt. This meet is generally scheduled in late June to early July.
      • Mosteller Cup - Cup or mug style awards (traditionally pewter mugs) are given to each class winner based on the overall finish for the two days. All finishers are awarded a commemorative ribbon/medal and t-shirt. This meet is generally scheduled over the Labor Day weekend.
      • Iiams Cup - Usually, a meet in the Spring is designated as the Iiams Cup.

    AWARDS