The Brainstorm

By now you will have settled back to your ‘real life’ and the Moto trials weekend but a memory. Thanks to those who made it a success and thanks to those who participated at the “brainstorm”. I now circulate the comments that surfaced that evening and ask for feed back. I don’t want essays.

I do want you to consider each statement/topic and give it a category

A……Must do

B……Should do

C…….Should consider

D…….Should not do

Then I would like you to prioritise the “A”s, “B”s and “C”sThen if you still have energy tell me how YOU would remedy the statement/topicFor example you may feel that ‘not enough time to complete a trial’ is at the top of your list and you may indicate that running 30 section trials is the remedy.

Here are the statements/topics raised at the weekend:    

   Time constraints          “Throw out” time penalty ruling  

         Allow Experts more time, others less 

         Reduce minimum number of sections needed from 40 to 30 

         Be able to take a 5 at any stage without queuing 

         Abolish ‘minding’ 

         Trials should be a summer sport 

         “Crossing your own line” rule needs modifying 

         Juniors should contest in higher “lines” i.e.  green or yellow 

         Riders who have contested a grade should not be able to contest two grades below [in consecutive events] 

         Reversing [wheel turning backwards] should be allowed 

         Marker pegs should be standardised in NZ 

         The “optional gate” system of setting and scoring should be used [as used in Te Kuiti on occasions] 

         Should be allowed to ride ‘out of sequence e.g. section 3 then 2 then 6 etc. 

         Pensioners should get cheaper entry 

         A grading committee formed [Commissioner and NI and SI coordinators mentioned] 

         Make more training available for juniors 

         Ease A grade, ease “inters” and get rid of green grade. 

         Split start our grades [spread the field more for starting sections] 

As commissioner I would like to add a couple; 

– Increase rider levies slightly and use present levies more frugally so the balance can go toward Oceania and TDN 

         Ask each area/club to run an event [maybe trail ride] for funding toward Oceania and TDN.  

Remember. This was a “Brainstorm” where there is no such thing as a bad idea. If you don’t like an idea just put it in your “D” bin. DO NOT ATTACK THE PROPOSER.          You may well believe there is a topic that should be on the list. Tell me about it and tell me the priority you think it deserves.                                                         

Jim Henderson


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