Several of you have expressed an interest in the scoresheet. I had previously mentioned I would put together a scoresheet for several bugs but got side tracked by work and getting our scoring volunteers ready to begin their tasks. So now that we have that part done, let’s take a look at a bug. I ended up grabbing a bug at random (as opposed to the two I mentioned previously). The bug is *The Great TB Race* – Bats!.

There are three parts to the scoresheet:

  • TB Info – This is the first few lines of the scoresheet, where you can input the Name and Tracking #, where it’s current position is, and a link to the TB page if desired.
  • Scoring – This is the part you’ll interact with the most.  It’s where you keep track of data.
  • Final Results – The last two lines of the scoresheet are for the results.  You should never have to interact with these two lines as they are automatically tallied for you.

Filling out the scoresheet is straightforward.  Each time the TB visits a cache, fill out a line of the Scoring section.  Add a 1 in the respective columns for each goal that is met during the course of the TB’s stay at that cache.  If a goal is met twice, like a photo from the person who drops the TB and a photo from the person who picks it up, then you would put a 2, and so forth.  The only goals that cannot be met more than once in any single drop are Cache, Event, CITO, and MEGA.

Mileage is a bit different.  Mileage should be entered as mileage, not as the number of times it has traveled 100 miles.  So if a bug travels 333 miles, you would enter 333, not 3.

Border crossings require you to zoom in on the map.  Crossing from Texas to Oklahoma may only be one state, but if zoomed in, the path can cross back and forth across the border 2, 3, 4 or even more than 4 times.  Count each time it crosses the border.  Zoom in because the maps can sometimes show the path incorrectly while zoomed out.

One more thing.  It has been brought to my attention that there is an error out there regarding the Difficulty/Terrain goal.  In some locations, it says that the rating has to be higher than 2.5.  In some locations, it says 2.5 or higher.  The latter option is what the scoring volunteers have been instructed to use.  Check your TB pages and make corrections as needed (seems the error might have been in the info I provided to all of you for use in your TB pages).  I’ll be on the lookout for the errors on this site so I can correct it.

To finish this up, I have a screenshot of what the 2011 scoresheet filled out for the TB mentioned above.  Check it out.  Visit the TB page and go through the logs to compare how it was filled out to how the TB moved.  If you have a question, post a comment and I’ll try to answer it quickly.

Later this week, I’ll try to put up instructions for how you can recalculate mileage and border crossings if a dip occurs so that you can keep your records correct.