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1. The NMPRA National Points season starts January 1st and ends on the following December 31st. If January 1st falls on a Sunday, then any races held on that weekend will be counted for the previous year

2. Only the best 6 contests in each class of racing, for each pilot, will count towards the pilot’s season point total.

3. In order to accumulate points for the races attended, a pilot must be a current member of the NMPRA at the time of the contest. The Points Coordinator is responsible for validating the pilot’s membership status.

    a. Note: An NMPRA membership expires on December 31; however, the dues for the following year aren’t
       considered delinquent until March 1st. Therefore, if a pilot’s membership is fully paid and in good standing by
       March 1st, then all points earned by that pilot between January 1 and March 1 will be counted. Otherwise,
       only contests occurring during the pilot’s valid membership will be counted.

4. All AMA and NMPRA races are considered “local” events for all districts (ex: AMA Nationals or NMPRA Champ Race).

5. It is the responsibility of each District VP to see that all results are sent to the Points Coordinator for each class of racing before January 15th of the following year. Any results submitted after this date will not be counted.

6. It has been the tradition of NMPRA to give awards to the “top pilots” in each class of racing. Awards may be in the form of cash or shirts, and the entry of the pilots’ names in the record book. “Top pilots” is defined as the pilots with the highest season point totals each year in each class, representing up to 10% of the total current NMPRA membership registered in the class or 20, whichever is less. The awards for each class will be presented within two (2) months after the last contest of the season and will either be shipped to the pilot or presented to him or her in person at the next available contest the pilot attends.

7. All races that follow and enforce published AMA or NMPRA rules; and at which there are at least 5 pilots who enter and actually compete in at least one heat, and at least 4 rounds are flown; will automatically be counted for national points.

8. Races that deviate from published AMA or NMPRA rules may be counted for national points but must receive approval from a majority vote of the NMPRA Board of Directors.

9. Pilots can only “win” points against the pilots they fly against. Thus, if an event contains multiple matrices, then each matrix will be considered an individual event. (EX: AMA Nationals using an A & B matrix for qualifying followed by a “finals” matrix would be considered 3 separate events.) In addition, only those pilots who actually competed in at least one heat will count. (EX: If a pilot crashes in practice and does not compete in the event, he will not count as a competitor even though his name may still be in the matrix and listed in the final standings.)

10. The formula used to determine the points awarded to the pilot is: Points = (100/number of entries+0.2)*(number of entries – pilot’s finish position)+1.2.

A chart to assist with the calculation was developed and is available from the NMPRA website.

a. USING THE CHART: The numbers across the top represent the number of contestants in the race. Remember that this is per matrix and not the total for the entire event; also, only pilots that actually compete in the race count. The left column of the chart represents the finish position of the pilot. The intersection of column with the number of racers and the row with the finish position will show the points awarded to that pilot for that contest.
In addition, the NMPRA website has a comprehensive spreadsheet, developed by Jim Allen, that automatically calculates the points to be awarded to the pilot for each contest.

Notice that at the top of the chart there are numbers representing the number of contestants in the race. Be aware that this means the number of racers included in one matrix and not necessarily a total of all racers for that day. You can count only racers you actually compete against. If they are in the same lane as yours, they still count even though you may not actually fly against them in a heat. In the normal race day with 30 racers and five rounds, you will fly only against a maximum of 15 other fliers in a five round event (3 fliers per round times 5 rounds.)

If the matrix contains a mix of standard and expert fliers, then all fliers will count. If two separate matrixes are run, then only those in your matrix will count.

One rule that many scorekeepers miss is that only those who actually competed in at least one heat will count. If a racer crashes in practice and pulls out of the event, he will not count as a competitor even though his name may still be in the matrix and listed in the final standings.

The left column on the chart is your finish position at the end of the race day. Follow down from the number of racers to your finish position. The number at the intersection of the two is your season points for that race. Using the spread sheet is a little more difficult as it must be modified to suit your location and national rules. Jim Allen has set the spread sheet to use the best 8 races in his district. To use the spread sheet for national points or your own district, it must be revised to use the appropriate number of races. Once set up, it will compute the race day points and the season points automatically.

NMPRA Point Lookup Excel File

NMPRA Points Calculator Excel File

NMPRA Scoring System History

The scoring system was first developed by a committee headed by Bob Smith in 1972. Ed Rankin of Fort Worth , Texas , was a member of that committee and provided us with some of the history of the scoring system and a copy of the 1972 NMPRA newsletter that explained it as a modification of an older scoring system. Ed started flying pylon in 1964, and at age 82 is still active with his son and Randy Rich flying a 42% AR-6 Endeavor F-1 that set a new USRA F-1 record of 1:23.1 in August of 2007.

The 1972 newsletter explained the system and gave the formula that was developed. A chart was developed using the formula and put into the NMPRA race procedure guide.

The formula that was developed is

P = 100 X A - 1 + .2A + 1E

Where A = Basic points by the old NMPRA system
E = Number of entries
P = National points

In 1993, Dan Kane gave the formula as (100/number of entries+0.2)*(number of entries-pilots finish place)+1.2)=points. This formula produced the same result as the formula given in the newsletter in 1972.

Since then, others have developed charts and user-friendly spread sheets to allow fliers to track their local and national points. In 1993 Danny Kane of Illinois reverse-engineered the points chart and created a DOS program to allow him to look up points more easily than using the printed chart. He later placed the formula into an Excel file. Jim Allen of Arizona took the formula one step further and developed a very comprehensive spread sheet that is used by the points coordinators today.

The printed chart and the spread sheet are available on the NMPRA website to anyone interested in tracking his points. They are listed as "NMPRA Points Chart (lookup)" and "NMPRA Points Calculator" by clicking on "Race Software" in the "Events" menu on the web site. In using the chart, be aware that NMPRA will not record points for races with attendance below five. These events are considered "practice sessions" by NMPRA. We show the scores in case your local group wants to track points for a low turnout event. The points coordinators use the best 6 races for each pilot in calculating the national points standings.

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